5-gear Analogy in The Book of Wing Chun

In The Book of Wing Chun, Vol. 1, pp. 52-53, 7 powers are listed as a sequence serving as the Order of Using Different Powers. They are: 1) Idea Power; 2) Moving-body-weight Power; 3) Rotational Power; 4) Shoulder Power; 5) Shoulder Joint Power; 6) Forearm Power; 7) Wrist Power. This would be best understood againstContinue reading “5-gear Analogy in The Book of Wing Chun”

The Skeletal System Takes Over the Master Role

Does “Rotation in Joints (Separate but at the Same Time)” apply to other types of joints, like, as a less intuitively understandable case, the spine? The spine is not one single piece but “consists of 24 articulating vertebrae, and 9 fused vertebrae in the sacrum and the coccyx” (refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_vertebral_column). The gap between anyContinue reading “The Skeletal System Takes Over the Master Role”

Starting a Wing-arc (Bong Sau) Turn

[Grandmaster Chu Training Episodes #002] As a cross reference, you can also read the post [Rotation in Joints (Separate but at the Same Time) – Composing Movements] 2013.12.12. Note: The three methods demonstrated in the footage are contrastive. They might altogether be regarded as a rough portrait on the typical progression (from the first toContinue reading “Starting a Wing-arc (Bong Sau) Turn”

Rotation in Joints (Separate but at the Same Time) – Composing Movements

The Chu-style Wing Chun emphasises “rotation in joint” (refer to the last post dated 2013.11.29). Strictly speaking, it differs from the generic description “joint rotation”, in the way that it stands out the requirement of initiating the rotation within the joint structure itself, unreliant on any structure outside. This is an important characteristic that yieldsContinue reading “Rotation in Joints (Separate but at the Same Time) – Composing Movements”

Joints Freed: Joint Expansion/Rotation

The practice of relaxation bears two sides of effect: 1) the relaxation of muscles (discussed earlier); 2) the opening up of joints. In movements mastered by muscular contraction, the joints in the skeletal system are, to different degrees, being bound and confined by their neighbouring contracting muscles (and probably those related tissues like tendons). TheContinue reading “Joints Freed: Joint Expansion/Rotation”