In a traditional Chinese birthday banquet, the dishes come to the table one by one.
After the group photos there was a raffle. We had open given a ticket each with a number on it.
The birthday dinner was at 7:00 PM and the weather turned out to be very good.
Finally the 3rd of September arrived and it was the day of birthday dinner.
During the typhoon, most of the local people stayed at home but I was staying in a hotel.
The second of September 2023 was my Sīfú 師父, Ip Chun’s 葉準 100th birthday. Unfortunately, a typhoon, which is big storm, was approaching Hong Kong.
During the pandemic a lot of people suffered. I changed my class from in person to online and so I did not need to travel to teach, but at the same time, I could not see my Sīfú 師父 and my family like I could before.
My Sīfú Ip Chun 葉準師父 is a very gentle man. He has never had a fight with anyone in his entire life, but this Wing Chun skill is very high.
For anybody to reach 100 years of age is amazing and their life has been a success.
Advanced Level of Sahp Sīng Bouh 十星步 - Ten Star Footwork
Let’s look in more detail at the first six stars.
1st Star Yìh Jih Kìhm Yèuhng Máh 二字鉗羊馬 – Basic Wing Chun Stance
Everyone who studies Wing Chun must start by learning Yìh Jih Kìhm Yèuhng Máh. It literally means Character Two Goat Gripping Stance. The Chinese character for two is two lines which are our feet. Goat gripping is based on the story of our founder Ng Mui Sitai 五枚師太, seeing a shepherd trying to pull a goat along by a rope which was tied around the goats neck. The goat braced itself using its front legs which gripped together and so the shepherd could not move it. After seeing this Ng Mui Sitai decided to use it in her new style. It is true, when we ben the knees and turn the toes is it creates strength and this is what we want from the stance. However, we do not want the stance to be too rigid, and so it is a high stance with the feet shoulder width apart, which makes it strong enough and also mobile. This means we are strong enough when we strike and can move easily. It is like a missile on a truck. This missile can strike anywhere, but the enemy cannot strike the missile base. If we stand in Yìh Jih Kìhm Yèuhng Máh for a long time, it will allow us to develop very strong Gūng Lihk 功力 – Internal Strength.