Did Yip Man improve Wing Chun by simplifying the forms?

  • Did Yip Man improve Wing Chun by simplifying the forms?

    Posted by Jonnas Baines on 14th February 2021 at 2:19 pm

    It is common knowledge that the Wing Chun forms Grandmaster Yip Man taught in Foshan were more complex and longer than the forms he later taught in Hong Kong. It’s also said that Yip Man simplified the Wing Chun forms to make them easier for students to learn. In doing this do you think Yip Man improved or worsened the art of Wing Chun? P.S I hope this post doesn’t offend anyone, that is not my intention.

    Liam Doona replied 2 years, 8 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Ricardo Tsoilas

    Member
    6th March 2021 at 10:46 am

    Can you share a video of the original forms Ip Man taught in China before simplifying them? I have only seen the ones he taught in Hong Kong.

  • Jonnas Baines

    Member
    6th March 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Yes, here is a video of Wing Chun Grandmaster Pan Nam showing the Siu Nim Tao.

    https://youtu.be/tysdSM4KBf4

  • Liam Doona

    Member
    14th June 2021 at 8:24 am

    You could argue that Ip Man made the forms easier to learn, therefore more people had a chance of learning / mastering it. Although, the student might not learn the full system, at least they still get a taste of it. Looking at all of the Wing Chun lineages and systems out there, it’s fair to say that they have all been watered down or modified in some way. Is there any complete Wing Chun system taught publicly at this present time?

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