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Bue Gee Form
Bue Gee! Shooting Fingers! (Sometimes written as bill jee). Without substantial mastery of the first two forms the execution of Bue gee is likely to be riddled with weaknesses despite knowing the order and the superficial appearance of the moves.
Today with more open teaching there are people who have memorized the motions but quality Bue gee remains a rare achievement. The Bue gee develops shooting energy into the extremities including the fingers Bruce Lee saw the potential of this form as the fingers increase the reach several inches. Without correct practice and alignment a person can hurt their own fingers.
Bue Gee is often referred to as a real emergency form within the broader context of self-defence. The worst emergency is losing control of the centreline.
The Bue gee is designed to assist in the recovery of the centreline, quickly and effectively it is often called the star form as your hands go out in a star and then return to the centre.
Bue Ma the shooting stance and step quickly closes the gap at close quarters. Bue gee’s circling steps also can quickly aid in recovering the momentum and the line there is some similarity here with Aikido. Bue Gee motions cover the entire sphere around the body both horizontally and vertically. The open palm strikes make this a fast form, as making a fist is slower.
This form seems to have more variations than any other most forms vary only slightly but I have seen vast differences in this form so much so that you would not recognize it as being the same form.
By the time you reach this level of Wing Chun there is no need to open the form in the normal way but sometimes if it is shown at displays the form is opened that way.
We start with the feet together hands at the waist as in the normal start photo bg1.jpg now we do huan mar move your left foot out into a normal horse stance in a circular motion photos bg2-bg3.jpg bring the feet together again right foot to the left and do huen ma using the other foot. You can see the marks on the ground in the photos so you can judge the movements. At this level you should be able to get the horse stance the right distance every time.
Now punch with the left hand except this time don’t worry about bringing it in first just punch from the waist and you should hit the center line automatically by now. When the punch is finished extend the fingers photo bg4.jpg then from the wrist do a down and up motion (a wing) 3 times photo bg5.jpg turn the wrist palm down then do the same movement 3 times (not shown) rotate the wrist and withdraw to the side as normal.
We now repeat with the other hand do the punch first again then repeat the movements 3 times photo bg6-bg7-.jpg I have shown the photo from a slight angle so you can see the movement better.
Now raise the arm to the position shown in bg8.jpg and then turn to your right photo bg9.jpg doing a downward elbow strike. Turn 180 degrees and repeat the elbow strike to the other side photo bg10.jpg turn back 180 degrees and strike with the elbow again. Note the weight stays on the back foot
The first variation in the form is the way the strike is done some does it by striking inward to the center instead of downward. There are some important points about the elbow strike to observe when you do it the elbow becomes the center line so it must be the center
Take a look at the 2 pictures bg11-bg12.jpg in photo 11 you can see the strike done wrong here the body is left unprotected as the elbow isn’t the center line, if you do it this way your. Bue Gee is wrong. Photo 12 shows the correct way see how tight the defense is here now the elbow is on the center.
The form continues now with the left arm coming under the elbow strike to cover the weak area that is exposed photo bg13.jpg now do a Bue Gee with the left hand photo bg14.jpg note the right hand now comes across the body to cover the body and then it performs a Bue Gee by going under the left hand as you do this your feet are brought together by bringing the rear foot forward.
Rotate the hand as you withdraw them both to your side turn to face the original front i.e. 90 degrees to the right. This is done by doing Huen ma with the right foot and then bring the left next to the right and perform Huen ma with the left foot.
As with all forms in Wing Chun we now repeat everything on the other side so we elbow strike to the right with the left elbow then to the left and finally back to the right do the Bue Gee step forward and do Bue Gee with the other hand again photos bg18-bg20.jpg rotate the hand back to the side perform the Huen ma as you turn back to the front.
Now we repeat the movements once to each side bg13-16.jpg withdraw the arms to the sides as before Huen Ma back to the front the repeat this sequence on the other side Huen Ma back to the front to finish
We now have a new sequence which starts again with the elbow strike to the left bg13.jpg but this time we strike out with the Bue Gee at about 30 degrees bg21.jpg and withdraw your right hand to your side. Strike out with a palm strike with the right hand photo bg22.jpg now do a knife hand strike to your right as you turn to face the front photo bg23.jpg the right hand comes back to the center line with a lower block or some use a knife hand photo bg24.jpg
Follow with beu gee with the left hand as you withdraw the right hand to the side. Photos bg25-26.jpg withdraw the hand to the side. Repeat this sequence on the other side start with huen ma on both feet.
The next section is very similar to the last again it starts to the left with the elbow strike bg13.jpg again a 30 degree Bue Gee bg21.jpg but this time you strike low with the palm bg27.jpg the rest of this part is the same as before bg23-bg26.
The whole section again is repeated to the right so you end up facing the front at the end of it.
The next section starts with a double block to the left and then the right then left again. Photos bg28-29-28.jpg
Finish by bringing the left arm into position shown in bg30.jpg then do a Bue gee with the right hand as you withdraw the left hand and bring the right hand to the side this sequence is the same we did before. Again repeat the whole section on the other side starting with Huan ma.
With the left hand perform the action as seen in bg31.jpg which can be described as a high Bong Sau or Go bong Sau note the right hand under the arm covering the open area. Do this to the other side bg32.jpg then once more to the left.
Return the arm to the center line with a chop bg33.jpg and then roll the wrist over to position bg34.jpg and keeping the hand in that position turn to the left bg35.jpg bring the hand back to the center line bg30.jpg and repeat this action 3 times. Finish with a Bue gee with the right hand as you withdraw the left hand the bring the right hand back to the side again this is the same sequence as before.
Repeat this section on the other side.
Now we have a fast sequence of Bue gees starting with bg36.jpg noting the right hand under the arm covering the open section this moves forward under the arm to strike again as the left hand goes underneath and follows through to strike again once more with the right hand which turn for a moment into a tan Sau then chop to the right at about 30 degrees. This is all shown in the photos bg36-bg41.jpg Chop out to the left at right angles bg49.jpg then chop back to the front on the center line as before do a beu gee with the right hand as you withdraw the left hand rotate the wrist and withdraw the right hand as before. This is the standard end sequence in this form. Repeat all these action on the other side.
You are now facing the front again push both hands out palms open grab with the hands turn sharply to your left with the arms still extended and turn back sharply to the front punching as you do turn the hand up to a palm strike rotate the wrist as you finally withdraw it to your waist all these are shown in photos bg42-45.jpg.
Repeat all these action again on the other side.
The final section involves bending right down and then rising up raising the hands and rotating them outwards and then bringing them round in a circle to the center line and the on guard position. Shown in bg46-bg48.jpg+ bg50.jpg this is the final sequence and generally repeated 3 times bring the hands to the sides and the feet together to finish the form
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