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Guangzhou Wing Chun: Balance

admin | 30 April 2016 | STQI Toronto, Wing-Chun | | 0 Comments   

By Ben Ho

Our lineage Guangzhou Wing Chun is an internal style martial art rooted in traditional eastern philosophies: Yin/Yang being one of them.

For instance as stationary exercise there is standing meditation (Jaam Jong), its purpose is to relax the entire body for Qi cultivation, use the breath to further quiet the mind to enhance mental concentration, as well as training for rootedness.

In terms of exercises in motion there are foundational exercises that help loosen up the spine, waist, hips and all joints, at the same time learning defence/counter attack techniques as well as various empty-handed forms and weapon forms.

The Yin/Yang concept can also be found in hand techniques, horse stances and footwork. In hand technique (sao fa) there is always a balance in which one hand is more attack-dominant while the other would be more of an assist or trapping; in horse stance there is usually one leg that bares little to no weight while the other acts as the weight-supporting leg; similarities can be noticed in footwork.

Personally I strongly believe Guangzhou Wing Chun is suitable for people of all ages, size and physical condition. While not everyone can change his height, size or deliver a 300-pound punch, instead one can focus on becoming more receptive, flexible and agile to deal with scenarios in a more economical, effective, efficient manner and most importantly becoming more fit for everyday activities and long term health.