Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 460

Jōng means pole or pile, so it is something that stays in one place, it does not move and so it is stationary.

Máh 馬, Bouh 步, Jōng 樁

Part 2

Last time we saw that we can use Seuhng Bouh 上步 like Jeun Máh 進馬 – Forward Step. We can also use the term Teui Bouh 退步 like Teui Máh 退馬 – Backward Step. So, Mah and Bouh can be used interchangeably. If someone says your Mah Bouh 馬步 is good, then they mean that your footwork is good. So, Mah and Bouh are very similar. However, in Taijiquan, people like to say Zhàn Zhuāng 站樁 – Standing Mediation. Jōng 樁 is Cantonese and Zhuāng is Mandarin, but they are the same thing. Jōng means pole or pile, so it is something that stays in one place, it does not move and so it is stationary. It is like a post that has been driven deep into ground. Whenever we hold a position for a long time, that is Jōng, like Wing Chun’s Yāt Geuk Jōng 一脚樁 – One Leg Stance or even the Muhk Yàhn Jōng 木人樁 – Wooden Dummy. Both do not move. Although Máh can also be stationary, but that position will also involve footwork and so in application is it will only be stationary for a short while.

So, Máh is stationery, footwork or stepping. Jōng is only stationary. Mah and Bouh can be used interchangeably, but Jōng can only be used one way.

Previous Notes

Sau Kuyhn

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 465

Sáu Kyùhn comes after we punch. Once we have punched, we do Hōi Jéung 開掌 – Open the Palm, where palm should face upwards. Then we do Jyún Wún 轉腕 – Rotate the Wrist, where the wrist should rotate inwards, ie if you are using your right hand the wrist turns anticlockwise and with left hand it rotates clockwise.

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