Some martial artists lift weights thinking it is the best way to strengthen their bodies for optimal fighting performance. The common idea that weight lifting builds the most ideal level of fitness as a human may be an easy sell to the average gym goer but martial artists are concerned with ‘functional’ not aesthetic fitness.
If you haven’t got a training partner the wooden dummy is the next best thing for practicing fighting positions and techniques as a wing chun martial artist. Indeed it is actually better than a real partner in some ways. You can take the time to ensure correct training for your hands, feet and posture – you don’t have such a luxury when sparring or even performing drills with a partner - unless your partner is willing to wait a long time for you to examine every movement.
Here you can see videos of Grand Masters Ip Chun & Ip Ching performing Biu Jee from a frontal and then side view. Biu Jee is the third form in Wing Chun. (Meanings in English include ‘Flying, Thrusting or Darting Fingers and The Desperation Form).
Here you can see videos of Grand Master Ip Chun & Ip Ching performing Chum Kiu from frontal and then side views. Chum Kiu is the second form in Wing Chun. (Meanings for Chum Kiu in English include ‘Seeking Arm Form, Seeking Hand or Building the Bridge).
Here you can see videos of Grand Masters Ip Chun & Ip Ching performing Siu Lim Tao from a frontal view in addition to a short interview with Ip Chun on a Chinese television station. (Meanings of Siu Lim Tao in English include ‘The Small Idea’ and ‘Little Idea’)
This book is an excellent summary of Wing Chun and it’s origins. It’s a solid book to give to beginners and those interested in learning about Wing Chun – not necessary everything to do with the foundations but a mixture of both history, principles and philosophy. I remember when I first read the entire book and realized that perhaps the most valuable information in the book was right at the back.