FORMS: WING CHUN
Most or all martial arts systems have some type of forms, Some styles have far more than others.
I have only seen one in my life that does not have any at all, there may be more…but most have forms. FORMS are a way of shorthand
so to speak, a way of archiving all the techniques of a system in a concise easily transferable way.
“EVERYTHING in WING CHUN COMES FROM THE FORMS!” -SiFu Robert “Doc” Savage
This quote above is so true…it cannot be expressed enough! In terms of technique, everything in WING CHUN comes from the forms,
EVERYTHING! But WING CHUN cannot be reduced to a series of techniques, nor can it be reduced to just a set of forms for that matter.
WING CHUN is not a technique driven art! It is a “CONCEPT” driven art. This is to say that one cannot accumulate a series of techniques
and say they understand or can employ WING CHUN. If one does not understand the concepts of Wing Chun, one cannot employ the
techniques successfully in a fashion that is truly “WING CHUN.”
This learning process of the concepts may bring one to learn ideas and terminology from books, videos and other media. But it is the position
of myself, SiFu Crider, that these things CANNOT TRULY be learned without guidance from another already having learned the same,
from live instruction.
To illustrate this point further, we look at just one aspect of Wing Chun, famous in fact of the art: such is “CHI SAU” often called
“Sticky Hands or Sticking Hands”. It is the belief of myself, SiFu Crider that even this terminology indicates in many cases mis-understanding.
We teach Chi Sau, but in definition we prefer the term “Energy Hands.” Still, the point being, one can by reading a definition
take away the wrong impression.
When it comes to Chi Sau there two things YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE to learn CHI SAU. You can not learn it any other way
…one, is a training partner regardless of experience.
You can only learn CHI SAU by practicing with a human whether they are more or less experience matters not
…you must have a human training partner to learn this skill.
The second thing you need, IS AN EXPERIENCED TRAINING PARTNER! This skill cannot be learned from books or videos.
This knowledge is an "intrinsic muscle memory" which simply must be EXPERIENCED under proper guidance in order to learn!
Books and videos are useful to the advanced student, or at least the student with a fundamental grasp of the basics in Wing Chun.
But there are so many things missing in books, even in heavily illustrated books, and there are so many subtleties going on in videos
that a novice will not recognize such occurring by watching videos. To Master Chi Sau, You must have a MASTER to guide you
along the way. So it is, with much of the rest of Wing Chun Kung Fu.
THERE ARE 7 FORMS IN WING CHUN:
THE HAND FORMS INCLUDE:
- Sil Lum Tao Form (Little Idea form a.k.a. Little Thought/Small Thought form or Little Imagination Form)
- Chum Kil Form (Finding the Bridge a.k.a. Seeking The Bridge/Or Searching (for) The Bridge Form)
- Bil Jee Form (Thrusting Fingers Form a.k.a. Shooting Fingers form/Arrow Fingers Form)
- There is the MOOK YAN JONG (Wooden Man) Form
- There are the leg posts forms including:
- There is the TRIPODIAL KICKING POSTS Form
– and THE MUI FAI POSTS (pronounced MY Fa’) or “Plum Blossom Posts” Form
(considered an 8th form…not practiced in all lineages of Wing Chun Kung Fu)
- The Bot Cham Dao Form (Butterfly Sword Form a.k.a Eight Slashing/Chopping Knives Form)
- The Luk Dim Boon Kwan Form ( a.k.a. The 6 and a half point Dragon Pole Form)
“part of the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu.”