All martial arts styles are about power and the shooting with the fingers effect of Wing Chun is no different. Learning to control and then unleash this power properly can give the martial artist a strong advantage over any opponent.
Wing Chun is based on relaxation, which ensures that the muscles and joints are able to be freely used in movements and have a stronger ability to receive force. Relaxation techniques are highly beneficial to still the mind and help concentration, which is vital in any form of martial arts. Wing Chun then uses a combination of mass and speed to develop its awesome power. In Wing Chun, three hand forms: Siu Nim Tau, Chum Kiu and Bie Gee, create part of the elements of the theory of force. Each element vitally important.
Siu Nim Tau is about teaching Wing Chun Stance, which develops structure. It is about teaching the whole body to coordinate. It also teaches focus, the intention to concentrate on our opponent. Once you have learned and understand about the unity of the body and focusing you can move on to Chum Kiu, which shows how to use mass by moving the body in one piece. Moving forward or back is not just a result of the movement of the legs but rather the result of coordinated movements of the center of gravity. Extra stress is placed on the body by the change in position merely by the legs for example thus weakening the mass and giving an opponent the edge. Learning to move the body as a whole creates the beginning of Biu Gee, speed. Speed comes from being relaxed. Having relaxed joints and muscles also affects weight of the mass and when all these are combined much power is generated. The use of the hands and fingers are all important in Biu Gee, the strikes delivered in a powerful whip.
Biu Gee or Thrusting Fingers is the power part of Wing Chun and finishes off the empty hand system. Biu Gee also teaches how to attack from any angle and learn to apply his knowledge any almost any situation thus rendering him unable to be surprised by an attacker. Combined with the other elements already learned the martial artist is taught to use this amazing force which when applied correctly can create a completely devastating force like shooting with fingers instead of a gun, it can damage organs, rupture blood vessels and cause havoc with the nervous system. It can be a deadly weapon.
Learning to unleash the explosive power of Wing Chun is dependent on utilizing all the knowledge you have learned, practicing not only the moves but most importantly the relaxation methods combined with meditation. “Shooting with fingers” use the raw power of a relaxed body and mind working as one to create a dangerous amount of power and speed.
Yoshi E Kundagawa is a freelance journalist. He covers the mixed martial arts industry. For a free report on shooting with fingers visit his blog.