Wing Chun Academy of Thailand
WING CHUN LESSONS
Wing Chun is such, that it allows one to discover
for oneself the truth about Wing Chun by dissecting the movements of Siu
Lim Tao. All the principles of Wing Chun is outlined in Siu Lim Tao.
Unimpressive as it may look, the "secrets" of Wing Chun are imbedded in
Siu Lim Tao. If you don't understand Siu Lim Tao, you will never
understand Wing Chun. If you rush through it, you will pick up bad
habits. The bad habits remain with you all through your Wing Chun life.
You cannot possibly execute the other forms without a firm foundation of
Siu Lim Tao. Ironically, the most important and best part of Wing Chun,
"Siu Lim Tao" is given away easily to newcomers, while the other forms
are held back sparingly. In actuality, all you need to know about Wing
Chun is in Siu Lim Tao. If you understand and master Siu Lim Tao, you
can apply the principles to whatever style you've been doing and enhance
it. In fact, that's what Bruce Lee did. Apparently he had learned only
the first two sets of Wing Chun, Sticky Hands and some dummy moves, and
went on to become one of the best martial artists that ever lived. His
"Jeet Kuen Do" is based on the principles of Wing Chun, i.e. Siu Lim
Some students of WC think the secret of WC is in the Biu Jee,
the third form, and pay large sums of money to have someone teach them
it. One can "learn" the "moves" of all three sets in three months, but
will have gained nothing from it. Without the slow process of learning,
understanding and practicing the sets, one will not be able to apply any
of the moves. What good is a sword to a person who does not know how to
use it? One of the most common faults of most martial arts students is
impatience. The main reason they join martial arts schools is to enable
them to defend themselves against aggressors. Therefore, they are
anxious to get into the "action". What attracts them the most is the
sparring part. This is like someone jumping into a software program
without going through the whole manual, and practicing it. While one is
able to figure out and execute various actions doing it this way, he/she
will never find out all the special features the program has to offer,
and therefore, never master it. Stylist of soft martial arts, like
Taiji, although not into free-sparring as much, also rush to complete
their sets. Completing the set is hardly knowing it. It's like reading
a manual versus studying it.
Traditionally, when someone committed
himself/herself to martial arts, he/she prepared himself/herself for a
very long process. That was the first characteristic a master looked
for in an individual before accepting him/her as his/her student. Today,
people are not as patient. They want everything given to them fast
because they are "paying" for it. As long as they are the customers,
they are the masters. With this kind of attitude, masters of martial
arts dish out either diluted or pure garbage to this type of customers.
On the other hand, teaching the traditional way usually results in low
attendance and enrollment, which equates to low income. This is the
Catch-22 situation a master faces when running a martial arts school.
The Siu Lim Tao lesson is usually split into three sections. From
my experience, I feel that the set should be dissected even more.
Learning one third at a time is too much to soak in for a student. They
end up using their minds to memorize the sequence rather than dwell on
the purpose and details of the moves. I've met many WC practitioners
who have learned all three sections but are unable to apply any of it
The purpose of Siu Lim Tao is to establish the basic
principles of Wing Chun in oneself, so it becomes second nature. All
the sections are to be done repeatedly with full understanding of each
move. You use your conscious mind at first when you're learning the
set. You consciously tell yourself what each moves are for and do them
PERFECTLY. When you are doing the moves without having to search the
memory bank and prompting it, you've got it. The actions must run ahead
of the conscious mind. This can only happen when you practice,
practice, and practice.
My the Siu Lim Tao lessons will contain
several sub-sections I call Movements. The only equipment you need to
invest in is a full-length mirror. This would be the best investment
you've made towards Wing Chun. It would be your assistant teacher. You
will be your own teacher. You will watch your moves and correct them
according to illustrations.
I use both, photographs and 3-D modelling
for illustrations. I do this for a very good reason. Human make
mistakes. No matter how knowledgeable and experienced a master is, he
is liable to make mistakes when demonstrating. This is evident when
viewing Wing Chun books. No one is there to correct the master. Even
when a master uses his best student to demonstrate a form, the student
is unable to stay still to get the perfect shot. He loses good posture
after a long photographic session. On the other hand, the cyber-being is
under the author's scrutiny and command. It will remain in a stance
without fluttering, flinching or falling.
Video is helpful, but too
fast to learn from. Seeing a form in action helps one to learn the
timing. Once you have learned a form, step-by-step, and understand it
thoroughly, you can follow the video instructions.
The first parts of
Siu Lim Tao Lesson One is available for free online. Do not rush through
it. Study it well and have a mental picture of the moves, and then try
them out in front of your full-length mirror. As I said earlier, it is
(almost) impossible for a human to stand affixed in one position, but
this is what is required of Siu Lim Tao. Almost all students rise up
from the low knee-bent position of Siu Lim Tao. If you don't get the
low stance right in the beginning, you will always have it wrong. Most
WC practitioners fail in this. Their stances are too high. It's sheer
laziness. All martial arts lessons begin with balance training, i.e.
the stance. It is the fundamental of all pugilism. Siu Lim Tao,
similarly, begins its lesson with the introduction of its unique stance.
This stance is maintained throughout the Siu Lim Tao form to train the
student for correct posture, balance and unity.
Click the (white)
link "Prep", located at the (black) border of this page to prepare
yourself for the first lesson of Siu Lim Tao. SIU LIM TAO II and SIU
LIM TAO III buttons below are links to Sections II and III of Siu Lim
Tao. The documents are not ready yet. Don't worry, you've got more than
enough to learn in Section I.