MAK PO SHING
Un-Rushed Gold Living in San Francisco
By Victor Chung
Sifu Mak Po Shing is a relatively unknown disciple of the late Grandmaster Ip Man. He started learning and practising Wing Chun in 1953. He played numerous roles in helping his Sifu propagate and teach Wing Chun in Hong Kong. Many of the most well-known and notable Wing Chun masters today openly admit they were once his student or have sought instruction from him as a Sibak (Gung Fu Uncle). Mak Po is the only name that “those-in-the-know” in Wing Chun know to call him. So, when his wife answers the phone and hears Mak Po, she knows it must be somebody from his Gung Fu days with Grandmaster Ip Man.
Low, Medium & High Bong Sau
How to Protect your Upper Centreline
By Wayne Belonoha
By learning the conditions with which to use Bong Sau, you can transition as required and take advantage of your opponent’s mistakes.
MOON POINTING FINGER
Wing Chun in Film
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Part 3)
By David Peterson
To celebrate the portrayal of Wing Chun on screen, this three-part series will look at the history of Wing Chun in the cinema of Hong Kong and China, and see if we can classify them into: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
How fit do you have to be to train Wing Chun?
By Shaun Rawcliffe
Exercise and fitness are essential ingredients to a healthy lifestyle, as are nutrition, hydration, relaxation and stress management, etc. But are they a prerequisite to training Wing Chun?
THE INNER CIRCLE
The Internal Approach
A Deeper Discussion
By Jim Roselando Jr.
Sifu Roselando covers several subjects, such as identifying wholesome force, Rou Jing (“Within Soft Carries Hard”) and Qi cultivation.
THE STRAIGHT LEAD
Bruce Lee and MMA
By Jason Korol
Attempting to keep JKD relevant to a new generation, some have put Bruce Lee forward as the father of MMA. This is wrong in history and in theory, and if it’s not checked, the misunderstanding could destroy JKD’s future.
INTERNAL WING CHUN SIGNATURES
By Sergio Pascal Iadarola
Sifu Sergio delves deeper into what signatures are needed to make a Wing Chun lineage eligible to be called Internal Wing Chun.
JIM ROSELANDO JR.
A Modern Traditionalist
By Christopher Shea
We sat down with our regular columnist, Sifu Jim Roselando Jr., to discuss the signatures of Dr. Leung Jan’s Gung Fu and several other hot subjects found in today’s Wing Chun community.
THE CALIBRATION OF YOUR HANDS
Measuring Improvement with Chi Sau
By Mark Phillips
If Chi Sau is the calibration of your hands, you must train with as many people as possible. The more people you train with, the better the calibration of your sense of touch; after all, people are of different sizes and shapes.
Continuing the Ip Man Legacy
By Kleber Battaglia
Sifu Tong is one of the last remaining students of Grandmaster Ip Man. Though 79 this year, he is still actively teaching at the Ving Tsun Athletic Association in Hong Kong, continuing to spread the tradition of Ip Man Wing Chun through his passion and deep knowledge.
HOW TO USE CHI SAU IN A FIGHT
Open Doors You Could Have Never Seen
By Adam Williss
Chi Sau in a fight isn’t about a pattern or a technique. It’s about using the unique skills developed through Chi Sau, which makes you a better fighter.
Can you handle the MMA gun pointing at you?
By Dr. Robert Chu
In April 2017, a Chinese MMA fighter defeated a Tai Chi master with a ground and pound attack, ending the match in 10 seconds. Traditional martial arts are somewhat out-dated to partake in MMA events.
THE KUNG FU GENIUS
Chinese MMA and outing charlatans
By Alex Richter
The martial arts scene in Mainland China is littered with Gung Fu hucksters selling phoney demonstrations of skill. The success of the Ip Man movie franchise has created a market for phoney Wing Chun schools that are popping up all over China.
BUILT UPON FUNCTION
Affecting your ability to learn
By Mark Hobbs
Sifu Hobbs explores how the underlying mindset we bring to practise can accelerate or block our path to Wing Chun expertise.
Lafayette Harris reviews the following books: Bai Sao: Wing Chun’s Taproot by Herbert Maier, Ph.D. and First Defense: Anxiety and Instinct for Self-Protection by David Hopkins, Ph.D.
David Peterson reviews the following movies: Railroad Tigers, Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, and Kung Fu Yoga.
Dwight Hennings reviews the following educational DVDs: Moy Yat: Tsui Ma and Sam Chan: Lok Dim Boon Gwan.