Modernising Wing Chun
By Siukee Wan
Sifu Mark Hobbs probably has more active fighters in the cage than any other Wing Chun school and a lot of MMA gyms. His students regularly compete in professional and amateur MMA, Boxing, K1, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions. He is recognised as a leading authority on how to get Wing Chun working in the cage—an area where most Wing Chun guys have had little success. WCI finds this controversial subject fascinating and engages Mark to write a regular column every issue to challenge the mindset of Wing Chun practitioners worldwide. Mark is on a crusade to modernise Wing Chun for the 21st Century so that it can hold its own against all fighting systems—old and new, reality and sport. We wanted to find out more, so we asked him.
Control the Sticking to Control the Fight
Unsticking from Your Opponent
By Wayne Belonoha
Wing Chun teaches us how to stick to our opponent’s arms so we can control them. With this control, we can prevent them from hitting us. There is a flip side to this skill—the skill of unsticking from a sensitive and controlling opponent, so we can hit them.
MOON POINTING FINGER
WSL Ving Tsun Kuen Hok
What exactly is it? (Part 1)
By David Peterson
Many interpretations of Ip Man Wing Chun are practised around the world these days. One such method is WSL Ving Tsun Kuen Hok. This two-part article attempts to define it.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
It’s Not What You Do, As Much As How You Do It
By Shaun Rawcliffe
Wing Chun practitioners should look beyond the sequence in which moves are performed and concentrate on why they are executed in that way.
THE INNER CIRCLE
Vietnamese Wing Chun
Yuen Chai Wan’s Chi Sau
By Viet Le
The unique qualities imbued in Vietnamese Wing Chun Chi Sau practice is a precious legacy of the founder, Yuen Chai Wan, and is continually being developed to true mastery by each successive generation.
THE STRAIGHT LEAD
Holding and Hitting
Real Jeet Kune Do Trapping
By Jason Korol
One of the greatest and most brutal fighting tactics available is holding and hitting. Some people call that “trapping”. Whatever you call it, Jeet Kune Do’s unique blend of Wing Chun and Boxing can give you an ingenious edge on the inside.
Essential Principles of Wing Chun
By Kleber Battaglia
Sifu Martin Brogaard has trained martial arts since 1982. Today, he travels the world to spread the art of Practical Wing Chun and to honour his Sifu, Grandmaster Wan Kam Leung, and the beautiful culture of Chinese Gung Fu.
IT’S JUST HOW IT’S ALWAYS BEEN DONE
By Dave Bright
As a teacher, is there not a burden on us to be somebody more than just a giver and corrector of techniques? We should encourage our students to investigate, research, and discover things for themselves. And if we’re expecting that from them, we should be doing the same.
CHUN GWUN LING
Progression is Key
By Keith King
A veteran of the Guangzhou Wing Chun circle, Master Chun Gwan Ling, gives us a look into the world of Wing Chun in this vibrant city.
WELCOME THE PLATEAU
By Darrell Jordan
As you progress in Wing Chun, as in any endeavour, you will find you will reach a plateau and inevitably begin to ask if you are advancing. However, the purpose of “being stuck” in one spot is a natural process of growth.
MEDITATE AS YOU ANNIHILATE
Developing the Wing Chun Mind
By Adam Williss
Anyone who’s practised the art for a long enough period would agree that Wing Chun is, in its essence, simply a mindset. This means learning how to think simply, stay calm and keep a constant pulse on your target.
The Four Momentum Zones and Wing Chun
By Dr. Robert Chu
General Qi Ji Guang described excellent exponents of his time, each specialising in Long Range, Short Striking, Throwing and Take Downs, and Ground Fighting. Without knowing all Four Momentum Zones, Wing Chun practitioners would be incomplete in the totality of combat.
THE KUNG FU GENIUS
We’re all adults, right?
By Alex Richter
We certainly love our Wing Chun approach, but how we manifest that love says a lot about our worldview. Do we have an adult or child/parent dynamic with our school?
BUILT UPON FUNCTION
Stretching your Freeze Point
By Mark Hobbs
Sifu Hobbs explores how to progressively and deliberately extend your ability to fight under pressure.
Lafayette Harris reviews the following books: Facing Violence: The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting by Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder and Meditations On Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real-World Violence by Rory Miller.
David Peterson reviews the following movies: I Am A Hero, Enter the Warriors Gate, and Sky on Fire.
Dwight Hennings reviews the following educational DVDs: Darrell Jordan: WVTAA 1995 Ving Tsun Workshop with Sifu Paulo Lampis and Moy Yat: A Trace of Ving Tsun Roots 2.