Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 327

Ip Man’s 葉問 One Leg Stance

On one occasion, Ip Man 葉問 was teaching a class, when one of the students asked him why Wing Chun only concentrates on hands and not on the legs. Ip Man smiled. He then put his weight on his left leg and lifted his right leg and extended it, horizontally out in front of him. He then said, “If I am in this position, do you think you can pull me off balance?” The student who had asked the question took hold of Ip Man’s outstretched right leg and tried to push it to the side, but he could not move his at all, even when he used all of his strength. Then he tried to pull his Sīfú’s 師父 leg, but Ip Man just stood calm and solid. Then Ip Man pulled his right leg back in and the student who was holding it was pulled forwards off balance and almost fell over! All the other students burst out laughing and they were all amazed at how powerful the Wing Chun legs were!

We can only imagine what would happen and how damaging it would be if Ip Man kicked someone! This is power is developed through long, one leg Siu Lim Tào 小念頭 training which results is powerful Gūng Lihk 功力.

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