This is a gem of a video on the Chu Gar system from this Facebook page “Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Confederation“.
The following are some of the things that came to mind as I was watching it :-
a) 1:45 – lifting of the foot reminds me of how we begin the first qigong set known as 行功吊勁 as shown below. The camera was too slow to catch Master Cheong doing it but managed to catch my leg still up in the air.
b) 1:53 – that movement of the belly reminiscent of how one particular lineage of Ip Man does their power as mentioned in my eBook “The Ip Man Questions : Kicks, power & strategies in the martial art of Wing Chun“. This sucking in of the belly is similar to an essential component of the practice of the first qigong
c) 2:20 – another similiarity to first qigong hard-soft alternating practice
d) 2:47 – I see this squatting down and standing up in front of some of our forms. The last part of the first qigong set also has something similar except we do punching as demonstrated by Master Cheong below :-
e) 4:44 – I had a similar feeling from the first qigong set in terms of power
f) 6:31 – I just love traditional styles; they just go straight in for the kill; no techniques that require you to do 2-3 movements before ending with the technique. Ngok Gar Kuen techniques are similar – an example is shown below – just smack them balls, man!
g) 7:29 – despite looking like he has balance on both legs many times his balance is really on one leg and it is good that he mentioned it specifically. Again similar to this particular Ip Man Wing Chun style that also emphasizes keeping the balance on one leg most of the time
h) 8:54 – buttock tension is also an important part of the first qigong practice
i) 9:28 – on the agile wrist – this is why this is the first step to mastery of this particular lineage of Ip Man Wing Chun as I explained in my eBook “2-Dots : Six Learning Steps for Mastering Wing Chun’s Kicking Model” – an example of one of the wrist exercise is shown below :-
j) 10:01 – Wing Chun follows this practice but today it is common to see many Wing Chun masters break this rule. In Tai Chi we use open fingers to project power in solo form practice. For push hands we stress never to keep the fingers apart unless you are doing a holding action
k) 11:41 – the two palms facing up posture – so similar to one of our Ngok Gar Kuen first qigong posture as seen below :-
In hindsight, we should not be surprise that there are similarities between Chu Gar and Ngok Gar given that they are both Hakka systems.