The curriculum of Modern Weng Chun Kuen (Siu Lam Chi Sim Weng Chun Kuen) includes the core sets
1. Weng Chun Kuen (Perpetual Spring Fist)
The Weng Chun (Sap Yat) Kuen is the core set of weng chun, a basic practice form consisting of 11 sections, which is applied in Chisao. In fact, it could also be termed more of a “theory” than a “form” - a set of methods for optimizing the free use of the body to win over a strong attacker introducing the 18 Kiu Sao of weng chun.
2. Fa Kuen (Flower Fist) Chu Chong Man Form The flower is the symbol of the Sim (Chan/Zen) philosophy and the body work of Weng Chun Kuen and Fa Kuen was made famous by Grandmaster Chu Chung Man. This set teaches how to use the entire body for both long and short distance fighting. In the Weng Chun family there are different versions of Fa Kuen: short versions, long versions and even different sets with the name Fa Kuen.
3. Saam Pai Fat (Three Bows to Buddha) Lo Yam Nam Form According to the Lo family, Saam Pai Fat is the advanced Weng Chun set of Sun Gam (Dai Fa Min Gam) of the Red Boat Opera. Like its matching set, Weng Chun Kuen, Saam Pai Fat consists of eleven sections. Its focus is to expand the ability of the Weng Chun Kuen practitioner to cover all of space and time through the concept of bowing to Heaven, Earth, and Human.
4. Jong Kuen (Structure Fist) Tang Suen Form Jong Kuen (also known as Siong Kung Jong Kuen because in the final Weng Chun teaching it melds internal and external power), combines fast, agile steps in all directions with whole body movement. The set includes all concepts and principles from the long pole, wooden dummy, etc. In appearance, this last, traditional Weng Chun set looks simmilar to a combination of Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, and Baguazhang.
5. Ng Jong Hei Gung (Five Posture Qi Gong) Ng Jong Hei Gong teaches five postures for the cultivation of Hei (Qi), and the development of strong, Weng Chun Kuen body structure. It opens the small and the Large Heaven Qi circles and balances the Qi of the inner organs
6. Muk Yan Jong (Wooden Dummy) The Muk Yan Jong contains three sets: Tien Pun (Heaven), Dei Pun (Earth), and Yan Pun (Human). In them are contained the fighting methods of the Muk Yan Hong, the Wooden Dummy Hall of the Southern Shaolin Temple. The Wooden Dummy is not used just to strengthen forearms or shins, but with the sensitivity found in Chi Sao.
7. Luk Dim Boon Kwun (Six and a Half Point Pole) The pole is the heart of Weng Chun Kuen. With it comes the feeling and understanding of the 6˝ principles and concepts used in all types of fighting. The set begins with Hei Gung that teaches to control space through “spring” footwork, and continues on to challenge practitioners to make use of their whole bodies.
8. Kwun Jong (Pole Dummy) The long range wooden dummy was, in times past, the secret of Weng Chun Kuen, the fourth and final dummy from the Muk Yan Hong (Wooden Dummy Hall) of the Southern Shaolin Temple. It teaches to close the gap over and over again.
9. Fu Mo Siong Dao (Father & Mother Double Knives) The Father & Mother Double Knives gives a practical fighting system with sharp weapons and introduces the concept of Yum Yeung (Yin and Yang). The transfer of pole principles to sharp, double-handed weapons also increases fighting spirit.
- Andreas Hoffman