CST Birthday Party Weekend, Sydney - June 2016
by David Lovegrove
Hi everybody, just thought I would share the notes I took over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of June at GrandMaster Chu Shong Tin's 83rd Birthday Party in Sydney. The event was held at the Burwood Community Hub and it was extraordinarily well attended - essentially a big extended Wing Chun family get together.
Special thanks go to Tony Chui and the other organizers for their hard work and to our Hong Kong family for coming to meet us and share with us.
For it was a big thrill to finally meet SiPo ( Sigung's wife) and Horace Chu ( his son) and Sifu's Peter Wong and Nima King. I was also over the moon to finally meet Albert Chong again ( haven't seen him since 97), Suzanna Ho(who I hadn't seen since 2000) and Karen Armstrong (since 2012?).
For me also very special thanks to my old mate and first Si Hing David Rasko of RKD International.
So many more old and newer mates to catch up with, a real feast (literally on Saturday night!) of friendship and Kung Fuuuu!!!!!
So these are some notes that I madly thumb tapped into my phone during the special presentations (sorry I didn't tap for all presenters but listened intently, confident that we will eventually get access to the videos made professionally by the guys from Hong Kong.
The notes are brief but hopefully you will find them enlightening, interesting and well perhaps a little controversial at times.
Blame me or my thumbs ok! (Or watch the videos wherever they are, hopefully appearing on the CST Alumni site soon?)
Sifu Tony Psaila -
Siu Nim Tau connects to centre
Feeling of floating and being very light.
Hitting is transference of body mass
Expert in neuro science told Tony 'you are' processing in visual cortex' !!!!!!
Kinesthetic good word
(note to self -research visual cortex)
Sigung -"its easy!" "MO YEAH" (doing nothing).
No need to think lines, you're already connected to them already converged.
Wing Chun is based on natural body movement.
Mind juggling so many things (point this, roll this, expand this) how can they be natural!!! (My thoughts exactly..for years!)
What matters is intercepting his arms not how to do.
Sifu Tony Blencowe -
Virtualizing (becoming virtual, as if you and opponent not there)
Watching from behind you. (Tony told me once that Sigung told him this - do this whilst doing Chi Sau, as if watching yourself from behind with a video cam)
Weight sucking in and coming back (opponent's weight).
People touch others hands (arms etc) and tend to push in, can't help it, that's natural - but should just empty and let self dissolve.
Don't need to think structure or set up stuff
Sigung said "It's your Wing Chun. Unique. Creative."
Sifu Nima King -
Spine story (about) activating nim tau with Sigung looking into your eyes
No arms and legs (!)
String lines between people
Thin lines real actually connected between people
Sigung told people to relax shoulders rotate joints etc because they couldn't activate nim tau! when doing from nim tau doesn't matter
(You) Sing ( fill up spine) (then) nim tau state
Then how to move without changing state.
Siu nim tau suggests its singular- a STATE
Single thought, not many - not all the do this, do that with body stuff.
Lop Nim - Yip Man - just use the mind.
Sigung never got all the do this do that stuff from Yip Man - just direct movements with mind.
Yip Man just said you have copied form -good so just practice to use the mind.
Holistic feel of whole body
Dont let weapon take awareness away when you touch it
Focusing all of nim tau in lines
Tan Sau shouldn't spring forward (when pressure let go e.g in chi sau)
Sigung said never transfer force to ground. Force should just dissipate and disappear.
Sigung just stood on a rooftop (early on) and thought 'I want to do tan sau' stood for hrs just mind not moving arm. (Good one)
(Me -Just in mind. HOURS!!!) Just meditating getting mind VERY STRONG.
Canton Noodle House conversations at lunch then Croydon Park Club for
Coffee with Sifu's Peter Wong, Albert Chong, Rebecca Chong, Franc Wing Chun, Stephen Lung, Prashan and Long John.
Two Wing Chun sayings we discussed ( amongst other Wing Chun subjects)
MO GUI MO SIK
means 'no form no technique'.
"It also means take swords pole into heart and move in heart not out in hands".
Peter and Albert both agreed - "It means - they are not there, not there.
Take (them) in" ( me – Virtualize)
(Note - Stephen Lung told me today on phone that Sigung spoke of this concept as meaning 'don't think what to do, of techniques and 'he does this I do that' but rather do 'nothing' - let your arms do what they want to do.
Sigung often said 'Mo, Mo (nothing, nothing)' - also Mo Yeah - do nothing. (Me - Let the Siu Nim Tau state take control and protect you.)
We also talked about how Chi Sau is about training this Mo Yeah state, not about trying to find holes and hit. You have to learn to trust the state to do what has to be done - Trust the training of whole body from the forms and Chi Sau -Not Easy lol!)
KUEN YU SUM FA
Soft Fist from Inside Heart Explodes
Peter Wong - "Air space inside of heart! A bubble of air inside. You do it all inside".
Stephen Lung - "When Sigung does things to you it's like his heart opens and chi floods out all around you."
(Stephen also told me on phone today that Sigung said this softness should be soft like feathers or jelly! I love that idea!)
Sorry if some of this seems cryptic, those with experience will understand and once again please blame me for any misinterpretation :)
I have lots more of interest coming in my soon to be published Amazon Kindle ebook 'Wing Chun Mind Force'.
For more info check out www.daiwaikwoon.com
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Cheers and see you all at this years AWCF Conference in Brisbane!