Beginning Wing Tsun Techniques : Wing Tsun Compared to Other Martial Arts


Hi, this Sifu Todd Shawn Tei. I’m giong to
talk a little bit about the similarities between Wing Chun and some other martial arts. If
you look at tiger style in Shaolin kung fu or some other styles of martial arts you have
basically a, a basic stance you have of the hand blocking here, the hand coming across
here. Very similar in Wing Chun to kwan sau. If you look at kwan sau you have the block
here, block here. You look at the tiger, it’s almost the same movement with tiger movements
so you can see where it came from. If you look at crane form from Shaolin kung fu, if
you do a parry and a strike from the crane. That came from, Wing Chun took that with the
fok sau for in the form, so the fok sau movement or the gil sau in the later, the third form
of Wing Chun where they have a shift across the center line was basically, this shift
was the same as doing the shift in the crane. If you look at the snake for instance, Choy
Li Fut has a snake movement in the Ping Yuen form. The snake movement or bilge sau is also
used in Wing Chun. In Wing Chun’s third form you have bilgi sau, also in the first and
second form you have bilgi sau from the snake. So, there’s a lot of movements that are similar.
Pak sau, which is a slap hand block originally was invented by watching tigers or cats fight.
If you ever watch cats fight, they’ll slap their paws away. That’s originally where pak
sau came from. So, you see a lot of movements that are very similar in a lot of martial
arts. You see the snake, you see the crane. The crane’s beak. You see the gaan sau, which
is a wing arm. You see the snake pulling back, which is the jut sau which you in Wing Chun,
right? And the tiger. Panther first which is used in Choy Lee Fut and some other Shaolin
styles, your fingers come back against the palm. That’s also used in Wing Chun once in
a while if you want to hit the throat you can parry, come into a panther fist and strike
in a small area. So, there’s many different uses for different techniques and the techniques
have to be adapted to what type of attack is coming at you at the time.

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