Info about the training stance
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
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.