Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 463

After three months he found his legs were stronger and after turning, his body was steadier, and the power of his turning also became stronger

Ip Man Sī Jóu 葉問師祖 Teaching Great Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準

Part 13

My Sīfú 師父, Ip Chun 葉準, knew his Jyún Máh 轉馬 – Turning Stance was not good enough, but when he asked his father what was wrong with it, his father did not give him an answer. So Sīfú just kept practising it every single day. Whenever he had time, he practised. After three months he found his legs were stronger and after turning, his body was steadier, and the power of his turning also became stronger. Then, one day when he was practising, his father walked up to him and without any warning, pushed him! Sīfú said he felt the force pushing in to his elbow, but he was able to hold the position with the power of his legs and this enabled him to resist the force and keep his balance. His father smiled and said, “Not bad,” and then walked away.

Sīfú realised that his father was testing his Gūng Lihk 功力 – Internal Strength. He said we should have power in any position. Even when we are attacked suddenly, we must have power to defend and attack back, and not just when we are practising the movements. Sīfú said his father wanted him to find the answer by himself. Gūng Lihk and sensitivity are so important in Wing Chun.

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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