KEITH R. KERNSPECHT
The Father of Wing Tsun in the West
By Eric Lilleør
Sifu Keith R. Kernspecht, now 70, is the person most responsible for the widespread success of Wing Tsun throughout Europe. Since 1976, his European Wing Tsun Organisation (EWTO) catapulted Leung Ting’s Wing Tsun to levels never before seen in Chinese martial arts. Even today, many European, as well as American, Australian and African representatives from other Wing Chun or Ving Tsun lineages trace their roots to the EWTO. Not one to rest on his laurels, Sifu Kernspecht has taken the system and continually developed it to keep it relevant for the European audience. This has won him both praise and criticism from the general martial arts scene.
Getting to Mastery
Understanding the Three Phases
By Wayne Belonoha
With practice, your sensors will be very finely tuned and will always be turned on. Without gaps in your sensitivity, you can continuously keep your hands in the right position and dissolve an opponent’s attempt to gain the line.
MOON POINTING FINGER
There are drills… and there are DRILLS! (Part 2)
By David Peterson
Whilst the Chi Sau and Paak Sau drills are especially well known and widely practised within Wing Chun, there are several other lesser known, but equally important and useful drills also found within the system.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Wing Chun Tips ’n’ Tricks
By Shaun Rawcliffe
Sifu Rawcliffe gives an insight into a psychological approach to viewing an opponent as a list of dangerous weapons, not as a human.
THE INNER CIRCLE
Gulao Legends (Part 3)
By Jim Roselando Jr.
Part Three is the final translation of the 13 posters hanging in Dr. Leung Jan’s home that tell a number of common fables and local stories from the Gulao Wing Chun family, twisted into a romantic story.
THE STRAIGHT LEAD
The Long, Straight Lead of JKD
By Jason Korol
It’s common knowledge that Bruce Lee incorporated Boxing into Jeet Kune Do. What isn’t as well-known is the precise style of Boxing that most influenced him—the old Straight Lead, fencing influenced method.
Going Back to the Roots of Wing Chun
By Kleber Battaglia
Deeply passionate about Wing Chun and its origins, Sifu Mauro Gibin has been on a quest to uncover the internal roots at the foundation of Wing Chun.
Mindfulness is the Key
By Kleber Battaglia
Sifu Nima King was forced into martial arts due to an intense fighting period during his teenage years; by pure luck he discovered and began training Wing Chun, unaware it was a mindful choice, one that would change his life.
GIVE ME FACE
Should You Hit to the Face in Chi Sau?
By Dr. Mark Phillips
While Chi Sau is not considered a form of fighting, it is, however, considered by many within the Wing Chun community to be a measure of skill. Can this really be a true measure of skill if you do not strike to the face?
What Wing Chun is, This Man has
By David Mainstone
Manchester-based Sifu Billy Davidson has been studying Wing Chun for over 35 years. Here he shares his thoughts on the empty-hand forms, Chi Sau, and bridging the gap to fighting.
KAI SAI WING CHUN
The Way to Combat Today’s Fighting World
By Anthony Caucci
Can an ancient martial art stand up to today’s fighting world without evolving? With MMA rapidly growing all over the world, will Wing Chun survive?
The Core of Wing Chun
By Dr. Robert Chu
The Six Core Elements, combined with the 13 States and the Three System keys, act as a sort of indicator, roadmap, compass, and screen to our skill and knowledge and can teach the true goal of martial arts—balance.
THE INQUISITIVE HAND
Simultaneous Attack and Defence
By Alan Gibson
Simultaneous Attack and Defence can occur in a variety of ways, each using a subtly different mechanism, but the acid test will always be: can you do what you say? More importantly, can you do what you say, under duress?
DECODING WING CHUN
Wing Chun Hands (Part 2)
By Danny Xuan
Wing Chun Hands are simple in design and usage, yet practical and powerful. As with every engineered mechanism, every part of the whole must be precisely designed and crafted for it to work economically, efficiently and effectively. However, practitioners often alter and use these hands improperly.
In this issue, Tony Massengill reviews the following books: The Creation of Wing Chun by Benjamin N. Judkins and Jon Nielson, and An Approach to Ip Man Style Wing Chun by Wayne Belonoha.
In this issue, David Peterson reviews the following movies: Helios, Revenge of the Green Dragons, and Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal.
In this issue, Dwight Hennings reviews the following educational DVDs: Larry Saccoia: WCU Lesson 008 (Speed and Timing) and Sifus Taner & Graziano: Wall Bag Training Exercises.