Filled hand forms

 

Like the rest of the Practical Wing Chun system the weapons components of the style have been refined and developed to work in realistic combative situations. Part of the filled hand training is being able to develop and increase ones one empty hand power, when the weapon is used as an extension of the body force is transferred beyond ones physical hand. In order to be certified in either of the weapons forms the student mast be able to apply the weapons forms movements in empty hand as well as armed combat and be able to use the swords and pole in weapon against weapon combat. The idea in Wing Chun is that you should be able to apply the principals learned in the filled hands forms to any weapon and be able to use that weapon proficiently. Knife work is also taught as an extension of both empty and filled hands components of training although it is not officially part of the system.

 


Six and a Half Point pole (Luk Dim Boon Gwun)

This is the shortest form in the system, however the lead up exercises and training are amongst the most physically demanding within the system. The average length of the pole is 2.7 to 3 meters and generally tapers to one end. In training, a longer, heavier untapered pole is also used for conditioning training. At the beginning students are taught the pole exercises which are used to develop core power and stamina. The use of the pole relies on using both hands in a co-dependency manner which corresponds to certain movements in the empty hand curriculum. Once sufficient understanding of the pole exercises are gained the actual form will be taught. The successful training of long pole will give a practitioner vast abilities when wielding everyday inanimate objects as a form of weapons defence.


Eight slashing knives (BaatJaam Do)

As the swords require both hands to act independently of each other the sword form has more correlation to the empty hand techniques than the pole.  Once the swords have been mastered one should do all techniques as if they were holding swords. The swords are taught as a complete system of Chinese swordsmanship, once the form and drills are learnt students are taught to use the swords against other swords, pole weapons and how to use other implements in place of the swords. The lethality of sword training is not lost on the empty hand equivalent therefore only the most mature and honorable students are taught the Bat jam Do prior to mastering the system.  

As well as the forms students are taught Chi Sau (sticking hands), San Shou (free hands) and free play (pressure testing of techniques with a fully resisting opponent). Practical applications of all movements are taught with the pressure and intensity increasing as a student progresses through the system. Conditioning and flexibly exercises are taught to help strengthen the body and prepare the mind for dealing with an assailant in a real situation.