191 Hold the arms in
the rest position while shifting your weight onto the right leg and
turn into a left stance.
192 Without movement
in the rest of the body, lift your left leg off the floor without
193 The leg is lifted
bent, the toes are angled out and this results in the knee moving
off from the centreline, this allows the heel to become the point
of focus; being the strongest contact area on the foot, it enables
the heel to be driven straight out along the centreline. If the knee
were maintained on the centreline the kick would not be feasible at
close range, where Wing Chun techniques are most effective.
194 Thrust the heel
out along the centreline with a horizontal stamping action, still
with the energy expressed in the last few inches concentrated at the
195 Relax the leg
down, but do not allow the foot to touch the floor, push off the right
leg to initiate a step.
196 Step forward
and bring both arms out relaxed, the wrists beneath the level of the
elbows, hands open.
197 When the front
foot lands the arms take up a double LOW BONG
SAU position. The elbow is beneath the level of the shoulder and
the forearms are angled down and forward from the elbow. The hands
are in line with the forearms, fingers straight with the fingertips
almost touching on the centreline.
198 Tension is held
throughout the arms in the double LOW BONG
SAU as the step is completed by bringing the right foot up so
that the right leg once again supports the whole body weight.
199 Without stepping
or moving your stance drop the elbows down, leaving the wrists at
the same level; the rotation of the arms will result in the forearms
lying horizontally. This LOW TAN
SAU position is not a technique in itself; once again it is an
instance of a movement that merely allows you to repeat the correct
practise of energy and movement in a technique.
200 As you initiate
a step forward, begin to raise the elbows up, maintaining the level
of the wrists. The arms are kept relaxed, just flicked up into position.
201 The elbows end
up so that the arms form a double LOW BONG
SAU position, expressing energy throughout the arms as you drive
off the right leg, once the left leg has landed then the right leg
is immediately brought up to support the stance.
202 Without moving
the stance, drop the elbows down so that the arms fall into the LOW
SAU position. The LOW TAN
SAU can also be considered as a reference position, indicating
when the use of the LOW BONG
SAU is relevant, i.e. if your TAN
SAU is pressed down then you have the option of using the LOW
SAU to control the situation. You must understand that this is
only one way of dealing with this particular scenario, in reality
it depends upon a multitude of circumstances and related experience
before you can respond instinctively to changes in position and energy,
the responsibility for learning these responses lies in CHI SAU not
the forms, so do not restrict your knowledge to the specific techniques
practised in the forms as they are only basic moves to give you an
understanding of self.
203 Step forward
expressing energy throughout the arms as a double LOW BONG
204 When the left
foot touches the floor bring the right leg up to support the whole
body weight, so returning to a correct stance.
205 Shift your weight
toward the left leg as your arms relax from the LOW BONG
SAU position. The arms begin a circular movement by drifting to
the outergate boundary and lifting to a relaxed double DING SAU position.
206 The whole of
the body weight is now on the left leg as the right foot steps up
to join the left. The arms are still relaxed and continue their movement
toward a double JAM SAU position.
with the feet coming together the arms complete their movement with
a double JAM SAU energy. The level of your stance is maintained so
the legs should still be bent.
208 Hold the stance
and extend the arms as a double VERTICAL PALM STRIKE with the energy
expressed in the last few inches.
209 Maintain your
stance and bring your hands back toward the body with the back of
the hands almost touching.
210 Continue the
circular motion of the hands until they drop down in front of the
chest and close them as fists.
211 Pull the arms
back to the rest position at the side of the chest.
212 With your weight
remaining on your left leg, place your right leg behind you.
the weight on the left leg initiate a turn keeping the arms in the
214 Complete the
180-degree turn into a right stance with the whole of the body weight
supported on the left leg.
215 With no shift
in the stance, lift your right knee to initiate a kick. Keep your
heel on the centreline as the knee moves out to allow the stamping
action of the kick.
216 Drive the heel
out with the stamping action expressing the energy in the last few
inches as a FRONT KICK, mimicking the use of energy in the basic FRONT
217 Relax the leg
down and initiate a step just before the foot touches the floor.
218 As you step
forward the arms are brought out relaxed toward a double LOW BONG
219 With the completion
of the step, energy is exerted in the arms through the LOW BONG
SAUS co-ordination with the stance and the left leg is brought
up so that it supports the whole body weight.
220 Retain your
stance and relax the arms by dropping the elbows down.
221 The forearms
rotate so that when the arms come to rest the forearms are parallel
and horizontal in a double LOW TAN
222 Initiate a step
forward and begin to raise the elbows up.
223 Lift the elbows
until the arms take up the double LOW BONG
SAU position. Tension is held throughout the arms and linked to
the drive off the right leg in the step. Do not push out with the
arms, they are held in the LOW BONG
SAU position, not extended beyond. The direction of the energy
expressed is derived from the drive of the right leg, using the large
muscles of the leg to project energy through your stance and therefore
into the LOW BONG
SAU. To complete the step the left leg is brought up to support
224 Drop the elbows,
relaxing the arms toward the double LOW TAN
SAU position, without a change in your stance.
225 When the arms
come to rest in the LOW TAN
SAU position, the forearms are horizontal and the elbows are one
fist distance from the chest. Once more it becomes relevant to point
out again that you must understand the importance of relaxation in
Wing Chun, this must be maintained throughout all of the forms; to
know that there are movements and positions that have no practical
application, apart from giving instances as to specific energies or
simply to return to a position so that you can repeat the practise
of a technique.
226 Lift the arms
into the double LOW BONG
SAU position, expressing energy throughout the arms as you step
out driving off the left leg.
227 Return to a
correct stance by bringing the left leg up to support the body weight
immediately after the right foot lands, forward momentum maintains
your balance for the split second necessary for the step to be completed.
228 Shift your weight
toward the right leg as the tension is relaxed from the double LOW
229 As the weight
is being taken onto the right leg the arms circle out to the outergate
boundary with the forearms rotating so the palms face each other.
230 The left foot
steps up to join the right. The arms continue their rotation through
the double DING SAU to the double JAM SAU position where energy is
expressed in the last few inches.
231 The palms are
relaxed out forward and then thrust out as VERTICAL PALM STRIKES with
energy in the last few inches, there is a slight straightening of
the legs linking the energy of the body from the floor to the hands.
the body position, begin to pull the hands back toward the body with
the backs of the hands almost touching, the rotation around the elbows.
233 The rotation
continues with the fingers brushing the chest and finally falling
into a sort of TAN
SAU position in front of the chest, just a position not a technique.
the stance the hands close as fists.
235 Both hands are
now pulled back to the rest position with the elbows being the focal
point of the energy in the last few inches of the movement.
236 Keeping the
arms in the rest position at the side of the chest, shift your feet
a few inches in an anti-clockwise rotation. The precise position that
the feet move to is defined by the fixed footwork of TURNING in CHUM
237 The right foot
remains fixed as the body begins to turn to the left.
238 As the body
rotates the left leg is raised off the floor.
239 The rotation
continues and the left leg, led by the knee, is brought around.
240 Keeping the
right planted to the floor, the rotation opens up the hips with the
knee out in a high kicking position.
241 In the last
few inches execute a TURNING KICK, stamping the heel out as far around,
in an anti-clockwise direction, as far as possible.
242 As soon as the
kick has been executed, with the right foot still in position, drop
the left leg down and form a right stance. The right hand opens and
forms a WU
SAU while the left arm relaxes down with the palm heel of the
hand being the focal point.
243 As the stance
is completed, the left hand executes a GUM SAU with all the weight
of the body held on the left leg.
244 Turn to a left
stance as the left hand is brought up passively as a WU
SAU and the right hand is pushed down as a GUM SAU with the energy
focused in the palm heel of the hand in the last few inches.
245 Repeat the movement
a third time, the left GUM SAU using energy in the last few inches
as the right hand forms a WU
SAU, It is important to co-ordinate the arm techniques with the
246 Return to the
forward stance while you are executing a LIFTING PUNCH with the left
hand. The right hand is pulled back to the rest position at the side
of the chest. The arm remains straight and relaxed when lifted up
from the GUM SAU position; tension is only expressed in the last few
inches and linked to the turning energy of the body.
247 Open the hand
248 Bend the fingers
back toward the body and begin a HUEN SAU rotation, keep your mind
focused and concentrate right to the end of the form, the movement
of the HUEN SAU is still slow with tension.
249 Rotate the hand
deliberately; making sure that the elbow is locked out, until the
arm reaches its natural stop point.
250 Relax the tension
and close as a horizontal fist.
251 Pull back to
the rest position.
252 Relax the arms
down as you bring the stance together.
253 Complete Chun
Kiu by totally relaxing, coming to rest in a natural standing position.
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