RON VAN CLIEF
Tao of The Black Dragon
By Mike Quijano
Sifu Ron Van Clief started to study Wing Chun with Sifu Duncan Leung, Sifu Jason Lau and Sifu Leung Ting in the early 1970s, and even worked out with the late Bruce Lee. In 1971, he founded his own system called Chinese Gōjū.
A multi martial arts “Hall of Famer,” Sifu Van Clief has a long career of competing in both full-contact and semi-contact martial arts tournaments in the United States and internationally. He won several World Champion titles and, most notably, at the age of 51 he fought in the 1994 Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Importance of Context
The Key to Efficient Teaching & Learning
By Wayne Belonoha
Sifu Belonoha covers the five key pieces of context that will help improve your teaching, or your learning if you are currently a student.
EMBRACE THE JOURNEY
Sil Lum Tao
The Key to All Wing Chun Forms
By Alton Miller
Sifu Miller explains the importance of Sil Lum Tao and how all other Wing Chun forms are reliant on our understanding and mastery of this first form.
UNDERSTANDING WING CHUN
What Makes a Good Teacher?
By Colin Ward
Anyone can gain a certificate, give themselves a fancy title or even just buy a Black Sash and start a class, but what really makes a good teacher?
THE INNER CIRCLE
Tracing the Roots of Wing Chun: Part 3
By Alex Danos
In the final part of this series, Sifu Danos examines the relationship between Wing Chun and Weng Chun.
THE STRAIGHT LEAD
Jeet Kune Do
A Chip Off the Old Block
By Jason Korol
There are a great many similarities between JKD and Wing Chun, which often surprises many who have been led to believe that Lee abandoned his mother system.
The Pragmatic Mind
By Jason Korol
In a day and age where bragging abounds, Sifu Adam Chan is that rare gem—a humble instructor who lets his skill and knowledge speak for itself.
WING CHUN DOUBLE SWORDS
Tactical or Ornamental?
By Justin Och
Are the Wing Chun Double Swords an ornamental rite of passage to upper-level understanding, a training tool or a unique combative weapon meant for learning practical in-fighting timing, combat and distance?
Train to Learn, Fight to Win
By Donna Yap
Sifu Cirrincione began studying Taijiquan in 1989 in Tucson, Arizona, and in 1993 joined Fong’s Wing Chun Gung Fu Federation, and has been training consistently with Sifu Augustine Fong for the last 27 years.
THE POWER OF LEAD-INS
Breaking Your Opponent’s Defence in Seconds
By John Hennessy
With a single devastating shot, a rarity in other styles, but eminently applicable and common in Wing Chun, Sifu Hennessy explores the concept of “Primary Lead-Ins”, and its closely related sister “Secondary Lead-Ins”.
THE ONLY CONSTANT IS CHANGE
By Tony Massengill
We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Wing Chun masters of the past, but we are not slaves to their understanding of the fighting arts. What is needed is practical application changes with every generation.
STRUCTURE AND APPLICATION
Private Lessons: Part One
By Dr Robert Chu
During private training with experienced Wing Chun practitioners, Sifu Chu emphasises improving overall skills with functional differences in practice; not politics or lineage.
THE KUNG FU GENIUS
Training “the Dummy” versus Training “on the Dummy”
By Alex Richter
Sifu Richter gives his observations on this seemingly superfluous distinction between “training on a Wooden Dummy” and practising the “Wooden Dummy techniques”.
MY MARTIAL ARTS JOURNEY
By David Lampert
If you want to add raw strength, flexibility/mobility and body awareness to your Wing Chun, welcome Calisthenics as your strength training coach.
Lafayette Harris reviews the following books: Notes From A Factory Floor: How I Got From There To Here by Geoff Thompson and Spotting Danger Before It Spots You: Build Situational Awareness to Stay Safe by Gary Quesenberry.
For this issue, David Peterson reviews the Criterion Collection Blu-ray box-set Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits.