Classes at The Wing Chun Society Port Talbot

A typical lesson will last around One and a Half hours it will start with a run through of the basic foundation syllabus as a warm up and to get brain in to gear. Then we might devote some time to work on our forms and move on to practice some application or Dok sau / Chi sau, then work on examining a principle or concept, usually reinforcing it with the use two man drill.

Port Talbot Wing Chun Syllabus
If you are new to the class, regardless of whether you have previous wing chun experience, you will be required to complete a foundation syllabus over 12 weeks. After this period you will be assessed, and assuming your standard, training ethic and attitude are correct, you will be invited to join our school. The school very much focuses on quality not quantity, so please keep this in mind - we do expect you to have the right mind set for the art. Following your foundation syllabus, you will then explore the wing chun hand forms (Siu Lim Tao , Chum Kiu and Biu Jee), Chi Sao Training, Wooden Dummy, butterfly Knives and Pole.

Below is a brief outline of the system.
The forms can be described in a myriad of ways but can only be understood by performing them regularly, studying them in depth and applying the lessons learned from them in application.


chi Sao Dave and Gary Chi Sao (Sticking Hands)

An exercise to help develop sensitivity, reflexes and responses at close range and in contact with an opponent.
After many hours of practice it will improve your ability to react and respond spontaneously to an attack.
It is not a fighting method or a means to teach you how to fight, but more like a way to find an initial opening in your opponent’s armour and for you then to move in and exploit it.

Siu Lim Tao Siu Lim Tao (Little Idea, Small Thought)

The bones of the system and contains most of the shapes, techniques and principles of Wing Chun. It must be explored in depth and practiced every day to attain its benefits.
Chum Kiu Chum Kiu (Seeking the bridge, Closing the Gap)

Takes the shapes, techniques and principles of Siu Lim Tao, adds to them and puts them into motion. It also introduces some of the kicks of Wing chun.
Biu Gee Biu Gee (Thrusting Fingers)

Brings in new concepts and explores areas that the previous forms might have missed.
Wooden Dummy

Wooden Dummy (Mook Yan Jong)

The complete dummy sequence consists of seven sections and allows you to hone the principles, shapes, techniques, footwork and angles. It also contains the rest of the kicks of Wing Chun and allows you to execute them properly whilst learning correct structure, distance and timing.

The Dummy sequence is also practiced in the air (without the dummy) and varies from the fixed positions when practiced on the dummy, as the practitioner has to take into account the constantly moving location of the opponent to vary the angles and footwork whilst carrying out the full follow through of the techniques.

Pole Form Pole Form (Luk Dim Boon Gwan) Six and Half Point Pole

You might think that in this day and age that to learn how to use such a weapon would be a complete waste of time as you are unlikely to ever use it in a real life situation, after all who carries an 8 - 9 foot long pole around with them. You would be correct in thinking this, but incorrect in thinking that you could not carry the skills and power acquired from the use of this weapon with you.

The Long pole primarily trains new stances and strengthens the body but also enables the practitioner to generate and focus the power to the tip of the pole. When you consider that this could be over 8 feet away it stands to reason that when that technique is performed at a closer range, let’s say in the form of a punch or strike then the extra accuracy and power of the strike will be increased. The Pole Form is also part of the complete system and as a Wing Chun practitioner it would be foolish to disregard it.

Knife Form Knife Form (Bart jam Do) Eight cutting knives

This is by far the most complex form to learn and consists of eight sections.

On the surface it appears just to mirror the hand movements used in the rest of the system substituting the knives for the hands, there bye extending reach and allowing you to block harder weapons that would be impossible to block with hands alone.
Below the surface there are stance, weight transference and power generation techniques that are completely missed by the casual observer.