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Martial Arts Club for Functional Self Defence Training in Cape Town.
Wing Chun, Krav Maga, Street Boxing and Weapons.
Why learn Wing Chun?
• Wing Chun specializes in close-range combat, essential for Self Defence
• Learn the most efficient techniques to strike and defend
• The system focuses on agile stances & footwork for fast advances in attack or defence
• The system teaches you how to defeat stronger opponents
• The system also teaches you how to defend against multiple opponents
• Learn to move and pre - position yourself instead of meeting attackers head on
• Train to attack and defend simultaneously
• Learn to control your energy (chi) and focus
• Attack and defend in a relaxed fluid motion
• Learn movements that result in devastatingly high speed and explosive impact
Functional Self Defence
Learn a Classic Martial Art
But do not be constrained by it, keep your training practical, functional and real
Learn a unique system of Defending yourself in a variety of situations, armed or unarmed attacks.
AT FIGHTING SPIRIT CLUB WE PRACTICE THE FOLLOWING FORMS
1) Sil Lum Tao (小念頭 Little Idea)
This is the first of the three empty hand Wing Chun forms. It contains the basic foundation of all Wing Chun hand attacks and defense techniques.To the untrained eye it looks and feels too simple. Yet, that's the essence of Wing Chun - simplicity.
Practicing the Sil Lum Tao you learn the Wing Chun punch, palm strike, the center and central lines, location of and blocking (defending) the upper, middle and lower gates, breaks and locks, and the beginnings of footwork and Biu Ji.
When you really understand what's going on you learn to appreciate it, even when you become a more advanced Wing Chun student.
2) Chum Kiu (尋桥 Bridging the Gap)
The second Wing Chun form you learn. Opposed to Sil Lum Tao where most of the form is performed one arm at a time. The Chum Kiu form performs more of the moves with both arms at the same. (Which is truer to the practical aspects of Wing Chun in combat or sparring).
Just as important, Chum Kiu incorporates footwork and kicks. You begin to learn how to be mobile and balanced while using both arms, footwork, and kicks.
3) Biu Ji (标指 Thrusting Fingers)
It's the third and final open hand Wing Chun form. It's the most advanced form because in order to pull it off in real life you need to have near perfect coordination, balance, and footwork.
To accurately strike the pressure points you need well-developed chi sao and chi gerk skill to control your opponent. Otherwise it won't work.
Also, the moves in Biu Ji are finishing moves. They're used to end the fight. And if you lack control you could potentially kill someone without that being your intention.
The Biu Ji form, along with the thrusting finger attacks, also has all the Wing Chun kicks, the footwork, breaks, and includes elbow strikes.
When you get to this point in your training, you’re pretty much a walking weapon.
4) Muk Yan Jong (木人樁 Wooden Dummy)
In this Wing Chun form you train against a massive piece of wood - "The Wooden Dummy." Although, nowadays you can also find it made from PVC or metal.
I believe one of the best ways to use the Wing Chun dummy form is to train interruptibility.
Too many people falsely believe that the Wing Chun dummy is for pounding and hitting hard.
Training interruptability and flow is the proper use of Wing Chun dummies and the wooden dummy form in Wing Chun.
Like all forms, start slow to learn the move well. Then relax to speed up. Train like this and you’ll build speed and fluidity. And when you have speed and fluidity, you will gain power.
And remember to use your imagination. Many students and sifus say that the Wing Chun wooden dummy is your best training partner -- if you don't have a live one.
5) Baat Jam Dao (八斩刀 Wing Chun Butterfly Swords/Eight Cut Swords)
In Chinese, "Dao" is directly translated into "knife" and "Jian" is directly translated into "sword". So technically, you could translate "Eight Cut Swords" into "Eight Cut Knives."
I think the look and cultural background is more important than the direct translation in this case.
Most Westerners would agree that the Wing Chun Butterfly Swords look more like small swords than very large knives. (The ancient Romans had short swords, or were they daggers? Either way, I'm pretty sure no one them called them knives. So what's a machete...?)
I bring it up because I read a heated discussion about this topic on the Internet. I felt it was ridiculous especially if you understand the difference, which you do now.
Besides, in English, swords just sounds better.
The "Eight Cut" or "Eight Slash" comes from the fact that this weapon was originally used by Shaolin monks, and monks are not allowed to kill. However, they are allowed to maim their attacker by slashing the wrists, elbows, knees, and ankles.
This is a great weapon for the Wing Chun artist.
It allows you to use both arms together, defend and attack at the same time, incorporate footwork and kicks, while giving the practitioner extension so he or she can attack low and high, close in and further out than by only using empty hands.
In addition to being my favorite weapon, this happens to be one of my favorite Wing Chun forms - they're freakin' awesome!
6) Look Dim Boon Grun (六点半杆Dragon Pole/Six and Half Point Pole)
This Wing Chun weapon gets its name from the number of moves in the form (Six and a half moves/Six and a half strikes).
Different schools will give you different definitions of how long the Dragon Pole is (anywhere from 5 feet to 13 feet long - almost 4 meters long) how thick it is (the average is around one inch in diameter, 2.54 centimeters, give or take), some say it's tapered, others say it's not, etc.
One more thing, outside of Ip Man lines, some families have Dragon Pole forms with much more than 6.5 moves! Again, this is something for the historians to figure out.
The point is: keep it simple -
This overview of the forms is from wingchunlife.com
"The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk"
Marcus Tullius Cicero
About Fighting Spirit Club
We Teach a Vital Life Skill
We offer Group Classes, Private Training and Self Defence Training Workshops
Awareness Training is important But what if you have to fight to defend yourself and your family?
Surviving is critical
Training and Learning is an ongoing process
Enjoy the journey!
Classes are at :
20 Hall Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Cell: 082 459 4037