Wing Chun Gung Fu
This is an article written by Sifu Lamar Davis of the Hardcore Jeet Kune Do System. Visit Sifu Lamar Davis’s Website here: http://www.hjkdcgfa.com/
Wing Chun Gung Fu is the system of martial art that JKD’s Founder Bruce Lee, learned in Hong Kong. He trained from age thirteen to age eighteen in this system. JKD’s Founder was fortunate enough to be able to train with Grandmaster Yip Man and two of his most dedicated students, Wong Shun Leung and Chung Chuk Hing (William Cheung). Wing Chun Gung Fu basically forms the foundation of Jeet Kune Do! Modified Gung Fu, which is the name of what JKD’s Founder taught when he first came to the United States, is basically a slightly modified approach to Wing Chun Gung Fu!
There are those who train in Jeet Kune Do and Jeet Kune Do concepts today who claim that Wing Chun is not that important to our structure! Those practitioners don’t know what they are talking about! Although we do not embrace the entire system, there are many elements of Wing Chun Gung Fu that are practiced exactly as they are in pure Wing Chun! In fact, it is my belief that Wing Chun forms the nucleus of Jeet Kune Do, and without it, the Jeet Kune Do practitioner can never reach his or her fullest potential! Only with a base such as Wing Chun Gung Fu could JKD’s Founder develop such a simple, direct, effective, streetwise, economical system of self defense such as Jeet Kune Do!
Important elements of Wing Chun Gung Fu that are in our training are the centerline theory, theory of facing, economy of motion theory, the sil lim tao form, vertical fist punching, the bil jee, low line kicking, defensive positions and lin sil die dar. Also, one of the most important elements of Jeet Kune Do is trapping hands. The energy/sensitivity drills, simple and compound reference point trapping drills and mook jong (wooden man dummy) drills necessary to develop effective trapping skills all come from Wing Chun Gung Fu!
It is my personal belief that no Jeet Kune Do training program is complete without a healthy dose of Wing Chun training. My personal experience has shown that those Jeet Kune Do instructors who don’t think that Wing Chun is that important are either too lazy to get out there and learn some Wing Chun or they are too impatient and not willing to dedicate the time to it!
Sifu Patrick Strong, who trained with Bruce Lee for over six years, and now continues to train in Wing Chun under Sifu Hawkins Cheung (one of the JKD Founder’s Wing Chun classmates and a close friend), told me that Bruce Lee practiced the sil lim tao form five to eight times every day! This proves how important the Wing Chun structure is to Jeet Kune Do! Anyone who says it is not is simply ignorant, lazy or mis-informed! The Hardcore Jeet Kune Do Chinese Gung Fu Association program emphasizes a healthy amount of Wing Chun Gung Fu training to develop a strong foundation structure in all Instructors! We look at it like this: Trying to develop your skills in Jeet Kune Do without having the Wing Chun base is like trying to build a building of concrete and steel on a Styrofoam base, it just doesn’t work! Below is a listing of some of the important elements from Wing Chun Gung Fu that are in our program.
The Sil Lim Tao Form (Wing Chun’s First Form)
Four Corner Theory
Theory of Facing
Immovable Elbow Theory
Economy of Movement Theory
Neutral Stance (Training Stance)
Lin Sil Die Dar (Simultaneous Defence and Attack)
Chung Chuie (Vertical Fist Straight Punch)
Bil Jee (Finger Jab)
Jik Chung Chuie (The Straight Blast)
Low Line Kicking
Don Chi Sao (Single Arm Sticking Hands)
Cross Arm Chi Sao
Phon Sao (Trapping Hands)
Mook Jong Training (The Wooden Dummy)
Wall Bag Training
Rattan Ring Training