Wing Chun produces efficient and adaptable fighters in a relatively short time by drilling into core principles and applying general techniques to multiple scenarios. The style consists of short, direct movements designed to eliminate wasted energy and generate speed in the counter attack.
Practicing Wing Chun develops reflexes that automatically trigger the correct technique for self defense - to guard zones of the body while simultaneously utilizing the opponent's force in response - allowing a weaker fighter to overcome stronger opponents. At advanced levels, the seasoned practitioner can fight blindfolded.
By always staying in close, physical contact, experienced fighters are able to feel and respond to the opponent’s force before the opponent has a chance to launch an effective attack. Wing Chun techniques are compact, the space needed to defend oneself is very small.
In addition to the 7 Forms, RDU Wing Chun includes Iron Palm training.
The 7 Forms.
Empty Hand: Little Idea
First form of Wing Chun. An exercise practiced stationary throughout, it concentrates on training stability, balance, correct elbow position, protection of the centerline, linking the structure, economy of movement in attack/defense, and the development of chuen ging (inch power).
Empty Hand: Seeking Bridge
This second form teaches correct footwork and hand positions to avoid direct confrontation with an opponent’s force. It teaches passiveness, rather than fighting force head-on. Kicks are introduced in this form in conjunction with footwork.
Empty Hand: Shooting Fingers
Final empty hand form comprised of mostly attacking techniques. An extremely dangerous form. Its aim is to attack vital points of the body. Due to the inherent danger of this form, it is rarely used in student sparring practice and is mainly reserved for emergencies.
Dummy: Wooden Man Dummy Techniques
The dummy is a positioning tool to practice precise, simultaneous attack/defense movements, including short-range punches, palms, chops and kicks. A student can practice their full force and power, while toughening the bones and tissues of the arms and legs.
Dummy: Tri-Podial Dummy
The Tri-Podial is known as the wooden dummy for the legs, allowing the student to flow from one kicking technique to another. Tri-podial training is performed both statically (without moving from the stance) and dynamically (moving around the poles). With sufficient training on the Tri-Podial, the student will build leg strength and balance.
Weapon: 8 Slashing Knives - Twin Butterfly Sabers
The Butterfly swords consist of two short sabers. Ideal for close range and multiple opponents, every move is meant to kill or maim. The skills learned through this set can be transferred to one or two short weapons.
Weapon: Six 1/2 Point Pole - Long Pole
The long pole shows the student how to maximize the effectiveness of a long weapon. Like the empty hand system, no fancy movements are taught. Every move will cause serious damage.