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Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 325

Ip Man Grabs the Pistol When Ip Man 葉問 was living in Foshan 佛山, his family were so rich that he did not have to work and so he had a lot of social time. He enjoyed meeting his friends and going sight-seeing. One Autumn, Ip Man went to a public function with some lady […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 324

How Many Bóng Sáu 膀手? Pt3 So far, we have seen that traditionally there are three kinds of Bóng Sáu 膀手. The normal Bóng Sáu, which is soft, and Chìhn Bóng Sáu 前膀手 and Wàahng Bóng Sáu 橫膀, which are both hard. Then I invented another Bóng Sáu which I call Chèunhg Bóng Sáu 長膀手 […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 323

How Many Bóng Sáu 膀手? Pt2 So far, we have seen that traditionally there are three kinds of Bóng Sáu 膀手. The normal Bóng Sáu, which is soft and Chìhn Bóng Sáu 前膀手 and Wàahng Bóng Sáu 橫膀, which are both hard. However, after over 40 years of experience, I have invented another Bóng Sáu […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 322

How Many Kinds of Bóng Sáu 膀手 We Have? Pt1 In Wing Chun, how many kinds of Bóng Sáu 膀手 do we have? Everyone knows that there is Bóng Sáu and Dai (Low) Bóng Sáu 低膀手, as we usually call them, these hare in Tsum Kìuh 尋橋. So, most people will say there are only […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 321

First Section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭 Pt 6 In the first section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭, we have Tāan Sáu 攤手, four Wuh Sáu 護手 and three Fuhk Sáu 伏手. Why do we have these numbers? The answer is that our Wing Chun ancestors have told us which techniques are the most important, […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 320

First Section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭 Pt 5 Once we Have opened our stance, when doing Siu Lim Tao 小念頭, we do not move it until we have finished the form. The main part of Siu Lim Tao is the first section, where we hold our position, relax, empty our mind and then just […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 318

First Section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭 Pt 3 When practising the first section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭, many people find it hard to relax and empty the mind. The meaning of Síu Lihm Tào is minimising the thoughts. Siu小 manes small, Lim 念 means thinking, and Tao 頭 means head. Lim Tao 念頭 […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 317

First Section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭 – Pt2 When performing Tāan Sáu 攤手 in the first section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭, the most important part is holding the final correct position. Therefore you we can move the hand forward at any speed we feel, but it should still be slowly. Then at the […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 316

First Section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭 – Pt1 Many of you might know that when we do the first section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭 we should perform it very slowly. But how slow should we be? This depends on how slow you can go and how long you want to do the form […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 315

Kwán Sáu 綑手 and Gāan Sáu 挌手 pt4 As we have seen, Kwán Sáu 綑手 moves from the inside to the outside, that is to come out from the centre of the body. Gāan Sáu 挌手 moves from the outside in. Kwán Sáu is applied when the hands are in contact and Gāan Sáu is […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 314

Kwán Sáu 綑手 and Gāan Sáu 挌手 pt3 In the Muhk Yàhn Jōng 木人樁 – Wooden Dummy we have three basic techniques. They are Kwán Sáu 綑手, Gāan Sáu 挌手 and Hyūn Sáu 圈手.  All three of these hands use energy, Faat Gihng 發勁 and Jyún Máh 轉馬. We must always remember training is different […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 313

Kwán Sáu 綑手 and Gāan Sáu 挌手 pt2 When we practise Kwán Sáu 綑手 on the Muhk Yàhn Jōng 木人樁 – Wooden Dummy, we hit the dummy quite hard. In the technique the Bóng Sáu 膀手 is lower and the Tāan Sáu 攤手 is normal. What kind of Bóng Sáu do we use in Kwán […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 312

Kwán Sáu 綑手 and Gāan Sáu 挌手 pt1 In Wing Chun there are two very famous techniques, one is Kwán Sáu 綑手 and the other is  Gāan Sáu 挌手. If you look at all the Wing Chun techniques, you will see they mostly come in pairs. Kwán Sáu and Gāan Sáu are a pair. This […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 311

Yan Jéung 印掌, Jihk Jéung 直掌, Gahm Sáu 㩒手, Ngun Jéung 䟴掌 – Part 5 What is Ngun Jéung 䟴掌? Have you ever seen someone sitting on a chair and shaking one of their legs up and down? This movement is Ngun 䟴. However, it is not just shaking, it is also a kind of […]

Wing Chun Note 310

Yan Jéung 印掌, Jihk Jéung 直掌, Gahm Sáu 㩒手, Ngun Jéung 䟴掌 – Part 4 In the second section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭 we have Yauh Yan Jéung 右印掌, Jó Yan Jéung 左印掌, Hauh Yan Jéung 後印掌 and Chìhn Yan Jéung 前印掌. So, we have left, right, back and front Yan Jéung. I have […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 309

Yan Jéung 印掌, Jihk Jéung 直掌, Gahm Sáu 㩒手, Ngun Jéung 䟴掌 – Part 3 If someone was to throw a punch at us, we will often use Páak Sáu 拍手 to block it. After we have blocked it we will often also hold on to their hand before we strike back. If we are […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 308

Yan Jéung 印掌, Jihk Jéung 直掌, Gahm Sáu 㩒手, Ngun Jéung 䟴掌 – Part 2 Now we will take a look at Gahm Sáu 㩒手. We see this technique in the third part of Tsum Kìuh 尋橋, where the palm strikes down. “Gahm 㩒” means “To hold on to something”. It is like putting a […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 307

Yan Jéung 印掌, Jihk Jéung 直掌, Gahm Sáu 㩒手, Ngun Jéung 䟴掌 – Part 1 Wing Chun has a number of palm techniques, which look very similar and have similar sounding names, like Yan Jéung 印掌, Jihk Jéung 直掌, Gahm Sáu 㩒手, Ngun Jéung 䟴掌, so what is the difference between them? If we look […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 306

Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁 – Part 8 The following is being shared as a reference to the training methods, however you should not attempt any of the following methods without proper tuition from a qualified Tse Qigong Centre Wing Chun instructor. After the initial training, the legs are […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 305

Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁 – Part 7 After practising our Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁, our legs will become stronger, this usually takes about one  month. However this must be regular, daily practise and 15 to 30 minutes of Síu Lihm Tào […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 304

Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁 – Part 6 We can also practise the Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 in this same way. To do this we should hold the position, as we do in Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭. Now extend one hand forwards into the Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 303

Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁 – Part 5 Doing Siu Lim Tao on one leg will develop our balance so that when we kick we will be very stable  and our one leg stance will be strong.  Standing on both legs, when doing Siu Lim Tao will develop the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 302

Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁 – Part 4 When using Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 or Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁, how do we create a powerful punch? The question here is how do we Faat Gihng 發勁? Training Faat Gihng takes times, it can even take years of […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 301

Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁 – Part 4 The advantage of Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 is not that the most powerful. Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁 is more powerful. However, in a fight, whoever can hit their opponent first has the most change of winning the fight. So […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 300

Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁 – Part 3 The question is, which one is more powerful, Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 or Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁? The answer is Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng. Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng can injure people very badly. This is because the tight fist […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 299

Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁 – Part 2 In Wing Chun we have both Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁. For Wing Chun, in particular, we must have both opposite ways. Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng is normal and it is powerful, but it takes […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 298

Chèunhg Kìuh Faat Gihng 長橋發勁 and Dyún Kìuh Faat Gihng 短橋發勁 Wing Chun has a special way of doing Faat Ging 發勁. It is commonly known as the One Inch Punch,  Chyun Gihng 寸勁. This is what Bruce Lee called it when he introduced his Wing Chun power to the West. It was a spectacular […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 297

Wing Chun Family Tree – Part 21 From 1965 to 1972, between the ages of 72 to 79, Ip Man 葉問 closed the Tao Kok Tsui 大角咀 school and most of the time he stayed at home in Tung Choi Street 通菜街, although still taught some close students, private classes and lessons. During this time […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 296

Wing Chun Family Tree – Part 20 From 1957 to 1962, when Ip Man 葉問 was aged 64 to 69 years old, he moved to Lei Cheng Uk Estate, Sham Shiu Po 深水埗李鄭屋邨. This is where he lived and also taught Wing Chun from his home. The students who joined at this time were Mak […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 295

Wing Chun Family Tree – Part 19 Ip Man 葉問 came to Hong Kong in 1949. He travelled from Foshan to Hong Kong via Macau 澳門, where he stayed for a few weeks. This was the first and only time he went to Macau and never returned. He was 56 years old. In 1950, when […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 294

Wing Chun Family Tree Part – 18 Ip Man 葉問 could never have imagined that when he started teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu that it would become his life’s work and that it would bring him fame. He even had the most famous student in the world – Bruce Lee 李小龍! Ip Man had two […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 293

Wing Chun Family Tree – Part 17 In 1945 the Japanese surrendered and the war was over. Ip Man 葉問 found a job as a plain clothed policeman and so he stopped teaching. His finances slowly got better and so his whole family started to have a better life. Ip Man worked around Foshan 佛山 […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 292

Wing Chun Family Tree – Part 16 Jāu Chaan Yiuh 周燦耀 asked his brother to study with Ip Man 葉問. He said, “Gwōng Yiuh 光耀, Uncle Man’s Kung Fu is very good. If we can learn from him it would be good!” Jāu Gwōng Yiuh 周光耀 agreed. Chaan Yiuh knew that Ip Man liked his younger brother more, so […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 291

Wing Chun Family Tree – Part 15 Ip Man 葉問 and his family lived in very bad conditions. They did not even have enough food to eat. To try and support all six members of his family, Ip Man sold or pawned anything of value to try and get money or food. In 1949, his […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 290

Wing Chun Family Tree Part 14 In 1931, Japan invaded China and took over the north-eastern part of China which was the Manchurian area. On the 7 July, 1937 at Lú Gōu Qiáo (Lòuh Kāu Kìuh in Cantonese, Lu Gou Bridge) 盧溝橋, the Japanese Army claimed to have lost a soldier and wanted to search […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 289

Wing Chun Family Tree Part 13 At that time, Wing Chun in Foshan was based on Ǹgh Juhng Sou 吳仲素. Other Wing Chun practitioners, like Yúhn Kèih Sāan 阮奇山 (1887-1956) and Yìuh Chòih 姚才 (1890-1956) also liked to go to Ǹgh Juhng Sou’s school to practise. Ip Man had returned from Hong Kong and since […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 288

Wing Chun Family Tree Part 12 In 1909, Ip Man 葉問 was studying at St Stephens English School in Hong Kong. While he was there, his classmate, named Làih 黎, introduced him to Lèuhng Bīk 梁壁. Lèuhng Bīk was running a textile and clothing business in Hong Kong. Ip Man was happy to meet someone […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 287

Wing Chun Family Tree Part 11 Chàhn Wàh Seuhn’s 陳華順  youngest student was Ip Man葉問. Ip Man began studying when he was only six years old. Chàhn Wàh Seuhn was already old and so he passed Ip Man on to his eldest student Ǹgh Juhng Sou 吳仲素. Ǹgh Juhng Sou’s father ran an earthenware shop […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 286

Wing Chun Family Tree Part 10 Lèuhng Jan 梁贊 had two sons, Lèuhng Bīk 梁壁 and Lèuhng Chēun 梁春. As I mentioned before, Lèuhng Bīk was interested in Kung Fu and Lèuhng Chēun was interested in Medicine. Though some people say Lèuhng Jan had five children where Lèuhng Bīk was the eldest and Lèuhng Chēun […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 285

Wing Chun Family Tree part 9 Lèuhng Jan 梁贊 liked Chàhn Wàh Seuhn 陳華順 a great deal. He not only taught him Wing Chun Kung Fu, but also taught him Chinese Medicine, and so Chàhn Wàh Seuhn then started to help treat patients in the clinic. Chàhn Wàh Seuhn only had 16 students. His first […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 284

Wing Chun Family Tree part 8 Lèuhng Jan’s 梁贊 most famous student was Chàhn Wàh Seuhn 陳華順. Chàhn Wàh Seuhn had the most studetns, his skill was very high and he earned respect as he had many challengers and defeated all of them. Chàhn Wàh Seuhn (1849-1905) was born in Guangdong Province 廣東省, Shun De […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 283

Wing Chun Family Tree – Part 7 Lèuhng Jan 梁贊(1826-1901), was a very good doctor of Chinese Medicine. He was so famous many people travelled far and near to see him for treatment. His clinic was called Wìhng Sāng Tòhng 榮生堂 (Rong Sheng Tang), which means Prosperity Living Clinic. This was good name, as everyone […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 282

Wing Chun Family Tree part 6 The opera company on the Hùhng Syùhn 紅船, Red Boat, went to Foshan 佛山, Guangdong 廣東 to perform and they were very successful and attracted a lot of people. There was a very famous Chinese doctor, named Lèuhng Jan 梁贊(1826-1901), in Foshan who also came to see the opera. […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 281

Wing Chun Family Tree pt 5 On the Hùhng Syùhn 紅船, Red Boat, there was a very good actor named Wong Wàa Bóu 黄華寶, and as Lèuhng Làahn Gwai 梁蘭桂 had been to see the opera so often he got to know Wong Wàa Bóu and got along with him very well. So Lèuhng Làahn […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 280

Wing Chun Family Tree part 4 Lèuhng Bok Chàuh梁博儔 had of course heard of his new wife’s Kung Fu and so on their wedding night he decided to test her. He was a strong man and he also knew a little Kung Fu, but of course he could not gain any advantage. The story goes […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 279

Wing Chun Family Tree pt 3 Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 finished studying the new form of Kung Fu from her Sīfú Ng Mui Sitai 五杖師太 and then returned to Da Leung Shan 大涼山, but before she left she asked her Sīfú, “What is the name of this Kung Fu that I have learnt?” Ng Mui […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 278

Wing Chun Family Tree – part 2 Between 1704 – 1735 the Shaolin Temple 少林寺 was burnt down. One of the leader of was Shaolin Temple, Ng Mui Sitai 五杖師太. Ng Mui 五杖 was her Buddhist name and it means Five Pieces of Wood. Sitai 師太 is a title given to someone who has a […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 277

Wing Chun Family Tree – part 1 Whatever we are learning, we should ask ourselves, “What is it good for?” Those of us who are studying Wing Chun must have been inspired by someone else. Most people who take up Wing Chun today have seen Ip Man 葉問 1, 2, 3 and 4. They are […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 276

How Does a Lady Chī Sáu 黐手with a Man – part4 Often, a stronger man will like to use more force. So if they grab your hands and pull you in to punch you, you can find it very hard to go against them. The more you resist his pulling the harder he will be […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 275

How Does a Lady Chī Sáu 黐手with a Man – part 3 In Chī Sáu 黐手, when a man cannot easily hit a lady, because her footwork is good, he will start to use more force, like grabbing hold of her hands and using Laap Sáu擸手 . If you are that lady, then you should […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 274

How Does a Lady Chī Sáu 黐手with a Man pt2 In the beginning, when a lady learns how to Chī Sáu 黐手 with a stronger man, safety is the most important. In order to have this you must have good footwork and good sensitivity. So practising the Seven Star Footwork 七星步 often is crucial, and […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 273

How Does a Lady Chī Sáu黐手with a Man – Part 1 Ladies can often feel intimidated when they Chī Sáu 黐手 with a man. They often feel that they are not as good as the men, as the men are stronger, taller and have longer arms. So if you are a lady who feels like […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 272

Chī Sáu 黐手 with Beginners part 2 Sometimes senior students can be hit by beginners when they are doing Chī Sáu 黐手. Beginners can often just hit without thinking how vulnerable or how incorrect their technique is. This is because they think that is the way to Chī Sáu. Seniors who are not used to […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 271

Chī Sáu 黐手 with Beginners pt1 It is a lot of fun practising Chī Sáu 黐手 with beginners, this is because they do not how to use their energy well and so will use too much. This makes it more like fighting. Senior students are used to practising with opponents who know how to do […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 270

Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Seminar Part 10 Finally Sīfú 師父 said, “I am very happy with this seminar we have had in China today. I have taught you everything I had planned. The most important thing is that you all practise and in the end you will be successful! Thank you, thank you!” Everyone gave […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 269

Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Seminar Part 9 Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 got up from his chair and called for Tom to come up. He then told Tom to hold his Tāan Sáu 攤手 out and Grandmaster Ip Chun brought out his hand and contacted so they contacted each other at the wrist. Grandmaster Ip Chun […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 268

Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Seminar Part 8 The next person to ask a question was Tom from Australia. He asked his Tai Sigong, “When I watched you Chī Sáu with Sigong (he is referring to me) and Siba (meaning Darryl) you looked very comfortable even when got very close to them. That is not like […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 267

Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Seminar Part 7 The next person to ask Grandmaster Ip Chun葉準 a question was Radu. He said, “Sigong, I want to ask you about when you are defending with your Fāt Sáu 拂手, is your energy coming from your hand or your legs?” Grandmaster Ip Chun smiled and answered, “Everyone can […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 266

Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Seminar Part 6 The next it came from Paul. He asked, “Tai Sigong, when I watched you Chī Sáu 黐手 your hands were often crossing over, Bóng Sáu 膀手 over Tāan Sáu 攤手 or Tāan Sáu over Bóng Sáu, and touching each other. How do you do this without getting hit?”  […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 265

Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Seminar Part 5 The next question came from Jordan. He asked his Tai Sigong, “When you Chī Sáu 黐手 with my Sīfú (Darryl) and Sigong (myself), what method do you use to handle them?” This was a very interesting question because Darryl is Jordan’s Sīfú 師父 and I am his Sigong […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 264

Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Seminar Part 4 Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 went on to say, “Wing Chun is no secret. You can see it and you can follow it. All you need is to practise more Chī Sáu 黐手and forms, and to think about it. Then eventually you will work out.” He then invited anyone […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 263

2019 Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Seminar Part 3 Grandmaster Ip Chun葉準 demonstrated the Fāt Sáu 拂手 and Jyún Máh 轉馬 and then invited everyone to try it. As he walked around the room he noticed that many students’ energy was not right even though they were repeating the techniques, this is because they needed more […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chin Note 262

2019 Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Seminar Part 2 After the Chī Sáu 黐手 Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 said,”I am 95 years old. At my age I am not as strong as both of them. They become tired I am alright. This is because they used energy while I did not. If I tried to use […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 261

2019 Grandmaster Ip Chun Seminar Part 1 In September 2019 I took 40 students to Loucun 羅村 in Foshan 佛山 to attend a seminar with my Sīfú 師父, Ip Chun 葉準, who had just celebrated his 95th Birthday with a big dinner party in Hong Kong. Our seminar was on the 21 September which was […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 260

Laaht Sáu 捺手 and Jaht Sáu 窒手 What is the difference between Laaht Sáu 捺手 and Jaht Sáu 窒手? They are quite similar and both are in the second section of Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 . Laaht Sáu 捺手 comes after Bīu Zī 標指, and Jaht Sáu 窒手 comes after Jám Sáu 枕手, Tok Sáu […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 259

Laaht Sáu 捺手 Laaht Sáu 捺手 is a technique found in Siu Lim Tao 小念頭, it comes after Bīu Zī 標指, when both hands quickly press down. Many people do not know the name of this technique. In February 2019 I saw my Sīfú, Ip Chun葉準, and asked him again to confirm (as he told […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 258

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 28 Yìhm Wig Chun 嚴詠春 and her father settled down on Da Leung Shan. The former bandits all had jobs and the whole village was safe and peaceful. Everyone was happy. One day Yìhm Yee turn to his daughter and said, “ I am still worried about one […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 257

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 27 Sadly Wing Chun 詠春 was right, she never saw her Sīfú, Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 again. Ng Mui Si Tai travelled across China to meet up with the other leaders of the Shaolin Temple, and together they began and rebellion against the Qing Government. Yìhm Wing Chun […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 256

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 26 Wing Chun 詠春 open the letter and looked at the bottom, it was signed by her Sīfú. Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 wrote, “My dearest student Wing Chun, meeting up was fate. I don’t have any other students you are the only one. I watched your family […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 255

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 25 Wing Chun 詠春 thought about it, “What should I do with all these people?” She asked herself. After a while had an idea and then said to them with a very serious look on her face, “I will be your leader, you will listen to me and follow […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 254

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 24 The sword swished down very fast towards Wing Chun’s 詠春 head, but she was even faster! She stepped back to the side and using Dāng Téui 蹬腿, she kicked the Leader’s front knee and at the same time used Yan Jéung 印掌  to palm the elbow of the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 253

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 23 It was too fast!  The Leader was struck twice on each side of his face!  Fortunately for him he was strong and he did not fall, but his face was red!  In a rage he swung his right arm across to Wing Chun 詠春 who stepped back […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 252

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 22 Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 watched the Leader. He was taller and stronger than all the others bandits, but she knew what to do.  Her Sīfú 師父, Ng Mui Si Tai五 枚師太 had told her, “When your enemy is bigger and stronger, do should not get too close […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 251

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 21 There were now six or seven injured bandits rolling in pain on the floor. The other three or four were too scared to move forwards. Fortunately for the injured bandits, Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 had not used the sharp edge of her Dōu 刀 to cut them, instead […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 250

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 20 Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春  looked around her, in front of her with the leader and behind her about 10 other gangsters all armed with weapons, swords, broadswords, even axes and sticks. This is what she had trained for, to be aware of everything surrounding her. She quickly […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 249

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 19 In a situation like this, Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 knew that she had to eliminate them quietly, one-by-one when they were not expecting it. She snuck up on each of them and using just one strike to the neck they each fell unconscious. Very quietly, Wing Chun entered […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 248

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 18 After those three months of hard training, Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 was now a different person. She was strong, clear minded, determined and she knew that she had to deal with this situation. The problem was the gang leader wanted to marry her and so she had […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 247

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 17 Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 left her Sīfú 師父 and returned to Tai Leung (Da Liang) Shan 大凉山. She immediately went home to see her father, Yìhm Yee 嚴二, but as she approached she could immediately see that the house was damaged, broken furniture was scattered about and […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 246

Ng Mui Sitai 五枚師太 – Part 15 Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 had trained very hard and her soul had grown to a high level. Ng Mui Sitai 五枚師太 very pleased with her and knew that she was good enough to deal with those gangsters! One morning Ng Mui Sitai called Wing Chun to her and said, “You have been […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 245

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 14 Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 also made Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 stand still in a wide open space. She would then make some sounds, some far away, some close and some very quiet to see if Wing Chun could hear her. Wing Chun had to train her […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 244

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 13 Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 observed Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 training. She had grown from a gentle, innocent, naive and weak girl into a strong, mature and alert lady. Although she was just 16 years old, these few months of training had changed her. It was now […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 243

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 12 Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 practised day and night. First she stood, in order to develop her Gūng Lihk 功力 and footwork. Second, she practised all the forms, eventually learning Siu Lim Tao 小念頭, Tsum Kìuh 尋橋and Bīu Zī 標指.  Third she recited all the poems relating to […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 242

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 11 The next day Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 followed her Sīfú 師父, Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太, to begin practising Kung Fu. Ng Mui Si Tai said, “Gūng Lihk 功力 is the most important thing and it comes from the stance. If you have good Gūng Lihk then […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 241

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 10 Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 repeated Ng Mui Si Tai’s 五枚師太 words and swore she would obey her Sīfú 師父 and be a good student. This is the traditional Chinese way. Sīfú and student perform a ceremony which is witnessed by Buddha or heaven and this creates a […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 240

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 9 Although Yìhm Yì h嚴二 was very worried about Ng Mui Si Tai’s 五枚師太 proposal, there was no other choice, and so he let his lovely daughter Yìhm Wing Chun 嚴詠春 follow Ng Mui Si Tai to White Crane Temple.  White Crane Temple was very simple and very […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 239

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 – Part 8 Seeing that something was wrong, Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 asked Yìhm Yìh 嚴二 what was wrong.  As Yìhm Yìh had come to know her well he told her the whole story. He said that there was a group of gangsters and the leader of the gangsters […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 238

Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太- Part 7 Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 created all these new Kung Fu skills. She did not have a name for her new system or any students to teach and because she was a fugitive from Shaolin Temple she could not show off the skills in case somebody recognised her, […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 237

Ng Mui Si Tai五枚師太- Part 6 How about the Baat Jáam Dōu 八斬刀 and Lùhk Dím Bun Gwan 六點半棍? When were these created? All styles of Chinese Kung Fu have weapons. If we think about what kind of weapon would be most suitable for a lady, we would usually think it should be a sword […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 236

Ng Mui Si Tai五枚師太- Part 5 One day, Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太 was walking through the countryside when she came across an unusual sight. A shepherd was trying to lead a goat with a rope. In general a man is stronger than a goat, but as hard as he pulled on the rope he could […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 235

Ng Mui Si Tai五枚師太- Part 4 So when was the Wooden Dummy form created? In Shaolin Temple liked to train with wooden dummies. There are stories about Shaolin students, who were ordinary people and not monks. Although they were Buddhist they did not need to shave their hair and follow all the Buddhist precepts as […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 234

Ng Mui Sitai  五枚師太 – Part 3 She put all these hand techniques together and created some forms like Tsum Kìuh 尋橋 and Bīu Zī 標指. I believe that Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 was created last. Ng Mui Sitai 五枚師太 in the beginning wanted the (Wing Chun) skill to focus on fighting first, particularly using techniques […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 233

Ng Mui Sitai 五枚師太- Part 2 Ng Mui Sitai 五枚師太 had a very high level of Shaolin Kung Fu. Her skill used gentle energy and lighter moves and so when she saw the crane defeat the wildcat this inspired her to develop the gentle and light skills even further. She knew there was no point […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 232

Ng Mui Sitai 五枚師太 – Part 1 Wing Chun comes from the Southern South Shaolin Temple 南少林寺, Fujian Province, Pu Jian Prefecture 福建省莆田 in Southern China. During the Qing Dynasty 清朝 all the monks, nuns and students of Shaolin Temple opposed the Manchurian 滿州人 Government. This was because most Chinese people, including the monks and nuns, […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 231

Examination by Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Part 7 All the students now had their examinations and received comments from Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準. The information and knowledge they were given was the most valuable thing. Grandmaster Ip Chun is the eldest son of the late Grandmaster Ip Man 葉問 and so all his advice is […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 229

Examination by Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準  Part 5 After the students finished their demonstration of Biu Zi 標指 ,  they all gathered around Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 to listen to his comments. Grandmaster Ip Chun began to advise them in a very gentle, but firm way. He said, “Your Biu Zi is not bad, but […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 228

Examination by Grandmaster Ip Chun Part 4 After they had finished their demonstration, they all gathered around listen to Grandmaster Ip Chun’s 葉準 comments. He said, “The most important part of Tsum Kìuh 尋橋 is footwork, specifically Jyún Máh 轉馬. Wing Chun Kung Fu teaches us how to use less energy in order to overcome […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 227

Examination by Grandmaster Ip Chun Part 3 As part of their test, the students had to demonstrate Siu Lim Tao 小念頭. On the demonstration some students were very nervous, some was confident. After their demonstration Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 gave them some comments. He told them, “Your Siu Lim Tao is not too bad after […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 226

Examination by Grandmaster Ip Chun Part 2 On the last day, I visited my Sīfú 師父, Ip Chun’s 葉準, class found the room was quite full. There was a group of students from China. Sīfú told me he had just finished teaching a course in Foshan, China and had just come back to Hong Kong. […]

Master Tses’s Wing Chun Note 225

Examination by Grandmaster Ip Chun Part 1 Every year I return to Hong Kong to visit my Sīfú 師父, Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準. This year he is 95 years old! I find it amazing that at 95 years of age he can still go to classes, five times in the morning and twice in the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #224

Benefits of Wing Chun Pt5 Practising Wing Chun Kung Fu for a long time changes you. In particular it changes your nature making you more positive. It definitely makes us braver, more independent and more confident. It gives us the courage to face problems and not be afraid of difficulties that come our way, and […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #223

Benefits of Wing Chun pt4 Then we learn more footwork with the Seven Star Footwork 七星步. We cover Jyún Máh轉馬, Wàahng Máh横馬, Jeun Máh 進馬, Teui Máh 退馬, Bui Máh, Faai Máh 快馬 and Gee Yàuh Máh. We train from stationary to turning, walking sideways or in a circle, walking forwards, backwards, thrusting step, fast step (including forwards […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #222

Benefits of Wing Chun pt3 Then we come to learn the second form Tsum Kiu 尋橋. Now we learn how to move and be grounded. We learn Jyún Máh 轉馬which teaches us how to turn forty-five degrees and how to turn on or heels. This teaches us how turning on our heels affects our weight […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #221

Benefits of Wing Chun pt2 When we practise Chī Sáu 黐手with our brothers and sisters we learn how to use our Wing Chun techniques and how to attack and defend against them. At the beginning you get hit a lot, and then after a few years you get hit less and hit others more. After long time […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #220

Benefits of Wing Chun Part 1 Did you know training Wing Chun for over five years changes you for the better? You become healthier, clearer and even wiser. Practising Wing Chun is not just about learning how to fight, it is more than that. Of course at the beginning, having seen and heard about all those […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #219

Face the Problem My Sīfú 師父, Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 says, “Everybody gets hit when they study Wing Chun.” This is the truth, when you are studying Wing Chun you must get hit in order to learn not to be hit. Some people who get hit, start to become afraid of doing Chī Sáu 黐手 […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 218

Laap Sáu 擸手and Hit During Chī Sáu 黐手 you will often find people with long, strong arms like to use Laap Sáu 擸手 to pull your arm and hit your face with the other hand. As they are so strong and have such a long reach it is quite difficult to defend. Generally however, these […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #217

When Smaller People Chī Sáu 黐手 So what should smaller people do during Chī Sáu 黐手? I am normally smaller than my students who I Chi Sáu with. The most important thing is to know how to control the distance myself and my opponent. Either I am at a longer distance so that we cannot […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chu Note #216

Tall People Chī Sáu 黐手 Normally taller people will keep a longer distance when they Chī Sáu 黐手. This is   where they have an advantage. If you are taller than your opponent you can hit them and they cannot reach you since you have a longer reach. You should keep your palms closer to your opponent, […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #215

Safe to Hit Low I have come across some people who like to hit but low during Chī Sáu 黐手 and they do this because they cannot hit your face or chest. This is not good since your opponent can sometimes hit your face at the same time as you hit low. So you not hit […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #214

Holding Both Your Opponent’s Hands What is the best way to hold on to your opponent’s hands during Chī Sáu 黐手?  If you are holding only one of their hands then your grip needs to be loose and you must not hold on for too long. Only hold them long enough to make contact with them.  […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #213

Pulling Back the Hand Some people like to pull their hand back whenever they are grasped. This is actually not a good idea. Pulling away from your opponent’s hand means you do not want to be held down and so you try and pull your hand out. Whilst you are doing this it gives your […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #212

Staying Away from the Attack I have come across people who do not like to engage when they Chī Sáu. Every time they feel that an attack might come they stay away from the situation. This means we cannot interact in our Chī Sáu. Of course many people do not like to get hit, who […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #211

Kicking while doing Chī Sáu Sometimes we come across people who will try to kick us while we are practising Chī Sáu 黐手. Generally this is wrong.  Why is it wrong?  Chī Sáu should just involve the hands and not kicking, but it does not mean we should not use kicking techniques.  If we want […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #210

Strong Hands When you do a lot of Chī Sáu 黐手 you can come across someone whose hands are so strong you cannot even move them. When this happens you can easily become intimidated or even scared. However, Wing Chun skill is designed to deal with strong people and in order to deal with it […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #209

Like to Páak Sáu 拍手 a Lot pt 2 If your opponent likes to use Páak Sáu 拍手 when we have one hand in contact, we can sometimes use Gūng Lihk 功力 in our Wuh Sáu and let them hit our forearm a couple of times without letting go of our Wuh Sáu.  If our Gūng Lihk is strong […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #208

Like to Páak Sáu 拍手 a Lot pt 1 Some people like to Páak Sáu a lot during Chī Sáu 黐手. Páak Sáu is a very powerful attacking hand, but to use it you must feel that your opponent’s hand is tense this also means that we must not be tense ourselves when we Chī […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #207

Rolling slowly in Chī Sáu 黐手 If somebody likes to roll slowly in their Chi Sáu 黐手 it can mean they are very good and have very good sensitivity. Anybody who has good skill usually rolls more slowly because they want to find out where their opponent’s energy is and whether they are strong or soft […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #206

Rolling Fast in Chī Sáu 黐手 Another situation I have come across is people who like to roll very fast when you start to Chī Sáu 黐手 with them.  They roll their hands up and down very quickly and do not change inside or outside very much. This is because to change the inside or the outside […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #205

 Less Energy and Time A good martial art always uses less energy against someone stronger than you. With regards to fighting techniques, there are many, but a lot of them use a lot of energy in order to win or might put us in a bad situation, for example grabbing someone on the floor. If […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #204

Two Hands Against One If our opponent is taller with longer arms and very strong, we should first keep a good distance, but we cannot just always stay away and never attack. Of course, if we know we are not as good as them staying away to be safe is important, but we still need […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #203

Tall and Long Arms In Chī Sáu, if your opponent is taller than you and has long arms, what should you do? My Sīfú, Grandmaster Ip Chun, is only five foot two, he is a very small person. In the past someone asked my Sīfú the very same question in one of his seminar in […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #202

Safety on the Street How about the situation where someone suddenly attacks us out on the street? Realistically, if that person is very close to us and suddenly attacks us, we cannot defend it. So it is very important to keep a safe distance as soon as you are aware that someone intends to attack […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #201

Hit Us Suddenly at the Beginning of Chī Sáu During Chī Sáu 黐手I often come across people who I do not know very well and some who I have never met before. They may be beginners or may have done some other martial arts or even have done Wing Chun somewhere before. Once we touch […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #200

When We Hit Them, They Hit Back In Chī Sáu 黐手 it is common to come across the situation where you hit your opponent but they still hit you back. When this happens to you, you feel that it is not fair. Yes, you are right, it is not fair because you are not really […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #199

Be Gentle and Light First From my experience when we begin Chī Sáu 黐手 we always start off being gentle, light and quiet. Chī Sáu is not fighting. My Sīfú 師父, Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準師父, always says Chī Sáu is partner training where we learn the Wing Chun way and skill. It is preparing us to fight […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #198

 Quiet, Gentle and Still Everybody has been studying Wing Chun long enough has gained their own experience. All this experience is valuable. Sometimes we think that what we are doing is right, but  a few years later, after more mistakes made and more lessons learnt, we might change our minds and realise it is not quite […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #197

Patience Studying Wing Chun requires patience. Many people just study for one or two years, some might just study for a few months and then stop. This is because they think that Wing Chun is not powerful enough and they want to be able to fight immediately.  Yes, you can learn Wing Chun and fight after […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #196

Hitting the Right Way Over my 40 years of training Wing Chun I have seen many people easily give up because they do not believe their Wing Chun will work during a fight. What they forget is they are still learning and that it takes time. If we do not have enough time to practice […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #195

Think About the Problem The second important thing studying Wing Chun is to Chī Sáu 黐手 with as many people as possible.  I have had very good opportunities in the West to do this and have come across people of all sizes: tall, short, fast, slow, strong and tricky. Every time I Chī Sáu I have […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #194

My Sīfú Ip Chun 師父葉準 I have been studying and practicing with Wing Chun over 40 years, from the beginning when I did not understand Wing Chun, to confusion and finally understanding. It takes a long time but there is one very important thing that we need to get it right and to reach a high […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #193

When Should We Start Practising Kicking? There is another question I was asked in the seminar, “When should we start to practice kicking?”  We should actually start practicing from the very beginning, but we should focus on developing the strength of a leg not actually kicking. Wing Chun does not suggest kicking higher than the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #192

Should Wing Chun Have Iron Palm? At a seminar, somebody said to me, “I have read some old books on Wing Chun.  One of the books it mentions, that in the past, people who studied Wing Chun also trained Iron Palm and Iron Fist.  Why don’t we practice this?”  This is an interesting question! So first […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #191

Ancestor Instruction IX pt II “Carry on our ancestors’ path.” As Wing Chun practitioners this is what we should do. “Strictly follow their instruction.”  This is more difficult. Chinese actually says, to follow of the ancestors’ instructions with discipline, however I have translated it as strictly. No matter what, to tell somebody to do something strictly or […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #190

Ancestor Instruction 詠春祖訓 IX Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction IX says, “Carry on our ancestors’ path. Strictly follow their instruction 繼先緖  謹持祖訓.” “Carry on our ancestors’ path” means we need to think about everything we practice in Wing Chun.  We need to memorise the Ancestor Instructions and be able to recite them off by heart, because they are […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #189

Ancestor Instruction 詠春祖訓  VIII pt2 Ancestor Instruction VIII, “Protect the weak and small. Use your Kung Fu skill in a good way with integrity 扶弱小  以武輔仁.” Anybody who loves Kung Fu and martial arts wants to use it to find out how good they are.  It is true, when we are studying we do not […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #188

Ancestor Instruction 詠春祖訓 VIII pt1 Ancestor instruction VIII, “Protect the weak and small. Use your Kung Fu skill in a good way with integrity 扶弱小  以武輔仁.” This is very true, and is the right way to do things. If we have a good fighting skill we need to use it properly, just like a policeman […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #187

Ancestor Instruction 詠春祖訓 VII Pt 2 We should not use our skill to fight when we have a problem, we should be calm and gentle and so give other people a good image of what martial artist is like. A good martial artist should be educated and well read, reading booking on good morals, like […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #186

Ancestor Instruction 詠春祖訓 VII Pt 1 Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction VII is, “Be gentle when handling any events and situations 常處世態度温文.”  Ancestor Instruction VI said, “Nourish you Qi, confrontations and fighting are forbidden 學養氣 戒濫鬥爭.”  This is very good rule, as we have talked about before, because avoiding confrontation and fighting is a good thing.  However, it is even better […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #185

Ancestor Instruction  詠春祖訓 VI  pt2 Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction VI, “Nourish your Qi.  Confrontation and fighting are forbidden 學養氣 戒濫鬥爭.”  Many people, once they have learnt a martial art skill like to fight. Of course, martial arts are for fighting, but someone who knows a martial art has an advantage over someone who does not. […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #184

Ancestor Instruction  詠春祖訓 VI  pt1 Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction VI, “Nourish your Qi.  Confrontation and fighting are forbidden 學養氣 戒濫鬥爭.”  The cultural Chinese attitude is to be a gentleman or a gentle person, that is to say someone who is educated and is nice to others.  This is the main Confucius thought which has been taught […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #183

Ancestor instruction V 詠春祖訓 pt2 Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction V say, “Practise your skill regularly, keep your skill with you at all times 勤練習技不離身.” After practising daily our skill will develop and our Gūng Lihk 功力 will become strong. “Keep the skill with you at all times,” means we need to use it, but we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #182

Ancestor instruction V 詠春祖訓  pt1 Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction V says,  “Practise skill regularly, keep your skill with you at all times 勤練習技不離身.” Any skill we learn from our teacher must practise otherwise  how can we learn? Bruce Lee would practise 500 punches and 500 kicks every day, as well as other techniques and training. This […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #181

Wing Ancestor Instruction IV – pt2 The second part of Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction IV says, “Protect the Jing and Shen 保守精神”.  Protecting our Jing 精 and Shen 神 is important.  Jing is our sexual energy, we say that no sexual addiction helps save our energy.  Every time we have sex we will feel tired and many […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #180

Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction IV 詠春祖訓 – pt1 The fourth Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction says, “Control your passion (including sex). Protect your Jing and Shen (energy) 節色慾保守精神”. Chinese medicine always suggests controlling one’s passion, which also includes not having sex regularly particular when you are well.  This is in order to save your energy because all these things […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #179

Ancestor Instruction III 詠春祖訓 – Pt2 The second part of the third Ancestor Instruction is, “Unite and enjoy being a group 團結樂羣.”  As a group, a Wing Chun school under the same Sīfú 師父 we should unite and enjoy being together as a group.  When we love Wing Chun training and have a good Sīfú who we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #178

Ancestor Instructions III 詠春祖訓 – pt1 The third Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction is “Love your Kung Fu brothers and sisters, unite and enjoy being a group 愛同學團結樂羣.” Love your Kung Fu brothers and sisters, this means you should be very close, then your training will be more enjoyable and you will develop quicker. Whatever we are learning […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #177

Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction II 詠春祖訓 Pt 3 The last part of the second instruction is “Love your country and respect your parents愛國尊親” This is quite right. We should love whichever country we are from. In the past, when these instructions were written, they were of course talking about China. Every Chinese person should love […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #176

Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction II 詠春祖訓 Pt 1 The second ancestor instruction is “Understand loyalty and courtesy. Love your country and respect your parents 明禮義愛國尊親.” If you watch the Ip Man葉問movies or the Wong Fei Hung 黄飛鴻 movies we see that the master is always very gentle, polite and courteous. When we have a high […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #175

Wing Chun Ancestor Instruction I 詠春祖訓 Pt 2 Every Wu Guan 武館 or schools has its own rules and discipline that it follows. That is a basic requirement for a Wing Chun student. They should follow the rules otherwise the Sifu cannot teach them. For a student to learn they must listen and follow the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #174

Wing Chun Ancestor Instructions I  詠春祖訓 1 Meng Zi 孟子 said, “No compass, no ruler you cannot make a circle and a square  無規矩不能成方圓”. To build a house, to make a table or a chair, we need the proper equipment in order to get all our measurements right.  Our Wing Chun ancestors gave us nine […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #173

Instructions from Ancestors 祖訓 In the old, traditional times, families had, and some big families still have them today, instructions for the family. We call these Jia Xun (Gā Fan in Cantonese) 家訓 – Instructions from the Family Ancestors. These are guidelines for the family’s offspring to follow to show them how to be a […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #172

Double Bóng Sáu 雙膀手pt 6 When we are in Double Bóng Sáu 雙膀手, we can also change from soft to strong Dāi Bóng Sáu 底膀手, which is like the movement in Tsum Kìuh (Chahm Kìuh) 尋橋. When we feel that the opponent’s hands are soft, but we still have some strength in our forearms, we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #171

Double Bóng Sáu 雙膀手 Pt5 When we are in a situation where we are using the Double Bóng Sáu 雙膀手, we need to make sure our hands are soft and sensitive. If our opponent does not do anything then we can change one hand to a Tāan Sáu 攤手 and at the same time turn […]

Michael Tse’s Wing Chun Note #170

Double Bóng  Sáu 雙膀手 Pt4 When we are in the Double Bóng  Sáu 雙膀手 position most of the time the opponent will attack first because they know that our position is bad and that our defence will be weak.  In the Period of the Three Kingdoms三國時代 a large strong army came to attack a city. […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #169

Double Bóng  Sáu 雙膀手 Pt3 If our opponent only lightly touches our Double Bóng Sáu, we can move our palms to above their wrists and quickly Laap Sau 擸手 them, pulling them in towards us, a little like Jaht Sáu 窒手.  This will make them loose their balance and we can quickly strike using Pek […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #168

Double Bóng Sáu 雙膀手 – Pt2 Since both hands fingers are face each other we cannot redirect the opponent’s energy to both sides, so the Soft Low Bóng Sáu has a square on position, face to face with the opponent and no Jyun Mah 轉馬. They are a bit like the Dai Bóng Sáu 低膀手 […]