VEKA & KATI ROUNEVAARA
By Kleber Battaglia
Couples who work together and enjoy it are rare enough, but those who teach Wing Chun full time are even rarer. For the first time in our magazine’s ten-year history, we are delighted to feature a unique Wing Chun couple, Sifu Veka and Sifu Kati Rounevaara. Together, they teach Practical Wing Chun and Qigong at their school Kung Fu Home, in Pori on the west coast of Finland. Sifu Veka has over 20 years of experience in Wing Chun. He is the Regional Director and Head Instructor for Practical Wing Chun and Ironshirt Qigong in Finland and the Philippines. Sifu Kati is the third Sifu in Finland to be approved by Grandmaster Wan Kam Leung.
The Wooden Dummy is a Guide
How The Wooden Man Shapes Your Technique
By Wayne Belonoha
Despite not moving, the Wooden Dummy has very specific positions. Thus, it becomes a kind of mould that will shape your hands and feet.
THE POWER OF PRINCIPLES
Wing Chun Weapons
The Benefits of Weapons Training
By Carina Cirrincione
The better you can control your body, the better you can defend yourself. Training with Wing Chun weapons can definitely help to achieve that goal.
UNDERSTANDING WING CHUN
Switch It Off!
By Colin Ward
Anyone can be relaxed, anyone can be tense, anyone can be relaxed, then tense. But not everyone can be relaxed, then tense, then relaxed again in a split second. When you can, you have discovered Explosive Energy.
THE INNER CIRCLE
The Future of Gulao Wing Chun
By Jim Roselando Jr
Sifu Fung Ka Fei is one of today’s most recognised teachers of Gulao Wing Chun. His passion for Kung Fu has established him as the future of Gulao Wing Chun.
THE STRAIGHT LEAD
JKD’s Secret Weapon: Deception
By Jason Korol
Just practising the techniques of Jeet Kune Do isn’t enough. To apply them, we must study the true heart and soul of the system: the art of feinting.
Essential Wing Chun
By Kim Squiers
Sifu Bryan Talbot has appeared in many worldwide publications and instructional videos with some of Wing Chun’s most prominent Masters. Now, it’s time to hear from “Kung Fu Jesus” himself and learn what’s essential in Wing Chun.
THE ESSENCE OF CHI SAU
Sensitivity and Reading
By Phil Morris
This isn’t a discussion of what is “right or wrong” in the practice of Chi Sau. Instead, Phil shares his journey through the Wing Chun landscape and his interpretation of Chi Sau, as taught to him by his late Sifu, Master Hawkins Cheung.
The Beauty of Wing Chun
By Donna Yap
At age nine, Sifu Chrisa Exintaveloni was the only girl in the martial arts class at her brother’s, Master Dimitris Exintavelonis, school in Greece. She met her Sifu, Grandmaster William Cheung, in 1990 and opened her own Traditional Wing Chun school in 2004.
WARRIOR, FIGHTER, BOXER, DREAMER?
Delete As Necessary. Train the Remainder.
By Glenn Landers
Humans like to pretend. From song lyrics to storytelling, acting to animation, we all like to escape the mundanity of everyday life. But when it comes to practising a pugilistic skill, reality is the last word on fighting. You can never pretend to win or survive.
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, MAKE LEMONADE
By Alan Gibson
As a global pandemic ravaged and with no direct contact training permitted, we had to evolve and embrace solo training and practise outside.
STRUCTURE AND APPLICATION
Wing Chun Hubris
By Dr Robert Chu
In inside circles, there are various “Kings” of Ip Man’s Wing Chun from the last generation. Some are rightfully so, others because Ip Man praised their presentations, but some are self-ordained. Much of it is hubris.
THE KUNG FU GENIUS
Secret Dummy for Dummies
By Alex Richter
Sifu Richter discusses a fraudulent Wooden Dummy book published in the mid-2000s and what it says about the people who buy such books.
MY MARTIAL ARTS JOURNEY
What’s Food Got to Do With It
By David Lampert
We only get the one body, and when pushing its boundaries week-in-and-week-out with high-intensity training sessions, it’s “vital” that we fuel it correctly.
Lafayette Harris reviews the following books: How I Became Successful Through the Teachings of Kung Fu and How You Can Achieve the Same by Michael Rainer and Wing Chun Words: Philosophy and Hidden Lessons of Wing Chun Kung Fu by Lionel Roulier.
David Peterson reviews the following movies: The Paper Tigers, Shaolin Wooden Men, and Encounter of the Spooky Kind.
Alex Danos reviews the following educational DVDs: Emin Boztepe: Counter Grappling and James DeMille: Bruce Lee’s Spring Energy.