Weng Chun Curriculum
Weng Chun Kuen; from Fei Loi Temple
Weng Chun Kuen is the first form that is taught in the curriculum and contains all the basic movement. It consists of 11 sections, which includes the Style of the system. The Style is composed of Rules and Concepts. In any Kung Fu system, the rules may differ and what's most important is that the system's Rules are kept consistent among practitioners.
In the SiuLam Weng Chun, these rules are the fundamentals for understanding. These rules are different from the other branches of Wing Chun such as Yip Man and can also be different from other Weng Chun lineages as well. In addition, there may be differences in the forms external movements among practitioners due to variances in understand of technique, however, the rules and concepts should hold to the same core principles.
As we have seen, some practitioners have the tendency to mix their well known Wing Chun with SiuLam Weng Chun thereby creating a new set of Rules. This is because they believe that from a birds eye view the movements look similar in appearance, but this is not the case. Depending, SiuLam Weng Chun has only limited correlation with Yip Man's style.
It is now becoming believed from various research that Yip Man's Dummy was probably created by Yip Man and was not from an original source. The Red Boat Dummy 108 form from Fung Siu Ching and the Tang Dummy which are very closely related in technique can be traced to verifiable sources.
Chai Sau 猜手 literally to practice the skill is part of the Curriculum that is similiar to the idea of Chi Sau but not the same. It is for the development of sensing hands. We do not have the Bong Sau therefor, we do not have Chi Sau like Yip Man's version. Our Chai Sau is derived from many variations of drills to develop sensing of the opponents actions.
Jip Sau 接手 is literally receiving Hands and is the practice of receiving the opponents attack. These drills are more like entries and are designed to deflect an initial attack. We use the concept of Mon Kiu or Asking Bridge.
Red Boat Dummy; that was taught through Fung Siu Ching to Tang Suen
Red Boat Dummy is a Weng Chun dummy form derived from the Red Boat. Fung Siu Ching taught the form to Tang Suen and Tung Jik and his brother. Tang Suen passed that to Tang Yik. The Red Boat dummy and the Tang Dummy have similar movements but they are different in a lot of respect. Jong Kuen is a form believed to have been created by Fong Siu Ching from the Dummy Form. It includes advanced footwork alongside the dummy techniques. The Dummy has two elements; The Banging, and Development and sensitivity. The banging portion of the form is for hardening the Bridge while the softer movements are for developing sensitivity of the bridge.
Jong Kuen; that was taught through Fung Siu Ching to Tang Suen
Chong Kuen is a Weng Chun hand form derived from Fung Siu Ching, This practiced with the Red Boat Dummy includes advanced footwork.
Fomng Siu Ching taught the form to Tang Suen and Dung Jik and his brother. Tang Suen passed that to Tang Yik and Dung Jik. Dung Jik taught the form to Chu Chong Man and Tam Kong. Although, the Tang version is slightly different.
Tang Dummy; from Fei Loi Temple
This is the dummy form that was taught through the Tang Family. The Red Boat 108 and the Tang Dummy forms have some similarities, but there are variances. Both dummies carry a separate set of unique techniques.
Sheung Gung; from Yeung Tim To Tang Suen
Sheung Kung (Double Force) is a form taught through the Tang Family. It was developed from the Weng Chun Kuen to supplement some of the footwork limitations of the Weng Chun Kuen hand form. Sheung Gong provides two parts, Hand Form and Footwork.
Luk Dim Boon Pole; form from Fei Loi Temple
Kwan Gung through Tang Po
Pole Dummy from Tang Village