Taiji and Wing Chun
by Han Zhi Hao
I was a student of Master Rennie Chong for 3 years during my NUS days. At that time, I knew nothing much about Taiji, only knowing
that it can strengthen the Dantian. After some time of training with him, I notice something about the art-Little movement, yet something is done.
Master Rennie often mentioned: “By the time you do this, I’m already at your vital organs.” A no-nonsense approach.
Recently, I got to know about Wing Chun and looked at some of its approach. It runs very similar to Master Rennie’s
- Rooting is very important
- Energy comes from the hips
- Always ensure that your central region is protected.
Wing Chun principles
- Footwork is very important.
- A good structure enables one to block and execute moves effectively.
- When attacking, always aims towards the centerline of the opponent.(shortest distance).
I personally also found that if a taiji practitioner combine with principle 3 of Wing Chun, all moves will become simple and quick.
So, remember what Master always say: “Practice correctly, it is Taiji Quan….Practice incorrectly, it is taiji dance.”