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Bongsau Crossed Stamp Kick

Wing Tsun Kicks

The Crossed Stamp-Kick is an outstanding kick of the Wing Tsun system. While other kicks of Wing Tsun are applied with the front leg, the Crossed Stamp-kick, however, is launched from the back leg. In applying the Crossed Stamp-kick, a practitioner should pay attention to the ways he steps forward prior to launching the kick. A posing the W. T. Prefighting Posture while facing B. B launches a right straightline punch at A. A dissolves the attack with his right Sideward Bong-sau. Immediately after that, A's right leg makes a curving step to land on B's right side, while his left leg rises to launch a Crossed Stamp-Kick at the back of the knee of B's back leg.

Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Seminar

Wong Shun Leung

The 2nd July heralded the Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Association (U.K.)'s highlight of the year, the yearly Wong Shun Leung seminar held in St.Albans, Hertfordshire. Master Wong had arrived in the United Kingdom after completing seminars in Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Poland. Included in the visiting guests who had flown with Master Wong from Germany was Senior Instructor, Philipp Beyer who represents Master Wong in Northern Germany. Master Wong Shun Leung has been involved in martial arts for nearly 40 years. His experience began like any schoolboy, by becoming involved in local fights. This developed into an interest in martial arts. He made a name for himself by successfully fighting, for Ving Tsun, against representatives from other schools of martial arts. Now his reputation is world-wide as a master of Ving Tsun Kung Fu. He has a very realistic and practical approach to his teaching developed by his experience on the street. Of course, some of Master Wong's fame in the West...

Bongsau Kneestamping Kick

Kick Technique

* The Bong-sau is a greatly effective movement which is adopted for countering heavy straightline attacks. It is applied by bending the forearm down to deflect the opponent's straightline attacks, which, no matter how powerful, will surely be nullified. Having .effectuated the Bong-sau movement, and while our opponent is not yet ready to launch his sccond attack, we should at this moment make a sideward step to stay at the opponent's side and offer a counter-attack with the Knee-stamping Kick technique KWUN-SAU - FACADE PO-PAI DOUBLE-PALM MOVEMENT * The Po-pai Double-palm movement is a combination of the Erect-palm movement applied with one arm and the Reverse-palm movement applied with the other arm. In application there are two fashions of it. namely the Facadc Po-pai fFacc-to-fare Po-Pai) and Lhc Sideward Po-pai. The following is an illustration of the Facade Po-pai Double-palm movement applied in succession to the Kwun-sau movement A posing the W.T. Prefighting Posture while...

Application Of Bong

Application Bong Sau

Prefighting Posture while facing B. B suddenly launches a right straightline punch at A's abdomen. A at once turns and applies his left Lower Bong-sau to evade B's punch. LOWER BONG-SAU - SIDEWARD SLAPPALM & MAN-SAU The Lower Bong-sau is a movement applied to dissolve the opponent's lower-level straightline punch. For a better result, the Bong-sau is effectuated in co-ordination with turning of the body so as to maximize its evasive effect . * The Man-sau is a movement derived from the Lower Bong-sau. When the attacking arm of the opponent is weakening in force or is about to retreat, the practitioner's arm, which is bending down in the form of a Bong-sau, now turns up to form the Man-sau, thus conforming to the Wing Tsun motto Stay with what comes, follow through as it retreats, and thmst forward as our hand is freed .

Wing Chun Hand Movements

Bong Sau Lap Sau Wing Chun

When Leung Bok Chau's hands were almost touching Yim Wing Chun's body, she grasped his left arm and pulled him to the floor. Leung felt pain in his chest and suddenly the alcohol's effects were gone and his mind started to clear. Why did you push me to floor It hurts he cried. Wing Chun reacted a little angrily and said, What's the matter with you she demanded, You come into the room and behave impolitely to me Leung calmed down a bit, I am sorry. I must have drunk a little too much but you should not have pushed me to the floor, he said. Yim Wing Chun was still angry, though, and said, That was your fault, it was a natural reaction to what you did to me. In old days, in China, the husband was the leader of the family. All the other members of the family, including the wife, would listen to him without any argument. Certainly there was no fighting back. To do so would have been very shameful. Because of this Wing Chun knew she had done the wrong thing and so she...

Bongsau Sideward Popai Doublepalm Movement

Self Defense Training Dummy

* The following set of Sideward Po-Pai Double-palm Movements derived from the Bong-sau is different from that mentioned above. In the previous set, the Bong-sau directly turns to the Erect-palm, and presses on the opponent's shoulder. In this set. the Bong-sau changes to the Reverse-palm, and glides over the opponent's bridge-arm to penetrate into his indoor area and land on his body. A posing the W.T. Prefighting Posture while facing B. B launches a sudden right straightline punch at A. A adopts the right Sideward Bong-sau to dissolve B's attack. Immediately after that, A turns to B's right side, and changing his Bong-sau to the Reverse-palm, thrusts it forward over B's right arm, while his left arm also turns to the Erect-palm to join in the counter-attack. BONG SAU - GRAPPLING HAND & THROAT-CUTTING HAND - PAK-SAU & SPADE-HAND * Many Wing Tsun followers neglects the fact that the Bong-sau can give rise to a variety of movements, for example, the Grappling-hand, as illustrated below....

The Home of Modern Ving Tsun

Self Defense Kicking

April 1994 and it was time for another visit to Hong Kong to learn and train under the world famous Master Wong Shun Leung. His school is situated on the second floor of a block of flats in Kowloon. Visitors can recognise the school from the large sign on the front wall outside. This also is the home of the headquarters of the Hong Kong Ving Tsun Athletic Association's meetings on Wednesday afternoons when many well known instructors from Hong Kong meet to discuss their business. The school is open for training from 4pm to 10pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. There are special classes on Saturdays and Sundays are set aside for free sparring using protective equipment. Though physically not that large, the school has many practitioners training at various times throughout the afternoon and evening. Around the wall of the school are mirrors, the Ving Tsun wooden dummy, six and a half point poles, butterfly knives, punch bags, protection equipment and a large marble plaque...

Ving Tsun A Positive Attitude

If the opponent's attack in not down the centreline, then the Ving Tsun practitioner will hit first, as a straight line is the quickest way to the target. This is combined with the Ving Tsun stance thrusting the body forward from the back leg thus dissolving the opponents attack. If the opponent's attack did happen to travel down the centreline, then the Ving Tsun practitioner must still think attack , and deflect the opponent's attack with his on the way to the target. Fig.1 gives an example of this. A punches B . B then shifts his position and applies an upper gan sau deflection which follows through to a punch in Fig. 2. Note how the gan sau is aimed at the opponent's centreline so the block can follow straight through to an attack. Being of positive thinking B does not think he is blocking then attacking. Rather he is counter-attacking and happening to block along the way. If we think of attacking as being positive and blocking as being negative, then B has turned A 's...

Wing Chun

Martial Arts Style Wing Chun was developed approximately three-hundred years ago in Southern China by a Buddhist Nun named Ng Mui, and it is named after Ng Mui's first student, Yim Wing Chun. Legend states that Ng Mui was fleeing the destruction of her Shao-Lin monastery and sought shelter at a monastery in Yim Wing Chun's town. The Nun took pity on the girl, who was being harassed by a local ruffian that sought to intimidate her into accepting his marriage proposal. After training with Ng Mui, Yim Wing Chun eventually challenged the ruffian and beat him. After she married, she taught the style to her husband. For centuries, this art was taught in secret to a select handful of students. In 1949, Yip Man brought Wing Chun to Hong Kong, where the style quickly spread to the rest of the world. Prerequisite Improved Strike Basic Training Acrobatics +2 Advanced Training Attack Focus Kick (+2 attack rolls), Improved Trip (+3 to trip opponents) Internal External External

Wing Chun Techniques

Pai Wing Chun

Prefighting Posture while facing B. B initiates a left straightline fni' I' . t A, who counters with his left Bong-sau. Immediately after that, A advances to iv ai B's left side, and adopts the Sideward Po-Pai technique by launching his left Mm at B's shoulder and his right palm at B's flank. * The High & Low Gaun-sau is a sideward movement. However, when it changes to the Po-Pai movement, it becomes the Facade Po-pai. The Po-pai technique derived from the High & Low Gaun-sau is slightly different from that derived from the Kwun-sau. The Po-pai technique derived from the Kwun-sau is a movement of double-palm attacks from the opponent's indoor area the Po-pai technique derived from the High & Low Gaun-sau is applied in such a way that the arm of our upper attacking palm is pressing one the opponent's arms, and the bridge-arm of our lower attacking palm is also pressing the other arm of our opponent. Readers should watch carefully how the series of movements are...

Wing Chun Style

This style (whose name means radiant springtime or everlasting spring ) was developed in the 18th century by a fighting Buddhist nun named Ng Mui. According to some legends she was one of the Venerable Five who escaped the final destruction of the Shaolin Temple she created the art and taught it to a young peasant woman named Yim Wing Chun, from whom it takes its name. It was developed to be an aggressive, practical style which someone could learn in a relatively short amount of time. It involves aggressive, up-close fighting techniques including short punches, low kicks and leg sweeps. Wing Chun is so popular that it has several substyles however, their differences are inconsequential for gaming purposes. To be counted a practitioner of Wing Chun, the character must know any three of the following maneuvers Block, Kick, Legsweep and Punch. The Kick takes a 2d6+7 location roll.

The Shape Of The Dummy

He trunk of the Wing Tsun wooden dummy is made of a cylindrical wooden stake of about five feet in length and nine inches in diameter. Other parts of the dummy include the two upper arms, which are stuck into two chiseled mortises at the same height of the upper part of the trunk, the third arm, called the middle arm, which is stuck into a chiseled mortise below the two for tlie upper arms, and the dummy leg which is a short bent stake thicker tli.m the three arms, stuck at a chiseled mortise below that for the middle urm I he above parts together form the body of the dummy, which fixed to the supporting frame by two cross-bars, respectively passing through mortised holes at the upper and lower ends of the trunk. The two cross-bars are fixed onto two perpendicular square pillars, called the supporting pillars. The supporting pillars are usually firmly fixed onto the wull or .it the ground, so as to stand heavy strikes.

62 Flipping Hand Dummy

(III. 40) DOUBLE TAN-SAU (III. 46) RIGHT KAU-SAU & LEFT HIGH GAUN-SAU Yip shifts himself to the right, while circling his right wrist into the indoor area of the dummy arms, and striking out a left High Gaun-sau. (III. 48) RIGHT KAU-SAU & LEFT HIGH GAUN-SAU (III. 43) DOUBLE TAN-SAU (III. 47) LEFT KAU-SAU & RIGHT HIGH GAUN-SAU (III. 50) RIGHT BONG-SAU Yip turns to his left and poses the right Bong-sau. HIGH GAUN-SAU Yip turns his stance to face left, while posing his arms respectively as Kau-sau and High Gaun-sau. HIGH GAUN-SAU Yip shifts himself to the right side of the dummy. And, posing a left Lower Lying-palm and a right Tan-saur he thrusts out his right leg in a slant-straight forward line to stamp at the knee part of the dummy leg HIGH GAUN-SAU (III 52) HIGH & LOW GAUN-SAU Yip withdraws his right leg and turns to his right, while posing the High & Low Gaun-sau. (III. 57) LEFT BONG-SAU Yip turns to his right side, and poses his left 8rm as the Bong-sau. (III. 59) HIGH & LOW...

Thb Protractor Effect

'flit wooden dummy of Wing Tsun is constructed according to standardized s ecifications, so that the thickness of the trunk, the arms and the log, til lengths of the arms, the leg, the trunk, the cross-bars and the upporting pillars are all pre-calculated to suit movements of the Wing Tunn System. Such a wooden dummy will help rectifying the delivery Of movements of the driller, in the same way, as a protractor will rectify mi .ingle. If a driller can make use of the wooden dummy to correct Ins movements, he will be able to improve rapidly. It is a pity ilmt many followers of Wing Tsun, (Wing Chun or Ving Tsun,) fail to H l i the importance of the wooden dummy, and cannot rectify the dire. and angle of his movements and the relative positions of himself ami I1I4 opponent through the help of the wooden dummy, thus losing lit Protractor Effect of it. Nowadays, many kung-fu drillers make use of the wooden dummy Hfil aid for learning more kung-fu movements, so that he can boast aU u his...

Offspring Of Kungfu Generations

Grandmaster Yip Man's lather, that is, my grandfather, was named 0 Doh. He was in fact brought up in a family of generations of merchants. My grandfather himself once ran a shop in Hong Kong. My grandmother, then known as Madame Ng, was praised for being a helpful wife and a good mother. Anyway, the Yip family in Futshan was a famous and influential family. The inherited large farmyard was situated at a newly rebuilt avenue, called the Fuk Yin Avenue, literally meaning Avenue of Happiness and Scholarship. The homesteads of the Yip family occupied a large area, with two symctrical rows of large old fashioned houses, amounting to not fewer than twenty in number lining along the two sides of the avenue, at exactly the site of the present Municipal Government House. The ancestral temple of the Yip clan was situated at the centre of the homestead. It was in this ancestral temple that the great Grandmaster Chan Wah Shun, the renowned Wing Tsun practitioner, had for quite a long period...

Gifted Sutdent Of Martial Arts

At the age of nine, Yip Man my late father was admitted as a student by Grandmaster Chan Wall Shun. But before that, as my grandmother the late Madame Ng said, Yip Man worked hard on his studies. After receiving each lesson, he seldom wasted his time in having games with fellow-playmates, but devoted all his spare time in writing poems and painting, or watching Grandmaster Chan teaching his students. Day after day he watched, and became gradually interested in techniques of Wing Tsun. At least he went straight to Grandmaster Chan Wah Shun and requested him to admit him into his kung-fu class. Grandmaster Chan thought the boy might only be joking, so he said jokingly that every boy, in order to be admitted, had to pay an initial admission fee of three taels of silver, and that if the boy had three taels of silver, he would

Blending Of Techniques Of Several Masters

Tried his best to teach him all he knew. That is why my father later said to others that he got a good foundation from Grandmaster Chan Wall Shun, but sophisticated techniques from Mister Leung Bik. He further said that when he was small, he paid attention to the external-form of movements, not knowing why certain movements should be applied in such ways, while other movements in other ways. When he grew older, he knew that the importance of mastering Wing Tsun techniques rested on the merging of theory and practical application. Grandmaster Yip Man became famous for his skills even when he was young. Yet he did not take teaching martial art skills as his career. Instead, he joined the army during the war. After the war he returned to his native land to take up the post of Captain of Local Police Patrols of Namhoi, which he held for some years. Though being a skilled martial artist, and the captain of the police patrols, he was not proud and arrogant. On the contrary, he dressed...

Movement From The Side

Right Bare Arms Self Defense

(III. 66) KWUN-SAU Yip applying the Kwun-sau movement. (III. 70) HIGH & LOW GAUN-SAU Yip withdraws his left leg to resume the original position while posing his arms as the High & Low Gaun-sau. From the High & Low Gaun-sau, Yip converts his arms to the Po-Pai Double-palm movement with his left arm above his right arm. (III 68) LEFT BONG-SAU Yip turns to his right side while posing hb left arm as a Bong-sau. (III. 72) RIGHT BONG-SAU Yip poses the right Bong-sau while turning to the left. (III. 74) HIGH & LOW GAUN-SAU Y p turns to his right while posing the High & Low Gaun-sau. (III. 78) HIGH & LOW GAUN-SAU Yip turns from his left to his right, poses the High & Low Gaun-sau in the reverse direction.

Double Tansau Huensau Double Lower Lying Palm

Wing Chun Double Knives

I he Double Tan-sau. which is placed ul the opponent's ttdoor area, is a movement less frequently applied It is, wever. necessarily applied at the moment when the opponent attacks us with the double straightline punches within ur indoor area. A (left) posing the W.T. Prefighting Posture in front of B (right). When B attacks A with double punches, A immediately blocks B's attack with the Double Tan-sau at the outdoor areas of B's arms. Instantly, A makes a cirling movement with his hands turning into B's indoor areas After that A counter-attacks B's lower-level with Double Lower Lying-palm. * The Double Tan-sau, orginally placed at the opponent's outdoor area, can be changed to the Jut-sau to piess down the opponent's arms, thus causing him to tumble forward. the opponent's face. (Note The Tan-sau is a fashion literally, in Chinese, meaning Patm facing up the Jut-sau is an action literally meaning A sudden downward pressing movement . Generally the Jut-sau is enacted in the fonn of the...

Grandmaster Yip At Hong Kong

Yip Man Old Hong Kong Newspaper

In 1949, when mainland China fell into the hands of the communists, my father left his homeland and went south to Hong Kong, where he settled down, set up a gymnasium, admitted students and taught them techniques of Wing Tsun. For the following thirty years he worked as a martial art tutor, and had so far brought up more than five hundred thousand students, who all help spreading the Wing Tsun techniques to all parts of the world. This great success meant as much to himself as to others who worked hard for the same aim of spreading the techniques of Wing Tsun, for they all shared the joy of this successful deed. Grandmaster Yip Man would smile in satisfaction if he knew this. Amongst the students of my father, Bruce Lee was one of the most well-known. Bruce Lee met Grandmaster Yip Man at Hong Kong, when he was studying at the St. Francis College. Bruce Lee's father, Lee Hoi Chuen, was a good friend of my father. They were fellow natives of Futshan. The close relationship between Bruce...

Double Tansau Double Upper Lyingpalm

Doubles Attack Wing Tsun

Prefighting Posture while lacing B. B attacks A with double ixjnches. A dissolves B's attack by changing the Double Tan-sau to the Jut-sau movement. Having fectuated the Jut-sau, which caused B to fall forward. A takes the opportunity to launch his powerful Double Upper Lying-palm attack at B's face. * The High Gaun-sau is a movement which looks like the Jum-sau. However, the Jum-sau is only applied for defensive purposes, while the High Gaun-sau can be applied both as an offensive and defensive movement. A (left) posing the W.T. Prefighting Posture while facing B. B applies the double punches attack coming into Afs indoor area. A quickly makes a turn, and poses his right arm in the Kau-sau movement while applying with his left arm the High Gaun-sau movement to nullify B's attack and offer counterattack at the same time.

Facade Thrustkick Facade

Wing Chun Kicking Technique

* Many Wing Tsun followers (hink that having applied the Low Bong-sau with one arm, they have to use the other arm to counter attack at the upper-level. In fact they can use the same arm that has just executed the Low Bong-sau movement to dissolve further attacks from the opponent. Besides, an experienced Wing Tsun practitioner can make use ofbothhisarm and his leg to launch co-ordinating offensive movements at the same moment, thus making it very difficult for the opponent to defend himself. * As regards kicking techniques of Wing Tsun, the same principle applies to them as to hand techniques. That is to say, it is not necessary to withdraw the leg once it has excuted a kick, for it can still be used to launch further attacks simply by giving variations to its movements, which will enable the practitioner strike at diffennt parts of the opponent's body as desired. A posing the W.T. Prefighting Posture upon encountering B. B launches a right straightline punch at A's lower-level,...

The Last Student

From then on, my father became Grandmaster Chan Wah Shun s youngest disciple. He leamt techniques from Grandmaster Chan and practised with his fellow-students such as Ng Chung So and Lui Yu Chai. lie was in fact the last disciple admitted by Chan Wah Shun. That is why when Grandmaster Yip Man grew up and had his own students, he said to them smilingly that his students had only Elder Kung-fu Uncles , but not Younger Kung-fu Uncles . From the above description, it bccamc clear that Chan Wah Shun did not make a mistake in accepting my father, for the boy's success in afterwards was really due to his master's un-rescrvcd teaching, and the boy's dedication and effort he put to his studies. His success in his career was not mere luck. Grandmaster Chan died when Yip Man was thirteen years old. At his last minutes, Chan said to his disciple Ng Chung So, Yip Man is a clever hoy, and is more gifted than others If any of my students is to promote and spread our Wing Tsun techniques with...

Sifu Yang Meijun

Wing Chun Polo Shirt

How do we use the Wing Chun pole skill in normal life A. We do not usually use the Wing Chun pole for defence. It is an over eight foot long pole, so how can we carry it around for defending ourselves However, in old times, the poles were kept at home so if the family was attacked by bandits, it could help them to defend more than one person at a time. The pole, however, is part of Wing Chun's training so you must learn it and practise it. If you understand how to use the Wing Chun pole, then you can use its principles with anything, even a stick or similar weapon which you can pick up to defend yourself. But remember, martial art skill is for Q. I study Wing Chun and also Qigong. Which one is more important Q. What is the purpose of studying the form, Biu Tzi, in Wing Chun A. In Wing Chun, to be able to control the distance is very important. Getting the right distance and right footwork is one of the most important parts of training. That is why in Tsum Kiu we do a lot of...


Wing Chun 2012

A (left) putting himself in the Wing Tsun Prefighting Posture in front of B (right). B launches a straightline punch at A, with his fist coming over A's right arm. A stretches his right arm to make contact with B, while making a slight turn to evade B's punch, and placing his left hand at the back of B's neck. A then makes a pull with both his hands at B's neck, causing B to lose his balance. While B is falling forward,A launches a thrusting punch at B's face.

Sideward Thrust Kick

Woman Wing Tsun

* The Sideward Thrust-kick of W.T. can sometimes be applied singly, but in co-ordination with the steps. One of the characteristics of a kick of W.T. is its co-ordination with movements of the arms when it is being launched. For this reason, the Sideward Thrust-kick is usually applied in coordination with the Bong-sau and the Wu-sau as a defensive movement. A (leftf posing the W.T. Prefighting Posture while facing B. B launches a right roundhouse punch aiming at A's head. Seeing that B's punch is powerful. A steps sideways to the left to evade the coming punch, while applying the Bong-sau to defeat the punching arm.

Photo By Rick Hustead

Sessions, both as a target and while holding a focus mitt. Despite being a black-belt member of three karate organizations, with additional judo and wing chun experience, I've had almost no luck blocking this technique. It has speed, power and deception, and you don't have to be an Olympic athlete to throw it. You just need the right timing and body mechanics.

Pa Kua in Britian Ji Jian Cheng

Jian Cheng

We have, in Britain, had a fairly long exposure to and contact with various oriental martial arts dating from the 1900's and 1920's with Ju Jutsu and later Judo. In the early sixties we saw the arrival of Karate and subsequently Aikido. In the seventies and eighties we had Taekwondo, Hapkido, Wing Chun, T'ai Chi (of the mainly exercise variety) and many other styles. As regards the Japanese and Korean styles we have been able to receive training at the highest levels and many world class masters are now based in Britain. But the same cannot be said for the Chinese styles except for a few exceptions. As for Pa Kua, martial artists had heard or read of it but rarely if ever had an opportunity to see or actually learn any of this recondite style.

Ripping Out The Eyeballs

Women Self Defense Kick Balls

The twisting action of the hips and shoulders as you pull the right hand back adds momentum to the strike, which whips dynamically from the shoulder in a circular action. In Wing Chun Kung Fu, this is known as the Inner Gate Punch, because the fist slides along the inside of the arm as the elbow deflects an attack to the upper quarter. It is a method of pushing his arm out of the way with your elbow as you hit him.

Ba Gua Zhang as Practiced by the Chinese Boxing Institute International

Wang Shu Jin

Casey was born in the mid-40's and at the age of nine began his martial arts training in jujitsu. In the next thirty plus years, Casey would study Shorinyu Karate, Chinese and Okinawan Kempo, various Shaolin Arts, Qin Na, Shuai Jiao, Wing Chun, Fukien White Crane, Wa Lu, Tai Ji Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and Xing Yi Quan.

Defending Yourself with Internal Martial Arts

Approaching Blado

I push with my hand and it is deflected. I fold and continue with my elbow. The elbow is deflected, so I fold and strike with my shoulder. Wing chun people are familiar with bong sao and how it acts as a swinging gate. These are simple examples of understanding how the body works. It would benefit all of us to discover more of what our bodies are naturally capable of while remaining faithful to sound principles of boxing.

Hsing Tsia Go Behind Step

Went The Enemy Camp Lyrics

Fig. 108 -As the enemy gropes forward toward what he believes to be your position, duck under his attack to his lead side. In this way you will have less distance to travel to get behind him. This is an extended variation of the Spinning Back Pivot found in Inpo. Fix your attention on the left temple of the enemy. This is where you will strike him should he somehow not have been blinded. If you are close enough to the enemy, the action of casting will carry your extended finger tips horizontally across the enemy's eyes, producing the desired ef-feet. This attack is also found in Wing Chun, but is followed by a palm-up finger jab. Fig. 108 -As the enemy gropes forward toward what he believes to be your position, duck under his attack to his lead side. In this way you will have less distance to travel to get behind him. This is an extended variation of the Spinning Back Pivot found in Inpo. Fix your attention on the left temple of the enemy. This is where you will strike him should he...

The Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Lee built JKD from a number of styles. It draws heavily on Wing Chun (pp. 203-204), and also on Boxing (pp. 152153), Escrima (pp. 155-156), fencing, other kung fu styles, and Lee's own extensive experience and experimentation. He added spectacular high kicks for their cinematic impact, but primarily used low kicks in practice. The central philosophy of JKD was reduction - not addition. Lee experimented with many techniques from other arts but only kept a tight core of broadly useful ones. JKD fighters don't have a wide range of techniques but rather an extensive range of applications for the small set they practice. Recognizing his art's stripped-down nature, Lee sometimes referred to JKD as scientific streetfighting.

What are the benefits

Person Staggering Drawing

The main reasons why people meditate today are to relax and recharge their energy, but there are actually more benefits than this to be gained. If you achieve a high level of meditation, the Chinese believe you can heal all your illnesses. One example is a friend of my teacher Yip Chun (who taught me the martial art of Wing Chun).

Women in the Martial Arts

Several martial arts - notably Wing Chun (pp. 203-204) and one form of Pentjak Silat (pp. 189-191) - claim a female founder in their legendary history. Tradition has it that Wing Chun is named after the woman who founded it, and that the Silat style was invented by a woman who observed two animals fighting. Neither origin is verifiable, but these styles certainly attract numerous female martial artists. Silat, especially, prides itself on female participation and has many women students and masters. Kalaripayit (pp. 168-169), too, has legends of female practitioners and instructors. Again, it's difficult to verify these but they clearly show that the art isn't solely for men.

Shaolin kung fu

The Shao-Lin temples are legendary schools for numerous styles of Kung Fu, including Wing Chun and several animal styles (including Dragon and Crane styles). In the history of the Shao-Lin, it is difficult to separate Chinese propaganda from superstitious myth that has the students of the Shao-Lin able to perform almost superhuman feats (the television show Kung Fu did much to spread the mythology of the mystical Shao-Lin temple to America). What follows is as unbiased an account of the Shao-Lin as could be culled from various sources.

Clive Potter

Wing Chun Techniques Elbow Drill

One of the aspects that has made Ving Tsun famous, is its short range centreline punch. To produce power at such a range, accuracy of technique is essential combined with the forward body movement used with the punch. The punch has to do two jobs, hit the opponent and uproot his stance. The punch does not hit by using just the fist and arm it uses the whole body. In Ving Tsun one of the basic rules in all actions is the awareness of the elbow and its specific distance from the body which connects it and the arm to the body. The punch is no exception to this. When punching, awareness is not in the fist but in the elbow the elbow drives the fist forward. Correct POSITIONING and MOVEMENT of the elbow is essential as part of the techniques to develop power and support the fist. In Figs. 7, 8, and 9, student Rusper Patel shows the path of the elbow. In Fig's. 7 and 8 the path of the elbow is wrong. In Fig 7 the elbow's motion causes the direction of force to lift too greatly loosing the...

Hsing I Chuan

Today, these terms describe a style's methodology more than anything else. Hard is another way of saying that the art makes heavy use of striking (Boxing, Brawling, Karate, and Melee Weapon skills), as exemplified by Boxing (pp. 152-153), Jeet Kune Do (pp. 164-165), Karate (pp. 169-172), Wing Chun (pp. 203-204), and most armed styles. Soft suggests a preference for grappling (Judo, Sumo Wrestling, and Wrestling skills) Aikido (p. 149), Chin Na (p. 154), Pa Kua Chuan (pp. 187-188), and T'ai Chi Chuan (pp. 200-201) are good examples. External and internal are used the same way by everyone but purists.

Rusper Patel

Side Kick Self Defense

The seminar opened with Master Wing emphasising that we, as martial artists, should not allow ourselves to be governed by Ving Tsun, but should instead, be able to adapt the system to suit the situation we should be the masters of Ving Tsun, not for Wing Chun to be the master of us. Master Wong then performed the first form, Sil Lin Tau and broke this down into its elemental parts with explanations. He went on to explain the reasons why centreline theory is so important in the Ving Tsun system and demonstrated this by showing how an opponent would find it more difficult to absorb force directed at the centre line as opposed to either side of it. Next he explained the dynamics of the Ving Tsun centreline straight punch. He suggested that many boxers might rather throw centreline straight punches instead of hooked ones, but were unable to do so because of having to wear gloves. He continued by stating that there was one section of the Sil Lin Tau form that should be performed slower...

Qigong Iron Throat

Iron Throat Qigong

Everyone who studies martial arts wants to be strong and powerful, either externally or internally. When I was twenty-three I had done some Wing Chun and some simple Qigong, and I had just started Chen Style Taijiquan. Then, I was hungry for all different kinds of Study Wing Chun with the eldest son of the late Grandmaster Ip Man. At over seventy years of age Grandmaster Ip Chun's skill remains unsurpassed. His ability at Chi Sau is amazing as is his ability to reveal the hidden depths of Wing Chun Kuen.

Sifu Clive Potter

Side Palm Ving

One of the most important aspects of Ving Tsun Kung Fu, is the understanding of centreline theory and thus angles of attack and defence. Indeed, once stance is in place, the first two moves of the first form, Sil Lin Tau, is the tracing out of the centreline, using the arms like the arcs of a compass. (See Figs. 1 and 2) It is widely recognised in Ving Tsun, that practitioners think of and their opponents as having a centreline as in Figs. 1 and said that if the attacker or defendant turns, then the centreline shifts its position to the side. (See Fig. 3). However, a different and simpler way of thinking of this concept, could be to visualise the centreline as a spindle which travels down through the centre top of the head, through the inside of the body and out through the groin. (See Fig. 4). This being the case, many of Ving Tsun's theories can become easier to understand. Whether face on or sideways, the centreline is always there, in the same place. A punches B . B then executes...

The Early Years

William Cheung Wong Shun Leung

Wing Chun Kung Fu is a very sophisticated weapon nothing else. It is a science of combat, the intent of which is the total incapacitation of an opponent. It is straightforward, efficient and deadly. If you're looking to learn self-defence, don't study wing chun. It would be better for you to master the art of invisibility. Rather peculiar words, you might say, coming from an individual who'd spent over 30 years of his life teaching kung fu yet somehow there's a rather uncanny philosophical depth to the man who actually instructed Bruce Lee in wing chun and inspired William Cheung to enter Yip Man's school at the age of 13. Wong Shun Leung, the most senior phenomenon in wing chun today, earned his rank and title where it really counts - in the streets. Now, at 48 years of age, he's still far from being a pacifist. With a series of jagged scars along his knuckles and a piercing glare in his eyes, he gives the distinct impression that he's already witnessed a fair share of human folly...

Death Of A Legend

Following what doctors in Hong Kong described as a 'subarachnoid haemorrhage' and lapsing into a coma lasting 17 days, wing chun's King of the Challenge Match , sifu Wong Shun Leung, passed away peacefully on January 28th, 1997 he was just 61 years of age. Wong had been with a group of friends at the Wing Chun Athletic Association on Sunday January 12th, enjoying a few games of cards and Mahjong when he complained of feeling unwell. Soon afterwards he collapsed into a coma from which he never awoke. Wong considered Wing Chun as a SKILL, not an ART, and saw nothing wrong with using ones skills. In comparing skills and art, Wong Sifu has been quoted as saying, if A and B have a fight and B gets knocked out, then everyone knows that A won. There's a winner and a loser. However, in music, you can like someone's guitar playing or not like it and it doesn't matter. Because it's an ART, you can't PROVE that one painting or piece of music is better than another. However, in Kung Fu, you can...


There are many who claim to be the true head of the Wing Chun family, however the few that do have a genuine claim to such a title avoid all mention of it and regard each other as brothers. It is gratifying to know that with all the adverse publicity Wing Chun has had at the top, where it really matters, the skill is in good hands In the space of 30 years Wing Chun has gone from a small but significant family style in Foshan, South China. to perhaps the most widely practised traditional style of Kung Fu in the world. Sure, Taijiquan is practised by millions, but the very best people know that the traditional training and the different styles of Shaolin are all very separate from one another. Wing Chun however, is a complete style covering forms, internal training, partner work, weapons and wooden dummy training. All of the modern Wing Chun masters are direct descendants of Yip Man, meaning that there is a relative amount of cohesiveness between that which one master practises and...


Styles Unarmed styles with a strong body of kicks are popular on the big screen. These include Hapkido (p. 161), Kyokushin (pp. 171-172), Muay Thai (pp. 185-186), Tae Kwon Do (p. 200), and Wushu (pp. 206-207). Other styles made famous by movie stars are Aikido (p. 149), Jeet Kune Do (pp. 164-165), Professional Wrestling (p. 206), and Wing Chun (pp. 203-204). Actors often use training in modern art and sport forms to simulate Shaolin Kung Fu (p. 194) and Taijutsu (pp. 202-203) - but in a cinematic game, their skills might be real. Weapons show up in film, too, led by the whippy swords of Sport Fencing (p. 160), the trademark nunchaku and sais of Kobujutsu (p. 178), and the ninja stars of Shurikenjutsu (pp. 195-197).

Bruce Lee 19401973

Bruce's introduction to the martial arts came from his father, who practiced T'ai Chi Chuan (pp. 200-201). Bruce preferred the more direct art of Wing Chun (pp. 203-204), and started training with Yip Man - an instructor from a long line of instructors. A talented and enthusiastic martial-arts student, Bruce also boxed for his high school. His temper got him into a lot of less-decorous fights with other teens around town, however. He often fought in full-contact challenge matches held on rooftops or in alleyways, against both armed and unarmed foes. It was a run-in with the police for fighting that convinced his family to send him to the U.S. to finish school. He arrived in America in 1959. In 1964, while at college in Seattle, Washington, he married Linda Emery, one of his kung fu students. After his duel, Bruce was unhappy. He had won but felt that his style had been too inefficient to let him win as quickly as he should have. This led him to develop a more streamlined method of...

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