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Wing Chun Centerline Theory

Wing Chun Concepts 1: Centerline


Wing Chun has become possibly one of the most widely known gung fu arts in the world. Every martial artist who has ever read any of those dreaded martial arts media articles which more often misrepresent rather than truly represent Wing Chun will have encountered the centerline concept. Its one of the major defining concepts of Wing Chun. The centerline concept can have several interpretations. Firstly, its the hypothetical vertical line symmetrically dividing ourself. Secondly, its mirrored as the hypothetical vertical line symmetrically dividing our opponent. Thirdly, its the plane extending from that hypothetical vertical line. Fourthly, its the plane that connects us and our opponent. Finally, its the hypothetical vertical line symmetrically dividing ourself down through our shoulder when we are caught unawares in an empty handed situation by an opponent attacking from the side or when were employing either the look dim boon gwan or yee jee yum yeung dit ming dao and are stepping forwards to an extended attack. When we face sideways, the shoulder becomes the centerline its said in a Wing Chun kuen kuit.