Yin and Yang

The concept of Yin and Yang is fundamental to a true understanding of Wing Chun, or most any form of Kung Fu. The concepts behind Yin and Yang developed from simply observing the natural world. The very act of seeing or observing divides the world into mutually dependent opposites, each giving meaning to the other. For example, “light” has no meaning without “dark;” “up” is meaningless without “down;” and “inside” does not exist without an “outside.” Yin and Yang are not “things” in the Western sense of the word, but rather are descriptors that show relationship or dynamic interaction with…

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Jing – Wing Chun Glossary

Also written Geng Energy, force or power in Wing Chun. The word Jing is often used for an act or action performed with focused intent or Qi. Traditionally, there are nine kinds of energy in Wing Chun: Choung Jing – Forward, Driving or Aggressive energy Keng Jing – Listening energy Chi Jing – Sticking energy Lin Jip Jing – Connecting energy Yaan Jing or Daai Jing – Guiding energy Jek Jip Jing – Direct energy Gan Jip Jing – Indirect energy Juun Jing – Drilling energy Bau Ja Jing – Whipping or Explosive energy

Cheh Kuen

The concept of one fist punching forward as the other simultaneously retracts. In most cases, the retracting fist will have the same power or energy as the punching fist. When retracting to a chambered position (as in the forms), the force of retraction is sometimes described as being like a back-facing elbow strike. We explore the Cheh Kuen concept in detail in Level One: Fundamental Punching Drill.

Cha Jee Sau

Introduced during the opening sequence of Siu Lim Tau, this cross-armed block is used to mark the centerline from extreme low to extreme high. It can also be used as a reference point for defining the gates. Performing Cha Jee Sau: Extend the arms simultaneously outward and down, ending where the arms are crossed at the wrists in front of the Dan Tien. The left hand will be on top of the right. Bending the elbows, bring the arms up while simultaneously turning the hands over so they end palm up. The arms remain crossed at the wrist throughout the…

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Surya Namaskara

Yoga’s “Sun Salutation” is one of the primary conditioning exercises of India’s Kshatriya warriors and a great way to build flexibility, strength and body unity. The flowing series of postures or asanas stretch and condition the shoulders, legs, waist and back. The traditional Ashtanga method includes holding the “Downward Dog” posture (Adho Mukha Svanasana) for five deep breaths. Done properly, this weight-bearing partial inversion strengthens and conditions the shoulders while creating a very grounded and centered state of focus. Shown below is a demonstration of Ashtanga Yoga’s Surya Namaskara A performed by Kino MacGregor. Learn more at Wikipedia.

Suprasternal Notch

The hollow at the base of the throat. Also called the jugular notch, it is found as a small notch at the top of the sternum. In self-defense, a person may thrust their fingers into the suprasternal notch, using straight and downward pressure. This maneuver induces choking and/or unconsciousness through blockage/crushing of the windpipe. Fun Fact: A thrusting attack to the suprasternal notch was choreographed into the subway station fight scene in the movie The Matrix. Learn more at Wikipedia.

Kuen Kuits

Wing Chun Kuen Kuit are “Words of Wisdom” which capture in poetic terms the finer attributes of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Kuen Kuit is Cantonese for “martial sayings,” “fist poems” or “fighting songs.” Chinese martial arts employ Kuen Kuit as concise, rhythmic verses which present a method or philosophy of a style. Even among competing Wing Chun traditions, many sayings are recognized and shared. The original Wing Chun Kuen Kuit are believed to descended from an ancient, oral tradition and reportedly were connected to southern Chinese secret societies of the nineteenth century. Grandmaster Moy Yat wrote, “It was during the…

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Anatomical Planes of the Body

The human body can be divided into various sectors, with the dividing lines represented by planes. The following are the major planes that we reference in Wing Chun: Sagittal: Plane that runs down through the body, dividing the body into left and right portions. Subsections of the sagittal plane include the Midsagittal plane, which divides the body equally into left and right portions, and the Parasagittal plane, which is parallel to midline but does not divide into equal left and right portions. Coronal (frontal): Plane that runs perpendicular to the sagittal plane and divides the body into anterior and posterior…

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Dan Tien

The center of balance and gravity in a standing human body, also thought to be the center of Qi or life force energy. It is located on the sagittal plane or centerline, approximately three finger’s width below the naval. The Dan Tien is considered to be one of the fundamental energy points in the body and is an important point of reference for all Chinese martial arts, meditation and Chinese medicine. In Japanese it is considered to be the source of Ki and is called Hara (腹). In Yoga, this point corresponds to the Swadhisthana Chakra, the seat of Prana…

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