Forms are your toolbox in terms of basic movements, and are also used to develop qualities such as stance, energy and correct structures. There are 3 empty hand forms, a wooden dummy form and two weapons forms. Alongside all this there is also a meditational aspect.
Problems in other aspects of Wing Chun practice can often stem from problems in a student’s form.
These are numerous and are there to help practice your toolbox against a strike. They tend to be fixed, but enable the student to work on distance, structure, technique and energy. As they practice against partners of differing physical build, they also learn how to adjust their techniques accordingly.
Application is the use of Wing Chun in self-defense scenarios. Here the student learns how to apply their skills in a variety of situations, with the emphasis on realism. Here the students work against attacks they are likely to face in the street, rather than Wing Chun attacks. The techniques employed tend to be aggressive and close quarter, always baring in mind that the opponent is moving, unpredictable and more than likely, physically stronger. We also encourage exploration, whereby the student can explore different possibilities and how to deploy their skills.
We work with the mindset that each student, and the opponents they may encounter, are different, and what works in one situation may not work in another. It is about employing Wing Chun concepts, expressed through the students toolbox, according to the situation. We also teach how to employ situational awareness and positive body language.
Also known as sticking hands, Chi Sau can be described as instant, physical, three-dimensional chess. Here the students learn to develop their sensitivity and ability to control someone who is non-compliant and actively looking to control and dominate them. Chi Sau answers many questions such as, what if you miss? What if they grab you? What if they block? What if they’re taller? What if they’re faster?
Chi Sau is the bridge between forms and fighting, in the form of a game. As each partner offers you a different game, according to their experience and how they think, both physically and mentally it’s never finished. As it’s a game, students can practice and learn in an enjoyable manner, whilst still learning to ‘sharpen their teeth’ and in a safe manner. It teaching contact reflexes, how to borrow energy, to ‘stick’ to and control someones energy, almost all aspects of your Wing Chun skill will be tested during Chi Sau.
Why Wing Chun?
Wing Chun does not train for, or enter in, competitions; we only practice street applications for real life scenarios. There are no belts or grading system as we measure students by their ability, not by a piece of cloth or by how long they have trained . Unlike some martial arts schools, which focus self defence training on assault targets and fancy, impractical techniques, the MWCK teaches students how to utilise their bodies efficiently to generate more power. Through the efficient co-ordination of movements, correct use of body structure and focussed use of elbow energy, Wing Chun students can develop power equal to that of much larger, stronger assailants. Students quickly learn how to redirect or neutralise powerful strikes without using brute strength, such as hard blocking. Students are encouraged to analyse and question the reason and science behind each movement and technique. Because Wing Chun is a scientific system of self- defence, a thorough understanding of the art is necessary before students can execute the movements properly and remember them long-term.
Our training is aimed at sharpening mental as well as physical skills; relaxation, concentration and awareness form an integral part of the system, which can additionally benefit relaxation and stress control.
Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR OF MIDLANDS WING CHUN KUEN
Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe is one of the world's few top Wing Chun masters. His lineage can be traced back to the founder, Ng Mui. Sifu Rawcliffe prides himself on the high standard and purity of the Midlands Wing Chun Kuen's teaching, and strives for perfection by continuing to visit and train in Hong Kong with his teacher, Grandmaster Ip Chun, and constantly evolving and refining the Midlands Wing Chun Kuen's teaching program.
Since the establishment of its first training centre in Hall Green in 1982, the Midlands Wing Chun Kuen (UK) has grown both nationally and internationally with branches now operating throughout England, South Wales and Northern Italy. This network enables members to continue their training when traveling to these places.