Unusual Wing Chun Style: Red Boat Opera

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30/11/2022
Unusual Wing Chun Style: Red Boat Opera

The old-style Wing Chun, Ban Chung

The unusual style of Wing Chun known as Ban Chung is not widely known, even amongst martial arts aficionados and Wing Chun practitioners.

This video features an interview with Master Cho Weng Wan, who is based in Singapore.

A brief overview of the interview can be found below; however, it is recommended that viewers watch the video to experience the demonstrations of the techniques associated with this ancient Wing Chun form.

Ban Chung - a Wing Chun style you don't know yet

If you would prefer to go straight to the part where it is shown:

04.55 - An exploration of the punch, two-way attack, and defense maneuvers, snake, and crane movements in Wing Chun

10.30 - The Siu Lim Tao form, the only one that includes Siu Nim Tao, Chum Kiu, and Biu Jee

13.40 - An introduction to Chi Sao. This is distinct from Ip Man's lineages' Chi Sao.

Unlike Ip Man's Wing Chun, Ban Chung has its own Unique style

Ip Man performs Wing Chun Forms

One can clearly observe that Ban Chung is distinctive from the Wing Chun material which we had been familiar with in Hong Kong. As Cho elucidates, this style is simply an alternate version that employs different methods to achieve the same outcome. It is evident that there can be vast disparities or minor variations when contrasting the various Wing Chun techniques. Now let's examine what sets Ban Chung apart from the others.

The Form

Ban Chung - a Wing Chun style you don't know yet

To begin with, Master Cho outlines the single form they use, which comprises three parts: Siu Nim Tao, Cham Kiu, and Biu Jee. This particular form is referred to as "Siu Lim Tao" and according to Cho, Nim stands for a small concept and Lim stands for exercise.

Chi Sao

This martial arts technique involves two people locking their forearms and attempting to feel each other's movements while trying to maintain their positional advantage. It is a type of sensitivity training and is used to develop reflexes and defensive techniques. The goal of Chi Sao is to allow the practitioner to feel their partner's movements and react accordingly.

The Chi Sao in this video can be seen as playful and slippery.

When studying Wing Chun, one can gain a better understanding of the Chi Sao, which can range from soft and sensitive, as seen in Leung Ting's lineage, to strong and structural, like that in Wong Shun Leung's lineage.

Generally, the ideas appear to be akin to the styles that developed in Hong Kong. The training methods and techniques are astonishing and should be further elucidated.

To sum up

It is quite astonishing to learn that Wing Chun is connected to the Red Boat Opera. Many believe this to be a fable or a conspiracy. This group, as the legend goes, would disguise themselves as performers and voyage around China by boat. It is said they were revolutionaries against the Qing dynasty.

Most people think it is just a tall tale, however, one can never be sure where myths end and history begins.

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Harrison Blake
Spotted a typo, *propablity* should be *probability*. As for the comment, here it is - "Wow! Never seen Wing Chun showcased quite like this! Red Boat Opera has certainly put a colorful spin on martial arts. Opera and Kung Fu, who knew? *laughs*"

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Milton Bradley
Loving this unique twist on Wing Chun! The Red Boat Opera styl really brings a fresh wave to martial arts. You've nailed it!

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Madison Turner
Unconventional yet fascinating! The Red Boat Opera spins Wing Chun on its head. Don't you love a litlte unpredictablility in martial arts? Btw, soprano side kick, anyone?

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Charlie Thompson
Wow, Red Boat Opera twist on Wing Chun โ€“ that's as wild as salsa dancing with cacti! Super intriging fusion, keep things spicy up!

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Molly Fairbanks
Woah! Red Boat Opera wing chun? Now that's fresher than a toddler's first step! The rhythm of the movements blew my karate pants off! ๐Ÿ˜‚"

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