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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:21 pm    Post subject: Intro-Elbo-Wing-Chun-Way Reply with quote

All fighting systems utilises elbows.

Wing Chun however has adapted elbows in to many more ways than just striking and defending with them.

"Interpreting" in Cantonese 'Jahng' = Elbow

"Pronounced in Pinyin as" 'Zaang'

"Written in Jyuptping as" 'Sau(2) Zau(2)'

"Elbowing" power = 'Jahng Dai Lick'

"Rising" (1) Tai-Jahng: Upward-Outside-Shielding-Covering-Clipping-Uppercuting

"Sinking" (2) Chum-Jahng: Vertical-Downward-Crashing-Nailing-Digging

"Knealing" (3) Gwai-Jahng: Arching-Covering--Pivoting-Jamming-Pinning-Helping-Rolling

"Spiraling" (4) Sai-Jahng: Inward-Diagonal-Rising-Rotating-Deflecting-Defending-Crossing-Shielding

"Butting" (5) Ding-Jahng: Forward-Pointing-Upthrusting-Centralising-Penetrating-Poking-Spearing

"Slapping" (6 ) Pak-Jahng: Sidways-Rising-Curving-Flipping-Flapping-Shrugging-Snapping

"Expanding" (7) Fun-Jahng: Horizontal-Outward-Twisting-Extending-Reversing-Barging-Throwing

"Hacking" (8 ) Pai-Jahng: Horizontal-Inward-Pivoting-Turning-Hooking-Chopping

"Covering" (9) Kup-Jahng: Horizontal-Landing-Downward-Falling-Intercepting-Bouncing

"Retracting" (10) Sau-Jahng: Downward-Returning-Pulling-Reversing-Swinging


"Practicing" for Chunners knowing these techniques and vocabulary, It is possible to use the ten "Elbowing" "transitioning" movements in a flow form:

"Beginning" with YGKYM "Opening" SLT sequence and (Bai Joang) hands ready forward "facing"

"Starting" on the left side -TAI-CHUM-GWAI-SAI-DING-PAK-FUN-PAI-KUP-SAU-

"Repeating" the sequence once again on the right side.

"Finishing" with a "closing" sequence.

"Containing" in the ten are all possible variables (Eight is the customary lucky numbers to use associated with Bagua) the list of above can be divided in to as many actions that the user feels comfortable with as, "using" five different types and "making" a variety of applications is also possible.

"Elbowing" silmutaniosly "doing" two at the same time stands to reason; "spinning" "jumping" or "flying" elbows are simply add on methods to principle elbow strikes; "including" "grounding n' "pounding" "standing n' "clinching" "mixing n matching" "protecting n' "striking"

"Naming" these "Elbowing" techniques are perhaps different from the ones that you're trained with (they are after all just tags) "adding" more variations of names to these mentioned above would be (from my perspective) just adding unnecessarily more complexities and confusion; which is contrary to the M.O. of this dialogue "regarding" "Wing" Chun.

"Moving" elbows and immovable elbows, it is "Knowing" when and how to be effective in both cases and not bound by "confusing" and or conflicting doctrine.

"Elbows in" can drive alot of energy in to the the opponent, whereas "elbows out" can be used to guide or steer the opponent's energy away.

"Elbowing" or attacking in the "Wing Chun way" is done in a variety of ways such as "Slipping" "Whipping" "Wedging" "Driving" just to name a few (activating the spine) or using (body weight) they are always good to go.

Where elbows in makes sense to create power in them also by "utilising" "Stepping" "Shifting" "Turning" "Spinning" and "Torque"

When "defending" with the elbows there is more the attitude of "covering" "passing" "deflecting" and "steering" on coming" attacks, never forsaking counterattacking whenever and wherever possible.

"Using" elbows against "incoming" fists in bunches, is a method than can be combined with "covering" the head in compromising situations.

"Flying" Elbow = 'Fay Jahng' is when the elbow position is too far out/flared and correct elbow position is = Mai Jahng; "always using proprietary as the rule"

"Considering" that Wing Chun is primarily a close range/"clinching" "fighting" system, understandably "Incorporating" all possible ways of "Elbowing" have been utilised.

"Doing" situps and "practicing" "Elbo-Wing" "striking" "combining" in to "training" is worth "adopting" as the sequence of ten (any of them individually) from the flow can also be performed for "conditioning" the abs.

"During" combat, it is the opponent's elbows that are the give away, "showing" the intent of the user, therefore it is an important factor in "reading" "watching" "telegraphing" elbows.

"Camouflaging" not "Giving" away intent to the opponent with one's own elbows is achieved by "obscuring" them behind one's own hands/fists, usually out of sight of the opponent, also using the opponent's defence as an advantage to obscure your intentions.

"Flipping" elbows in close encounters (quickly) over the top of the opponent's is very effective as it is possible to be "hitting" and "controlling" silmutaniosly with the same arm.

"Utilising" the Dragon's head (fist) and Dragon's tale (elbow) as a punch and a follow up elbow, that are connected in to one swift attack or "intercepting" counterattack, also done in reverse order, with an elbow and hammer fist or "Chopping" hand.

"Positioning" fixed or immovable elbows is a part of the "Wing" Chun M.O. the reason is for "protecting" (for females) the chest area (breasts) also most upper body "attacking" and "defending" start from this elows in position.

This is part of a larger topic: The "ing" in Wing Chun Kung Fu
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