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 practise. If you punch someone, you might hurt them and you might also hurt yourself, so you need to develop the power from the whole body. This comes from the legs, the legs are our root. A tree grows big and tall and this is all based on how deep, big and winding its roots are. So our legs need to be big. I often see people with very skinny legs. They will not be able to create a lot of power as their legs are not big enough to support a powerful punch. Look at footballers, their legs are big and strong as they train and kick a ball a lot. So to train our Faat Gihng, we need strong legs. To do this we can practise Siu Lim Tao for a long time. This will slowly build up the strength and power of the legs and also develop a deep root. We can stand on one leg or stand on two legs as both will help us build up strong legs. If we do not have much time we should practise on one leg and when we have more time we can stand on both legs. Both ways of training have different benefits.
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