Moon Pointing Finger

Young Ideas...Not Small Thoughts

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by David Peterson

Sifu David and his student Sifu Morten Ibsen presenting Siu Nim Tau conceptTraditionally, Wing Chun training commences with the practice of the Siu Nim Tau form. Being the first of the Wing Chun forms, many mistakenly think that, as in other systems, this means that it is a "basic" form which only contains simple techniques & concepts that will be superseded with more "advanced" forms down the track. Nothing could be further from the truth!

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Building Bridges

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by David Peterson

Cham Kiu Dang Geuk - Sifu David PetersonPersonal combat is all about building bridges. These may be bridges formed by the arms, legs or body, or all three at once. In fact in the very best of circumstances, it’ll be a bridge between your fist and your opponent’s nose! If there is no bridge, then there is no combat, so that leaves us with two very obvious choices: fight or flight!

If you simply cannot (or choose not to) avoid the conflict, then the only way that you are going to survive it is to know how to find/make and control bridges between you and the adversary.

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Not Getting ‘Fook’-ed? …why not???

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by David Peterson

img-david-fooked1Okay, …now that I have your undivided attention, I’ll confess that this article has absolutely nothing to do with what you were thinking! Actually, it’s all about the fact that, by and large, most Wing Chun practitioners haven’t got a clue about what the true purpose of the ‘Fook Sau’ action is. This is despite practising it multiple times in the ‘Siu Nim Tau’ form and constantly employing it when drilling ‘Chi Sau’.

Of course, many appreciate that the meaning of the Chinese expression ‘fook’ (or ’fuk’ ) is “to subdue” or “to lay prostrate”, to “bend over”, even to “hide/lie in wait” (the actual Chinese character is an ideograph for a man controlling a dog), but very few indeed seem to really understand the implication behind the definition. Even fewer, it would seem, have any real idea what this action is actually used for, or even how to execute it correctly.

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