Second level syllabus: (Intermediate level)
The student should achieve the following after completing the 2nd level:
Chi Sao principles:
– Go forward or strike when the way is free.
– Stick when meeting resistance.
– Yield to greater force while still facing opponent’s centre line.
– Follow through if the opponent retracts or retreats.
– One must not commit to any movement allowing him to flow to the next.
– One’s range should never be extended.
– Free yourself from your own energy.
– Free yourself from your opponent’s energy.
– Use your opponent’s energy against themselves.
– Add your own energy.
More about Chum Kiu : It moves the Wing Chun practitioner from the stationary Siu Lim Tao position, and introduces them to movement and generation of power while moving. As you start generating close range power and speed in the first form you will realize that while moving it is a lot more challenging and even more on striking a moving target. The students of Wing Chun will learn to put two hand positions together, to intercept incoming energies and to stay balanced while keeping a good structure, and all that while facing the opponent’s centreline head on or at different angles if need be.
The aim of Chum Kiu is to unify all part of the body to move and generate more power as a single unit in contrast with the independent upper body power developed in the first form.
The importance of a good stance, grounding and balance will become evident at generating power which otherwise will be limited to independent power. This stage would be an opportunity to refine the practitioner’s acquired skill.
During the training of Chum Kiu, the Wing Chun practitioners will learn to ‘seek the bridge’. Since all confrontations start at a distance and end at a close range the ideal range for Wing Chun ,Chum Kiu enables the practitioner to move, intercept and close the range while still being in control ,in good position to strike while never committed or over extended and last but not least always facing the opponent.
Chum kiu practice:
Fast kicking, footwork and hip rotation are explored in this form. The students when allowed to practice and master the form will gains added power, flexibility and increased balance.