Living the Gung Fu Life
By Gregory E. LeBlanc
Sifu Michael Quijano is a relatively outspoken teacher of Wing Chun. You either love him or you don’t, there is no middle ground to be found. With more than 35 years of experience in Wing Chun, as well as being a competitive Muay Thai fighter with over 100 fights in Thailand, he teaches a style of Wing Chun that’s rooted in tradition; but at the same time built to meet the demands of modern fighting realities. He also has over 15 years of active duty Army as well as working as a police officer in Oakland, both of these duties have given him the kind of experience that can only be gained from putting your life on the line and then living to tell the tale. Sifu Quijano pulls no punches in giving his honest opinions about training and the current world of Wing Chun, as we know it today; he has a big heart and lives his life by a philosophy of friendship and family that he calls “Gung Fu Life.”
Doi Yeng: Squaring Up for Attack
By Wayne Belonoha
Learn the many benefits of facing the shape as well as key drills that will help you to master this valuable skill. When applying Doi Yeng, you will learn a fundamental piece to defeat larger, stronger opponents.
MOON POINTING FINGER
Loi Lau, Hoi Sung; Lat Sau Jik Chung: Wing Chun in a Nutshell!
By David Peterson
The much-repeated maxim, Loi Lau, Hoi Sung; Lat Sau Jik Chung is, in essence, the very basis of how this combat system effectively operates at the optimum level. It is the perfect summary of how Wing Chun actually works.
ACADEMIA WING CHUN
Kong Chi Keung: Respecting the Traditional Ways
By Sergio Pascal Iadarola
Sifu Kong Chi Keung is one of the most popular Wing Chun teachers located in Hong Kong, he is renowned for his practical fighting skill, and undoubtedly, for his appearance on the Discovery Channel’s Fight Quest.
THE INNER CIRCLE
Yuen Kay San Wing Chun: The Twelve Methods
By Zopa Gyatso
The Twelve Methods (Sup Yee Faat) of Wing Chun were initially recorded by Grandmaster Yuen Kay San and they provide practitioners with a framework for a meta-level of awareness to analyse their techniques.
THE INTERCEPTING FIST
Jeet Kune Do Wall Bag Training
By Lamar M. Davis II
The use of the Wing Chun wall bag has become more and more popular throughout the years, and it is now not unusual to find it in every martial artist’s personal training area.
ALLAN CHE KONG LEE
The Art of Short and Long-Bridge Fighting
By Kenton Sefcik
Sifu Allan Che Kong Lee recounts what it was like to learn Wing Chun from the late Grandmaster Ip Man, how he made the transition from Hong Kong to New York, and what Sifu Duncan Leung’s Applied Wing Chun truly did for his martial arts career.
ANATOMY OF WING CHUN’S “SUN” PUNCH (PART 1)
By Danny Xuan
Wing Chun’s “Sun” Punch is one of the most talked and written about topics amongst many Wing Chun practitioners, yet still, it is the most misunderstood and improperly executed technique of all.
THE ORIGINS OF WING CHUN
Time for a Revision? (Part 1)
By Scott Buckler
Why did Wing Chun first develop? Where is the Southern Shaolin Monastery? What is the link between Wing Chun, the Triads and Shaolin? In the first of two articles, these answers are sought to rewrite the Wing Chun history books.
Journey to the West
By Kleber Battaglia
Like the famous monk Xuanzang in the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, who journeyed to India in quest of the Buddhist scriptures, Sifu Kwok helps bring Practical Wing Chun to the United States, teaching westerners how to understand and decode this ancient, yet still modern, Gung Fu style.
THE GUNG FU PATH
A Way of Awakened Living
By Suki Gosal
Once you’ve learned a system of fighting, what comes next? Sifu Gosal discusses some of the philosophical ideas from his twenty years of studying Hei Ban Wing Chun (Red Boat Wing Chun) under the late Leung Kwok-Keung and Non-Classical Gung Fu under the late Jesse Glover.
Is Your Wing Chun Kuen Four-Dimensional?
By Dr. Robert Chu
One often hears “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line” and “Have bridge, cross bridge.” Wing Chun is based on a combination of height, width, depth and time—four dimensions, and not just expounded by 2-D straight lines, nor 3-D bridges.
THE INQUISITIVE HAND
By Alan Gibson
Wing Chun relies heavily on pre-programmed human responses and movement patterns. How can we best train our reactions, muscles and neural pathways for the high-quality Gung Fu that we all truly desire?
THE HIDDEN FORMS
To Kill the Body
By Dr. Matthew Mills
Dr. Mills examines the mechanisms of injury that result from a strike to the head. Trauma and injury can disrupt basic motor control and information processing, severely disrupting one’s ability to continue fighting.
In this issue, Dave van der Poel reviews the following books: The Way of the Intercepting Fist by Oliver Gross and Wing Chun: the Works (2nd Revised Edition) by Alan Gibson.
In this issue, David Peterson reviews the following movies: Cold War, The Guillotines, and The Silent War.
In this issue, James Woodcock reviews Adam Chan’s Pragmatic Martial Arts: Core Self Defence.