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Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #159

Turn the Front Foot I have also see many people step forwards with their front foot turned to the side, in the same way does in Jyun Ma 轉馬. This means that when they step it is like doing Waahng Maah 橫馬. However this means the body is facing to the side and so we cannot walk very quickly. With our position […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #158

Can’t Step Back Many people have said to me they have been told that Wing Chun does not step backwards. I have never heard that. My Sifu, Ip Chun 師父葉準, has never said that, and when he does Chi Sau 黐手 he always steps backwards more than forwards. So many people have said it to me though, but I cannot imagine when in a fight we cannot step backwards.  Imagine a […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #157

Leaning Forwards when Attacking When we are attacking, whether it is in Chi Sau 黐手 or fighting, we must keep our weight on back leg. This is one of the principles of Wing Chun. Many beginners, when they are learning attacking techniques, for example punching, often lean forwards and we can see their weight is on the front leg and the heel of their back foot lifts […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #156

Holding on to a Seniors Hand A lot of people when they are doing Chi Sau黐手with someone who is more senior than them, like to grab and hold onto the seniors hand. This is a bad habit and all bad habits die hard. We must not get into bad habit when doing Chi Sau when […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #155

Turning Sideways During Chi Sau黐手 When practicing Chi Sau黐手 some people like to turn their body to the side.  This means they have one leg forwards and one leg backward, one hand is more forward than the other and also the shoulders are not square.  This causes an imbalance when rolling the arms as obviously one arm becomes longer than the other and whilst this may […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #154

Toes Out, Heels In We can easily just focus on our hands during Chi Sau, really we should focus more on our legs and this is the key to good Chi Sau. If we watch people doing Chi Sau, but instead of watching their hands you watch their legs, we can see who is good […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #153

Do Not Move Your Head Many beginners, when they start doing Chi Sau黐手, will move their head when they are attacked. Of course this is quite normal for a beginner as who is not afraid of being hit? However, in Wing Chun training we need to face it, even if the fist is very close […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #152

Bad Posture During Chi Sau黐手 there are some students who do not keep a good posture, most of them hunch their back because they are trying to keep their elbows in it and it is an easy mistake to arch the back.  This is wrong and we should not allow our elbow position to affect keeping our back straight. If the back is not straight then we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Fist #151

Single and Double Hand Contact During Chi Sau黐手 some students always keep contact with one hand only and this is also a bad habit.  They do this because they are afraid of being too close whilst doing Chi Sau.  However what they forget Chi Sau is actually about close distance.  When we have a long distance the opponent can use kicking, jumping, and long punches. When […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Fist #150

Bad Inside and Outside Hands In Chi Sau we have Taan Sau 攤手 and Bong Sau 膀手, which are inside hands. We also have Fuk Sau伏手, which is an outside hand. During rolling hands we need to know how to change from the inside Taan Sau to the outside Fuk Sau.  We also need to know how to change from the outside Fuk […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #149

Do Not Hit Back Another bad habit during Chi Sau黐手 is ego. When we practice Chi Sau we need to think of it as training so there are no winners or losers only improving together. If this is the case we do not need to worry about being hit. My Sifu, Grandmaster Ip Chun 師父葉準 says, “Without getting hit we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #148

Step Back If our opponent makes us tense what should we do? The answer is we should use a foot work to step back and keep a distance so that they cannot get close to us. During double hand Chi Sau,  a lot of students do not know what to do when they are attacked  and their opponents Taan Sau攤手 or […]

Master Tses Wing Chun Note #147

Relaxation in Chi Sau Every time we Chi Sau we should try to relax. Naturally when we are fighting or in a situation where somebody is attacking us we will become tense. When studying Wing Chun we need to learn how to relax during these situations during the confusion and during the danger. Relaxation is the key for Wing Chun and for […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #146

Make your opponent Tense. I have come across many people who try and pull their hands out when they have been grabbed. This is also a very bad Chi Sau黐手 technique as the more you try to pull your hand out the more tension you will create in the body and the more tense you […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #145

Do Not Be Afraid If Your Hands Are Grabbed As I said last time, holding on to your opponent’s hands is a very bad habit in Chi Sau黐手. Having said that, from time to time we will hold our opponent’s hands, but we will not hold on for too long and we will also not hold […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #144

Holding the Hands In Chi Sau黐手 there are some bad hand techniques that will not lead us to a high level of skill. Some people feel afraid when they Chi Sau with seniors and this makes then tense and use a lot of strength and grab hold of the senior’s hand. This is a very […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #143

Do Not Hit Low I have been studying and practicing Wing Chun for over 40 years. During this time I have come across so many different hands. At the beginning of learning Chi Sau 黐手, I did Chi Sau like I was fighting, later I did Chi Sau like I was learning more about defence than attacking, much later I […]

Maser Tse’s Wing Chun Note #142

Teui Ma 退馬 – pt 2 As we looked at last time, Teui Ma退馬 is the way of stepping backwards. When we step back we must never step back in a straight line, we must step back at an angle so your opponent cannot catch you. We can step back, to the left or the right, we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #141

Teui Ma 退馬 – Part1 As we talked about last time, the first four methods of footwork in Wing Chun training are Jyun Ma轉馬, Waahng Ma橫馬, Jeun Ma進馬 and Teui Ma退馬. The first three are covered in Tsum Kiu尋橋and so this leaves on Teui Ma, which is stepping backwards. Because we do not have Teui Ma […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #140

7 Star Footwork 七星步法 When training Tsum Kiu (Chahm Kiuh)尋橋, we should concentrate on footwork as this is the main purpose of Tsum Kiu. In the form we are introduced to Jyun Ma轉馬, Waahng Ma橫馬and Jeun Ma進馬. However in Wing Chun training there are 7 different kinds of footwork which I gave names to in […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #139

Two Dai Bong Sau低膀手 When we practice Tsum Kiu尋橋 we learn to do the Dai Bong Sau低膀手 whilst we do the Jeun Ma進馬, in the third section. however when we continue practicing Wing Chun and go on to learn the Wooden Dummy 木人椿 we will learn another kind of Dai Bong  and this time the technique is what we expect the Dai Bong […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #138

Dai Bong低膀 and Taan Sau 攤手 In Tsum Kiu in the sequence where do Dai Bon we also do Taan Sau. Do you know why we need to do it like this?  No matter whether it is a normal Bong Sau膀手 or a Dai Bong Sau, it can be vulnerable to someone using Tok Sau托手. […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #137

Dai Bong Power In Tsum Kiu尋橋, after using Dai Bong低膀 we change to Taan Sau 攤手. As we step forwards we push with the Dai Bong and when we stop we change the Dai Bong to Taan Sau. This must happen in the correct way. As we start our Jeun Ma進馬 our palms turn up […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #136

Dai Bong低膀 When we are practising Tsum Kiu尋橋, whilst doing Jeun Ma進馬 we also use Dai Bong and Taan Sau攤手. This is the section after we do Dang Geuk蹬脚 and we start to walk using the Jeun Ma. The Dai Bong is unusual as it is strong whereas generally Bong Sau is soft, in particular the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #135

Third Kick In Tsum Kiu (Chahm Kiuh) 尋橋  we kick three times. The first kick is after Jyun Ma轉馬 and Waahng Laahn Kuen橫欄拳, where we do Chaan Geuk鏟腳. The second kick is after Wang Ma, when we have withdrawn our fists and turn the body then we do the Dang Geuk蹬脚.  The third one is the same Dang Geuk which we do after the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #134

Dang Geuk 蹬脚 The second kick in Tsum Kiu尋橋 is Dang Geuk,  this means straight bouncing out kick.  It is like Jung Kuen衝拳, Wing Chun’s punch. This kick comes before Jeun Ma轉馬  and after we turn the body we lift the leg then kick out. That kicking out movement we call Dang蹬 in Chinese. When we use Dang Geuk the standing leg is […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #133

Chaan Geuk 鏟腳 In Tsum Kiu (Chahm Kiuh) 尋橋 there are two kinds of kicking techniques. The first is Chaan Geuk鏟腳 and the second is Dang Geuk蹬腳. We do Chaan Geuk when we are standing in Jyun Ma and holding Waahng Laahn Kuen. Chaan Geuk means shovel leg. The leg is like a shovel throwing soil from the ground into the air. […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #132

Feet Together In Tsum Kiu the sequence of Jeun Ma進馬, Taan Sau攤手, Dai Bong 低膀手 ends with both feet together after the 3 steps. Many people ask what this is for. The answer is actually it has no meaning it just makes the form tidy and neat. We should never put our feet together if we have to […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #131

 Jeun Ma 進馬 The other kind of footwork is Jeun Ma進馬. Jeun 進 means forwards. Ma 馬 means step, so Jeun Ma means step forwards. During fighting or Chi Sau 黐手 we need to step forwards in order to get a better situation for position. For example, if we want to attack and the distance is not close enough we need […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #130

Waahng Ma橫馬 Waahng Ma橫馬 means walking sideways. Waahng橫 means level, that means sideways in a straight line. Ma馬 is stance but in this context it means walking or step. In Tsum Kiu we walk sideways and take three steps. We do not count the first step after the Chaan Tui鏟腿, but the three steps after […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #129

 Jyun Ma轉馬 – Part 2 Practising Jyun Ma 轉馬 takes many years to get it correct. I have never come across a beginner who can do it straight away. This is because non trained people do not know where their weight is and in Wing Chun we need to put out weight on our heels and […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #128

Jyun Ma 轉馬 Jyun Ma 轉馬 is the first footwork we learn in Wing Chun and it is a very important part of Wing Chun. Before this we have our facing stance Yih Jih Kihm Yeung Ma二字鉗羊馬 , which trains us to be in close range and with two hands in contact. If we do […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #127

Three Sections in Tsum Kiu 尋橋 Tsum Kiu尋橋 has three sections, just like Siu Lim Tao小念頭. When we study Wing Chun we will notice that Wing Chun likes to do things three times and there are three and also eight sections. How do we know there are three sections in Tsum Kiu? For this we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #126

Pek劈, Jam枕, Muht Sau沫手 In Tsum Kiu尋橋, we often end a sequence of movements with Pek劈, Jam Sau 枕手 and Muht Sau沫手. From there we will do a Sau Kuen收拳and gather the fist. Pek is chop, which is obviously an attack. After this we do Jyun Ma轉馬, to turn back to the front and then […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #125

 Mai Jarn Kuen埋㬹拳 Once we know Waahng Laahn Kuen 横欗拳, we should also learn about its brother, Mai Jarn Kuen埋㬹拳. Mai Jarn Kuen is a bit like Tann Sau 攤手, only holing a fist instead of an open palm. In Tsum Kiu 尋橋 the first three steps with the Bong Sau 膀手 and Wu Sau護手 […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #124

Tsum Kiu part 4 – Wan Lan (Waanhng Laahn) Kuen 橫欄拳   In Tsum Kiu尋橋 see many Bong Sau 膀手 and Wu Sau護手. This means that Bong Sau and Wu Sau are very important in Wing Chun. I have already mentioned that Taan Sau攤手, Bong Sau, Fuk Sau伏手 and Wu Sau are the for major, […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #123

Tsum Kiu 尋橋 Part 3 – Wan Lan (Waanhg Laahn) Sau横欗手 and Chong Kuen冲拳 In Tsum Kiu there is a Sequence of techniques that link together: Wan Lan Sau  and Chong Kuen. When I first leant it I did not understand the application was until my Sifu, Grandmaster Ip Chun葉準, explained it. When we use the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #122

Tsum Kiu 尋橋 part 2   In Tsum Kiu, after we have opened our stance, we mark the Centre, then we punch and then we perform Tsum Kiu Sau尋橋手. This is an application of our Kiu Sau橋手, our bridge hand. Normally we will attack our opponent with a punch, palm, chop our even our fingers. Not […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #121

Tsum Kiu (Chahm Kiuh)尋橋- part 1 After we have finished Siu Lim Tao (Siu Nihm Tauh)小念頭 we will start to learn Tsum Kiu. Siu Lim Tao is basic training, training Gong Lik功力, Fa Ging發勁 and basic techniques. Tsum Kiu is the second form and is about footwork and the using the forearm which we call […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #120

Story of Ip Man studying Wing Chun 葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 20 After a few years Ip Man graduated from St Stephen’s College and returned to his family in Foshan. He went to visit his Sihing, Ng Chun So, who had taught him most of the Wing Chun skill before he went to Hong Kong. Ip Man told him […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #119

 Story of Ip Man studying Wing Chun part 19 After studying with Uncle Leung Bik for six months, Ip Man treated him as his Sifu. Although Chan Wah Shun was his Sifu, Ip Man was only 12 years old when he studied with him, and Chan Wah Shun was already old. Most of the time […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #118

Story of Ip Man pt 18 Ip Man paid close attention to what he was being taught by Uncle Leung Bik. Leung Bk taught him how to hold his fist in a different way to the normal Wing Chun fist Yaht Jih Chung Kuhn (Kuan) 日字沖拳, and this new fist was called Saam Jim Kuen三尖拳, […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #117

Wing Chun Note 117 Story of Ip Man Studying Wing Chun葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 17 “One red spot in the centre of China (this means it is a very important thing in Chinese Kung Fu World). Do not teach and tell the bad people about it. If you teach and tell them, then it will cause your […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #116

Story of Ip Man Studying Wing Chun葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 16 “Chinese Medicine is equal to Kung Fu. The knowledge to heal and hurt someone is the same拳理與醫理同道,傷人與救人一理.” After hearing Uncle Leung Bik 梁璧 said this Ip Man thought a lot. Sometime later, during one lesson when Ip Man was doing Chi Sau with Uncle Leung Bik, […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #115

Story of Ip Man Studying Wing Chun葉問學習詠春的故事   Part 15 As Leung Bik梁璧 Chi Sau黐手’d with Ip Man he found that Ip Man attacked using punches and palm strikes, because of this Leung Bik could tell that Ip Man did not know enough about body structure. Then as Ip Man punched at him he suddenly […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #114

The Story of Ip Man studying Wing Chun 葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 14 Leung Bik did not just Chi Sau with Ip Man he also explained every single hand technique to Ip Man, but he also let him find out by himself how to correct his hand skills. This is because there is more to a hand […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #113

The Story of Ip Man Studying Wing Chun 葉問學習詠春的故事  Part 13 Each time Ip Man went to visit Uncle Leung Bik梁璧, he learnt more about Chi Sau黐手 from him. Leung Bik told him, “Chi Su is the most important part of Wing Chun training, but Forms are combine some of the skills to make movements, […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #112

Story of Ip Man Studying Wing Chun葉問學習詠春的故事   Part 12 When Ip Man met Leung Bik for his first lesson Leung Bik said to him, “Do not let Kung Fu structures control you!” Ip Man had never heard that before and did not understand. Leung Bik smiled and then explained, “Many people who learn Kung […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #111

Story of Ip Man Studying Wing Chun葉問學習詠春的故事   Part 11 Ip Man was very happy. He missed his Wing Chun training. He could practise his forms on his own, but he missed Chi Sau黐手. He had a wooden dummy in Foshan, but he could not practise here in Hong Kong. He knew that the essence […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #110

Story of Ip Man葉問學習詠春的故事  Part 10 Ip Man was so surprised to hear the name Leung Bik梁璧. Leung Bik was his Sigong Leung Jan師公梁贊’s, eldest son! Leung Jan was the person who had brought Wing Chun to Foshan. Throughout Chinese official history you can only really trace the roots of Wing Chun back to Leung Jan. […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #109

Story of Ip Man Studying Wing Chun葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 9 After three days, Uncle contacted Ip Man and invited him to come and see him again. Ip Man was very happy to hear from Uncle as he wanted to find out how his Wing Chun skill was so good. He also thought he might be able to learn […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #108

Story of Ip Man Studying Wing Chun葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 8 Ip Man began to speed up and use more and more strength, punching quite fiercely at Fung’s Uncle’s face. Suddenly Fung’s Uncle changed position and he was not there and so Ip Man hit only air. But suddenly he felt a palm on his right shoulder and […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #107

The Story of Ip Man Studying Wing Chun 葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 7 When Ip Man touched Fung’s uncle’s hands he immediately knew that he had a very high level of skill. Ip Man remembered what his Sifu, Chan Wah Shun陳華順 had told him, “When you Chi Sau with someone and their hands are hard and full […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #106

Story of Ip Man studying Wing Chun 葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 6 That afternoon, after school, Fung told Ip Man about his uncle and how he was also from Foshan and knew Kung Fu. Ip Man accompanied Fung to his house, where Fung’s uncle was already there. Ip Man thought Fung’s uncle was between 40 and 50 […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #105

Story of Ip Man studying Wing Chun 葉問學習詠春的故事 – Part 5 After that fight, Ip Man’s name spread out in that area. Of course Ip Man’s classmate Fung also went around telling people how good Ip Man was. During this time, a relative, who was like an uncle of Fung’s, came to stay with Fung’s […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #104

Story of Ip Man Studing Wing Chun 葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 4 When Ip Man was 17 year old, his older sister suggested he should go to Hong Kong to continue his education. So for the first time Ip Man left Foshan and went to study at St Stephen’s College in Hong Kong. At college he met […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #103

Story of Ip Man Studing Wing Chun 葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 3 Although Ip Man was only 7 years old, he listed to his teacher Chan Wah Shun陳華順 and worked very hard. When he was 13 years old his teacher became very ill, he called up Ip Man and the most Senior student Ng Chun So吴仲素 to […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #102

Story of Ip Man Studing Wing Chun 葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 2 Chan Wah Shun陳華順 Sifu took the 20 Dai Yeung大洋 from the 7 year old Ip Man. However he said to Ip Man, “I cannot teach you. Also I will not give you the money back.” Ip Man looked at Chan Wah Shun and knew something was […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #101

Story of Ip Man Studying Wing Chun 葉問學習詠春的故事 Part 1 Ip Man was born on 1st October 1893 and passed away on the 2nd December 1972. He was born in Foshan 佛山, Guandong Province in China. Foshan means Buddha Mountain. The story about how it got its names goes that in 628 BC some people digging and they discovered, […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #100

Ip Man Story There have been three Ip Man movies in which Donnie Yen has played the role of Grandmaster Ip Man. He did very well playing this role and these movies have created a lot of interest in Wing Chun and Ip Man has become a hero for many people. Ip Man is my Sigong師公 […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #99

Daily Siu Lim Tao Practising Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 is a very important part of our training and we must do it every day. When you are new to training, start with five minutes and increase to ten minutes and then eventually up to half an hour a day. If you can do this all […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #98

Sau Ma收馬 After the three punches at the end of Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 we close our stance and this is the end of the form. When you watch someone practising Siu Lim Tao, just the very beginning and the very end, you can see how good their Wing Chun is. Wing Chun relies on […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #97

Left Side First & Three Times When we perform our Wing Chun forms we always begin on the left side and we perform many movements three times, but of course not all the movements. Some we do four times, but we always start on the left and most of the time, if we repeat techniques […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #96

Other Ways to when Someone Grabs You There are other ways to deal with someone who grabs your wrist. If they grab your right wrist with their right hand, turn your right hand into a Taan Sau 攤手 so that your fingers point towards his throat and then step forwards towards him. This will be […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #95

When Your Hands are Grabbed Very Hard If someone really grabs hold of your hand, let say their right hand grabs your right wrist, as this is the normal way to grab, as we have already said, you cannot use Chaan Sau鏟手. If someone if strong, then it is impossible to chop their hand away, […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #94

Application of Chaan Sau鏟手 Chaan Sau is also known as Muht Sau 沫手.” Muht沫” means “Wipe “so “Muht Sau” is “Wiping hand”. A long time ago my Sifu, Grandmaster Ip Chun葉準師父, told me a story about a famous Wing Chun Sifu who gave a seminar in the West. A student asked him about the application […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #93

Siu Lim Tao Part 3 – Chaan Sau鏟手 (Muht Sau 沫手) There is one more application at the end of the form and that is Chaan Sau and this part really does belong to the end. It is usual for other applications to combine certain techniques together, however we repeat Chaan Sau three times, the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #92

Siu Lim Tao Part 3 – Bong Sau 膀手Taan Sau攤手 Continuing in Part 3 of Siu Lim Tao, after the Bong Sau 膀手 we change to Taan Sau 攤手 and then Dai Jeung 低掌. The entire application comes from using the Bong Sau to contact the opponent’s opposite hand. For example they punch with their […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #91

Siu Lim Tao part 3 – Bong Sau 膀手 The next application of Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 part 3 is one of the most famous Wing Chun hands – Bong Sau 膀手. We must be good at Bong Sau and it might take three years to become good. At first everyone’s Bong Sau used hard […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #90

Siu Lim Tao Part 3 – Gaan Sau 挌手 The second application in part 3 of Siu Lim Tao is Gaan Sau. Gaan Sau is rarely used because it comes from a lost contact. When we are practising Chi Sau we are in contact all the time and if we lose contact we catch the hand back […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #89

Siu Lim Tao Part 3 – Paak Sau 拍手 After we have done parts 1 and 2 of Siu Lim Tao 小念頭, we now focus on part 3. The purpose of part 3 is applications. There are many applications in Wing Chun and also a many basic hands. One of the basic hands is Paak […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #88

The Second Part of Siu Lim Tao – Faat Ging 發勁 The purpose of the second part of Siu Lim Tao is to develop Faat Ging 發勁. “Fa發” means” Release “and “Ging勁” means “power”. Bruce Lee called it “One inch punch寸勁”, but in Wing Chun we call it Cheuhng Kiu Faat Ging 長橋發勁. “Cheuhng長” means […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #87

Weight on the Heels When we are practising Siu Lim Tao小念頭, once we have opened our stance, we do not move our body until the end of the form. Our weight should be on our heels, as our heels relate to our centre of gravity and connect our whole body through our skeleton. Our heels […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #86

Weight on the Legs, Upper Body flexible When we practise Siu Lim Tao 小念頭, particularly in the first part, we must take our time. We will train our Taan Sau攤手, Fuk Sau伏手, Wu Sau護手and we will also train our wrist which occurs during Huen Sau圈手 and Jam Sau枕手. In the beginning, most people should be […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #85

First Part of Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 – Gong Lihk功力 Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 has three parts which we need to practice and develop. The first part is for developing Gong Lihk 功力, the second part is Fa Ging 發勁 and the third part is training basic applications 手法. When we are studying Wing Chun […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #84

Breathing When you have been practising Siu Lim Tao小念頭 for long enough and you can easily stand for 15 minutes, you will start to notice more about your body. You will feel good and your eyesight, mind and hearing will all become better. At this point a lot of people start to think about their […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #83

Empty the Mind It is very difficult to empty the mind. This is one of the main aims in Buddhist and Daoist training and it is not easy. All Chinese skill relates to Qi氣, the energy which flows inside our bodies that makes us healthy and strong. All traditional Chinese Kung Fu starts with training […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #82

What Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 Means The first form we learn is Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 . “Siu小” means ”Small”, “Lim念” means” Idea” or “Thinking” and “Tao頭” means “Head”, so Siu Lim Tao means – small thinking head or small idea head. Actually” Lim Tao念頭” together means “Thought” or “Thinking”, or “Ideas” and everything comes […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #81

Withdraw the Fist收拳 After punching and our fist is still in front of us, we open the palm and then rotate the wrist to the inside and then out. The fingers should be relaxed and our strength should be in our wrist. At the end our fingers are pointing outside and then we close or […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #80

Wing Chun Fist – Yaht Jih Chung Kuan 日字沖拳 Punching comes next in Siu Lim Tao 小念頭. It is called Yaht Jih Chung Kuan and it means the fist we hold in vertical is like the Chinese Character “Day日”. “Chung Kuan 沖拳” means “Punching”. We always use the left hand first and then the right hand. This is because […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #79

Fists by the side of our Chest After we have marked the centreline we withdraw our fists back to the side of the chest. In Wing Chun forms we like to keep the fists by the side of our chest when we are not using them. Other styles of Kung Fu prefer to keep their […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #78

Mark the Centre 拿中線 After we have formed the perfect Yee Zi Kim Yueng Ma 二字鉗羊馬 we need to maintain that position. Wing Chun training requires a lot of feeling and so we must feel that position and know if we have got it wrong, e.g. the feet too wide or narrow. We should be […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #77

Hoi Ma 開馬 Everything we do in Wing Chun starts with Hoi Ma opening our stance. In all Chinese studies whether it is calligraphy, cooking, reading or even eating, our posture and attitude is very important. A good posture will create a good internal energy and so a good circulation. Then we can relax and […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #76

Learning Structure How should we study Wing Chun Kung Fu? Should we learn all the forms in order? For this, there is no doubt. We start with Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 , then Tsum Kiu 尋橋, Biu Zi 標指, Wooden Dummy木人椿, Baat Cham Dao 八斬刀 and finally the Luk Dim Boon Gwan六點半棍. However, this is […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #75

Baat Cham Dao 八斬刀 The Baat Cham Dao 八斬刀 are unique weapons and perfect for Wing Chun practitioners. “Baat 八” mean” Eight”, “Cham 斬” means “Chop” and “Dao 刀” means “Knife” or “Broadsword”. So the form has eight knife techniques. It is a short knife, which when we are holding it and flip it over, […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #74

Luk Dim Bun Gwan 六點半棍 How about the Luk Dim Bun Gwan 六點半棍 – Six and a Half Point Pole? The Luk dim Bun Gwan was not originally part of the Wing Chun System. It was added when Wong Wah Bo黄華寶and Leung Yee Tai梁二娣 exchanged skill. Wing Wah Bo was one of the Wing Chun […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #73

Wooden Dummy木人椿 How about Wooden Dummy 木人椿 training? We all think that we must learn this at the end, after we have completed Biu Zi 標指. Actually it is not necessary to wait so long. After we have learnt Siu Lim Tao小念頭, even if you have learnt well, I do not think that you will […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #72

Learn in the Correct Order We have three bare hand forms. Siu Lim Tao(Siu Nihm Tauh)小念頭 is the basic foundation and teaches us the basic skill, energy and applications. Tsum Kiu(Chahm Kiuh)尋橋 is for footwork training and Biu Zi 標指trains long and short distance skills. We can see that these forms have their own training […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #71

Less Forms are Better When we learn Wing Chun forms, we start with Siu Lim Tao (Siu Nihm Taum)小念頭 and then move onto the second form Tsum Kiu(Chahm Kiuh) 尋橋 and finally the third form Biu Zi 標指. We only have these three forms. In most Chinese Kung Fu styles there can easily be over […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #70

Bong Sau 膀手 and Wu Sau護手 There are many ways to play, or use the Bong Sau 膀手. However before this we must use the basic Bong Sau first. With this Bong Sau, the forearm is soft, the elbow is higher than the wrist and the energy is in the upper arm. You should contact […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #69

Wu Sau護手 When we have one hand in contact, for example when we are using Bong Sau 膀手, we must also have a Wu Sau護手 at the centre of our body at the same time. Wu Sau is very important when we have one hand in contact or even if we have no contact at […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #68

Bong Sau 膀手 Bong Sau 膀手 is one of the 4 major hand techniques of Wing Chun. It takes many years to master because it needs to be soft. It is always easier to make the body hard and strong since we just need to train it. However, when training just to be strong and […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #67

The Second Fuk Sau伏手 There is another way of performing and using Fuk Sau伏手. This time we use the palm to lightly hold onto the opponent’s forearm. This Fuk Sau can be found in the second section of Siu Lim Tao after we do Double Tok Sau we turn the palms down and this is […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #66

Taan Sau, Fuk Sau Must be Correct We must be good at the four major hand techniques of Wing Chun: Taan Sau攤手, Bong Sau膀手, Fuk Sau伏手and Wu Sau護手. Of these techniques Taan Sau is the most common as in some ways it is the easiest to do right. It needs to be quick when we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #65

Holding the Position Longer When we practise Siu Lim Tao 小念頭, during the first section we do not move a lot. This is important training as if we want to move quickly and accurately we must first train slowly. The first section is the part of the form that contains the very slow movements. On […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #64

Not Moving During Chi Sau Many people when they are practising Chi Sau 黐手 do not move their feet. This is not very good because when doing Chi Sau two of you stand very close to each other and in this situation it is easy to use a lot of energy. During Chi Sau we […]

Wing Chun Chi Sau Day

Wing Chun Wooden Dummy Residential Course 20-23 Apirl 2017, UK Study the complete 8 Sections fo the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy Form with Master Tse. The Wing Chun Wooden Dummy is a very special training method. Although there are other Kung Fu styles that have wooden dummy training, few of them are as sophisticated as the […]

Hong Kong & China 2016

I have taken students to China and Hong Kong many times, to visit my teachers, and each time is always challenging. This time I took 44 students. Originally it was meant to be 46, but at the last moment, Tor and Nina were not able to make it and this was a pity as it […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #63

Kicking in Chi Sau Some people when they find it hard to use their hands during Chi Sau like to kick or sweep their opponent. We should remember that Chi Sau is not fighting and is not about winning and losing. If we only want to win and hit our opponent then we will not […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #62

Feeling your Weight Although we start with our stance square and our weight even on both legs, it does not mean we cannot step with one foot forwards and the other one backwards. For example, if we want to use Gaau Cha Sau交叉手to trap our opponent’s hands we need to step forwards in order to […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #61

Even Weight In the beginning, when we are practising Chi Sau黐手 with a partner, we should face each other square on. This means shoulders to shoulder, chest to chest face while we roll hands, in particular, our stances should be square on and our feet shoulder width apart. I have come across people who like […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #60

Double Wu Sau 雙護手 In Chi Sau, if we want to defend ourselves well, we must be able to contact with one hand. When one hand is in contact, the other hand should be a Wu Sau護手. We can use a one hand contact when we are not sure of the situation. Most of the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #59

Step Back and Let Go During Chi Sau 黐手, when the opponent is on the inside and we have both hands in contact on the outside it is easy for them to hit us with their Taan Sau 攤手, particularly when they have double Taan Sau 雙攤手. In this situation, you might not know which […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #58

Kwun Sau綑手 After we have learnt three attacking techniques, we need to learn a few defensive hands. The first one we must learn is Kwun Sau綑手.” Kwun綑” means “Wrap Around”, so “Kwun Sau” literally means” Wrap Around Hand”, but in this context it means” Rotating Around Hand”. In Wing Chun the Kwun Sau rotates from […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #57

Outside Paak Sau外門拍手 After we have learnt how to attack from the outside using Gaau Cha Sau 交叉手 and from the inside using inside Paak Sau 拍手, we should learn how attack when we have one hand in contact. When we are doing Chi Sau 黐手 we must learn how to move to change the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #56

Inside Paak Sau 內門拍手 When we are doing Chi Sau we need to be able to attack whether our hands are outside or inside. When the hands are on the inside we can use our second basic attacking hand – Paak Sau 拍手. Being inside means we have one Taan Sau 攤手 and one Bong Sau […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #55

Gaau Cha Sau 交叉手 Once we can Gwo Sau過手, which means we can do anything and move in any direction, we need to try and use Wing Chun techniques to attack and defend. When we want to attack our opponent, there are three techniques we need to learn. The first is an attacking technique from […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #54

Gong Sau講手 In the 1950’s, in Hong Kong, students of different styles of Kung Fu and martial arts would meet on the flat roof tops of buildings (the buildings could be 10 stories high) to compete against each other. Many different styles were involved, Hung Kuan(Hung Ga)洪拳, Wing Chun 詠春,Choi Lee Fut 蔡李佛,Bagua Jeung 八卦拳,Shaolin […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #53

Gwo Sau 過手 Once we know how to be safe when rolling arms, how to change from inside outside and from outside to inside, then we know how to Chi Sau. Now we should start to Gwo Sau. “Gwo過” means “Passing Over”. So “Gwo Sau過手”means “Passing Over Hands”. The hands pass over, it also means […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #52

Seung Chi Sau雙黐手 – Why Do We Need to Roll Hands? In the class one student asked me, “Why do we need to roll the hands?” This is a good question. The reason is we must start somewhere. If both of us begin Chi Sau without moving then we can remain still for long time. […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #51

Seung Chi Sau 雙黐手 – Changing from Outside to Inside Changing from the outside to the inside is the complete opposite of changing from inside to outside. In this situation we have two outside hands, Lower Fuk Sau伏手and Upper Fuk Sau and our opponent has a Taan Sau攤手 and Bong Sau 膀手. Once again the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #50

Seung Chi Sau 雙黐手– Changing from Inside to Outside When we understand the four situations and the rolling techniques of the inside and outside hand positions, we must start to learn how to change from the inside hand to the outside hand and also from the outside hand back to the inside hand. There are […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #49

Seung Chi Sau 雙黐手 – Four Situations with a Partner What are the four situations with a partner in Chi Sau? After we have done solo practice we need to pair up and try with another person.  1st Situation We use Taan Sau 攤手 and Bong Sau 膀手 and our opponent uses Lower and Upper Fuk […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #48

Seung Chi Sau 雙黐手: Inside hand 內門手 and Outside hands 外門手 After we have done solo Seung Chi Sau covering all four situations, we then need to pair up with a partner and go through these four situations once more. Before we do this we need to know that when we are performing Taan Sau 攤手 […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #47

Seung Chi Sau 雙黐手 After practising Daan Chi Sau 單黐手, we then move onto practising Seung Chi Sau 雙黐手. Seung means double, so Double Hands Chi Sau. Before we seriously train with a partner, we must take things step by step, this means practising solo without a partner. There are four hand positions. Taan Sau […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #46

Do We Need Daan Chi Sau? Daan Chi Sau 單黐手 is part of traditional Wing Chun training. Once, when I was having a conversation with my Sifu, Ip Chun, he said to me, “We do not need to practise Daan Chi Sau.” Of course, I immediately asked him why? He said, “It is not necessary […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #45

Jam Sau枕手 In Daan Chi Sau單黐手 we have the technique Jam Sau枕手. Jam 枕 means “to put the weight on something”. In this context we can say it means sinking down, so Jam Sau means Sinking Hand. The correct Jam Sau position has the palm open, the four fingers together and straight, with the thumb […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #44

Daan Chi Sau單黐手 – Solo Practice When we first start practising Daan Chi Sau, the best thing to do is first practise on our own without a partner. Why is that? Practising solo, is the same as practising a form like Siu Lim Tao 小念頭, Tsum Kiu尋橋 or Biu Jee標指. By doing this first we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #43

Distance of Daan Chi Sau 單黐手 When we begin to practise Dan Chi Sau we must be aware of the distance between our opponent and ourselves. When we stand to face each other we must ensure that our elbows are in the correct position which is two fists away from the body. This will give […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #42

Daan Chi Sau,單黐手 When we learn anything we must always start with the basics. In Chi Sau黐手, the basic level is Daan Chi Sau. Daan means single, so Daan Chi Sau means single sticking hand. Before we practise with both hands we must practise with one hand first. We begin with Hoi Ma 開馬. Hoi開means […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #41

Chi Sau Chi Sau is a very special training method in Wing Chun. Apart from Taijiquan that has Tui Shou (Pushing Hands), basically no other styles of Kung Fu have such a developed method of partner training. Other styles may have something similar but much of that skill has been lost or it is quite […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #40

Chaan Pek 剷劈 When we use the Pek劈 we use it from inside to outside, but we can also use it from outside to inside. Is a little bit like Gaan Sau挌手, but instead of using the forearm we use the wrist area on the small finger side. We strike with the area of the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #39

Pek劈 Another Wing Chun attacking hand is Pek劈, which means cop. In the second section of Siu Lim Tao we perform Pek with both hands. When we use the Pek, we must strike using the outside edge of the hand, close to the wrist. The thumb should be bent and closed to the palm. In […]

Wing Chun Story – Chapter 18

Wing Chun Story – Chapter 18 The room was very simple and bare. There was only a fire burning, but it was not bright enough to light and warm the room properly. And two people were slumped against the wall both tied to a piece of wood their hands were tied behind, they cannot move […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #38

Waanhg Pouh Paaih Jeung 横抱琶掌 Waanhg Pouh Paaih Jeung 横抱琶掌 is made up of two Waanhg Jeung which are used together so that both wrists are inside the fingers pointing outward. Waanhg Pouh Paaih Jeung is used against the lower part of the opponent’s body. Each time we strike our opponent, we must make sure […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #37

Jihk Pouh Paaih Jeung 直抱琶掌 For Pouh Paaih Jeung we use both palms to strike. We can also uses both Jihk Jeung 直掌 to strike our opponent. Not only this, we can use the palms to push our opponent’s chest, so it can be both a strike and a push. In Chi Sau, when we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #36

Bun Pouh Paaih Jeung 半抱琶掌 With Pou Paaih Jeung 抱琶掌 we use one Jihk Jeung 直掌 and one Dai Jeung 低掌. Either the left hand or the right hand can be the Jihk Jeung and the other is the Dai Jeung. We also have Half Pouh Paaih Jeung which is called Bun Pouh Paai Jeung […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #35

Pouh Paaih Jeung 抱琶掌 Wing Chun has many kinds of palm strike. We have already talked at Jik Jeung 直掌, Waahng Jeung 橫掌, Dai Jeung 低掌and Waahng Dai Jeung 橫低掌. Now we come to look at the last palm strike, Pouh Paaih Jeung and there are many ways to do this palm strike. Pouh means […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #34

Waanhg Dai Jeung 橫低掌 Waahng 橫 means side or horizontal. Dai 低 means low and Jeung 掌 means palm. So Waanhg Dai Jeung means low side palm. This is a low palm strike where the palm is turned sideways so the fingers point outwards. When we strike, we hit with the lower part of the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #33

Dai Jeung 低掌 In the third section of Siu Lim Tao form, there is an application of Bong Sau 膀手. In the sequence we do Bong Sau, Taan Sau 攤手, and Dai Jeung 低掌. Although in the form we hit high with the palm, in practise, the strike should actually be low. In Chinese Martial […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #32

Waahng Jeung 横掌 When we use the palm to attack in Wing Chun, we have quite a few choices. The palm is only suitable for attacking for certain areas of the body. If we use the wrong palm strike to hit a certain area, we might actually hurt ourselves more than the opponent. One of […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #31

Long Fist Punch 長拳 We all know that in Wing Chun Kuen 詠春拳 there is no Long Fist Punch 長拳. What is a Long Fist? A Long Fist Punch is a punch that starts from the waist then punches forward to the shoulder level (but sometimes can be little bit lower) with the fist ending […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #30

Gwa Cheuih 掛錘 Gwa Cheuih 掛錘 is one of common fists but not many people know how to use it. Gwa 掛 means a movement hitting from the high to low. Cheuih 錘 means hammer. In west we like call it “back fist” Gwa Cheuih is a circle fist and it comes from low and […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #29

Dai Kuen 低拳 Wing Chun has Chong Kuen 沖拳 (Thrust Fist) but it also has another fist which Dai Kuen 低拳 which means Lower Fist. This is different than the Chung Kuen, which is a vertical fist. Dai Kuen is horizontal with the palm facing upward. We still hit with bottom three knuckles. We do […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #28

Yan Jeung 印掌 Yan Jeung 印掌 is the Wing Chun palm strike. Yan 印 means print and Jeung 掌 means palm. So Yan Jeung literally means print a palm and of course it means palm strike. In martial arts the most common attacking hand is the punch and the next most common one is the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #27

Wing Chun Fist In Wing Chun the fist in Chinese is called Yaht Jih Chung Kuen 日字沖拳. It means the fist is vertical. The vertical fist looks like the Chinese character for the sun. This Chinese character is Yaht Jih日字. Chung 沖 means charge or strike and Kuen 拳 means fist. Since the Wing Chun […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #26

What To Do When We Have No Hands Free A common question about Chi Sau 黐手, especially during a Tse Qigong Centre Chi Sau Day is, “What should we do if someone is holding both our hands down?” In this situation, the danger is that they will be able to hit us. If they are […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #25

Hard and Soft Laap Sau 擸手 When using Laap Sau 擸手, we can use different kinds of energy. If we want to pull our opponent with Laap Sau, we should do it quickly so he does not have enough time to defend against it. That is Hard Laap Sau. We can also hold the arm […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #24

Double Laap Sau 雙擸手 I have said before that when we use Laap Sau 擸手we should not use the thumb when we use the hand to grasp our opponent. However, in certain occasions we will use the thumb and this is when we really want to pull or push the opponent’s hand. For example, when […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #23

Bong Sau 膀手 Wu Sau 護手, Laap Sau 擸手 In form Tsum Kiu 尋橋 we have the position where we use a Bong Sau 膀手and a Wu Sau 護手. We do this with Jyun Ma 轉馬and also Waahng Ma 横馬, so there are a lot of situations where we use Bong Sau and Wu Sau. […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #22

Laap Sau 擸手 Laap Sau 擸手is one of the most effective hands in Wing Chun. Laap means grasp. In the forms Siu Lim Tao 小念頭and Tsum Kiu 尋橋 we do not use Laap Sau, but in Biu Ji 標指, near the end of the form, there is a Laap Sau technique. However, this needs explanation […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #21

Paak Sau 拍手 Paak Sau means Slapping Hand. It is one of the most common and useful techniques in Wing Chun and so we must know how to do it and also how to use it. If our opponent attacks with a fist, we will use Paak Sau to slap his forearm, just above the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #20

Gong Lik功力 Gong Lik功力 is the source of our power. Without Gong Lik all the Ging勁 is useless. It would be like a child hitting an adult; the child might hit the adult in the right way, in the right area that would usually cause pain but because they do not have power (Ging), then […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #19

Gong Ging剛勁and Yauh Ging柔勁 There are two kinds of Ging. One is Gong Ging 剛勁, which means strong and the other is Yauh Ging柔勁, which means soft. I said previously that Ging can be fast or slow, can go in any direction and is internal. It can also be strong or soft. When we hit […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #18

Relaxation and Ging Ging 勁 is internal power as it comes from the inside, from the legs to the waist, the body and then finally to the hand. We know we need to connect to the body together to make the perfect position and this will allow us to use Ging. When we release power […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #17

Ging 勁 Ging 勁means power. This Chinese character is made up of three parts:         So all together, these characters mean “working in a field with strength”. Traditionally, Chinese people were farmers and so they had to work in their fields in order to provide for themselves. However, they could not just […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #16

One Inch Punch 寸勁 Anybody who trains martial arts, and even some who do not, have heard the name “One inch punch”. This was one of the techniques made famous by Bruce Lee 李小龍 that impressed so many western martial artists. Actually this is one of Wing Chun’s powerful techniques. Its proper name is Long […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #15

Wu Sau 護手 Wu Sau 護手 is the most important hand in Wing Chun and training.  Think about it, without Wu Sau during Chi Sau or fighting we will get hit all the time. Wu means protect, Wu Sau means protecting hand. Wu Sau is our guard which protects our body, in particular the centre […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #14

Fuk Sau 伏手 Fuk Sau 伏手 is the third Wing Chun hand technique. Fuk means rest on, so Fuk Sau means Resting Hand. In the first part of Siu Lim Tao we practice one time Taan Sau 攤手, perform three times Fuk Sau and four times Wu Sau 護手. So we can see how Important […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #13

Taan Sau 攤手 Taan Sau攤手is the first hand technique we usually learn in Wing Chun. Actually In my opinion, after we should learn Wu Sau護手first. After learning how to punch and the Wu Sau then the first hand technique we learn must be Taan Sau. What is Taan Sau? Taan means open, Sau means hand, so […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #12

Bong Sau 膀手 Bong Sau 膀手 is the third Wing Chun hand technique that we should learn after learning Wu Sau護手 and Taan Sau 攤手. Bong means Wing so Bong Sau means Wing Hand.  Actually the pronunciation is in Mandarin not Cantonese.  In Cantonese writing people like to write “tie”.  In Cantonese wing is pronounced […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #11

Basic Hands When we study Wing Chun we must learn 3 basic hands which are very important. Taan Sau 攤手 – Opening Hand Taan Sau opens from the centre of the chest so this means the movement is from inside to outside. We use it to block and for making the first contact if we […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #10

The Eyes During Chi Sau practice, students often ask where they should look. My answer is they should look at the opponent’s chest.  This is because the hands move very quickly and we cannot follow them otherwise we will get dizzy. Once this happens then we will get hit. So we must look at an […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #9

Awareness We might have very good Chi Sau skill and even be very good at fighting, but if we are not aware of what is happening around us, in the end we will still lose. A good Kung Fu man or martial artist needs to know everything that is happening around them, whether they are […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #8

Teacher is a Compass There are many things in the world that we can learn by ourselves, like cooking, gardening, making furniture and even a language but we cannot learn Wing Chun without a teacher. The teacher is a compass to guide you in the right direction and without it you will arrive at the […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #7

Do not Kick Unless You are Sure Many people like to kick when they are fighting because they have seen so many martial arts movies and they think it is very cool. But in reality, it is not the same thing. If you kick in the wrong way you will get hurt or hurt very […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #6

Real Fighting is About the Opponent In Note 5 we talked about practising on our own and imagining that our opponent is in front of us. We do this so that we can train to understand the skills and follow the principles of Wing Chun. The more we practise with the right principle, particularly in […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #5

When Training by Yourself, Imagine Your Opponent is in front of You When practicing our forms we must follow the principles of each hand technique.  Each hand has its own position, which must be right. By doing this we can develop good position and the principles of the technique.  Every hand technique has its own […]

Master Tsiu Sheung Tin

Master Tsiu Sheung Tin On the 29th of July 2014, famous Wing Chun Kung Fu Master Tsiu Sheung Tin passed away at the age of 81. He was one of the top students of Late Grand Master Ip Man. He spent his lifetime making great contributions to Wing Chun Kung Fu and he has students […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #4

Training is Different to Fighting When we practise Wing Chun forms on our own, when we practise the techniques we should aslo think about principles and the energy of Wing Chun. For example, with the Wing Chun stance, Yee Ji Kim Yeung Ma 二字鉗羊馬, we should stand with weight spread equally on both legs as […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #3

What is the proper Wing Chun stance? With a proper Wing Chun stance, called “Yee Ji Kim Yeung Ma 二字鉗羊馬”, the feet should be shoulder width, knees bent (but not going over the toes), the toes turned in slightly and the heels outwards but not too far. This stance creates a little triangle. Remember, there […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #2

A Straight Back and a Clear Mind No matter what Wing Chun position we use, we must keep the back straight. A straight back is healthy and without good health we will not develop good Kung Fu skill. When we have a straight back we can clear our minds and then our reactions will be […]

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #1

Relaxed Hands are Dangerous I remember when I was studying with my Sifu, Grandmaster Ip Chun, back in 1985 or 86, he told me that his father, Grandmaster Ip Man had said, “In Wing Chun, when you Chi Sau with someone and you don’t feel anything from them, that means his level is high.” At […]