Wing Chun Action Star
By David Peterson
Known as an accomplished martial artist from a long-standing and respected Chicago-based martial arts family, Sifu Philip Ng is highly regarded in the Hong Kong film and television industry, where he has been making a name for himself since the early 2000s. Philip has recently received great praise for his co-starring role in the very popular TVB action series, A Fist Within Four Walls, which broke records in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. Earlier this year, he completed work on Birth of the Dragon, a Hollywood studio film about the young Bruce Lee, in which Philip plays the lead role. Philip recently took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with his Sihing, David Peterson, to chat about his career, his goals, and his deep connection to WSL Ving Tsun Kuen Hok.
Maintaining Your Boundaries
They Can’t Hit What They Can’t Reach
By Wayne Belonoha
Understanding and protecting your boundaries are two of the most important keys to consistently winning a fight. With the knowledge from this article, you will have the tools you need to train purposefully and grow your skills.
MOON POINTING FINGER
Make Wing Chun Your Slave… Not Your Master!
By David Peterson
Don’t mess with Wing Chun and try to reinvent the wheel; do everything you can to understand, train, and apply it in all circumstances!
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Teaching and Learning is Always Backwards
By Shaun Rawcliffe
We all know teaching can be challenging and remember how difficult it was learning a new technique, but why?
THE INNER CIRCLE
Sae Hok Wing Chun
By Jim Roselando Jr.
The art of Sae Hok Wing Chun has gained significant popularity in recent years. For this issue, Sifu Roselando talks to Sifu Mok Wai Keung to gain a deeper insight into this rare Wing Chun lineage.
THE STRAIGHT LEAD
Having No Way as Way
Jeet Kune Do Tactics
By Jason Korol
Everyone knows Lee said, “Be Like Water” and “Have No Way as Way.” What’s less known is these were exhortations for the JKD fighter to develop devious and cunning tactics in which to apply his simple, direct and few techniques.
HOW GOOD IS YOUR WING CHUN?
Leave Your Comfort Zone to Find Out
By Martin Murphy
Sifus in Hong Kong and Europe have been holding open competitions in Chi Sau, free fighting, and forms to test practitioners’ skills. While still a work in progress, their aim is to capture the true nature of Wing Chun fighting.
REMEMBERING KOO SANG SIFU
By Alan Lamb
Sifu Lamb reminisces about his training in Hong Kong with his late Sifu, probably best known in the Wing Chun community for his Wooden Dummies; however, his weapons techniques were superb, and he was held in high esteem by his contemporaries in Hong Kong.
Wing Chun’s Hidden Master
By Dr. Robert Chu
Stanley Jue is Boston’s premiere Pin Sun Wing Chun practitioner. Focused on the practical aspects and the ability to use the forms and drills in application, WCI staff writer, Dr. Robert Chu, interviews Sifu Jue for his insights.
Eyes Beaming with Courage
By Mia Velez
Sifu Liz Parry talks about her journey and the courage it takes to persevere and become an influential Sifu in the Moy Yat Ving Tsun system.
ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS REALISTIC?
By Tony Massengill
Often, Wing Chun practitioners develop a false sense of security, believing exaggerated stories of how lethal Wing Chun is, without examining these stories under the microscope of common sense. This problem is often exasperated by unrealistic training methods.
The Wing Chun Stance
By Dr. Robert Chu
Many Wing Chun lineages have widened stances. The Yee Ji Kim Yeung Ma has its origins in the Ping Jian Dang of Emei 12 Zhuang. What may have been a correction may have become distorted, with these crippling “orthopaedic” corrections.
THE INQUISITIVE HAND
Why is it so Hard to be Soft?
By Alan Gibson
The discussion about hard vs. soft actions or internal vs. external Gung Fu is frequently misunderstood. However, both ways have their place in the continuing development and understanding of our Wing Chun.
BUILT UPON FUNCTION
The Gold Standard in Learning Anything
By Mark Hobbs
Sifu Hobbs shares the latest research on practice and learning, and explores how we can apply it to Wing Chun to build reliable expertise.
Lafayette Harris reviews the following books: The Art of Mental Training: A Guide to Performance Excellence by DC Gonzalez and Conflict Communication: A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication by Rory Miller.
David Peterson reviews the following movies: Kung Fu Chefs, Unforgiven (Yurusarezaru Mono), and Cold War II.
Dwight Hennings reviews the following educational DVDs: Tony Massengill: Combat Chin Na and Tony Chan: Wing Chun Free Fighting Vol. 1.