In this post, I would like to share with you my thoughts on the Yee Ji Kim Yeung Ma (YJKYM) Wing Chun stance. Over the years, I asked many Wing Chun students and masters “why we train YJKYM”?. The feedback I got was not very convincing: “protecting the groin” “training the legs” “very stable because of triangle shape” etc.
There are many theories, but why do we practice it?
One day a young man knocked on my door and asked to be my student. He practised Wing Chun in China for several years. I asked him to show me what he had learned. He assumed a deep YJKYM stance. I pushed him gently on this chest, and he fell over. He immediately replied: “Oh, this is not for fighting, only for training!” I asked: “if it is not for fighting then what type of training”? He said: “I don’t know, my teacher never told me”.
Well, that summed it up for me!
I never felt comfortable to assume YJKYM with a pigeon toes stance, clamping the knees and pushing the hips forward. In this way, your weight will transfer onto your knees, and over the long term, this can damage your knees.
It also makes the stance rigid, immobile and hinders your ability to root (absorb and yield incoming force).
At our Wing Chun training, YJKYM is not a fixed structure stance but a dynamic, relaxed stance and trains breathing, Qi Gong and Force Flow based on the pre-1840 Siu Lin Tao Kuen Kuit writings.
Hendrik Santo – who taught me Yik Kam Wing Chun – recently wrote an excellent article about YJKYM. It is similar the way we practice it. You can find it in issue #4 of Wing Chun Origin, a free Wing Chun online magazine.
It is available on IOS and Android. Go to http://www.wingchunorigins.org/the-magazine.html and download the app from Google Play or App Store to view the magazine and this excellent article.
Other Wing Chun schools and lineages have different ideas and practices. I respect that we are all entitled to our own opinion.
To put the subject into perspective, I included a link of a video from a different lineage. Decide for yourself.
Have a look at both Hendrik’s article and above video, which you feel would suit your training?
That’s all folks! As always feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
Head Coach Chu Sau Lei Wing Chun Singapore