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 stance. Yes, there are many explanations 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: “what type of training”? He said: “I don’t know, my teacher never told me”.
Well, that summed it up for me!
I never practiced YJKYM in this traditional manner because I always felt quite uncomfortable about it. The pigeon toes stance, clamping and sinking transfers the weight into your knees. Which over the long term can damage your knees. Standing like this with the stiff hips makes this stance also very rigid and immobile. With such a physical structure you will not be able to 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.
To put the subject in perspective this is a video and an explanation of YJKYM stance by different lineage.
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