The Wing Chun structure helps the practitioner maintain stability and balance during combat. The practitioner uses this structure to absorb and redirect attacks.
Structure should not be compromised for more powerful attacks as this would create openings that the opponent could take advantage of. In both attack and defence, Wing Chun techniques deliver a constant forward force directed at an opponent’s centreline so as to disrupt his stability.
Sensitivity to an opponent's moves helps us to fight effectively at close range. An initial twitch of shoulder or hip can telegraph an attack the moment before it is executed. Tense limbs and body structures are less able to detect such slight movements.
We practise to execute each move with greater precision and economy of motion. This avoids “telegraphing” an attack so the opponent has less time to react.
Siu Nim Tao Demonstration
Senior student Wesley demonstrates our soft style using the first set, 小念头 (siu nim tao)
Depending on how frequently and deliberately you practice, each person takes a different amount of time to advance through the Wing Chun syllabus. Here is a guide to how long it would take to progress with regular practice.
0-2 months 小念头 (siu nim tau)
the 1st set - "little idea"
2-4 months 單黐手 (daan ci sau)
single-handed "sticky hand" partner drills
4-6 months 拉拳 (lap kyun)
double-handed grab-punch partner drills
6-9 months: 踏腳 (daap goek)
9-12 months: 轉馬 (zyun maa)
12-16 months 沙包 (saa baau)
16-24 months 尋橋 (cam kiu)
the 2nd set - "searching for the bridge"
2nd year on 双黐手 (soeng ci sau)
double-handed "sticky hand" partner drills
鏢指 (biu zi)
the 3rd set - "darting fingers"
the wooden dummy, pole and butterfly knives
These sets require a highly advanced skill level and will be taught by Ken only when the student is gauged to be ready.