The Gentleman of Wing Tsun
By Alex Richter
The Wing Tsun system has been made famous mostly by its European practitioners. However, Sifu Elmond Leung, now in his late sixties, is one of the hidden gems of Leung Ting’s Wing Tsun in the Western world. Originally a student of the late Grandmaster Ip Man, Sifu Leung is a quiet, yet skilful gentleman of the Wing Tsun community. His unimposing build and manner belie the fact he is one of the most knowledgeable and senior exponents of the art in North America.
Understanding the Motion and Intent of Techniques
By Wayne Belonoha
Part of what makes a technique effective is its motion or its energetics. In this article, Sifu Wayne explores four key energies that can be found in the Wing Chun system.
MOON POINTING FINGER
Ip Man: Film vs. Reality
By David Peterson
Grandmaster Ip Man has become a pop-culture phenomenon in his own right. However, when someone or something becomes “mainstream”, there is more misinformation about the subject than the actual facts.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Wing Chun Tips ’n’ Tricks: The Muk Yan Jong
By Shaun Rawcliffe
The Wooden Dummy is an excellent training tool if understood and trained correctly. However, more often than not, practitioners are training incorrectly.
THE INNER CIRCLE
Stories from Dong Guan
By Jim Roselando Jr.
During the Taiping Rebellion, the Red Boat Gung Fu ancestors were training, sharing and fighting. One sect from that era can be found in Dong Guan. This issue contains three translations of stories from the Wong Lo Joh lineage.
THE STRAIGHT LEAD
A Swift Kick to the Nuts
Jeet Kune Do’s not-so-secret Weapon
By Jason Korol
For self-defence, simple is always best—and nothing is more simple than hitting the enemy where it hurts the most.
CLIFF AU YEUNG
The Internal Power of the Mind
By Kleber Battaglia
Sifu Cliff Au Yeung began his training under the late Sifu Wong Shun Leung in 1981. Here, he shares his views on Wing Chun, Internal and External power, and how studying science, physics, and biomechanics has changed his Gung Fu into a more understandable, modern approach.
HO KAM MING WING CHUN
By Kiet Pham
Sifu Kiet Pham gives a general overview of the fighting principles of Sifu Ho Kam Ming, one of the top disciples of the late Grandmaster Ip Man, which is exemplified in these five concepts: balance, control, distance, timing and positioning.
A Trip Back in Time (Part 2)
By Phillip Romero
Being fortunate to study and coach for Sifu Hawkins Cheung throughout his entire career has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. In part two, Sifu Romero continues to share the arts, concepts and evolution of martial art legend, Sifu Hawkins Cheung.
BUILT UPON FUNCTION
Wing Chun in the Cage (Part 2)
By Mark Hobbs
Sifu Mark Hobbs is renowned for getting Wing Chun functional in the cage. In the second half of this two-part feature, he opens up his Wing Chun system and shares foundation skills that enable his students to succeed at the highest levels of professional MMA.
MAKE THE PUNCH COUNT
Power Development (Part 2)
By Philipp Bayer
Speed, timing, striking distance, and accuracy are skills that allow one to fight any opponent, but it all becomes useless if you do not have sufficient punching power to stop an aggressor effectively.
Air Squats to Improve your Wing Chun Kuen
By Dr. Robert Chu
Air Squats improve your Wing Chun, and should be practised before learning the first form, as many lineages practise with feet internally rotated, knees adducted, pelvis out, buttocks tucked and stance locked. This practice makes the body stiff and rigid. Air Squats are an antidote.
THE INQUISITIVE HAND
Common Problems with Simplicity
By Alan Gibson
As we become more skilful and experienced, we focus on simplifying our practice, or more precisely our actions, to allow our skills to become more efficient. But how should we train to achieve this ultimate aim of simplicity in all of our actions?
DECODING WING CHUN
The Anatomy of Chi Sau
By Danny Xuan
A lot has been said and written about Chi Sau. Some Wing Chun practitioners overrate it, some underrate it, and some even write it off completely. For Sifu Xuan, it is the epitome of Wing Chun: iconic and unique.
In this issue, Tony Massengill reviews the following books: The Structure of Wing Chun Kuen: Awakening Force Flow by Alan Orr and The Little Idea: Wing Chun Companion Book II by Alex Richter.
In this issue, David Peterson reviews the following movies: The Monkey King 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, and The Vanished Murderer.
In this issue, Dwight Hennings reviews the following educational DVDs: Greg LeBlanc: Wing Chun Mechanics: Vol. 1 and Randy Williams: Bot Jom Doh Form: 108 Motions.