Oct 272008
 

Possession, the ability of one human being to influence or outright control the body of another human being, is a high level kung fu ability. Possession works through what are called “forces” by physicists. One human being transmits forces from their body into another body where they override the forces the owner of that body is using to control it. 

Why is Possession a high level Kung Fu ability?

How would you fight a person who could take control of your body? All they have to do is make you sit down against your will. How can you fight if you are sitting down? Or they can influence your body during an actual fight in ways that benefit them.

What follows is an anecdotal story about the power of possession. 

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One upon a time there was a man living next to an Asian family. They didn’t know each other besides waving when going to the cars for work.

The Asian family had two children, a boy and a girl. The children were young when the two families first started living next to each other. Years went by and the children grew up. The boy became old enough to drive a car, and his parents bought him a car.

Once the boy got a car, he and his friends would hang out in front of the house. There might be 5 cars parked out front with the boy and his friends hanging around talking. It was an annoyance because the neighborhood had been so quiet when the boy was young. Now he and his gang of friends were ruining the entire neighborhood with their loud talking, loud cars, and racing up and down the street.

That gave the guy living next to the Asian boy a bad attitude. He was predisposed to be negative towards the Asian boy, because the Asian boy and his loud friends interfered with a quiet and comfortable home life.

One day the Asian boy and his friends pull up and are out in front of the house. They are being loud and annoying so the attention of the man is on the noise outside. The man then hears a loud “BASH” that sounded distinctly sounded like something hitting a car.

The man gets up to look out his window. One of the friends of the boy next door has a basketball, and he had slammed the basketball against the man’s car. Because the man was already unhappy with the boys because of the annoyance they were, he became very angry. The man stopped looking out the window and stood in his living room quietly. The man promised himself that if he heard that basketball hit the car again, he was going to kick ass.

BANG! There goes the basketball against the car. The man looked out the window and there was the ball rolling away from the car. One of the boys saw the man. He told the other ones “That guy is coming out here”.

The man went outside ready to beat the shit out of little punks who think it is funny to bounce a basketball off of someone’s car. The man was furious and some boys were going to be in real trouble.

The man headed straight at the boys in a fighting posture with fists clenched. The man made it to within about 8 or 10 feet of the boys when for no reason at all, the man said “How would you like it if someone bounced a ball off of your car?”. Then this furious man, in a fighting posture, fists cocked and 8 feet away from hurting someone, turned around and walked back to the house.

When the man turned around to walk back to the house, he noticed the neighbor’s garage door was open. The boy’s father and another man were in the garage and had watched the entire event.

The man then continued storming back to his house. About halfway to the door the man shook himself as if waking up and he said to himself, “What am I doing going back to the house? The man had walked out to kick ass, he was prepared for whatever happened fighting 5 boys, and for no reason at all, he had turned around and gone back to his house.

It took awhile, but the man finally figured it out. The father had sensed the rage and violence in the man, he knew the there was a chance the man was seriously going to hurt the fathers son, so the father possessed the body of the man, turned him around, and sent him back to his house.

The man never even knew what happened until he was halfway back to the house.

The father then went out and started yelling at the boys in Chinese. The man didn’t know if he was telling the boys they were bad, or if the father was telilng the boys he had just saved their ass from a white man insane with rage.

It didn’t really matter then, because the man had made a discovery that would change his life.

Even though the man had trained kung fu for years, and even though the man felt he could at least put the hurt on an opponent if not beat them, the man was forced to admit that there were people in this world that could beat him without laying a finger on him. There were people in this world that could possess his body against his will, and make the man do anything they wanted. Anything.

The man’s life changed completely after that. Instead of wasting time on physical practice which did not protect him, the man began to investigate Asian kung fu, to try and learn how to protect himself from people who could possess him and make him dance like a puppet.

Oct 252008
 

Knowledge of Science can be useful to a kung fu man Part 05

This article will demonstrate how knowledge of science can be useful to a kung fu man, by using science to discuss a weakness of the Wing Chun system. This particular weakness of the Wing Chun system is largely responsible for the opinion held by some people, that Wing Chun is not an effective fighting style.

One of the techniques of the Wing Chun system is called a “Tan Sau”. The picture below shows a computer model holding it’s arm in a Tan Sau.

A Tan Sau is formed by extending the hand out palm upwards. When the hand sticks out palm upwards, a triangle is formed by the hand, the elbow, and the shoulder, as shown in the next picture.

 

A Tan Sau does not have to be exactly like the example picture. The hand can move any distance out from the body, as long as the arm retains the form of a proper Tan Sau as demonstrated in the next picture.

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The Tan Sau is a blocking technique. According to this author, the Tan Sau is designed to be used against what might be called a straight arm attack. A straight arm attack would be an attack in which the attackers arm was extended straight out, as shown in the next picture.

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When a person attacks with a straight arm attack, the straight arm will usually be swung like a baseball bat. The next picture shows an overhead view of the model in the pose above, and another model playing the part of the opponent.

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Then a picure of the straight arm after it has swung thru an arc to strike the opponent.

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The second article of this series talked about the forces defined by the science of physics. The second article stated these forces were invisible, and that a living human body creates and uses these invisible forces as part of the process of living. It was stated that according to science, the human body or parts of the human body could be replaced by the invisible forces acting on the human body.

Since human beings need some way to communicate about invisible forces, the science of physics decided that invisible forces would be represented by an arrow called a “vector”. The two important characteristics of a vector are the magnitude or size of
the vector, and the direction of the vector.

The next picture shows the straight arm in the ready to attack position.Vector arrows are placed behind it to represent the invisible forces acting on the straight arm.

The vector arrows form a 90 degree angle with the straight arm. An object that is at a 90 degree angle to another object is called perpendicular, so the vector arrows can be described as being perpendicular to the straight arm.

What would happen to the invisible forces acting on the attacking straight arm as the straight arm attacks? According to this author, the forces acting on a straight arm can be treated as if they remain perpendicular to the arm, as demonstrated in the next few pictures.

The vector arrows remain perpendicular to the attacking arm throughout it’s arc of motion.

It was previously stated that the Tan Sau was a defensive movement that was designed to counter a straight arm attack. A Tan Sau would of course share many characteristics of the straight arm attack, since a Tan Sau is also formed by the human body.

The Tan Sau could be replaced by the invisible forces defined by the science of physics, just like the straight arm attack could be replaced by the invisible forces defined by the science of physics. The invisible forces acting on a Tan Sau could
also be represented with vector arrows, like the invisible forces acting on the straight arm attack were represented by vector arrows.

According to this author, the forces in a Tan Sau extend straight out from the end of the Tan Sau as shown in the next picture.

The invisible forces defined by the science of physics can be manipulated by the laws of addition, subtraction, etc. To cancel out one of the invisible forces defined by the science of physics, a force of equal magnitude but exactly opposite direction would be required.

For example. If the attacking straight arm discussed previously were to attack with 20 pounds of force, in order to stop the attack, the Wing Chun Tan Sau would need to exert exactly 20 pounds of force, from the exactly opposite direction as the incoming attacking force, in order to completely cancel out or block the attacker’s incoming 20 pounds of force.

The next picture shows the straight arm attack and an opponent performing a Tan Sau defense. Vector arrows indicating the invisible force in the straight arm are drawn in behind the straight arm. One vector arrow is sticking out in front of the straight arm to represent the entire attacking force. A vector arrow is sticking straight out from the Tan Sau, which is perpendicular to the straight arm attack.

This picture demonstrates how a Tan Sau stops a straight arm attack according to the science of physics. The vector arrow representing the invisible force of the defending Tan Sau, is coming from the exact opposite direction as the invisible force from the attacking straight arm, so the forces would cancel each other out, which would mean the attack was blocked or stopped.

The demonstration picture used the location of the straight arm before it had actually begun to attack. What happens when the location of the straight arm changes, as the straight arm swings through it’s arc of attack?

The next picture shows the attacking arm partway through it’s arc of movement, with the Wing Chun defender in the same location as in the previous picture.

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Perpendicular vector arrows are shown behind the attacking straight arm, along with a single vector arrow in front of the attacking straight arm, which again represents the cumulative attacking straight arm force.

The Tan Sau vector arrow is not exactly opposite of the straight arm vector arrow. Because the Tan Sau vector arrow is not in the exact opposite direction of the straight arm vector arrow, the Tan Sau would not exactly cancel out the invisible forces in the attacking straight arm.

For the Wing Chun practitioner in the previous picture to block the attacking straight arm with his Tan Sau, the Wing Chun practitioner must realign the Tan Sau so it is exactly opposite from the attacking straight arm force vector.

The body of the Wing Chun practitioner has been moved in the next picture so that the angle of the force vector arrow of the Tan Sau, is directly opposite the force vector arrow of the incoming straight arm attack. The Tan Sau in the next picture would successfully block the incoming straight arm attack.

Now that a simplistic explanation for how a Tan Sau counters a straight arm attack has been presented, the weak point of the Wing Chun system mentioned at the beginning of the article can be discussed.

Some people feel that Wing Chun is not a very good fighting system, because Wing Chun practitioners are often defeated by western style fighters.

The reason that Wing Chun practitioners are defeated by western style fighters is not because the Wing Chun system is ineffective. The reason that Wing Chun practitioners are frequently defeated by western fighters, is that western fighters use western boxing techniques that the Wing Chun system was not designed to deal with.

Western boxers use a technique called a roundhouse punch. A roundhouse punch is performed with a curved arm as demonstrated in the next picture.

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A roundhouse punch follows a curved path to it’s target. According to this author, that means that the invisible forces acting on a roundhouse punch, behave differently than the invisible forces acting on a straight arm attack.

Instead of perpendicular force vectors acting on the roundhouse attack, like the perpendicular force vectors acting on the straight arm attack, according to this author, the force vectors acting on a roundhouse attack are at an angle to the arm, in approximately the direction the fist is pointing, as demonstrated in the next picture.

The next picture shows the roundhouse attack after it has moved partway through it’s arc of motion.

The angles of the vector arrows have all changed. The movement of the roundhouse punch through it’s arc of motion changes the angle of the fist. Because the invisible forces acting on the fist have changed to a new angle, the force vector arrows need to be changed to the same new angle.

The next picture shows the roundhouse a little further through it’s arc of motion.

The angle of the fist has changed again as a result of traveling further along the curved path of the roundhouse attack. The angle of the vector arrows was changed to match the new angle of the fist.

The next picture shows the roundhouse attack at the end of it’s arc of motion.

The vector arrows have once again changed angles, so they correctly match the new angle of the invisible forces acting on the fist at it’s new location.

According to this author, the angle of the invisible forces acting on a roundhouse attack, change constantly as the roundhouse attack curves through it’s arc of motion.

The next picture shows the Wing Chun man using a Tan Sau to defend against the roundhouse attack.

The Wing Chun man has positioned his body so that the force vector arrow associated with his Tan Sau, is in the exact opposite direction of the force vector arrow of the incoming roundhouse attack. This Tan Sau would effectively block the roundhouse
attack at that moment in time, because the Tan Sau force vector arrow is exactly opposite the force vector arrow of the incoming roundhouse attack.

The next picture shows the roundhouse attack partway through it’s arc of motion, and the Wing Chun man again defending with a Tan Sau.

The body of the Wing Chun practitioner has been moved so that the force vector arrow of the Tan Sau, is in the exact opposite direction of the new position of the force vector arrow of the straight arm attack. The Tan Sau would effectively block the roundhouse attack at that moment of time in the picture, because the force vector arrow of the Tan Sau is exactly opposite the force vector arrow of the incoming roundhouse attack.

The examples and explanations of the Tan Sau defending against a roundhouse attack, seem the same as the examples of the Tan Sau defending against the straight arm attack. Whether the attack is a straight arm attack or a roundhouse attack, the Wing
Chun practitioner moves his body until the force vector arrow of his Tan Sau, is in the exact opposite direction of the direction of the force vectot arrow of the incoming straight arm or roundhouse attack.

The example pictures and explanations make it seem like the Wing Chun Tan Sau should effectively block either a straight arm attack or a roundhouse attack.

The real life fighting losses by Wing Chun practitioners to western boxers though, shows that the Wing Chun Tan Sau cannot effectively block the roundhouse punch of western boxers.

Why can’t a Tan Sau effectively block a roundhouse attack? According to the simple theoretical explanation provided in this article, a Tan Sau should be able to block a roundhouse attack as effectively as the Tan Sau blocks a straight arm attack.

The exact answer to why a Tan Sau cannot effectively block a roundhouse attack is complicated, and requires using the science of physics for the complete explanation. The exact answer is not needed in order to understand why the Wing Chun Tan Sau is not effective in blocking a roundhouse attack.

The simple answer to why the Wing Chun Tan Sau cannot effectively defend against a roundhouse attack, is that a roundhouse attack moves faster than a Tan Sau can move.

Because of reasons that can be fully described by the science of physics, a point on the curving path followed by a roundhouse punch, will always change location at a speed much faster, than the point of the force vector at the end of a Tan Sau can change location. It does not matter how good the Wing Chun man is or how well trained the Wing Chun man is. According to the laws of physics, the Wing Chun Tan Sau can never move fast enough to block the faster moving roundhouse attack.

Individuals that know something about Wing Chun or physics might have a problem with this article. This article has left out other explanations for how the Wing Chun Tan Sau is employed and functions.

This article has purposefully discussed the application of the Wing Chun Tan Sau in a simple theoretical way, to help the comprehension of readers with no knowledge of physics or Wing Chun.

This author agrees that there is another explanation for the way that the Wing Chun Tan Sau is used and functions, besides the simplistic explanation provided in this article.

This fifth article in the series titled “Knowledge can be useful to a kung fu man”, has provided more evidence to support the claim of the title of this series.

This fifth article demonstrated how knowledge of science would help a kung fu man understand in a scientific way, why Wing Chun fighters have problems when fighting western style boxers, or any other fighter that uses a curving, roundhouse like attack.

Oct 212008
 

Knowledge of Science can be useful to a Kung Fu Man 04

The first article in this series made the claim that knowledge of science could be useful to a kung fu man. The science of Physics, Engineering, and Trigonometry, were emphasized as areas of study that would provide the most benefit to a kung fu man.

A simple definition of each of those areas of science was provided, and the term “kung fu man” was defined as meaning “any person engaged in any kind of hand to hand or weapon combat system”.

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The second article in this series talked about “forces”, as they are defined in the science of physics. A force in physics is defined as “anything that can cause a mass to accelerate”. It was also stated that forces are invisible, and because forces are
invisible, they are depicted in the science of physics by an arrow called a vector.

The third article in the series was based on a widely known and discussed kung fu style called Wing Chun. The third video stated that Wing Chun is claimed to be a kung fu style that is based on science, but that those claims are not accepted by everyone.

The third article stated that the Wing Chun system consists of three main forms. The forms in the order they are taught, are the Siu Nim Tau form, the Chum Kiu form, and the Biu Tze form. The Siu Nim Tau form is commonly translated into english as “little idea form”.

The following picture shows a computer model in the Siu Nim Tau stance. The picture shows the front view, a profile view, and an angled side view.

It was noted that when a human body is in the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, triangles are created at various parts of the body as shown in the next picture.

The science of Trigonometry is concerned with the properties and characteristics of triangles. The third article speculated that a person who learned Trigonometry, and applied that knowledge to the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau form, might be able to figure out why the Siu Nim Tau form was designed the way that it was.

This fourth article in the series is going to begin, by addressing a common reaction to the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance.

One of the most frequent comments made about the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance as shown in the example picture, is that it would be useless for fighting. The opinion is that the body looks extremely unstable in that stance, and that a fighter would have trouble moving from that stance.

Because the initial reaction to the Siu Nim Tau stance is that it is unstable and difficult to move from, the conclusion to that initial reaction is that the Wing Chun fighting system must not be any good, and the Siu Nim Tau stance is useless.

The problem with that conclusion, is that it is based on a faulty assumption. That opinion is based on the assumption that the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance as shown in the example picture, is used as a stance to fight from.

According to this author though, that assumption is wrong. According to this author, the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance as shown in the example picture, is not meant to be used as a stance to fight from.

According to this author, one of the purposes of the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance shown in the example picture, is to properly align the body of the practitioner.

There is no way to verify that claim, because the people who created Wing Chun have been dead for hundreds of years. They cannot be asked if alignment of the body was one of the purposes behind the design of the Siu Nim Tau stance. The only way to prove the validity of the author’s claim, is to consider the author’s line of reasoning, and then decide if the conclusions the author has made seem valid.

The discussion will begin, by treating the author’s claim that the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance is designed to properly align the human body, as if it is true.

Why would the proper alignment of the body be so important to the creators of the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, that one of the goals of one of only three forms in the entire Wing Chun system, was the proper alignment of the body?

The answer to that question, is that a human body that is properly aligned, will be highly efficient in transferring the forces defined by the science of physics. A properly aligned human body will be highly efficient in transferring forces both within the body, and in transferring forces from the body to some object outside of the body.

Why would efficiency in transferring forces within the body, or from the body to some object outside of the body, be so important to a fighter that the creators of the Wing Chun system, would design one of only three total forms in their entire fighting system, to work on the proper alignment of the body?

Assume that a human body produces X amount of power. The human being who has produced X amount of power, wants to take that complete X amount of power, and transfer it to their opponents face.

For the purposes of this video, the X amount of power produced by a human body will be treated as if it is a ball that is created in the stomach. If the human body producing X amount of power in the stomach, wants to slap another person in the face with the complete X amount of power, the power must move from their stomach up to their hand with 100% efficiency, as demonstrated in the next picture

For 100% of the power produced in the stomach to move up to the hand and into the the face of the other person, the body of the person producing the power must be properly aligned.

If a human body is not aligned, then power cannot be transferred within the body with 100% efficiency. Some of the power will be drained away by the misaligned body.

For example. Even though a person with a misaligned body generated 100% of their power in their stomach, and they mentally desire to deliver all 100% of that power to the face of another person with a slap, maybe only 80% of that power will be delivered to the face of the other person. The other 20% of the power was drained away inside of the misaligned, and therefore inefficient body.

Now that one explanation has been provided for why the alignment of the human body would be important enough, that the creators

of the Wing Chun system would design one of only three forms in their entire fighting style, to work on the proper alignment of the body, the next step in the discussion can be taken.

The next logical question to ask would be “What is it about the design of the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, that makes it more useful in properly aligning the human body, than some other kind of stance?”.

One of the things about the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, that makes it more useful in properly aligning the human skeleton than some other kind of stance, is that the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance puts the legs into the shape of triangles.

The proper alignment of a triangle is easy to determine, compared to determining the proper alignment of some other more complex shape. So determining the proper alignment of the legs in a triangle shape, would be easier than determining the proper alignment of the legs in some other shape.

The next picture shows the front view of a skeleton with the legs in the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance. The triangles formed by the upper and lower legs are highlighted in yellow. That picture represents a skeleton with proper alignment.

A vertical center line separating the skeleton into identical right and left halves is then added to the picture.

The triangles on each side of the center line are identical. It was stated above that this skeleton is a properly aligned skeleton, so any human body in the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, in which a line drawn down the center of the body cut each leg triangle into identical right and left leg triangles, would meet the definition of a properly aligned human body.

The next picture shows both knees moved to the left, with the upper and lower leg triangles again highlighted in yellow.

A vertical center line separating the skeleton into identical right and left halves is then added to the picture.

It is obvious that the triangles on the right and left sides of the line are not identical. Because the line drawn down the center of the body cuts the leg triangles into different sized right and left leg triangles, this body does not meet the definition of a properly aligned body.

Because misalignment of the legs in the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance is so easy to determine, by a simple visual inspection of the leg triangles, the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance is superior to a normal stance, for determining whether or not a particular human body is in proper alignment.

A Wing Chun student can look at their own legs in the Siu Nim Tau stance, and easily determine by the triangles formed by their legs, whether or not their body is properly aligned. An instructor could look at the triangles formed by the legs of a student in the Siu Nim Tau stance, and easily determine whether or not the student needed to be corrected to properly align their body.

According to this author’s limited knowledge, fighting arts like boxing or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, because of their lack of form training like the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau form, make no attempt to either guage whether the body of a student is properly aligned, nor do they have specific methods to correct the body of a student that is not properly aligned.

That lack of concern with the alignment of the body in fighting arts like the ones mentioned, imply that a student of those fighting systems could become very skilled in the moves of those fighting systems, but they would still not be a good fighter. Those fighters might only be 80% as good as they could be, because their body is only 80% as aligned as it should be, which means they can only use 80% of their true power.

The use of the triangles formed by the legs of a human body in the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, to help with properly aligning that body by using visual inspection of the leg triangles, is actually a rather unimportant way, in which the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance is more useful in properly aligning the human body than some other stance.

Although what has been said about the usefulness of visual inspection of the leg triangles is valid, this author would probably agree with someone, that wanted to claim that the visual inspection of the leg triangle explanation, is purposeful misdirection to confuse people.

According to this author, there are other much more complicated reasons for why the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, is more beneficial in aligning the human body than some other stance.

Those more complicated reasons are what might be considered “high level kung fu secrets” by some people. Which is why some people might feel, that it was necessary to misdirect outsiders away from these “high level kung fu secrets”, with a valid but relatively unimportant reason, for why the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance is more beneficial in aligning the human body than some other stance.

The main points in this article can be summed up as follows.

This article claimed that the theoretically correct Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, is not a stance that a Wing Chun kung fu man uses to fight from. This article claimed that one of the reasons behind the design and practice of the theoretically correct
Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, is to properly align the human body.

The article stated that the reason that proper alignment of the body was important to the designers of the Wing Chun kung fu system, and to any kung fu man in general, is because the alignment of the body is directly related to the efficiency with which a kung fu man, can deliver the power he generates to his chosen target.

The more aligned the body is, the more efficiently the power a kung fu man generates will be delivered to a target. The less aligned the body is, the less efficiently the power a kung fu man generates will be delivered to a target.

The concepts of power and efficiency are both concepts that are described by the science of Physics. A kung fu man who wanted a more complete understanding of what power is and how it behaves, and what efficiency is and the relationship between power and efficiency, would need to study the science of Physics.

This article also discussed triangles. The triangles formed by the human body in the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance were pointed out, and a way to use those triangles to determine the alignment or misalignment of the human body was discussed.

A kung fu man who was interested in a more complete understanding, of the triangles formed by the legs of the human body in the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, would need to study the science of Trigonometry.

The material presented in this article supports the theme of this entire series of articles. Knowledge of science can be useful to a Kung Fu man.

Oct 172008
 

Knowledge of Science can be useful to a Kung Fu man. Part 03

The first article in this series made the claim that knowledge of science could be useful to a kung fu man. The science of Physics, Engineering, and Trigonometry, were emphasized as areas of study that would give the most benefit to a Kung Fu man.

A simple definition of each of those areas of science was provided, and the term “kung fu man” was defined as meaning “any person engaged in any kind of hand to hand or weapon combat system”.

This third article in the series is based on the widely known and discussed kung fu style called Wing Chun. Wing Chun is claimed to be a kung fu style that is based on science. Those claims are not accepted by everyone. In fact, there are claims that the Wing Chun kung fu style is not scientific at all, and that Wing Chun is not even an effective fighting style.

This article is going to present evidence, that supports the claim that Wing Chun is a scientifically based hand to hand combat system.

The Wing Chun system consists of three main forms. The forms in the order they are taught, are the Siu Nim Tau, the Chum Kiu, and the Biu Tze forms. The Siu Nim Tau form is commonly translated into english as “little idea form”.

The next picture shows a computer model human body in the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance. The picture shows a front view, a profile view, and as angled side view.

To get into the Siu Nim Tau stance, the body is lowered towards the ground while the knees are simultaneously bent. The entire body leans backwards from the knees. The fists are closed and held up by the chest, and the legs are positioned so that the knees are pulled in towards each other.

Examination of the front view of the Siu Nim Tau stance, reveals that a triangle can be formed by connecting the hips and the knees.

A upward pointing triangle can be formed by connecting the feet and the knees.

In the profile view, a triangle can be formed by connecting the feet, the buttocks, and the knees.

Another triangle in the profile view can be formed by connecting the shoulder, the elbow, and the hand.

In the profile view, the entire body of the Wing Chun practitioner almost looks like it is leaning back on a triangle.

In the rear view, a triangle can be formed by connecting the feet and the groin.

Another triangle in the rear view can be formed by connecting the feet and the top of the head.

An angled side view of the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance reveals an interesting observation. The next picture shows the downwards pointing triangle on the upper legs, and the upwards pointing triangle on the lower legs, from an angled side view.

The triangle formed by the side of the legs in the profile view, is then added to the picture above. Some arrows have been drawn in on the next picture to help see which triangle is connected where.

The following picture shows only the body with the front leg triangles and the side leg triangle.

Can you see what has happened? Combining the triangles at the front of the legs, with the triangle on the side of the legs, produces a pyramid shape. The faces of the pyramid are colored in on the next picture to help with visibility.

The following picture shows the pyramid shape created by the legs from the rear.

The previous pictures demonstrated that when a human body assumes the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, triangle shapes are created by many different parts of the body. In addition, a pyramid shape is created by the legs of a human body in the Siu Nim Tau stance.

Could that really be an accident? Could someone just accidentally develop a stance that would create many different triangle shapes all over the body, and a pyramid shape from the legs?

That seems hard to believe.

Or is it more likely that someone had some specific goal in mind, when they developed a stance that creates triangle shapes in many different areas of the body, and a pyramid shape from the legs? If that person had a goal, what would that goal be?

Knowledge of science could provide the answer to that question.

Trigonometry is the modern science of the properties and characteristics of triangles. It seems reasonable to believe that a kung fu man who learned about the science of Trigonometry, then applied the modern science of Trigonometry, to the triangles created by the human body in the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance, might be able to figure out what it was that the original creator of the Siu Nim Tau stance was thinking, when he developed a stance that created triangle shapes in many different parts of the body, and a pyramid shape from the legs.

According to this author, a kung fu man can learn part of the reason, why the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance was designed the way that it was, by learning the modern science of Trigonometry, then applying what they learned from the science of Trigonometry, to the triangles formed by the human body in the Wing Chun Siu Nim Tau stance.

Some of the ways in which knowledge of the science of Trigonometry, could help a kung fu man understand why the Siu Nim Tau was designed the way that it was, will be discussed in future articles of this series.

Oct 132008
 

Knowledge of Science can be useful to a Kung Fu man. Part 02

The first article in this series made the claim that knowledge of science could be useful to a kung fu man. The science of Physics, Engineering, and Trigonometry, were emphasized as areas of study, that would give the most benefit to a kung fu man.

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The first article provided some simple definitions of the science of Physics, Engineering, and Trigonometry. The remainder of the first article was devoted to discussion of the word “force” as it is used in Physics. Physics defines a force as “anything that can cause a mass to accelerate”.

The first article stated that one of the characteristics of a force, was that a force could cause a change in pressure in a three dimensional object. A finger pressing into the palm of the hand was presented as an example of a force.

The pressure felt by the hand when the finger presses on it, is due to a force exerted by the finger on the hand.

Another characteristic of a force is that they are invisible. In order to work with these invisible forces, there must be some visible way to represent them. Physics uses what is called a “vector” to represent invisible forces. A vector is an arrow with some number indicating the magnitude or size of the force, and some other numbers indicating the direction of the force.

The subject of this second article on how knowledge of science can be useful to a kung fu man, will begin with the next picture.

A vector arrow has been superimposed on the finger, to represent the invisible force being applied by the finger to the hand.

What happens if the hand is moved away from the finger as demonstrated next?

The invisible force represented by the vector arrow on the finger, was being applied to the palm of the hand. The application of the invisible force to the palm of the hand, caused the palm of the hand to experience sensations of pressure. To cause sensations of pressure in the palm of the hand, the invisible force would have had to cross over from the finger into the palm.

The next picture shows the finger and the hand separated by some distance. A vector arrow beginning at the tip of the finger and pointing at the palm of the hand has been drawn in the picture.

This picture is demonstrating how the invisible force in the finger, would have to cross over from the finger to the palm of the hand, in order to cause the hand to experience sensations of pressure.

The hand is then removed from the picture. All that remains is the finger and the vector arrow sticking out of the end of the finger.

Please take a moment to consider this picture. The vector arrow in the picture above, represents an invisible force projecting out from the end of the finger of a living human being. Although the force projecting out from the end of the finger is invisible to the naked eye, according to the science of physics, there is an invisible force projecting out from the tip of the finger.

What would be the implications of the picture above? One implication will be described next.

If an invisible force extends out from the end of the finger of a living human body, why wouldn’t invisible forces project out from all of the other surfaces of a living human body?

According to this author, the entire surface of the human body does project invisible forces outwards. According to this author, the human body constantly generates invisible forces, that are a product of the processes that keep a human body alive. Some of those constantly generated and constantly changing invisible forces, are projected outwards from every surface of the human body.

The next picture shows a human body.

If there are invisible forces projecting outward from the entire surface of the human body, as claimed by the author of this article, then those invisible forces can be described by the vector arrows used in the science of physics. The next picture shows the human body surrounded by vector arrows, which represent the invisible forces that project outwards from every surface of the body.

It might be hard to believe that there are invisible forces projecting outwards from a living human body. It is easy to prove this claim to yourself. Take your finger and press any part of your body. Your finger stops doesn’t it? Why?

Most people would say their finger stopped because the skin of their body stopped it. From a scientific point of view though, the skin of the human body, or any other part of the body, can be treated as if it does not exist. From a scientific point of view, your finger stops moving into your body because the invisible force being applied by your finger, has been neutralized by an exactly equal and opposite invisible force from within your body.

The previous example pictures can be used to help visualize this interaction of invisible forces. The next picture shows the human body with vector arrows projecting outwards from every surface of the body, and the finger with a vector arrow projecting out from the tip of the finger.

The vector arrow projecting out from the finger, is pointing directly at one of the vector arrows projecting out from the human body. If the finger above was being pressed into the body, the finger would stop moving into the body, when the invisible force represented by the small vector arrow leaving the body, is exactly equal but opposite, to the invisible force represented by the large vector arrow leaving the finger.

The picture of the human body surrounded by vector arrows will now be presented again, to help discuss another implication of the fact that, according to the science of physics, invisible forces project out from every surface of the human body.

What happens if the human body is removed from this picture, as demonstrated next?

The vector arrows that remain in the picture, form an outline of the human body that they originated from. According to this author, that picture represents what some people mean when they talk about “human energy”, or “the energy body of a human being”.

Some people claim that an invisible energy field surrounds the human body, and that this invisible energy can interact with the invisible energy of another human body.

The human shaped vector arrow outline, provides a connection between science reality, and the claims of people who say that the human body has energy.

According to the science of physics, there really is an invisible something surrounding the human body, a field of invisible forces that can be completely described by the science of physics, that could be the invisible energy surrounding the human body, that people who believe in human energy, claim is there.

According to the science of physics, the invisible forces that surround a living human body can move from one living human body to another, where they will cause some change in the invisible forces surrounding the other living human body, just like the energy that some people believe that human beings have, is claimed to travel from one living human body to another, and cause some change in the energy of the other human body.

The main points of this second article in the series on how knowledge of science can be useful to a kung fu man, will now be summed up.

The physical human body can be treated as if it does not exist. The entire physical human body can be replaced by a representation of the invisible forces associated with that body.

Some people claim that human beings have energy, or an energy body. These people claim that human energy is invisible, that it can travel across a distance, and that it can cause a change in the energy of another human body.

According to the science of physics, there is a field of invisible forces that constantly project out from every surface of the human body. These invisible forces can travel across a distance, and cause a change in the invisible forces associated with another human body.

It is the position of this author, that the invisible forces associated with a living human body, which can be visually represented by a field of vector arrows defined by the science of physics, is what some people mean when they refer to “human energy”, or “the energy body of a human being”.

This article has provided another example, of how knowledge of science can be useful to a kung fu man. This article has shown how knowledge of science, can help a kung fu man understand what people might mean, when they talk about “human energy” or “the energy body of a human being”.