How Mui Faa Wing Chun Is Taught
Mui Faa Wing Chun draws on the vast experience of Master Matthew Chapplow’s personal Wing Chun journey and personable-teaching style. Learning Wing Chun Kung Fu is very much like learning a foreign language. Everything will seem odd and unfamiliar at first, especially as the Wing Chun principles are logical but not instinctive. Training is designed to turn the logical reaction into the natural one by activating neural pathways. After training the correct movements begin to happen automatically so whenever you need Wing Chun you will find it there to react without conscious thought.
The Mui Faa Ip Man Forms all teach perfection of form positions and direction of energy but they also teach as we call in Mui Faa the Skills. The Skills taught by each form, Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kui etc are different and of a progressively higher level and not only apply to any particular form but are Skills developed and honed for combat!
First form – Sil Nim Tao or little idea way
The first section of Mui Faa Sil Nim Tao is done very slowly with dynamic TENSION for the most part from fingertip to top of bicep the shoulders and rest of body remains in a relaxed state. This is done to condition muscles, strengthen joints and stretch and tighten the sinews of the arms, to enable storage, transmission and delivery of internal energies while practicing the basic hand positions with focus as the mind is also in a meditative state during this section. Sil Nim Tao second section form is done at normal speed with emphasis put on switching the energy on with contact I. E block or strike and off again immediately so as to move on and flow and to conserve energy for efficiency. Section three develops the skills of fixed elbow positions for efficiency of movement through exact positioning and shortest bridge.
Second form – Chum Kui
First section teaches the skill of range the 3 ranges of hand in blocking and striking higher level form and technique with use of double bar arm and elbows. Stance turning for change of direction but also implementation of the external 7 points of power.
Section two trains the skill of eye coordination and expands field of vision to 180 degrees. To go forward two handed when both attacking and defending with both hands activated to Intercept block and simultaneously strike and conversely strike and simultaneously block if required. This section is also were we first practice in Form Wing Chun kicks and you will train the kick but also use the kicks as entry techniques by not retracting the kick but step forward after completing the kick instead. Turning with step and forward upper body energy trains superior balance during fast change of direction in full combat scenario.
Section 3 develops the skill of interception bridging at the point of beginning of an opponent attack (Intercept) rather then wait until the strike is well within impact zone.
Third form – Beu Jee
The third section of Beu Jee develops dart finger simultaneous block and strike, safe grabbing, control of attack and defensive techniques even when unbalanced and the last 4 Elbows of Beu Jee giving a total of 7 within the Beu Jee form .
The Mui Faa Ip Man Forms not only teach positions energy and stance but develop and hone all elements of fighting skills to a high level that cover all areas of combat both empty hand and weapons. Skills such as superior balance ability when stepping with directional change to follow and track appoints, widened field of vision to react to multi-directional attacks and multiple opponent attack scenarios etc. All the skills required to build a highly effective and efficient combat system that under experience only training take many years to achieve. But You the student of Mui Faa Ip Man Wing Chun are given not just the knowledge and body conditioning as other styles but also highly developed skills in a very short time empowering the development of your own individual style of combat suited and built around your size, your build your age and your aspirations to go on to your next and higher level of Wing Chun Combat.
Simplicity through superior knowledge and technique.