CHAN CHEE MAN
The Last of a Rare Breed
By Alex Richter
Born in Hong Kong in 1936, Sifu Chan Chee Man is one of the last legitimate senior students of the late Grandmaster Ip Man. He first learnt Choy Lee Fat from an old man at the YMCA, and after training hard for some time, he wanted to test his Kung Fu. He sparred twice with his friend Sifu William Cheung but lost both times. Wing Chun intrigued Sifu Chan, even though the style seemed strange to him. So William took him to Ip Man, and he started learning Wing Chun at the Restaurant Workers Union in 1954—without even knowing the name of his famous Wing Chun teacher!
Don’t Trap Yourself
Preventing the Self-Trap Using Faan Sau
By Wayne Belonoha
Doing two-handed techniques can cause a person to trap themselves if the focus on Faan Sau is lost. Learn how to use Faan Sau to prevent the “self-trap”, and its other benefits.
THE POWER OF PRINCIPLES
Timing and Speed
Differences, Relationship, and Development
By Carina Cirrincione
Find out what the differences and relationship between timing and speed are, and how to develop both in Wing Chun training.
UNDERSTANDING WING CHUN
The Aerodynamics of Siu Lim Tau
By Colin Ward
Most of us want to train more efficiently and perform better, which we usually do by working our muscles, but have you ever thought about your technique’s aerodynamics?
THE INNER CIRCLE
The Father of Gulao Wing Chun in the US
By Jim Roselando Jr
Sifu Henry Mui is the first Pin Sun Wing Chun teacher in the United States. Sifu Roselando thought it was now time to interview his 73-year-old teacher in his Cantonese mother tongue.
THE STRAIGHT LEAD
Jeet Kune Do
Simplicity over Chaos
By Jason Korol
The essence of JKD is the ingenious integration of stance, striking and footwork. All-out fighting demands such simplicity—the ability to hit and move. Bruce Lee knew this, and so should we.
Searching for the Truth
By Jason Korol
Philip Morris is a film, television and voice actor who most recently played Silas Stone in Doom Patrol. He’s also a fanatical Wing Chun practitioner, having studied under the late Sifu Hawkins Cheung for 30 years.
GET RID OF YOUR RIGIDITY
Learning Wing Chun with a Flexible Mindset
By Kim Squiers
Sifu Squiers discusses how to approach learning with a “loose brain” so the many expressions of Wing Chun, regardless of lineage, become available to both novice and experienced practitioners.
Wing Chun’s Most Misunderstood Drill
By Mark Wong
Many practitioners are still confused as to the true meaning of Gwoh Sau, seeing it as a free-for-all, and for beating one another to a pulp, ending in bruised egos and an unwavering hatred towards one another.
SIU LAM BAAN JUNG WING CHUN KUEN
The Legacy of Fung Siu Ching
By Zhang Tian Yu
Sifu Taam Yuet Sing, son of the late Grandmaster Taam Hou Chuen, speaks about the truly rare style of Siu Lam Baan Jung Wing Chun Kuen.
THE FOUR MUST-HAVE ELEMENTS OF THE WOODEN DUMMY FORM
By Terrance Ho
Sifu Terrance discusses the essential elements of good practice and common mistakes practitioners make when practising the Wooden Dummy form.
STRUCTURE AND APPLICATION
Wing Chun’s Target Goal
By Dr Robert Chu
Martial arts are in a sad state, because of a lack of proper development, practical application, and wasting time by not getting straight to the goal and target.
THE KUNG FU GENIUS
Rattan Rings and Other Stupid Things
By Alex Richter
The most attractive aspects of Chinese Kung Fu to outsiders are its outlandish training methods and devices. Sifu Richter discusses the problem with “sexy training”.
MY MARTIAL ARTS JOURNEY
You Are What You Eat
By David Lampert
Nutrition is an area that is often neglected by traditional martial artists. Over the next few issues, Dave will examine how nutrition can make or break our training and development, and how to fuel up for optimal performance.
Lafayette Harris reviews the following books: Comprehensive Wing Chun Teaching Guide by Sam Chan and Life Lessons Learned Through Sparring by Brian W. Jewell.
David Peterson reviews the following movies: Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, Ip Man: Kung Fu Master, and Jiu Jitsu.
Alex Danos reviews the following educational DVDs: Markus Schinhammer: Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu and Leo Au Yeung: Wing Chun First Form: Sil Lim Tao.