處世樹為模本固任從枝葉動 立身錢作樣

詠春一代宗師 葉問:

 

處世樹為模本固任從枝葉動;

 

立身錢作樣內方還要 外邊圓。

 

 

Couplet by Ip Man (Ye Wen), Wing Chun Grandmaster

-- Translated by Frank C Yue

 

Living in this secular world, take as your model Fine Trees;

With strong and deep roots, let the branches and leaves sway with the breeze.

 

The shape of an Old Coin, one's attitude in life should follow --

The outside edge should be round, and the inside, square and hollow.  

 

所有評論

羨魚 - 2013年09月01日 06:39

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Your blog quotes 葉問 saying. I learned some 詠春 from one of his students during my 6 months at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but failed to follow through. As I understand, this saying can also apply to the movements of 詠春, where the body (trunk) and lower limbs (roots) are most important, the bases for all the upper limbs maneuver. The strength comes strong from the body and legs while the arms try to go circular movement to follow and take advantage of the opponent's movement (內方還要外邊圓).

Fu7

2013.08.30>

 

Bravo, you're right, Fu7!
 

this may well be Ip Man's intention behind writing the couplet.
(as a Wing Chun student myself, I should know!)  but right now, i'm just unable to render the ideas into English verse. we'll see... hehee.

see you on nov. 10 at the 50th anniversary dinner and on nov. 11!
 

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