Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 474

Who they came from is not the most important thing, what is important is these instructions were created by good teachers who felt it was responsible to teach a moral code to Wing Chun students

Móuh Dāk (Wu De) 武德 and the Ancestor Rules詠春祖訓

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When we study Wing Chun, we must also learn about the Wing Chun ancestor rules 詠春祖訓.

    1. 守紀律崇尚武德 Sáu Géi Sùhng Leuht Móuh Dāk (Shǒu Jìlǜ Chóngshàng Wǔ Dé) – Be disciplined and respect the Móuh Dāk (Wu De).
    2. 明禮義愛國尊親 Mìhng Láih Yih Oi Gwok Jyūn Chān (Míng Lǐ Yì Àiguó Zūnqīn) – Understand loyalty and courtesy. Love your country and respect your parents.
    3. 愛同學團樂結羣 Oi Tùhng Hohk Tyùhn Lohk Git Kwàhn (Ài Tóngxué Tuánjié Lè Qún)- Love your Kung Fu brothers and sisters, unite and enjoy being a group.
    4. 節色慾保守精神 Jit Sīk Yuhk Bóu Sáu Jīng Sàhn (Jié Sèyù Bǎoshǒu Jīngshén) – Control your passion (including sex). Protect your Jing and Shen (energy).
    5. 勤練習技不離身 Kàhn Lihn Jaahp Geih Bāt Lèih Sān (Qín Liànxí Jì Bùlí Shēn) – Practise skill regularly, keep your skill with you at all times.
    6. 學養氣 戒濫鬥爭 Hohk Yéuhng Hei Gaai Laahm Dau Jāng (Xué Yǎngqì Jiè Làn Dòuzhēng)- Nourish your Qi. Confrontation and fighting are forbidden.
    7. 常處世態度温文 Sèuhng Chyú Sai Taai Douh Wēnwén (Cháng Chǔshì Tàidù Wēnwén) – Be gentle when handling any events and situations.
    8. 扶弱小 以武輔仁 Fùh Yeuhk Síu Yíh Móuh Fuh Yàhn (Fú Ruòxiǎo Yǐ Wǔ Fǔrén) – Protect the weak and small. Use your Kung Fu skill in a good way with integrity.
    9. 繼先緖 謹持祖訓 Gai Sīn Séuih Gán Chìh Jóu Fan (Jì Xiān Xù Jǐn Chí Zǔ Xùn) – Carry on our ancestors’ path. Strictly follow their instruction.

These rules come from our Wing Chun ancestors, we can’t say exactly who, they may have come from Ng Mui Sitai 五枚師太, Yim Wing Chun 嚴詠春 or they could have even come from Lèuhng Jan 梁贊. Who they came from is not the most important thing, what is important is these instructions were created by good teachers who felt it was responsible to teach a moral code to Wing Chun students. Wing Chun can be used to hurt and even kill people, therefore, we need guidelines for anybody who studies it to follow. Teaching these guidelines is a sign of a good teacher who wishes to ensure that the Wing Chun skill will pass down to good people who have a good heart. I believe most people who study Wing Chun want to be good, want to use their skill to help people rather than bully and victimise them. However, in the Chinese we also talk about the Móuh Dāk (Wu De in Mandarin) 武德, but what is that?

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