Red Boat Wing Chun – Forms

Siu Nim Tau “little idea” introduces the main hand and leg movements of Hei Ban Wing Chun. This version of the set extends the common versions from 6 sections to a total of 10 sections. The set contains 18 classical hand techniques and one kicking section. This kicking section is designed to teach stepping forwards and backwards on an angle.

Chum Kiu “searching for the bridge” combines footwork with hand and leg attacks. It continues the principled approach which began with the training of the first form and presents the student with a variety of footwork patterns to close in, and retreat away from, an opponent. The form contains 14 steps and continues the theme of 10 sections.

Biu Tze “finger attacks” builds on the foundation created by the first two sets. Traditionally, some Gung Fu instructors had a saying that “Bui Tze was not allowed to leave the room” which has two distinct meanings; that the techniques, aimed at the eyes and throat of an attacker were designed to maim and should only be used in exceptional circumstances and, the set was not openly taught to students. Leung, Kwok-Keung, being a traditional teacher had reservations about showing this form to anyone but the most trusted of his students.

Mook Yan Jong “wooden man” marked the final part of the empty hand stage of learning Hei Ban Wing Chun. The wooden man represents a tool used to remedy any defects in a student’s structure. The students’ initial expression using the dummy is via a set of movements which are practiced until a student is able to let go of the set and move in a free-form improvised manner. The man, therefore is a way for a student to express his version of Hei Ban Wing Chun without boundaries. That said, Leung, Kwok-Keung was quick to remind his students that approaching the wooden man practice in a disjointed or ad hoc manner would lead to bad habits. As long as one was prepared to use the arsenal of Wing Chun technique whilst maintaining a sound structural base, then he would be on his way in developing long term skill.

The two weapons of Hei Ban Wing Chun were introduced once the empty hand system was completed. The weapons consist of the wooden long pole “Mang Loong Goh Gong (only the fiercest dragon crosses the bridge” and Moi Fah Wu Dip Dao “Plum Blossom Butterfly Swords”.

Hei Ban Wing Chun had been influenced by a number of other Gung Fu systems, primarily Chow Gar (Preying Mantis)

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