In the previous post I talked about the lack of Chum Kiu flavor but did not mention what it is supposed to be.
When I was learning Wing Chun I looked at many Chum Kiu forms but none satisfied the one simple question I have – what exactly is Chum Kiu?
From here the main question can be further divided into many sub-questions such as why is this considered a seed form i.e. an essential form? Why is it that some styles of Wing Chun do not have Chum Kiu? So is Chum Kiu a form or a series of principles? How should one practice Chum Kiu so that the principles can be brought into play?
At the end of it all the one question that is begging is how does my practice of Chum Kiu conform to the requirements?
Well, at first glance there really should not be an problem here. In fact, I would think that as long as I follow the teacher’s instruction all would be hunky dory, right?
Well, the answer is no. At first glance Chum Kiu seems to be about pivoting, stepping, kicking etc. But then one could point to the wooden dummy and say the same about it too. If anything, all the pivoting, stepping, kicking etc is to support the key theme of “Chum”. If you don’t take into consideration the key theme then you could be pivoting nicely but still not achieve the objective of “Chum”. This was one of the things I noticed about the documentary I mentioned in the previous post.
You know what, as long as no one is smart enough to ask the question of how to bring the “Chum” flavor into the form then everything is good. To ask this question is like opening Pandora’s Box because if the teacher cannot answer then he may feel that he has lost face and may no longer want you as a student because you have embarrassed him. Woe to you if you had asked this question in front of other students.