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An axis is typically defined as an imaginary line around which a body rotates. The Real Wing Chun practitioners understand this straight line to exist vertically from the crown of the head down through the groin and into the ground – intersecting the body’s centre of gravity.
Producing strength and structural integrity through the axis provides the practitioner with multiple benefits, notably balance. Most importantly, it should be noted that cultivating the axis is essential to performing Wing Chun in this system.
To cultivate the axis, we conceptualise it as a strung guitar string. We tighten the string and keep it taut by lengthening the neck and widening the shoulders. We also tilt the pelvis in if it’s sticking out too far, in order to align the centre of the body to the axis.