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Hei Ban Wing Chun – Forms Overview (draft)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 1, 2010 by His Dark Side

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)


Fist of the Opera

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 25, 2009 by His Dark Side

Old China was very much underdeveloped. Roads in many places consisted of paths that had been cut away in forests in order to provide access routes. Because of the many riverways, tributaries and canals, water tended to be the most prevalent means of travel throughout china. The Chinese had developed boat building techniques. Such techniques were refined and led to the creation of the ‘Junk’ types boats, with their great masts. These boats were capable of carrying heavy cargoes and hundreds of travelers and were the types of boats used to transport opera performers from village to village.

During long and boring journeys among cities or villages the daily routine of the acrobatic opera performers were virtually impossible on board the boats. As a result the shorter range required in Wiung Chun (Yong Chun) made it a popular system amongst them. The system of Wing Chun that Leung, Kwok-Keung referred to was Hei Ban Wing Chun (Opera House Wing Chun).

The practitioners of Hei Ban Wing Chu do not consider themselves to be a separate system at all. They too acknowledge the founder as the nun Ng Mui. Leung confirmed that there are different versions of the Wing Chun system which prevail around the various provinces and areas of china. Hei Ban Wing Chu was a splinter system, mostly practiced by people within the travelling opera houses.

It has to be recognized that the Wing Chun on the Red Junks was exposed to various other Gung Fu styles. This could be one of the reasons why the Hei Ban system has a wider and more general perspective that more readily available versions of Wing Chun.

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