Billy says, hi, everyone can Sifu . Please elaborate. On a proper wing Chun stance when doing Sil Lum Tao . Oh yeah. Basically it’s a horse stance, now you’re going to have to, people have different versions. Okay. And personally I like the way we do it. Two ways you want to have it is a horse stance is basically about the width of your shoulders, your feet points, straight, knees forward and in slightly to where your feet go flat on both sides of this is represented by the way to the outside.
I want to feel like I’m now solid rooted to the floor. Okay. Your hips are turned forward a little bit and the reason why you want to do this is you want to develop that solid, strong core. So when you’re moving, you’re getting the energy from the ground up into your hands. You don’t want to feel like you have to throw your hands.
You want to feel like it’s driving from the ground to your hands. The other version that they have. You see this in other Wing Chun systems and they turn the feet in 45 degrees hard and they turn, they stand like this. Now I don’t like that as much because if you look at the hips between a man or woman, woman’s hips a little bit wider and a little more, they allow them to turn in. So it’s much more national guy.
It’s not, it’s not as comfortable. It’s strenuous on the knees. And I find that when I did that long time ago, it does strain the knees. I mean women wore dresses that went down to their knees and there was this split from the knee down. So they weren’t able to move long wide stances. They had to learn to move in tight, which is why Wing Chun system where it’s like this and then they move, they move like this because they couldn’t stand like this because the dress didn’t allow them.
So they have to make their stance small. They had to keep a tight, they had to make it in a pigeon toed in for their needs because they could not let the knees come out further because of the dress. That was mainly the reason why you have today, the people who stick to the pigeon toe. Back then when Chung did that, because of the clothing store, not because of the style.
The people who were passed, they could go straight. That’s because of their legs. They’re allowed to go out water. But when they were dresses, they couldn’t bring out that wide. So to compensate being so tight, they had to turn the toes in to compensate for the knees not being go out. So that’s really the main reason. But come on you well enough. You were pigeon toed. You can’t, you take a boxer’s, his footwork and compared to a Wing Chun tight footwork, boxer’s going to out foot work him every time he’s going to be all to move much better.
He’s more free. He’s more to bounces. He’s able to get better footwork out it. You could not, you’d have to be very station and go forward. And in Wing Chun, like if you’re standing, everything is for you is very tight, move this way very tight and moving and moving and you could not move like that to a guy who’s free in his foot work when he we could bounce it was what Bruce Lee took that over the Wing Chun footwork.
Because he find he was able to get energy and the the the, you could go from like this to a quick snap because you could push off the ground from the bounce. You can drive your front ball of the heal and do it. You have much better footwork in that Boxer’s foot work has more freedom whereas Wing Chun has more restrictive in the a lot of the Wing Chun and people who do the pigeon toe.
It was very restrictive and honestly it can work against another Wing Chun person because you’re both play on the same game. You’re not going to do that against a MMA guy today. He’s going to kick your legs, he’s going to move in and out. He’s going to bum rush you and it’s over for you. Playing in tight makes you rigid in your feet. You got to have freedom in your feet, cause your, your, your feet is what’s going to allow you to adjust for spacing.
Uh, if someone came in and it allows you to move back and allows you to advance, if you are a very tight, it’s very hard. You move very little and someone who shoots and hard, you don’t, you can’t move that fast enough or you can’t tell them the size of hard enough. You need something to sustain for the ability to root and sync.
So, um, if you’re very tight and you can’t move to adjust to that and move fast enough, you’re going to be like this and move like this. I guess it’s not going to work. It’s like trying to take a fencer and fight a wrestler. And a guy’s fence is only using his hands, not a weapon, but having the footwork of a fencer. I haven’t gotten a wrestles that wrestler gets that grab or actually that’s a bad example because a offense to footwork is actually bigger. Um, so that’s about an example.
Scratch that. Uh, uh, how can I say it Like it’s like taking someone who, who moved very, very tight with their feet. What style do that, uh, well, whatever. I can’t think of one right now, but you cannot have someone who’s very tight and rigid and limited in his movement to someone whose freedom to move.
It would stay back, tag and move away and do that. And then once they saw your hands break down and your stances or your structure, then they’d come in. But footwork in terms of, um, uh, how you plant your feet is very important because you need to adapt to change quick. Today’s type, uh, types of fighters, especially, MMA today. they’re in and out, moving in. You see it all the time.
You see people moving it out, trying to feel each other. If you stay on like it used to move like this, all is going to do is wait for you to just plant your foot one time and come in and you’re not going to move backwards fast enough. You’re gonna get clocked in face quick and easy. You have have the ability to be mobile. You have to have the ability to push from your front balls into your heel very, very quickly to adapt to change.
If you’re not you, you’re probably going to get eaten real quick. I’ve seen with young guys fight like this, I guess a boxer and a box is just weird. I just moved in quick and it got, I couldn’t react fast enough because he was too rigid, too solid, which is what Bruce Lee said. It’s too rigid. And the the, the systems of some Wing Chun and I say, oh cause I can’t ask for all would ya Let’s all the most of which I’m the people would like to stay, stick and stay tight. Move like this right. Tight you, you’re never going to win against someone who’s going to burst the speed at you.
You, you’re not gonna move fast enough. It’s, it’s, there’s no way you’re just going to clock. So you need to be adaptive. Yes. You need to have the ability to adapt. Uh, you want to have the ability to really, the key of doing footwork is, have a good core and know how to turn your hips with a front ball of the heel at the same time. Cause they’re your brakes and they, your acceleration. So between the heal and the front ball and then your core is a connection between the two feet. And the balancing your body. There you go.