Siu Lam Wing Chun
The Chinese Characters of Siu Lam “Wing Chun”: 永春 (Everlasting Spring)
The hand forms of the Siu Lam Wing Chun go back to the Lo Family, Tang Family and Fung Siu Cing. According to the legends the families got taught by descendants of Southern Shaolin.
The handforms are:
- Wing Chun Kyun (Tang Family)
- Saam Baai Fat (Lo Family)
- Soeng Gung (Tang Family) or Zong Kyun (Fung Siu Cing)
The first form is called Wing Chun Kyun and gives the martial art its name, the “Fistfight of the Everlasting Spring”. Furthermore the Siu Lam Wing Chun has such an extraordinary longpole technique, that goes back to the Tang Family. The longpole’s name is Luk Dim Bun Gwan. Wooden Dummy, Longpole Dummy, that are unique regarding to form and diversity, also belong to the curriculum. There are several kinds of transcribing the Chinese writing, such as Siu Lam Wing Chun, Shaolin Weng Chun, Shaolin Yong Chun.
Loeng Zaan Wing Chun
The Chinese characters for Ip Man’s “Wing Chun”: 詠春 “Sing a song about spring”
Most Wing Chun schools nowadays go back to GM Yip Man, who meanwhile has gained great fame through the Ip Man films. The Yip Man Wing Chun, which goes back to Loeng Zaan (Leung Jan), was the first Wing Chun to be taught to Westerners and includes the following hand forms:
- Siu Lim Tao
- Cham Kiu
- Biu Zi
The first form Siu Lim Tao, translates as “little idea.” There are many theories as to where the origin of the name lies. There is also a wooden dummy form in the curriculum. Furthermore there are double knives, the so-called Baat Cham Dao form, and a short longpole form, which goes by the name Luk Dim Bun Gwan.
GM Yip Man Interview, New Martial Hero Magazine 1972
GM Yip Man explained in this interview, that the Loeng Zaan Wing Chun and the Siu Lam Wing Chun have nothing to do with each other, except the randomly similar spelling and the longpole, which bears the same name in both styles, Luk Dim Bun Gwan (6.5 Points Longpole). In addition, there should be the Loi Lim Sau and the so-called Inch Force in both styles.
… is, that lately more and more Wing Chun lines originating with GM Yip Man and the Yip Man Curriculum, well, contrary to the statements of GM Yip Man, Siu Lam or Shaolin use in their name. Because anyone can check nowadays whether the Siu Lam Wing Chun Curriculum is to be taught in this lineage or not.
First of all Siu Lam Wing Chun is about simplicity and applicability and a clear and direct philosophy builds the foundation of the teaching, the exercise and the training practice.
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