- Lift up through body. Imagine your body is hanging from a thread from the middle of the top of your head
- Shoulders should be relaxed and down
- Knees springy (ie very slightly bent so you can bounce up and down)
- Tie gung on - tensing core muscles and rotating pelvis up slightly (bottom of pelvis goes forward)
- core muscles tensed, rest of body relaxed
- Get into stance
- Move with weight centred between legs, not on one foot or the other
- When you move forward, your core/waist should move forward in time with the leg. Ie, leg should NOT lead and then pull body forward.
- Waist should be driving the leg movement, which means your weight still stays balanced between your legs
- Legs should be light and relaxed, body is being drawn up by the stance
When punching or kicking, you arms and legs should be completely relaxed, although tie gung should be on. If completely relaxed can move faster. Imagine swatting a fly.
When moving in, trust your wing chun. Moving in should be almost like getting pushed from your waist from behind. Legs relaxed, high acceleration, full weight moving forward, taking the space they currently occupy.
Pivot so that both feet finish moving at the same time. Move from the waist.
Guard should be with arms relaxed and fingers pointing forward towards your opponent's centre line where the neck meets the trunk, to give even time for high and low attacks.
Defending against head punches
Think primarily of hitting the opponent with your punch/strike, as this will cripple the attack. The dai sau is secondary. Dia sau should keep sheering upwards on contact. It should be a rotation in the shoulder joint, your angles should not collapse. Your shoulder should always be down and the ball of the joint rotating at the back of the joint. Dia sau should be inscribing an even circle of your space. Contact should be shearing with the hard side bones of your arm against the inside of their wrist. Wrist should always stay on centre. Your fingers may be pointing towards the opponent's head near the end of the move, or your hand may be above your head, depending on strength and hookedness of the attack.
You really need to swing your hip into a good hook kick. Your leg should go up quite high as it swings around and then drive down into your opponent's thigh / leg. In close, you may contact with your knee, with more distance, you should be contacting with the front of your lower leg (above ankle, but below knee).