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Ip Man Wing Chun Series 3-4: Chum Kiu DVD

 
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The Chum Kiu set introduces footwork and movement through body unity, teaching you how to generate power in all directions. It examines the motions and techniques, forms and body mechanics, attributes, concepts, tactics and applications. Learn More >>

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Ip Man Wing Chun Series 3-4: Chum Kiu DVD
by Benny Meng and the Ving Tsun Museum

This DVD is the combination of video series vol. 3 Chum Kiu (The Combat Bridge) & vol. 4 Chum Kiu (The Combat Bridge) Training Exercises & Applications.

Yip Man once said that if a student - having attained the skills of Siu Nim Tau and Chum Kiu - ever lost a fight, he would throw himself off the roof of the Restaurant Workers Union. He never had to make good on that promise, due to the excellent training provided in this lineage of Wing Chun.

Wing Chun Series Vol 3 - Chum Kiu (The Combat Bridge)
This third video in a series of videos presented by the Ving Tsun Museum on the Yip Man system, builds on the two previous tapes, bringing you into the intermediate level of training. The Chum Kiu set introduces footwork and movement through body unity, teaching you how to generate power through all directions - up/down, twisting left/right, and stepping forward/backward/sideways. It examines the motions and techniques, forms and body mechanics, attributes, concepts and tactics, and applications introduced in the Siu Nim Tau set with the added dimension of movement. The information is presented in several formats throughout the video - solo, partner demonstration, and application - giving you a chance to see the simplicity, directness, and efficiency of this Wing Chun lineage. (approx. 60 min.)

Wing Chun Series Vol 4 - Chum Kiu (The Combat Bridge) Training Exercises & Applications
This fourth video builds on the format demonstrated in the three tapes, this time presenting the Chi Sau level of exercises and drills for the Chum Kiu student. These exercises and drills directly relate to the Chum Kiu set, reinforcing body mechanics and introducing the element of stepping and dynamic balance in all directions. Luk Sau, Jip Sau, Jau Sau, Teui Mah, and Don Da are covered through motions and techniques, forms and body mechanics, attributes, concepts and tactics, and applications. By having skill in these exercises and drills, the student is training his hands and body to be on auto-pilot to react spontaneously and correctly to changing situations. (approx. 60 min.)




Customer/3rd Party Review - This review was done by a customer/3rd party and is listed here for you reference only. The views and opinions of the reviewer are not those of Everything Wing Chun and do not necessarily reflect EWC's views or opinions on the subject matter. It is posted, like all customer reviews, to give you more info on the product and to give you different opinions on a product so that you can make the best decision for yourself about its content. The review is NOT by an EWC employee or contractor and EWC cannot stand by anything said in any customer/3rd party review. Enjoy!

The following is a review of Vol. 3 Chum Kiu (The Combat Bridge) and Vol. 4 Chum Kiu (Training Exercises & Applications) in the Wing Chun Series featuring Sifu Benny Meng.
Reviewed by John Swails

Opinion

The Chum Kiu (Combat Bridge) DVD series is a solid introduction to the Chum Kiu form. From beginning to end, Benny Meng gives a clear breakdown of each movement with the Chum Kiu form, and their role in the combat application of a Wing Chun fighter. Meng also demonstrates the forms' usefulness and application inside Chi Sau. The quality of the DVD is not A+ so the review will not reflect a five star rating. However, the DVD was shot in a studio environment and the sound quality (while not great) is still clear enough that you won't have any trouble following along. For any and all Wing Chun practitioners, this is one DVD that you will want to consider for your library.

Product Rating

Four Stars - overall, this is a great DVD series for the beginning to intermediate Wing Chun practitioner. Benny Meng offers an in-depth look at the Chum Kiu form and offers practical application that every student can implement.

Content Outline: Vol. 3 - Chum Kiu (Beginner)

  • Historical overview
    • Ip Man and Bruce Lee
    • Extensive Benny Meng biography
  • Chum Kiu overview
    • Meng explains the meaning of Chum Kiu in combat application
  • Technique Introductions
    • Stance
      • Yee Gee Kim Yeung Ma
      • Right Horse Stance
      • Left Horse Stance
      • Back Horse Stance
    • Footwork
      • Side Step
      • Outside Bracing
      • Inside Bracing
      • Press Horse Step
      • Thrust Horse Step
      • Wheels on Siu Lim Tao
    • Hand and Elbow
      • Thrusting Hand
      • Elbow Slice
      • Uppercut
      • Outside Parry Punches
      • Bracing Hand
      • Fencing Hand
    • Kicks
      • Front Kick
      • Side Kick
  • Forms
    • Chum Kiu form from beginning to end (side and front views)
    • Benny Meng breaks the Chum Kiu form down into sections and gives details instruction on each portion of the form.
      • Section 1
      • Section 2
      • Section 3
  • Demonstration of the Details with Jeremy Roadruck
    • Benny Meng gives detailed explanation of the form
      • Section 1
      • Section 2
      • Section 3
  • Demonstration and Application
    • Benny Meng gives detailed combat application of the Chum Kiu form
  • Attributes
    • Benny Meng breaks down the theory and combat concepts behind the Chum Kiu form
  • Demonstrations
    • Benny Meng demonstrates some fundamental drills that can enhance the Wing Chun practitioner's skill at utilizing the Chum Kiu form.
      • Punching drills
      • Kicking drills

Content Outline: Vol. 4 - Chum Kiu: Chi Sau Application (Intermediate)

  • Opening - Benny Meng performs the Chum Kiu form
  • Techniques - Benny Meng performs the Chi Sau applications of the Chum Kiu forms
    • Rolling hand
    • Catching hand
    • Running hand
    • Single hand strike
    • Pushing the horse
  • Training Exercises & Applications
  • Summary
    • Wing Chun fighting range
  • Conclusion

Technical

  • DVD running time: 107 minutes
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region 0
  • Type: DVD-R
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2004
  • Video Quality: Good
  • Audio Quality: Good



Review of: VTM Wing Chun Series #3 Chum Kiu: The Combat Bridge By Sifu Benny Meng
By: Todd Taganashi

Quick Review:

Part 1:

Chum Kiu: The Combat Bridge Part One is the third episode in the VTM Wing Chun Series. In the Sil Nim Tao video parts one and two, Sifu Meng taught us the fundamentals of the Wing Chun system in order to establish a solid foundation and understanding in the basic concepts and techniques. At the Chum Kiu level Sifu Meng introduces the student to the more advanced fighting concepts, such as generating power through forward momentum and two directional force. Although footwork is taught at the Sil Nim Tao level it is at the Chum Kiu level and in the Chum Kiu form that the advanced concepts of generating power through footwork and mobility are taught. Sifu Meng uses a slightly different teaching method in this video than in the previous. After going over the main techniques that are taught at this level, he spends most of his time on the movements of the Chum Kiu form one by one. Sifu Meng talks in detail about the little things that are so important in each movement of the Chum Kiu form such, as balance and positioning. This video also contains training drills using the focus mitts and kicking shields, giving the student a chance to start working their striking and targeting skills. It is obvious that Sifu Meng is preparing the student for the application phase of training as he emphasizes the concepts of efficiency and economy of motion. Overall I would say that this Chum Kiu DVD has touched on points that are not usually covered on this topic in video format. Sifu Meng always goes all out in his teaching and demonstrations. If you buy any of his videos you should expect a high-quality production and an exceptional learning experience. Of course putting the time and effort into training is up to you, but through his VTM Wing Chun DVD series Sifu Benny Meng has provided a map to guide you on your journey.

Part 2:

Well, if I had to say which DVD contained the most practical instruction for students at the intermediate stage of Wing Chun training, this would be it. But be warned; without spending a good amount of time training in the exercises taught in the previous videos you will have a difficult time at this level. In this video Sifu Meng teaches the two-handed Chi Sau drills so crucial to the development of the Wing Chun Fighter. It is really great to have a qualified master of Wing Chun spend so much time going over the small details of Chi Sau. Sifu Meng takes the time to point out the importance of energy and positioning that can really make the difference when "playing" Chi Sau. In fact he is so good at teaching this that during his demonstrations you can literally see when he is about to seize the opportunity to exploit the opponents weakness. He also makes it a point to ask the viewer to see if they can recognize the Chi Sau techniques in practice. I must say that his assistant Jeremy Roadruck, who is an experienced Sifu, helped a lot in making the Chi Sau segments one of the best of the entire VTM Wing Chun Series. It is great to see two very experienced Wing Chun men training together. The Chi Sau lesson concludes with Sifu Meng doing a blindfolded demonstration -- top notch! I have seen Chi Sau go to the point of almost all-out sparring, or played as if it were a game of tag where the guy who gets the most hits wins. Sifu Meng makes it a point to explain that Chi Sau is a training exercise, and in order for both sides to learn equally there has to be a sort of cooperative give and take of energy and technique. He goes on to explain that it is up to the more advanced students to work with the less experienced students and bring them up to their level. This is part of the "family helps each other" philosophy, which should be present at every martial arts school. For the techniques and combinations, Sifu Meng spends a good amount of time teaching four basic movements and their drills to set the base for Chi Sau practice. I imagine that this being somewhat the application phase of development that Sifu Meng wanted to end this video with a lesson on the important subject of Ranges of Combat and where Wing Chun fits in. We are shown the advantages and the disadvantages of various fighting ranges and then given a demonstration of Wing Chun's optimal range of combat. The video concludes with Sifu Jeremy Roadruck giving an overview of the lessons taught in the Sil Nim Tao and Chum Kiu videos.


Technical Review:
  • DVD Length: 110 Minutes
  • Display: NTSC
  • Region: 0
  • Type: DVD
  • Language: English (No Subtitles)
  • Video Quality: High (Professional Production)
  • Audio Quality: High (Professional Production)
Content Review:

Part 1:
  • Introduction
    • Opening the DVD is a very nice short historical segment introducing Sifu Meng, detailing his journey in the art of Wing Chun and paying homage to the many great masters under whom he studied.
  • Stances
    • Goat Gripping Stance
    • Right and Left Horse Stance
    • Back Horse Stance
  • Footwork
    • Side Step (Inside and Outside Bracing)
    • Press Horse Step
    • Thrust Horse Step
  • Hand and Elbow Techniques
    • Thrusting Hand
    • Elbow Slice
    • Uppercut
    • Bracing Hand
    • Fencing Hand
  • Kicking Techniques
    • Front Kick
    • Side Kick
  • Chum Kiu Form Demonstrated by Sifu Benny Meng (Multiple Angles)
    • Sifu Meng first demonstrates the entire Chum Kiu form then slowly breaks it down one technique at a time, naming each individual movement and describing them in detail.
  • Demonstration of Details from the Chum Kiu Form
    • Common Mistakes
  • Applications from the Chum Kiu
    • Resting Hand
    • Bracing Hand
    • Low Wing Hand
    • Kicking Techniques
  • Attributes Developed by Practicing the Chum Kiu Form
    • Generating Power Through Momentum
    • Generating Power Through Two Directional Movement
    • Generating Power Through Forward Movement
  • Training Drills
    • Focus Mitt Punching
    • Using the Kicking Shield to Develop Balance and Power
  • Conclusion
Part 2
  • 1. Chum Kiu Form Demonstrated by Sifu Benny Meng
  • 2. Basic Chi Sau Technique
    • Sifu Meng gives a solid lesson on the basic mechanics of Chi Sau including proper positioning, energy control, and reflex sensitivity training.
      • Rolling Hand
      • Catching Hand
      • Running Hand
      • Single Hand Strike
      • Pushing The Horse
  • 3. Training Exercises and Applications
    • Sifu Meng demonstrates the basic Chi Sau techniques at full speed against one of his advanced students, then breaks each movement down and explains them in further detail.
    • He also gives some good advice for instructors of Wing Chun.
  • 4. Pushing the Horse (Further Explanation of this Vital Technique)
    • Maintaining Structure and Distance
    • Pushing with the Whole Body
    • Strong Roots to Redirect Energy
  • 5. Summary (Ranges of Combat)
    • Kicking Ranges
    • Wing Chun Striking Range (Optimum Range)
    • Grappling and Throwing Range
  • 6. Conclusion
    • Jeremy Roadruck, one of Sifu Meng's advanced students and VTM Instructor, gives a brief summary of what he has learned through practicing Wing Chun at the Sil Nim Tao and Chum Kiu levels.