In this post, I would like to share with you my thoughts on the Yee Ji Kim Yeung Ma (YJKYM) Wing Chun stance. To be frank I never understood the benefits and usage of this type of stance. Yes, there are many theories but why do we practice it?
Over the years I asked several Wing Chun students and masters this question. The feedback I got was not very convincing: “protecting the groin” “training the legs” “very stable because of triangle shape” etc.
One day a young man knocked on my door and asked to be my student. He practiced 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 always felt quite uncomfortable to practice YJKYM in a pigeon toes stance, with 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. The article is published 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.
I am not going to argue here why and how other schools and lineage are wrong, It is up to them, they are entitled to their own opinion.
However, 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