The first Wing Chun form is called Siu-Nim-Tau, it consists of the basic movements and reactions used in the system. This helps put the arm structures into muscle memory and helps with posture.
The application of these movements are practiced with a partner, using exercises and pre-arranged fighting drills, to begin to instill the reflex actions, and to learn attacking principles.
The beginning of the Chi-Sau training where attacks and responses are trained with a single hand.
Here we begin to look at structure, sensitivity and ‘forward’ energy.
Lat-Sau drills are performed with a partner, they are pre-arranged fighting drills that begin to instil the reflex actions that we use, and help the student to learn attacking principles.
Although these drills use a format, combining the drills together, performing them left and right handed and with variations leads the way to free practice.
Here the student learns how to apply the techniques and structures contained within the Wing Chun Forms.
Pad work is a great cardio exercise and one of the best ways to achieve all-round fitness.
Here we practice punching and kicking with power and fluidity, combined with footwork, posture and balance.
Our Friday ‘All levels’ Classes include warm up exercises and stretching for flexibility. As well as aiding posture and general health, flexibility helps with speed and power.
There are no high kicks in Wing Chun as we don’t kick higher than stomach level, but the ability to kick higher will make a mid-level kick all the more powerful.
As well as the classical Kung-Fu programme, we teach basic Self-Defence drills to prepare a student for a street encounter.
As well as preparing for a possible confrontation, you will also learn how to recognise and avoid danger, how to de-escalate a situation, how to use and be aware of body language, and how to minimise the risk of injury to yourself, when someone confronts you with the possible intent of launching an attack.
Chum-Kiu is the second Wing Chun form which we begin to teach in the Intermediate classes.
The name of the form means ‘bridging’, or ‘seeking’ arms. The focus of the Chum-Kiu form is to bridge the distance between yourself and the opponent, deflecting their attacks.
These are Chi-Sau drills that explore different attacks and responses. The aim is to take these skills and apply them in free Chi-Sau and ultimately in free fighting situations.
These drills are broken down into component parts to drill each attack and response with commitment.
Free practice enables the student to learn and experience the application of the concepts, structures and techniques contained in the Forms and the drills.
It is usually practiced with one partner being the aggressor using random attacks from any fighting style while the other partner uses Wing Chun.
Attention is always placed on safety, the goal is for self-improvement and to assist one’s partner in perfecting their techniques, not to compete with them, but pressure testing can be applied.
In our Wing Chun classes we prepare the student for all possible ranges and phases of a fight, kicks, strikes, close combat (elbows, knees), grappling and ground fighting.
The Wing Chun fighter does not want to go to ground and the training begins with preventing take downs, and training falling and recovery.
The next phase is practicing when on the ground with the attacker standing, then anti-grappling techniques while on the ground using Wing Chun principles to overcome the opponent.
Chi-Sau or ‘sticky hands’ as it is sometimes known, is a training exercise which teaches the student to feel and react to the energy and actions of the opponent.
It is the next step towards liberating the mind and body to cope with a free fighting situation.
In the advanced classes the student is taught ‘weapons awareness’, practicing against attackers with sticks, knives, clubs, chains, guns etc.
In the advanced programmes, the student trains against multiple attackers learning strategy and gaining confidence to deal with a street confrontation.
Outdoor Fighter Fitness sessions are held in Stafford twice monthly. This training helps to build the stamina needed to apply your Martial Arts in a ring or street confrontation.
Starting with a warm up, followed by 50 minutes of effective and varied fitness training. Sessions will include periodic fitness assessments based on military fitness standards.
Our Friday ‘All levels’ Classes include a Chi Kung form for relaxation and wellness.