The first section of Chum Kil introduces the pivot and a rigid Bong Sau movement. The second takes it further, teaching kicks, stepping and sophisticated hand-feet coordination.
Sifu Barry Pang explains that what comes first in Wing Chun often tends to be the key. In the second part of Chum Kil it is the pivot and grab. It seeks to transmit body power into the hands. Later on in the Wing Chun program this movement reappears in the Wooden Dummy form, where it is practiced with resistance.
Watch the video, in which Australasian Kung Fu Champion Anne Pang demonstrates the form and Barry shows the Wooden Dummy tie in:
This pivot/drag technique allows you to change direction on your opponent and gain a winning position. Whilst the hands are loose and fast, the body rotation is powerful. Included in the video are some reference inserts from Ip Man’s famous recordings, which he produced for his sons. He was almost 80 years old and quite sick at the time.
Following this pivot movement, short-action kicks are introduced along with Wing Chun stepping. These don’t appear in any other Wing Chun form. The kick is delivered, followed by a series of forward steps combined with the relaxed Bong Sao. Once the third step is made, an uppercut movement is delivered, before returning to the front-on position. This change in direction also features the pivot, coordinated with hand techniques.
In summary, the second section of Chum Kil takes the Wing Chun program of learning to the next level, introducing new techniques and complex coordination of the hands and feet. Students must spend considerable time getting these right and embedding them as a reflex habit, before advancing.
Article: Written by R Zandbergs. Created from Barry Pang’s seminars.
Main photo: Chum Kil comparison. Anne Pang and Ip Man.