Maybe you are already a member of Enter Shaolin or you are just searching around the web looking for more Wing Chun training, either way you came to the right place. Wing Chun is known for its close quarter fighting ability. Because of teachers like Ip Man who taught the late Bruce Lee, this amazing martial art has managed to captivate a generation. People from around the world have the ability to learn the Wing Chun training system thanks to pioneers and now the internet.
Chum Kiu which is the second form in Wing Chun taught after Sil Lum Tao. It unlocks a practitioners ability to fight close quarter by using closed and open bridges to close the distance between you and your opponent. While Wing Chun has many offensive and defensive techniques the style really shines as a counter offensive system of fighting.
Another thing Wing Chun is known for is it’s quick attacks by utilizing the center line theory. In the following video, Sifu Phu teaches a basic understanding of using bridges. Bridges are just a fancy way of saying forearms. ;)Â Bridges are best used as intercepting tools to close the distance when someone is attacking you. Because you have mobility at your elbow, it makes it easier to deflect as well as draw in your opponent because you can bend at your elbow.
Because much of Wing Chun training deals with close quarter situations bridging your opponent brings them into the ideal range for a counter attack. If you use your bridges effectively you don’t have to chase your opponents arms. This is a good thing because often times when a person starts chasing arms, they begin to lose their own stability and balance thus creating an opening for their opponent to attack them.
We’ve been filming 2-3x a week for the past 3.5 years with only a a few weeks here and there a year that we don’t. Which means there is a lot of training on YouTube as well as member’s only training too. Every once in awhile we end up filming the same lesson twice like in the case of this training video on Chum Kiu closed bridge to open bridge. Since we have well over 750+ hours of training and growing, it sometimes happens! But, rather than toss this lesson out… I figured we would just share it with you, so you can get an ideal of what some of out full lessons look like!
Why would we use an Close Bridge to an Open Bridge?
Watch Chum Kiu Closed Bridge To Open Bridge Here To Find Out:
Let us know in the comment section below how you like the lesson, we look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Once a student starts learning the Chum Kiu form is when they usually start learning Chi Sao too.
Chi Sao is sensitivity training. Sensitivity training helps the student know where, when and how an opponent is going to attack. In the short video below you will see a quick lesson on the Chi Sao Roll.
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If you enjoyed that short lesson, you will enjoy our full lessons on Chi Sao as well. If you haven’t joined Enter Shaolin yet, you can check out the different membership options here and choose what works for you.
One thing we here often is…
Can You Learn Wing Chun Training Online?
While training in person by a skilled instructor is optimal, sometimes it’s just not possible whether due to time, money or location restrictions. What we have found with our online students is the #1 reason why someone joins Enter Shaolin is because they couldn’t find what they where looking for locally. It can be frustrating to say the least. It’s actually how Enter Shaolin got started thanks to Sije Jamie Pelaez.
Watch How Enter Shaolin Got Started Here:
The good news is you can do a majority of your training solo 2/3 to be exact (read more about the 3 pillars of training here). Once you get the 2/3 down, then comes getting training partners, if you have one already, you are ahead of the game and can work on sensitivity sooner if you want. We also do our best to find training partners for our family members and help them find their own locally. You may be training at home, but you are never training alone here at Enter Shaolin, where are here to help!
If you can, the best way to learn from a Sifu is by taking private lessons obviously. The price for private lessons range between $50 to $120+ an hour. I spent well over $100k over the past 22 years training as a private student, I worked extra jobs and much more to make it happen too. If you can only take public lessons at your local school, that’s okay because any training as long as it is good of course is better than no training at all. A lot of our students do this and use Enter Shaolin for supplemental and to learn things that their Sifu or Sensei may not cover, etc. Also note, in a public class environment you only get a handful of minutes actually training with your teacher the rest of the time you are working with a partner of similar skill.
It has been my own experience that you excel when you practice what you learn in practical situations, experiencing resistance from opponents and what you are willing to do when no one else is around. The majority of my training and Sifu Phu’s training has been solo.
Another benefit to having an online platform, besides making connections around the world and being able to customize your training, is the ability to repeat lessons as often as needed until the concept sinks in. I can’t tell you how much this would have helped me progress in my training if I would have had a library of Sifu Phu on demand!
Here is another sneak peek at a lesson to show you canÂ learn kung fu online. There are 3 parts to acquiring skill in the martial arts. The first is to learn the forms so that you can develop your foundation and structure. The second part is training your body so that you can do the techniques and create the muscle memory. The third part is sensitivity. The only part you need a training partner for is your sensitivity. This includes things like Chi Sao, Pushing Hands, Tiger Rolling, Sparring etc…
The good news is that you don’t need an expert to train with. You just need someone willing to train with you because we show you how to practice, how to know if you are doing it right or wrong, the why’s and why not’s. The lessons we provide are very detailed, so as long as you can watch a video and follow directions you can certainly learn from Sifu Phu and us wherever in the world you are.
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