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Wing Chun Kung Fu to Bruce Lee's Modified Wing Chun!

Bruce Lee & GM YipmanBruce Lee learning Wing Chun from Grand Master Yipman in China Wing Chun with Dan IWing Chun Stickyhands with JKD's Dan Inosanto Wing Chun with Ted Lucay LucayWing Chun Sticky hands with JKD's Ted Lucay Lucay
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Brief History;

All Chinese Gung Fu/ Kung Fu come from the Temple style Animal Systems.Wing Chun occured after the betrayal, killings of most of the monks and the fall of the Original Shaolin Temples. The monks were hunted. A female monk escaped, hidout, was going blind and created a synthisis to defend herself at close range from those that would be coming to assasinate her. Later she taught an assistsnt who through teaching others they called it after her (Wing Chun meaning Eturnal Springs). Wing Chun is a Martial Art comprised mostly of the four major animals of Northern Chi Tao Chuan or Southern Shaolin Temple style Gung Fu (the animal systems)! Created by the blind princess Fleeing Monk that went blind it is close range trapping techniques only. It intercepts and deflects strikes while hitting at the same time. Close range meaning an opponent at arm length, involves the twisting, turning of the forearms and wrist/ hands to intercept lines of hits (Strikes from hands and feet). Causes opponents arms to become trapped, intangled, tied up by one of yours as the other one strikes or kicks the opponent as he stands helpless. This is the foundation of the techniques and principles that Bruce Lee used and modified to create his Jun Fan, as it evolved into Jeet Kune Do!

Wing Chun Kung Fu (the center), Gung Fu, Boxing, Fencing was the start, the base, of Bruce Lee’s methods when he first came and lived in San Francisco area. If you know this Art then you know where that nerve impulse type of fast snapping explosive strike came. The one and three inch punch. The flow of on off jerking energy, straight line jack hammer strikes, it's all in the flow and movement training of Wing Chun. It was not just Bruce it is Wing Chun training if taught properly. His training, ability to go directly in on strikes stem from that. But the understanding of it, exposure to skilled Martial Artists, his research of Martial Arts systems, analyzation of entries and reactions, the creation of his five methods of attack was pure genius. So to washis protegee Dan Inosanto, due to his influence on him. Wing Chun really played a huge part in Bruces philosophy of Jeet Kune Do. You can see it again in the modifying his boxing techniques, the simple single direct and angulated entries, high low high concepts involving the use of Bil Jee (finger thrust), snap kick and three inch punch.The progressive indirect entries, so much was inspired by Wing Chun. If you want to be JKD anything like Bruce one better have a good, fairly complete understanding of Wing Chun and other trapping Arts! To really follow the JKD path that is not all you will need! It is a start! You need a sophisticated knowlege of many elements from many systems and which pieces to use and not use. They must represent economy of motion and be trained in a way that enhances, creates physical attributes. An understanding of body physics, anatomy should happen. Techniques must fit together well, fluidly, represent truly effective direct hitting, touching pressure points, causing opponents reactions to lead into your next strike and the next till he's finished. You must be able to touch, flow, react to any and all touches, adapt, change using techniques of many systems by feel, without a thought, in all six ranges of a fight, able to use the whole body, the room, any item around you as your weapons.

Anyone can do it. It's just a matter of what techniques, how to train it, the level of the teacher/ coach, and a real effort, hard work of the student for several years!

It can certainly be said that an understanding of Boxing, Trapping, grappling Arts like Chinese Kung Fu, Filipino Kali and Indonesian Silat are a must in JKD! They are not all but much of the thirty six Martial Arts that elements and concepts were selected. Jun Fan Kick boxing begins our JKD training. We will train Wing Chun, drilling, ways Bruce modified Wing Chun, fencing concepts, elements of Western and Filipino Boxing, Savate, some Thai training, sparing mixing in trapping entries. Later responses and grappling are mixed in. I have never been in or seen a real fight with more then a two or three level trapping exchange, usually not even that much. As a Wing Chun class we would practice a much deeper knowledge of trapping and exchanges, as well as single and double sticking hands.


Getting Started; Wing Chun Class Structure

Prior to the initial start of class, in a Gung Fu Temple and even some Wing Chun schools all students perform some chore for the school before being allowed to start their training. Such as cleaning duties of the school which are distributed and completed first. Students below the rank of officer are at no times allowed to enter the temple area nor will be allowed to practice on equipment without proper instruction. Once duties have been completed, begin warm-ups and their forms from those listed below:

1. Warm up and basic movements called the 7 Basics (Center line punch, Tan Sao, Bong Sao, Gaun Sao, Jeet Sao, Kaun Sao, Turning punch, others Chun Choi, Mon Sao, Jau Sao, Jut Sao, etc.) ( first steps teaching of basic tools and rolling arms shifting side to each side footwork) Line formation shifting footwork, then circle step footwork front and back.

(Working gradually on 1st Form, then 2nd, 3rd over the course of the first year)

2. Siu Nim Tao (Do not teach first form till after the seven basics are understood and

practice of them are easy and smooth) (after form practice do Mon Sao line drills )

3. Chum Que (Second form to be taught after Mon Sao, flow drills, and Mook Jong can begin)

4. Bil Gee (Third form to be taught, Mon Sao, flow drills, Mook Jong, and weaponry)

Upon completion, break up students in groups to perform Look Sao (wrists touching circular flow), Mon Sao (reposition of tool as opponent attacks; stationary; then later in forward and backward line drill using circle stepping), Mook Jong (wooden dummy sets), Tang Chi Sao (single sticking hands flow drill), Chi Sao (double sticking hands flow drill).


1. Look Sao – Connected flow to energy drill (wrist to wrist flow to gain understanding of sensitivity).

2. Mon Sao – Broken energy drill (drill where opponent stationary, feeds two or three hits and the response is to trap, trap then hit).

3. Line Drills – Mon Sao drill but incorporating straightforward and backward movement.

As skill improves begin to add rolls, turning opponent outward, add moving and kicking, and add circle stepping.

4. Tang Chi Sao – Single sticky hand flow to energy drill.

5. Chi Sao – Double sticky hand flow to energy drill.

6. Mook Jong – Wooden Dummy sets 1-11. (Do not begin teaching until student understands most or all of Sil Nim Tao form) Wooden dummy training accents use of tools while moving around body of attacker!

Advanced Drills (weaponry)

1. Butterfly Knife

2. Long Pole

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