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Simplicity of a Wing Chun Kung Fu art

Each dawn when you awaken, like a student at your first lesson you should prepare a blank mind for the day to write upon. Around two-hundred-and-fifty years ago one of the most logical and practical martial art systems in the world was developed by a woman. Yim Wing Chun accepted that she had full responsibility to herself, and with this realisation she gained the self determination to develop what has now been identified as the most devastating fighting system ever developed.

She took many fundamental values from the laws of science and realised that by teaching the laws of physics as we recognise them at present, she could promote the art, but only by constant practise could she demonstrate the art to its full potential. By repetition she learnt the foundation of the art but if she had lost the soul for repetition the practise would have become considerably difficult for her. Once the foundation was laid she achieved freedom to use anything that came to mind. We too must do things as they transpire plus pursue the laws of practise, only in manner can we truly gain experience and with an understanding of the physical mechanics of the human body one can gain the advantage of your opponent's weight in a non-telegraphic motion. If you truly see things as they are, then you will see things as they should be. After all there are two distinctively different systems of wing chun which both practise the art of simplicity. By relaxing your body and staying with the motion, there by attaining a state of pure non-resistance with others, one can neutralise the onslaught and apply various methods of grapping, trapping, takedowns, ect, that wing chun offers and these can be highly effective in coping with a threatening situation.

It is essential not to be predictable or make things too complicated. The fighter must be able to counter or evade the opponent's techniques with simplicity and minimum effort. Being able to change the way of fighting is essential to his/her freedom. A tense body responds slowly and wastes energy.

When practising with people of a much superior skill or a larger and more powerful physique a clear cut mental outlook is needed, allowing the fighter to explode within a sudden and sharp manner. A fighter must also be aware of an opponent's clothing and can use this to hurl them, crashing directly to the floor with control, where he can then follow-through with ground-fighting which may entail strangle holds, dislocation of the joints, or yanking of the hair etc, and immobilisation of limbs with the use of pressure points. It is possible for a wing chun fighter to attack while being thrown through mid-air but it calls for split second timing such as stepping to the blind side of your opponent to minimise effort. The wing chun fighter will try not to be taken by any form of grappling or locks. By letting go and relaxing in one of the most frightening of human situations one learns to recognise the field of awareness. There are no rules or boundary lines in wing chun therefore it can be a very violent and serious art.

The fighter must learn to respond to people, remembering each individual is unique, and must learn to take control of one's direction of thoughts and breathing. The body and mind development training will give you awareness, fitness and confidence and these three qualities will be more valuable in avoiding violence then any specific techniques for dealing with it.

For some readers the idea of simplicity will seem absurd. Why is this? Simply because of the lack of organised methods and theory, but in our view simplicity is the spirit of knowledge. If you experience it with an open mind you will understand what we mean. But only by actual direct practise can you experience the reality, and understand in a true sense the various statements made by our teachers.

Our objective is to penetrate the profound origins of thought.

By Mark and Frank.

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