In the clip below, we look at some applications from the opening sequence of Heian Nidan/Pinan Shodan/Won Hyo. We don’t say that this is necessarily the best or only interpretations for these moves, it just our take on it. Although Heian Nidan and Pinan Shodan are in effect the same kata (just named differently in different styles) and Tae Kwon Do’s Won Hyo pattern is closely based on it; Wing Chun’s Chum Kiu is essentially quite different.
However, some of the moves in Chum Kiu quite closely resemble the opening sequence of Heian Nidan/Pinan Shodan, although is performed quite a bit more tightly.
Is this surprising to find such similarities?
Not at all. Tae Kwon Do is largely based on Karate and Karate is largely based on Kung Fu. The nearest part of China to Okinawa (where Karate developed) is Fukien Provence and it is known that White Crane Kung Fu was particularly popular in that area. Wing Chun Kung Fu is based mainly on the Snake and the Crane, so there is a common lineage.
Anyway, we hope you enjoy our short video: