When Wing Chun meet Systema

When Wing Chun meet Systema by Sifu Leo Au Yeung. Master Leo has worked on several Hong Kong movies as a Wing Chung consultant and fight choreographer, most notably with director Sammo Hung on the multi-award winning ‘Ip Man’ and its sequels ‘The Legend is Born – Ip Man’ and ‘Ip Man: Final Fight’.

Wing Chun – Lower Palm Application

Picture 4The lower palm (reverse palm) is taught in Wing Chun‘s first form Sui Lim Tao. You could say it is also part of the Po Pai Chang (Po Pai palm), which is a very powerful technique from the wooden dummy form.

The lower palm, as performed in Sui Lim Tao is high, ie at shoulder level. To apply it this way against an opponent is a mistake. If you do it this way your arm will become tense and vulnerable.

Lets see how we should use this technique.

1. Deflect the opponents punch with your palm (if you Pak Sau the elbow you might break it! Especially if his punch is strong).

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2. Begin stepping in and to the side. Keep contact with his elbow in case he changes. This sensitivity or ability to sense his movements comes only through Chi Sau (sticking hands).

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3. Step to the side and strike him at his centre, at his Dantien. If done correctly this strike will make him weak, because you have struck his Dantien.

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Originally published by Michael Tse
Posted with permission of Master Michael Tse, Qi Magazine Issue 4.

Chen Taiji – Whirl Arms Application

Whirl arms is a simultaneous evade and controlling technique. It is usually performed with a step back, so its full name is ‘Step back and whirl arms on both sides’.

The technique uses spiral energy. The spiral comes from the center of the body and the energy is transferred to the hands which literally ‘whirl’ around the body. The hands should be relaxed since they are not the source of the energy. In this way, when your hand reaches your enemy he will suffer all your energy.

1. When you face your opponent relax. Let him punch and move forward.
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2. As he comes to your center, turn to your left, so evading the punch. Twist the waist so creating a spiral though the hand. Catch his neck and step back.
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3. Pull down. The step back creates another spiral, so making the pull down powerful. It is easier to pull him down, rather than push him to the side, since you create a powerful spiral and use his momentum.

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Originally published by Michael Tse
Posted with permission of Master Michael Tse, Qi Magazine Issue 4.

7 Palm Fighting Techniques and Yin Yang Palm Training

We often see on many TV shows of a martial artist uses solely his bare hand to cut through thick wooden boards, chop layers of concrete bricks and break coconuts in half almost effortlessly.

People would be really impressed from witnessing the demonstration and wonder how the master posse sses that kind of power. If you are a regular martial arts practitioner, you should immediately response ‘well, that’s years of consistent training‘.

But how soon we’d realize that, “wait a minute, I consistently chew my food everyday too, yet my teeth cannot even break the chicken bone that easy!”

The Way of Qi

Martial Arts looks as beautiful as the decorative branches and leaves, but if we do not have the strong understanding of where the roots are and how they draw the energy we will never get to have the fruits or the wisdom it holds, and sometimes maybe just fall into injury yourself.

You must see pass the result today to meet where the effort that was from yesterday.

Having a strong hand does not mean particularly the hand is strong. The trained hand only simulates the delivery of the force which has been internally built up, along with the techniques.

There are two type of Palm techniques, fall into two opposite categories of Qigong (pronounced chi-kun, Inner Energy exercise) : Soft and Hard.

The Hard Qigong forges the inner hand structure from daily practices on hard objects, and in the end result the palm delivers explosive force on whatever it tends to break.

The downside of Hard Qigong Palm Technique is the hands often become bigger, covered with bruises and layers of damaged skin as well as the force being generated is purely physical.

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The Soft Palm Technique on other hand, delivers the same amount of energy but takes twice or more the amount of times of training. The hand of this style practitioner look soft, natural and nearly the same as before the training. However, it takes nearly four to five times as long to the Hard Style to master.

Nevertheless if one can calmly concentrate and lead the inner Qi from the Dantien and deliver this very power energy to the point of impact, the outcome is predictable. That it is deadly.

How to feel the Chi Energy Ball

In many cases people usually want the instant result for it is not easy to wait for something patiently nowadays, therefore Hard Qigong Palm practice is usually preferred to Soft Qigong Palm Practice under many circumstances. Continue reading

The secret of One-inch Punch and how to do it!

The one inch punch is a martial art technique, was once performed by Bruce Lee at Long Beach in the year 1964 and gained Lee fame.

We are not Lee and we may not have that Hulk’s power to actually do it in any way. However, it is not difficult to execute the technique if you learn the basic elements of how it works.

I feel quite guilty to walk you through such unethical trick, but a technique is still a technique and if it looks good in both form and movements, why shouldn’t we take a look at it?

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