Chicago Wing Chun Gung Fu Club: Articles

Teachers and classmates who write articles, published or otherwise, are welcome to have their thoughts posted here for public consumption.  

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The objective is acquiring the skill to deliver the right technique at the right time negating the opponent's...

A letter to students

It never hurts to recieve good advice early and often, and new students are often very receptive to input.  

Articles 2

An Interview

Sifu Ken Harnish was kind enough to give his insight into quite a few topics in this CWC interview.  

Articles 3

A letter to students

It never hurts to recieve good advice early and often, and new students are often very receptive to input. 

Articles 4

Martial arts options

Picking the right martial art is the best way to set yourself up to succeed.  Enjoy yourself, and reach your goals. 

Articles 5

The path

Meeting your Wing Chun goals means taking things step by step and building a strong foundation for growth, to improve upon. 

Articles 6

Sifu Ken Harnish

Sifu Ken Harnish gladly shared his knowledge about Wing Chun with students at all levels, and often with a quiet smile. 

Articles 7

Spirituality

Wing Chun teaches us how to aproach problems in every-day life, as well as in a fight.  It is amazing how perspectives shift. 

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    "Wing Chun Gung Fu" is a martial art founded primarily on strategic principles, which then govern the systems techniques which are a versatile blend of both soft and hard (internal & external) energies. A cornerstone of the Wing Chun system is "Chi Sau" or clinging arm exercise, used to develop the principles (sensitivity, awareness, distance, timing, positioning, power, etc.) and techniques to a high degree of efficiency and effectiveness. By keeping in contact with the opponents arms we can instantly read the force and direction of his motion and deflect his attacks. Honing the ability to deflect a stronger opponent, not by fighting against his superior strength, but by blending with his movement, so as to alter the outcome of his intentions to suit your own purpose.

    The objective is acquiring the skill to deliver the right technique at the right time negating the opponents attacks and using his incoming momentum against him. Then, following through with a blitz to keep him off balance. Another vital component in controlling an adversary is mastery of the "Wing Chun Centerline Theory". The centerline being the shortest route between the vertical core of my body (my motherline) and the opponent's motherline. This is the path of the quickest attacks so we seek to control this line.

    We train to rely on softer attributes such as timing, angle structure, natural power and sensitivity to maintain advantageous positioning, or what we call control of the center line. We then counter-attack using strategies to trap our opponent, limiting his maneuverability and mitigating his power. Do not, however, mistake soft for weak. It is the softness of the whip that allows it to snap with such explosive power. A Wing Chun technique may appear simple on the surface but an awareness of the logic and application of the system's principles, often hidden within the technique, will reveal multi-layered components unified to produce the most effective mechanics.

    Just in practicing the punch, for example, the aware practitioner is developing eight or ten different components concurrently. Once you discover that the punch is something which can be so highly refined and perfected and realize that this refinement process can be applied to each technique, then you are aware that the art can evolve to a level which the beginner or observer is not likely to be cognizant of. Awareness of this refinement process is also carried over into daily life, to develop efficiency and effectiveness spiritually as well. A softer more harmonious approach to life, less confrontational, yet more in control, is achieved.So, when prospective students come to view a Wing Chun class to ascertain whether or not they are interested in enrolling, much of the essence of the training will escape their observation. The student must begin with a degree of faith in the Wing Chun system as well the teacher. Only as they invest time and effort (the meaning of Kung Fu) will they begin to have the true depth of the art revealed to them.

     

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Curt James' Site

Curt James has written some great articles, over the years, and many are available on his site, linked here.    

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