Sharing the Ways of Wing Chun
By James Woodcock
To be a successful martial artist may mean wealth, knowledge, or happiness. But can devoting a lifetime to studying Wing Chun make you a better man? And what of mastery of your chosen art? Will this bring you enlightenment and gratification? Or, is it simply a matter of living in the moment, being grateful for the days we have on this earth and striving to become more skilful in our chosen art? We discuss these questions with Sifu Belonoha and try to discover why we decided to become martial artists in the first place. We also look at some of his teaching methods and how to get the best from your Wing Chun training.
The Relationship of Stepping and Shifting
By Wayne Belonoha
Learn the different methods for dealing with an opponent’s attacks using shifting and stepping, and how to economise motion by choosing the right one for the situation.
MOON POINTING FINGER
A Step in the Right Direction (Part 1)
By David Peterson
While much of the footwork patterns practised in many martial arts may work within the relative safety of the Kwoon, or in competition or pre-arranged demonstrations, when it comes to the “real thing,” sadly, many methods of footwork fail to deliver the goods.
CHI SIM SHAOLIN WENG CHUN
Weng Chun’s Ten Wisdoms for a Warrior (Part 2)
By Andreas Hoffmann
Sifu Hoffmann takes a closer look at the final five of Weng Chun’s Ten Wisdoms, which describes how to go the way of a successful warrior finding the Eternal Spring.
THE INNER CIRCLE
Yiu Choi Wing Chun
By Alex Danos
Yiu Choi, or “snake style” Wing Chun as it is known in Mainland China, is unheard of by the vast majority of Wing Chun practitioners in the Western world. Yet, in Foshan, it is one of the most popular and successful styles.
THE INTERCEPTING FIST
Bruce Lee’s One-Inch Punch
By Lamar M. Davis II
The topic of Bruce Lee’s famous one-inch punch has been discussed numerous times in various martial arts media. How is this punch, which originates from Wing Chun, actually executed?
DRINKING CLOSER TO THE SOURCE
Dr. John Fung’s Kulo Wing Chun
By Kenton Sefcik
Dr. John Fung, after exposure to other martial arts, had the opportunity to learn Leung Jan’s 22 San Sau Wing Chun. An indoor disciple of Master Leung Wun Zi, John shares his insights into this rare family style.
Drinking Tea with Master Kwok Fu
By Bill Dowding
Bill was privileged to know the late Sifu Kwok Fu, one of Ip Man’s first-generation students. This article is a condensation of some of the topics that they discussed over the years—such as, the changes in Ip Man’s teachings, the BaGua stepping, and the Phoenix Fist.
A MIND IS LIKE A PARACHUTE
It Doesn’t Work if it’s not Open
By Sergio Pascal Iadarola
For many years, Sifu Sergio was unable to be open-minded towards other perspectives and lineages. He thought that what they were doing was totally wrong, but thanks to two separate incidents he was able to change.
TAKING THE BLIND SPOT
By Phillip Redmond
Learn why moving to the outside of your opponent’s two arms is a lot safer than staying on the inside of a larger person’s two arms.
DEVELOPING THE MOUNTAIN
Wing Chun Equipment Training
By Jason G. Kokkorakis
Understanding the Gung Fu elements of the Wing Chun system’s apparatus can introduce a new dimension to your training regime—one that you can aspire to instantly, without needing to know complete forms or their specific applications.
As I Lay Here on my Deathbed (Part 1)
By Dr. Robert Chu
Most martial artists would love to hear their master’s last words with their dying breath. Stories of a master’s last secrets are legendarily bequeathed on the deathbed. Sifu Chu explains his last wishes for his Wing Chun students.
THE INQUISITIVE HAND
By Alan Gibson
The opening of Siu Nim Tau form is the first thing that practitioners are taught. However, in their race to acquire more of the system, the concentrated detail encoded into this section is often neglected.
THE HIDDEN FORMS
By Dr. Matthew Mills
It is generally well understood that facing facilitates independent action of the limbs and biomechanical advantage. Dr. Mills explores the neurological impact of facing on combat effectiveness.
ARE YOU FIT TO FIGHT?
Using Joint Rotation to Develop Power
By Kenneth Jay, MSc.
When looking at efficient movement in sports and combat, we see a very distinct use of sequential joint actions to generate power and explosiveness, which is lost during training in the gym. To be efficient, fighters must prepare in accordance with optimal movement.
In this issue, David Peterson reviews the following movies: The Great Magician, The Four, and Nightfall.
In this issue, James Woodcock reviews the following educational DVDs: Sifu Fernandez: Wing Tchun Do, Clive Potter: Seminar On Siu Lin Tao, and Ian Protheroe: Wing Chun Rattan Ring.