Wing Chun Stance Training

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #17

Ging 勁

Ging 勁means power. This Chinese character is made up of three parts:

Field, Work, Strength

 

 

 

 

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 use force otherwise they would be exhausted. Instead they had to use skilful force. Therefore Ging means force or power with skill. This means it can be fast, slow, hard and soft. In order to develop Ging well, we must develop the body so it can change position, strength, speed and direction easily. It means that the whole body must be connected together efficiently from the head all the way to the toes and from the fingers to the heels. When we use Ging, everything must respond quickly whatever movement we do. So it means the entire body’s Qi must flow very well.

Wing Chun Stance TrainingIf the Qi flows in good condition then it means all of the body functions well. So then we can use power from any position and angle and that power will connect to the whole body, not just the fist or arm. In order to create more power, then we need to make sure our stance is good. A strong stance will create powerful Ging. However, for our stance to be strong, our bones need to be strong. That is why all traditional Chinese martial arts train the stance and legs.

In Wing Chun we train our stance through Siu Lim Tao小念頭. There is many ways to use Ging but the power always comes from strong bones. Ging is internal and comes from inside the body. So we call it Nei Jing 內勁. When we refer to internal power training, we call it Nei Gong 內功. In the first part of Siu Lim Tao first we train Nei Gong.

Michael Tse

6 replies
  1. jamal
    jamal says:

    Greeting’s!

    I am a wing chun practitioner and would like to know is there any exercises I can do to strengthen my legs and\or stance?

    Thank you

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  2. Michael Tse
    Michael Tse says:

    Dear Mr. Jamal

    Thanks for you reading the Wing Chun Note.
    Regarding your question about how to build up the power of your legs, you need to practise Siu Lim Tao for at lease half an hour a day, after three months regularly practice your legs will be strong for all the forms and Chi Sau.

    Michael Tse

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    • jamal
      jamal says:

      Thank you sifu for replying back, and I am loving this article about faat ging. I have really been interested in Qi power for a while now, is there any exercises of breathing methods I can do for starters? I will take articles on how to practice these methods suggestions anything. I just want my wing chun to have the power it needs when I need it. Thank you for your help sifu.

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  3. Michael Tse
    Michael Tse says:

    Dear Jamal,
    If you want more power of your punches or any attacks you need to practise Siu Lim To for longer time, from Half an hour to one hour a day, after one year you will see your power come. But build it up slowly from 5 minutes. You need to enjoy it when you practice that will make you healthy and strong.

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  4. Michael Tse
    Michael Tse says:

    Lim 念 means thinking, Lik 力 menas strength. Lim Lik 念力means think of the energy to become strength, Gong 功 means work, Gong Lik 功力 means the strength comes from practise and work, that strength is able to change the speed, direction and increasing or decreasing the power. Lim Lik and Gong Lik are very similar, but slightly different. Ging 勁 is power from the Gong Lik. most good martial artists have that.

    Michael Tse

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