Chu Shong Tin - 1998 Seminar DVD: Sil Lum Tao
Note: The description below is copied in part from the 3 DVD set of the 1998 Seminars (Sil Lum Tao, Chum Kiu, and Chi Sao). If you are interested in these DVDs we HIGHLY recommend you get the set.
Yip Man's 3rd Hong Kong Disciple, Chu Shong Tin, teaches you Chi Sao the same way Yip Man taught him for over 3 hours straight!
Dear Wing Chun Student,
I don't know if you have noticed but there is a real lack of quality instruction on the art of Wing Chun in video format. I'm not saying there are not some good DVDs out there, because they are, but most are just glossing over the surface of things you most likely already know. You may pick up a point or two, but for the most part they are just reference tools, not learning tools.
I couldn't watch it with out taking notes!
The first time I started to watch Chu Shong Tin's (Tsui Sheung Tin's) seminar, I knew what I was seeing was different. I stopped about 30 minutes into it, got up and closed my door, got a pen and paper, took the phone off the hook and started over. After the first hour I had over 10 pages of notes! I wasn't even 1/10th of the way done! I don't know about you, but I had never taken notes from a video before (with, perhaps, the exception of videos from my personal lineage), but with Master Chu I just couldn't help it! I knew I had to write it down so it would stay with me and I wouldn't forget.
Since I come from a different lineage I usually just watch videos with a passing interest to see how other people train, mainly just to be knowledgeable about the art in general. I never take notes on anything. Since Wing Chun is based mainly on theory, it can be interpreted and used many different ways. This can make it hard for you to learn from another lineage. What may be true for one lineage is not true for another. Take weight distribution for example. It ranges from 50-50 to almost 90-10. If the lineages that keep their weight balanced try to fight like the ones that keep their weight on the back leg all the time, it won't work right and vice versa. Most of what Master Chu teaches transcends lineages. No matter who teaches you Wing Chun, you can learn something from Master Chu!
I had never seen things explained the way Master Chu explained them. Things that I had heard before, but did not understand started making sense. I didn't even know I didn't understand them until he explained them. The way Wing Chun uses circles and triangles started clicking and I was soon able to diagram many techniques and positions in a new light! I can't begin to describe how much I actually learned from these DVDs! There is too much to list!
I wanted to list here some of the things you will learn on this DVD, but I honestly haven't had the time. This DVD is so packed with information it would take me a good 3 hours to just list out the highlights. You honestly cannot go wrong!
Master Chu lived with Yip Man for about 5 years when he first started training and was the first student of Yip Man's to teach privately. During the first five years, he got to the point of starting to learn the long pole. This means his foundations of Wing Chun were learned while living with Yip Man. One of the first sentences on the Chi Sao DVD is Master Chu saying he will show Chi Sao the way Yip Man taught him! No wonder these DVDs are some of the best material on Wing Chun today!
If you are interested in these DVDs we HIGHLY recommend you get the set.
|Language: || ||Cantonese with English Translator |
|Length: || ||178 Min |
|Format: || ||NTSC |
|DVD Type: || ||DVD-R / Quality is that of VCD, as this was the original format. |
|DVD Region: || ||Region 0: Region Free |
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Reviewer: George Hernandez
Date: February 15, 2011
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Title: Chu Shong Tin - 1998 Wing Chun Seminar Part 1, Siu Nim Tao
Number of Disk: 1
Length: approximately three hours (This presentation was converted from VHS for DVD access, the menu will refer to each section of the DVD, as Disk 1, 2, and 3, respectfully). Please note, there is only one disk and that the conversion process from one media type to another, presents the same quality as the original production.
Part one - Siu Nim Tao, 0:59:42
Part two - Siu Nim Tao, 0;59:08
Part three - Siu Nim Tao, 0:59:34
Video Quality: Average
Audio Quality: Poor, 2 out of 5
What It's About:
This DVD presents an in-depth demonstration and discussion regarding the principles of Wing Chun's first form, Siu Nim Tao.
Master Chu, specifically in part 1, devotes his attention to Siu Nim Tao, Wing Chun's first form. As in his previous series on Wing Chun basics he gives considerable amount of time to talking about and demonstrating the importance it has in building a sound foundation in Wing Chun. He describes the three levels of training from the stance to moving. Those who are knowledgeable about Wing Chun knows what is meant about centerline theory in this system - - the benefit of the form's structure and how the notion of focus and circular motion relates to this form. Many martial artists outside of the Wing Chun practice regard this martial art system as strictly linear - while in principle it is not. Master Chu demonstrates this basic principle of circle motion inherent in the Siu Nim Tao form through example and the use of simple props.
Of critical importance in this presentation, Master Chu's, demonstration of the use of the "mind force" in rotating the elbow moving from a Tao Sao to a Bong Sao position, while a person is attempting to use pure strength to control movement using a Foot Sao hand - through relaxation, projection of the "Mind Force" and by using one's body mass effectively, clearly shows that no matter how much force is used it can be neutralized. The use of some of these simple techniques Master Chu gracefully shows the value of literally forgetting about the forearm while focusing on the hand; its target and direct control from the elbow. He says "relax and attack at the same time."
In demonstrating simple but yet practical techniques, Master Chu, goes into further detail showing how important it is in finding your center of gravity and relaxing your body. He also shows how elbow force is generated with support from the shoulder and the structure of the stance. Again, in this demonstration he emphasizes the application of circular motion in Siu Nim Tao; its forward punch, he says "punching means to expand your circle", the concept and application of this technique also apples when you withdrawal the arm from the centerline.
This DVD is packed with substantial demonstrations, discussion about technique and employs the use of visual props to get the crucial points across regarding the principles of Siu Nim Tao. The key points in this presentation, is structure of the stance, the use of the body mass and the "mind force."
For the martial art enthusiast, beginning students and the experienced teacher, this series would be an excellent addition to one's martial arts DVD collection and is well worth the investment in seeing a real Wing Chun master teach!
Content Overview: Siu Nim Tao, Disc 1
- The purpose of the Siu Nim Tao form.
- The three stages of Learning.
- Establishing Structure
- "The Mind force"
- The basic Ma Bo Stance of Siu Nim Tao
- The Triangle of Siu Nim Tao
- The circular motion of Siu Nim Tao.
- Developing personal power.
- The circular motion in Siu Nim Tao.
- Using both hands and arms in Siu Nim Tao.
- Using the "Mind force" in maintaining structure.
- Demonstration in using the" Mind Force"
- Bong Sao- Rolling forward.
- Fook Sao and Tan Sao application.
- Using your center of gravity.
- Using your structure in stopping the other person's force.
- Forget about the using the forearm.
- Learn how to relax to attack at the same time using the shoulder.
- Remember the mind generates the "Mind Force."
- Demonstration of generating power through relaxation
- First two methods.
- Elbow force supported by your shoulder.
- Support from the use of the proper stance, don't tense your form.
- The circular movement.
- Punching means to expand your circle
- Using the circle in punching forward and bringing it back.
- Bring the person's force down to the floor.
- Proper position in two hand rotation.
- Demonstration of using the circle.
- Bong Sao - application of the inside circle using the shoulder
- To move to the outside circle
- Using your strongest points against the persons weakest points.
- Learning how to change your point of focus.
- Demonstration of the Siu Nim Tao form
- Master Chu demonstrates the full form at normal speed.
Content Overviews for the 2nd and 3rd hours coming soon!