Taking Away What Isn’t Useful
By Kleber Battaglia
Sifu Garry McKenzie gives you the impression of a classical fighter: fit, serious, with an impenetrable look, but as soon he starts talking, you realise he is also a gentle, funny, insightful and humble person. Sifu McKenzie’s journey into Wing Chun started in 1982, aged 17, and ultimately lead to him learning the Cantonese dialect of Chinese and travelling to Hong Kong to complete his training under the tutelage of his Sifu Ip Ching. He was twice invited to demonstrate at the Wing Chun World Conference, as well as at the opening of the Ip Man Tong in Fatshan, where he gave a speech in Cantonese. However, he doesn’t see Wing Chun as a way to live your life. To him, Wing Chun is a tool to help protect himself, protect others and to condition his body.
Ving Tsun Defined
By Wayne Belonoha
Learn to distinguish between Ving Tsun Gung Fu and the styles that resemble or imitate Ving Tsun. By going back to the basics we can define Ving Tsun so it stands out from the pack.
MOON POINTING FINGER
By David Peterson
As part of an overall training program that includes many elements, Cham Kiu teaches us how to build the bridges that we will need in order to engage, contain and attack our adversary when under fire.
CHI SIM SHAOLIN WENG CHUN
Weng Chun’s Long Pole: Fighting with Principles
By Andreas Hoffmann
In Weng Chun, the long pole is called the teacher (Kwun Wai Si). It not only makes the spatial dimension of Gung Fu clear to the practitioner, but its application can also be transferred directly to everyday objects.
THE INNER CIRCLE
Yik Kam Wing Chun: Enter the Siu Lin Tau (Part 1)
By Jim Roselando Jr.
During the Red Junk era, the art of Wing Chun was known for being soft, dynamic and shocking. This issue’s article takes you on a trip back in time while introducing the key concepts of their boxing.
THE INTERCEPTING FIST
Lin Sil Die Dar: Simultaneous Defence & Attack
By Lamar M. Davis II
One of the most important elements from Wing Chun that Bruce Lee included in his Jeet Kune Do is Lin Sil Die Dar, or defending at the same time as you attack.
THE CHI SAU MISCONCEPTION
The Proper Approach (Part 2)
By Ernie Barrios
In the second and final part, Ernie examines the proper approach to Chi Sau, and why—when trained with correct intent—it is a useful component of our system.
Adjusting to the reality in the Street (Part 2)
By Prof. Dr. Keith R. Kernspecht
Sifu Kernspecht, 10th degree Master Leung Ting Wing Tsun, explains why all martial arts must be adjusted to the street. Pure martial arts and combat sports are worthless in a ritual fight.
Training Wing Chun for Reality
By Mark Page
“Training to trap the hands will also train to trap and stop a knife. A knife in the hands of an unskilled individual is equal to a three-year martial artist…” How can Wing Chun be used to survive a knife attack?
PAIN AND SUFFERING
A metaphor for Life in Gung Fu
By Suki Gosal
Lord Byron wrote, “Adversity is the first path to truth.” Does adversity in Wing Chun training provide deeper psychological insights into how to cope with life’s struggles?
KICKING IN THREES
Concepts and Signposts of Wing Chun Kicking
By Kenton Sefcik
Wing Chun kicking requires three motions to make a kick powerful. There are also three primary kicks, three hand positions and three footwork positions. However, this isn’t just kicking, but a signpost for self-development in Wing Chun.
Biu Jee: Staying Inside the Gate
By Dr. Robert Chu
To many, Wing Chun’s third form should not be taught to outsiders… the first two forms lay the foundation, so would the deepest “secrets” be hidden in the third set? Dr. Chu explains it differently…
WING CHUN AT THE MOVIES
A Descendant Departs (Part 1)
By Bey Logan
Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan looks back at the troubled production of a neglected Wing Chun classic.
THE INQUISITIVE HAND
By Alan Gibson
When you begin training in Wing Chun, the learning curve is very steep and many senior practitioners will experience plateaus in their development. Evolutionary Learning is a strategy for overcoming these barriers.
THE HIDDEN FORMS
Siu Nim Tau: Why Not Moving?
By Dr. Matthew Mills
Fighting requires great mobility and yet Siu Nim Tau requires that we remain completely stationary. Dr. Mills explores why the first form might be performed standing still.
In this issue, Mark Page reviews the following books: Eight Pattern Wing Chun Kung Fu: Theory and Formal Exercises by Matthias Gruber and Wing Chun Kung Fu: The Wooden Dummy by Shaun Rawcliffe.
In this issue, David Peterson reviews the following movies: 1911, The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake and The Sorcerer and the White Snake.
In this issue, James Woodcock reviews the following educational DVDs: Anatomy and Physiology for Wing Chun Excellence with Steve Barninger, Concrete Arena Close Quarters Combat Vol. 1: Striking Methods with Tony Massengill and Foundation Fortress: Uncovering the Hidden Principles of the Siu Nim Tau with Gary Lam.