Wing Chun’s ‘Front’ Foot

Biu Mar or Chuen Mar?


Initially I had title this post as ‘Biu Mar’s Front Foot Explained’ but then thought that this would be an unnecessarily specific, as of course the front foot of Biu Mar is also the front foot of Cheun Mar.


Whether you are in a Chuen Mar (turning stance) or using Biu Mar (arrow stepping), the hips will always be aimed at a forty-five degree angle, with the difference in stance being defined by the focus of the head.

The feet positioning however, may differ from one person to the next.


Don’t you just love how Wing Chun caters to the individual!


This is due to different factors, such as comfort of the front foot, or, variations in the individuals’ curvature of the calf muscles which will define the back foot angle (but we’ll already looked at this in the previous post).


When we take time to analyse the turn of the stance, attention is most commonly drawn to the hips, or the direction and bend of the back leg, whereas I find little mention given to the from foot and what it is doing.


This was something I explained during a beginner course and would like to share with you too.


In this beginner class we had only just covered Lap Sau Exercise and had discussed a little of the turning stance (not quite in any detail as yet), with this session looking at Pak Sau’s and in particular, the Biu Mar.


Here I am explaining the difference between Biu Mar and Cheun Mar and the most important factors, especially within the front foot of Biu Mar.


This video would be best viewed on a larger screen and with full volume.

I hope you find something of interest.

Thank you for watching.


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