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Flag Punches

Hey everyone, today I would like to talk about the concept of "Flag Punches", introduced in the section of Chum Kil. Like all methods in Wing Chun, it is a concept, not a fixed technique.
This concept of Flag Punches is represented by an Upper Cut like a punch in the second section of the form.

The term "Flag Punches" in Chinese Gung Fu means, the ability to strike with the fist from any...

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The Wing Chun path to combative skills

 

 

Chum Kil is the second form/level of Wing Chun. Chum in Cantonese means to search and Kil means a bridge. In Gung Fu, the bridge is referring to the forearms. The loose metaphor of searching the bridge means the ability to close the gap in a combative situation. Here are the things that Chum Kil teaches:

 

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  1. Flag Punches - This is the ability to strike with the fist from...
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Dan Chi Sau

Dan Chi Sau translates to "Single Hand Sticking". This is a basic drill every student has to learn before they progress to the double arm stick exercise, the "famous Chi Sau" of Wing Chun. Dan Chi Sau is very traditional and is often ignored in today's Modern Wing Chun Instructions. 
 
In my point of view, neglecting Dan Chi Sau is not a good thing for most students. Progression is...
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Preventive Measure

Prevent is better than cure. Whenever we're attacked by any technique (ie Pac Sau, Lap Sau, Jum Sau, etc), we must prevent the next attack from launching instead of waiting for it to happen and then dealing with it. Sometimes we do this prevention simply by hitting, sometimes the moment does not allow just hitting so we can use checking ( ie. pushing, pulling his arm, chest, hips, etc); there...

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Moderation is the key!

self balance wing chun Jun 30, 2021

We all know that moderation is the key, everyone knows balance is necessary but why is it so hard to do?

GO GO GO!

A big part of anxiety and depression is a sense of meaninglessness. And, as the myth of the holy grail suggests, the hero's journey (the key to meaning, expressed in a million myths around the world) is a matter of gaining one’s power (symbolized by the grail) and then to...

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Wing Chun Alignment

wing chun Jun 23, 2021

The common concept of being able to hold someone's weight and setting a good structure in Wing Chun is to use strong shapes and line up the bones in the body from the ground to the arm bridge.

This concept of alignment is good and very effective and popular. It is also a universal concept in all Kung Fu systems, not just Wing Chun, and each system expresses this concept differently.

However, in...

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