Today we have rare opportunity to be introduced to one completely unknown and technically specific Wing Chun lineage . It is my honor to present the article written by the last successor of this old , unique Wing Chun style . Sifu John Wrastler being the last and only descendant of this old lineage decided to make his style publically known in fear that style may be lost . In a series of articles Sifu John Wrastler will introduce his style to general public . Second part is about technical foundation of the style .
Chin Family Wing Chun Kuen is defined by 13 basic points (principles) . Each point represents specific principles of biomechanics and specific strategies . Strategies and biomechanical principles are compatible and interchangeable which enables almost infinite number of different combination which provides the answer to any possible tactical situation . These basic points (principles) , which make a foundation of Chin Family fist are:” Circle, Seize, Cross, Redirect, Deflection, Strike, Spit, Eat, Sink, Lift, Cut, Thrust, Chop. Centerline theory of Chin Wing Chun Kuen's is different from usual centerline theory used , with some difference in detail but basically the same , in most popular and known Wing Chun styles today . In Chin family fist we define the centerline not just as the middle the physical body. Meaning the top center of your head going down too and through your tale bone and not only as a vertical plane that connects our center with a center of the opponent. In Chin family fist there are additional meridian lines used as a defining points for the paths of attack and defense . There are totally 5 sub meridian lines. Beginning with first , which was already being mentioned , centerline(middle line in the center of the body ), next left and right nipple meridian line which can cover the space up to 6 inches and sometimes the space covered with this meridian (sub centerline) exceed outer shoulder limits . Last set are the arm pit lines which also can cover the space that exceeds about 3 inches from the outer shoulder limits. This is a very different version from any know centerline theory today. This way of defining centerline has a flexible interpretation and allows applying any combination of basic principles of combat in scientific way , it can be said that centerline theory of Chin family fist is an algorithm of fighting for the style. Each of the 5 sub meridian lines , like it was said before , define a space with all paths down which travel both, attacking and defensive techniques . During the fight, pathways of exchange can and often are redirected to new meridian path , whether it is a defensive or offensive technique .All meridian paths are can be switched in order to maximize efficiency of the technique . This switching and changing is governed by a system of footwork methods that uses a combination of geometry and physics to travel the Meridian Pathways and other interconnecting lines. Centerline principals also have a heavy influence on the upper body mechanics and hand fighting formations used in combat. While there are hand’s positions of Chin Wing Chun that can be found in the classic 3 hand forms -little idea, bridging, and darting fingers of other styles ,we perform them is very different way . We show more or a circular tai chi rolling manifestation in the upper body handwork. Which leads to a more internal manifestation of the end combat results. This is a synopsis of Chin Family Wing Chun Kuen and it's centerline science. Chin Wing Chun Kuen stance is a more natural, balanced one: the inside of the feet are in line with the outside of the shoulders; toes are not pointed in as much; legs are bent at 135 degrees; weight is distributed 50/50 on each leg; and the back leg is kept straight. Wing Chun maintains a 135-degree angle to the arms. This ensures maximum control in all techniques and covers four of the five centerlines. Our Wing Chun punch is also different. It is thrown with the elbow in and the fist angled at 45 degrees. This ensures maximum power behind the punch. In Chin Wing Chun, accent is put on constant improving and being able to explain the application of every technique from the training . This enables students to know exactly what they are doing, and to know that every technique has many different uses
The Chin Ga Wing Chun Kuen doesn't use the forms like Small Idea, Bridging, Thrusting Hands according to the history handed down to me. But Chin Family transitioned from these because reasons stated in the first article. The new structure is about the Thirteen principles or otherwise known as 13 pillars which is the nucleus of the system that all techniques are created from. Too do this you need some other Keys. 1st are the 3 S's - Spear, Sword, Shield. This particular key is about distances transition and travel from long to medium to short distance for fighting and self-defense in a very efficient manner and with maximum protection .This is nexus of pillars to create any technique. Another key is 8 Directional stepping, this is the foundation of the footwork and evasion that begins with a version of goat clamping stance. Probably one of the most important keys is Swimming Ground Dragon which is the basis for ground fighting and internal development and manifestation of Jing power. Chin Ga doesn't use any type of wooden dummies. Instead we use two persons training and interaction to teach and develop skill. All weapons skills are developed through the understanding of the pillars and the keys. This structure has developed from a military necessity of fighting guerrilla warfare operations. There are no fixed forms and knowledge is transmitted in a form of san sik , on the other hand , these san sik are not fixed in number and each san sik is not fixed in number of movements , only the one who truly knows and understands the system can pass it down and adjust the training to the student’s needs and potentials . Being a family art and having only a one or two students at the time this was not a problem . Chi sao is used for sensitivity training , not only for combat purposes but also to develop better awareness of the environment . There is no set number of weapons , all kinds of traditional weapons can be used applying the style’s basic principles .
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