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The Wing Chun training stance

Gee Kim Yeung Ma is the name of the stance in Sil Lim Tao

Objective

the main objective of this part of the syllubus is to ensure the student can correctly perform the Gee Kim Yeung Ma stance.

A good stance will strengthen the practitioners legs. This means the supporting leg will be strong when kicking. Strong legs are essential if the student wishes to do well in Wing Chun. The stance is after all the foundation both literally and figuratively.

Info about the training stance

The Wing Chun Stance, Gee Kim Yeung Ma It must be stressed that the Wing Chun training stance is not a stance in which one would fight. Wing Chun Sil Lim Tao stance is called Gee Kim Yeung Ma which roughly translates to goat pinching stance. The stance comes from the first form of Wing Chun Kung Fu.The stance is used to develop the leg muscles and balance from simply standing. It's an isometric strength training exercise. This means it trains muscles to be strong without movement. The first Wing Chun form, Sil Lim Tao or "e;Little Idea"e;, is performed with the practitioner remaining in the training stance throughout the form. All of the other hand forms start in this same training stance.

The training stance can be seen as the practitioner standing feet shoulders width apart with feet pointing inward to form an imaginary triangle (see image), the knees are bent, and the hips are pushed slightly forward, but not to the extent that the practitioner loses balance. This will put strain on the calf and other leg muscles, thereby strengthening them.

What is expected in the grading

For the grading the student will be expected to be able to get into the stance correctly and the student will be expected to know what it id for if asked.

Getting into stance or Hoi-Ma, is done by starting with the feet together. Then the knees are bent so ones feet are only just covered by the knees i.e. cannot be seen by the practitioner when looking down. The hips are then pushed out. The feet are then twisted on the heel outward so the toes are pointing to the left and right of the body at almost 180 degrees. Pressure is then put on the balls of the feet before the heels are rotated out from under the body. The feet should then be shoulders width or just over shoulders width apart, pointing into a position approximately one meter from the body, forming an imaginary triangle.


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