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    illusionfist Guest

    Internal Aspects of Wing Chun

    I actually started this topic in the chat room and i saw the response that it got, so i would like to reveal it to the rest of the board. What are your thoughts on Siu Lim Tao's internal properties? I have met a variety of sifu that teach wing chun and all of them have said that Siu Lim Tao has many internal, or qigong, aspects to it. The only problem is that most people are never trained to harness, much less visualize these aspects of the form.

    Ok wing chunners, have at it

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    Sam Guest
    Siu Lin Tao as taught by Fut Sao is Golden Bell Nei-Gung. It is condusive to Chi Body and Chi Transferance. There is also a Fut Sao and NG Hei-Gung which deals with more circulation and chi enhancement.

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    FUJIYakumo Guest
    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by illusionfist:
    [B]I have met a variety of sifu that teach wing chun and all of them have said that Siu Lim Tao has many internal, or qigong, aspects to it.[/quote]

    some say the yee gee kim yueng ma is conductive to the flow of chi around the body.

    some say otherwise.

    most wck ppl say that it is internal, pretty much all neija ppl argue otherwise till they are blue in the face.

    (witness mike on on the subject).

    would you care to list what you think is the wck sui nim tao internal properties?

    also too often ppl think doing SNT _slow_ is cognitive to internal principals and say how XYZ sifu did SNT and it took N hours long!
    length of time imo is irrelevant if it has the principals...

    but that is the question ne? ^_^

    define your version of internal and what you think SNT's principals are.
    IMO, i think that SNT's job is to train the basic hand movements and positioning above all, and if it is 'internal' it is just a byproduct.

    Are your SNT's internal principals present in all forms of the SNT in all the branches that have SNT?


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    illusionfist Guest
    Well, like i said in my post, most people don't teach the internal aspects of the form. When i first started kung fu when i was a kid (around 12) i used to take lessons from a friend of mine's dad. He was skilled in wing chun and a real obscure version of yang style tai chi. At that age i couldn't respect, nor understand, the internal aspects of the form. I later moved on and went to another style of kung fu (mizong lohan).

    Now that i am training in hung gar and i have been exposed to it's internal aspects, some of the internal postures that are in hung gar are also found within Siu Lim Tao. Yee Gee Kim Yeung Ma is one of these stances. Also many of the arm postures are building your internal "frame", which build the space between the arms and your dantien. This space is needed in order to use expulsion and warding techniques.

    But the postures are nothing without the intent, and the intent is what leads the chi. The intent is the most crucial factor in making Siu Lim Tao work for internal purposes.

    As for all lineages having it, well that would be impossible for me to answer.

    As for neijia people arguing about the internal aspects of the form, well as you said, it can be argued. A close friend of mine is learning wing chun, and his mother system is Chen Style Tai Chi. He is always commenting on the internal benefits of Siu Lim Tao. So.....

    Have any of you experienced the internal benefits of the form??

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    In my lineage of wing chun, we don't do SLT (or any of the forms) at all, so if that's where the internal aspects of wing chun live, then I ain't gettin' 'em!

    Seriously, though...what's our working definition of "internal?" I mean, the art is "soft" and flowing...but it's also very practical, both in its design and in its culture (like Yip Man telling his students to test their abilities by getting in fights). What I'm trying to say is that WC strikes me as a total utilitarian, no-nonsense art, which runs a little counter to the esoteric and spiritual aspects of internal arts, doesn't it?

    Reverend Tim

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    illusionfist Guest
    Internal in my view is just chi cultivation. But this all depends on point of view. Esoteric ideas and what not can be also added to the already existent uses and cultivation methods of chi. As Jimlin said, they probably were not consciously thinking about the internal when they were developing the form. Just proper body mechanics are conducive to chi generation, and obviously Wing Chun has proper body mechanics because that is what the system is based from.

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    Sihing73 Guest
    I would like to submit for your consideration an article by Sifu Robert Chu.
    The originals can be found at:
    under columns. Several are worth reading.



    In any event here is the article:
    Wandering Knight
    Defining Internal

    by Robert Chu

    What most people see in Wing Chun Kuen is the fixed form that may belong to the beginner or intermediate. Even if a person has learned all the forms in Wing Chun Kuen, they may not yet have reached an advanced level. Wing Chun can be learned quickly, but not necessarily deeply if a person does not understand how to use the body. Most have seen a rigid interpretation of the first form in Wing Chun Kuen called "Siu Nim Tao" (Translation: "Focus on the small at the foundation"). A person at the beginner or intermediate stage sits in the basic stance of the system and is rigidly "locked". At advanced levels, the stance becomes dynamic and engages the body in rising and sinking, absorbing and pushing forward - not mechanical, but based on being able to fa jing in all points of contact with an opponent. Because the movement is very small, it appears that one is "locked", but that is not the case at advanced levels.

    By the second form called "Chum Kiu" (Translation: "Seeking to Bridge an opponent's center of gravity" or alternatively written as "Sinking the structure of the opponent") the student is engaged in many step shifts and body changes. At beginner and intermediate levels, the practitioner may be rigidly locked in switching from step to step (not "stance", as often translated poorly in English - performing a choreography that is similar to an alive advanced level, but it is still mechanical or technical. At the high levels, the practitioner embodies the training of sensing (ting jing) and the steps come into the reaction of an opponent's force acting upon you - one does not take a pose or a stance, but adjusts as the situation requires to maintain rooting - like riding a surfboard or having to stand on a moving subway car. If a person is trying to uproot you from the right, the position is adjusted and properly braced to neutralize that force acting upon you and align a vector so that your opponent's force helplessly is directed to the ground. A slight change of this, and the opponent can be uprooted and sent flying with a minimum of strength because you can align multiple simultaneous vectors of force in striking your opponent or simply uproot them, or absorb the force into nothingness. I've done my best to try to find the correct words in describing advanced level Wing Chun Kuen here. It is very much alive, so that when people speak of aligning vector forces or using ground strength, this is present in advanced level Wing Chun Kuen as well, and should have been taught in the beginning level of Wing Chun Kuen. Many people simply do not know how to use the entire body. Just as there are a lot of hippie Tai Chi'ers doing choreography based on Tai Ji Quan the martial art, there are a lot of Wing Chun Kuen practitioners that sadly only know the external choreography and basic movements, yet who don't know a **** thing beyond the beginner and intermediate levels, despite learning all the forms, exercises, drills, wooden man post, and weaponry associated with the system. The Wing Chun Kuen I describe here is what I have seen when I have crossed hands with a few experts and is present throughout the many different lineages and subsystems of Wing Chun Kuen like Yip Man Wing Chun Kuen, Yuen Kay Shan Wing Chun, Gu Lao Wing Chun, Jee Shim Wing Chun, and a few others. I am certainly not unique, but perhaps my articulation in English may be superior to most who practice it because the majority of people who can explain this speak poor or little English.

    When I issue force, it is different than Tai Ji or the other so-called Neijia arts because I use the Wing Chun Kuen body mechanics to achieve this core strength, not Tai Ji body mechanics. These are body movements that come from the system after so long practicing. Many people play sticking hands in Wing Chun Kuen, which serves to develop ting jing (listening to energy), but most only do a superficial rolling akin to the limp wristed see-saw push hands in "hippie Tai Chi". Real sticking hands seeks to immediately capture an opponent's center of gravity and displace the opponent immediately or absorb their force, guide it, use it against the opponent, borrow the force, inquire and test, uproot, sink and destroy, absorb, bounce out, steal, leak, dissect and isolate an opponent's skill. It is not the slap and push low level art that you typically see in tournaments, just like the crappy push hands you see in many tournaments today.

    In this short essay, I hope you can "see" that Wing Chun Kuen can develop a high level body control and usage, and not simply execute force from the shoulders and a locked stance. I hope I have shared some insight, and diffferentiated the art I practice with what is commonly practiced and thought of as Wing Chun.

    [This message has been edited by Sihing73 (edited 05-20-2000).]

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    old thread (21yo) but I liked the article

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.D.O View Post
    old thread (21yo) but I liked the article
    There was a good article on this in the Winter 1996 issue by Marian K. Castinado with Grandmaster William Cheung. Kung Fu Magazine does not have the text online, so if you can't find out there, I could scan it:

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    Quote Originally Posted by YinOrYan View Post
    There was a good article on this in the Winter 1996 issue by Marian K. Castinado with Grandmaster William Cheung. Kung Fu Magazine does not have the text online, so if you can't find out there, I could scan it:
    Definitely sounds interesting, cant say ive ever read anything of William cheung's

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.D.O View Post
    Definitely sounds interesting, cant say ive ever read anything of William cheung's
    Okay, here's a quick scan of it:
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