A discussion of the Pivot Stance in Wing Chun Kung Fu. This clip is taken from a MasterClass of Footwork and Kicking. The seminars are usually over 3 hours in length and are very detailed. This short extract James Sinclair is seen teaching the pivot stance from just a moment in an in depth analysis of the ‘inversion’ of the stance.
The Pivot Stance or Inversion Stance is simply the weight distribution reversed for moments and it is a superb skill to develop, it it allows for great tactical advantages in close range combat.
In Wing Chun Kung Fu the practitioner usually sits with their weight slightly toward the back. Some schools take this idea even further and sit with about 75% of their weight toward the back leg. The UKWCKFA feel this is too limiting as it is wholly unnatural and restricts movement as the user is essentially ‘off balance’ but through training learns to hold balance. This is not the same as a person being solidly on balance and able to withstand force or move easily when applicable.
The stance in Wing Chun Kuen is small compared to many martial arts, and this allows for easy transfer of weight and it is imperative, in some circumstances, that the practitioner is able to pivot on the Front Leg and transfer the weight as such toward the front . This enables them to avoid force and also keep close thus making their training partner of opponent less able to follow them. This may sound contradictory as it could easily be felt that following someone closely is easier than at distance, however, this is not the case. If you can avoid pressure and stay close it is far easier to reverse the scenario and take control.