Music of the Bones

The following post is a personal essay my student Mariano Wechsler. He shares his sensory experience of “becoming WingChun”:

Root down, branch out.

I drive my legs to the ground rooting myself down in the Earth. Like an old Oak sucking water from deep among the soil, I draw the energy from my feet into my legs and up to my torso to deliver power through my arms.

This pulse of energy passes through my body again and again like waves crashing ashore, one after the next.

I exhale sharply at the end of each movement as every muscle locks in clock-like synchrony. Continue reading

Feed, Read, Deed (Part 2 of 4)

Continued from Part 1.

In Part 1, I introduced a simple model of how to appropriately train WingChun Applications. There were three elements, which I call Feed, Read and Deed. Now let’s further examine the first of these.

What is a Feed

By Feed I mean the action of the partner who plays the initiating attacker. In the IAW methodology we perform two kinds of Feeds: WingChun and non-WingChun.

The former we primarily train in the context of Chi Sao (黐手 Adhering Arms), Guo Sao (過手 Passing Arms) and Puen Sao (盤手 Coiling Arms), where both partners apply WingChun attacks. Secondly, when we do Applications, the Feeds are non-WingChun. Finally, Lat Sao (甩手 Casting Arms) is a hybrid of both Feed types. I will focus on Application Feeds below: Continue reading

Feed, Read, Deed (Part 1 of 4)

The process in action.

Anyone can do WingChun. Almost. Perhaps I will write about certain caveats in the future. But beyond the fact that we offer a widely accessible system, I am keenly focused on how students can learn quicker and better.

Are there more useful teaching tools I can create to reliably achieve that outcome?

I’d like to share one such model that is simple to understand and implement. In each class I like to show a specific situation (Feed), what to recognize about it (Read) and how to respond (Deed).

All applications have these three elements to be meaningful. Here is a brief description of each, which we will elaborate upon in Parts 2-4 of this article: Continue reading