Originally Posted by j0n3z3y
SWEEET!!!! I've been in it since 93'. I also do Bagua,Chen Tai Chi,Chin Na and Wu Mei Pai (Ving Tsun's origin from Ng Mui & her training @ Wudan,and my main style). Lol...since you know about Kung Fu,I guess I can go into detail that would confuse most people. Yes,Im a southern stylist...no airborne b.s. for me,I like being rooted.
So,curiousity is killing now
Biu Tze? Bat Jam Do? Guan? What are you on now? XD And even more what method? I was originally Moy Yat stylist,but then moved to Su Pi Chuan...where I picked up the rest.
I can see a Yip Man student's influence in your horse.
I keep thinking of more things to ask. But now I understand the magnetism of our personalities.
I started studying Wing Chun Kung Fu in Hong Kong back in the early '80's under the Peter Chan lineage. I drifted from the practice on and off throughout the years (with a complete absence during the Marine Corps years) but wherever I moved/lived I attempted to find a Wing Chun school, most of the time I was successful in varying degrees. The most recent lineage that I studied under was Wing Tsun Kung Fu (Grand Master Leung Ting).
Although the two styles share they same base form-system and heart, they are very different in delivery, practice and social structure. Wing Chun has no belt or hierarchy other than what the Sifu sees fit (exemplified in the school lineup), Wing Tsun splits the general population into 2 groups, "White Shirts" and "Black Shirts", the latter being the Senior of the two.
How are these aspects in Ving Chun?
There is a great deal of suppressed contention (and even open hostility at times) that exists between the two lineages (
)... but imho that may very well stem from the original reason for the split: A conflict in direction based on personality and ego, and the power-vacuum that was created by Yip Man's death (at least that is my understanding). It has been frustrating as all I wanted to do was fight (not in anger). I didn't care who insulted who, who was "better", what tiny aspect as "more efficient"... I just wanted to fight.
I have also studied Tai Chi (part and parcel for many Wing Chun schools), Chi Na (Shaolin Art of seize and control, for those interested), Kajukenbo (a Hawaiian art sometimes known as, "The Dirty Art of Street fighting"), Escrima and Muay Thai, as well as a spattering of other arts.
I competed in various venues and levels for a little over a decade from full-contact to foms-only, but was informed about 2~3 years ago that it was time to stop. The cartilage in my shoulders is worn and the soft-tissue damage to my neck is a constant source of discomfort and pain.... c'est la vie. It was difficult to accept, so difficult that I went to a specialist in Europe when I was there. I made no comment as to my past to see what the diagnosis and prognosis would be. Inevitable the question was presented: "What have you done to wear the cartilage in your shoulders so much?". In the end, the same advice was given to me by as it was by Doctors in America. Time to stop
So these days I practice the 3 Wing Chun forms (I never mastered Biu Gee), do calisthenics, hike, stretch, and hammer away on my mook... that is the limit of my exposure.
As for the stance... you have a keen eye. Indeed, Yip Man was the foundation from which everything else was built on, and my Mook training throughout the years follows his... erm... "dainty" approach to footwork. I use the word "dainty" as I'm not sure what else fits.
And you? Do you still go to school? Do you still train regularly? Do you find that studying the Martial Arts is as much internal (mind) as it is external (body)?
Anyone else care to share their experiences?