A good and fair point james. It is true Yip man wasn't the easiest of teachers. My personnel belife is only from what my sifu has passed on to me. Yip man used to smoke opium so you can imagen that would have an effect on his teaching. But i do believe yip man acted as a sign post to his senior students (or anyone good enough to take on board the concepts), i heard Yip would never touch hands with his students but left the running to his club to his seniors such as Wong shun leung etc... Bruce lee tried to pay Yip man money to be taught the entire Dummy form and yip man refussed so i dont think money was that important to Yip man, he also trained many hundreds of students and i think thats why we have such a destorted family line. Since wing chun is different than say karate, where you encouraged to block the same or move the same, wing chun is unique since the student takes on his own form, applying the concepts. Tan sau can be low or high, depending on the students build and actual use of tan sau. The key to wing chun is in the forms, i think who can understand them can unlock the entire system.Its all about training hard, using as little needed and understandong the concepts. Like a tool box, you only use the tool needed for the job and how you use it depends on which works best for you and how to best use it for the job hand. Best wishes C2k
Last Edit: Feb 26, 2005 5:20:51 GMT -5 by chaotic2k
Welcome to Wulin board, CK2. I like to listen to Shubert's "Trout Quintet" music piece and enjoy the little adventure of the little trout as it wanders through meadows, rivers, rushing waters, etc. Likewise, one can view these WC lineages are just diverging streams from its main water body. Some come back to its main stream; others charted their own paths joining with different water bodies and keep flowing along. They all have their reasons. It is not for me to say who is the mainstream as life with its twists and turns can make one king and pauper all in the same day. But whatever strange place you are in, keep flowing and moving like the trout! =D
wise word paul H. I remember when i was a child and i threw a tiny stone into a pond and watched the ripples. It somtimes takes the littlest things to make the biggest results. I know the score even though others do not.
Many times drills are done in seated position in order to isolate the bridge skills, rather than relying upon body movement. In Hakko-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, the techniques are practiced also seated, in seiza. This forces the pratctioner to develop his technique without body positioning. Comes in handy if youwere attacked while seated, say in a diner, or subway.
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