After about my first year in Wing Chun I became very interested in the history of the art. I read everything I could find on all of the lineages of Wing Chun – both online and off. Yet, there was little to be found other than myth and legend when it came to the history of Wing Chun… and each lineage had different versions of the history – even very recent history. Skip forward 16 years and not much has changed… but it might soon. Ben Judkins, owner of the blog, Kung fu Tea, and Jon Neilson, chief instructor at Wing Chun Hall, have put together the first true academic work on the history on Wing Chun. Read Full Post
After watching Sifu Wayne Belonoha’s series on Wooden Dummy training in Wing Chun University, I had a few questions regarding how to train on the wooden man. Sifu Wayne granted me this interview and below you will find a wealth of information about wooden dummy training.
Although you have explained many of these details in your video, what would say some of the most important things you learn from the dummy? From beginner perspective? From an advance perceptive? Read Full Post
After watching one of Sifu Tyler Rea’s videos about Lee Bing Choi Linage Chi Sau, I found
myself asking a lot of questions. If you are unfamiliar with the style, this type of Chi Sau is nothing like “traditional Ip Man” Chi Sau. If anything, it looks more like Tai Chi Push hands with Wing Chun shapes.
We contacted him, asked a bunch of questions, and decided to share his answers with you! Read Full Post
With thousands if not millions of Wing Chun practitioners around the world, it is impossible that every single person fights the same way or uses the same methods to study Chi Sau. Which lead us to wonder, how do other styles of Wing Chun train Chi Sau?
The goal of this article is to briefly investigate how a handful of lineages of Chi Sau. Clearly there are MUCH more out there, we happened to pick four. Read Full Post
Admin note: Please read this post and chime in with your thoughts! A friend wrote this and we find it quite interesting as it falls in line with our own research on the matter. We want as many thoughts/comments as possible on the subject!
I was talking to a friend in Wing Chun who was telling me about this old woman; she was a Wing Chun grandmaster and contemporary of Ip Man, who took on all challengers and defeated all of them (armed or unarmed) with the 8 Wing Chun methods using just 1-4 movements. This was a mainland version of the art, and in a lineage that has all but died out.
These 8 methods were demonstrated in the swords form, on the dummy, and in empty hand fighting.
Having known that most Wing Chun lineages have 8 sets in the swords form, and having seen 8’s other places in the system (8 methods of kicking for example) I started looking for what these “8 methods” might actually be.
What I found was surprising, and yet not surprising. No one can agree and everyone has different interpretations. Some people have 8 methods, some have 12. Some have 8 sword techniques, some 8 sword methods, some have 8 sword cuts, and while some have 8 sword sets that have multiple methods and techniques within them. Still others say it is the sword protecting the 8 directions. Read Full Post
Hi guys – check out Aaron’s interview on Kung Fu Tea.
From the intro: When discussing the Chinese martial arts, there is a tendency to focus obsessively on their distant roots and ancient origins. One of the things that I have always found interesting about Wing Chun is that its more recent history is equally fascinating. In 1900 only a handful of individuals practiced the style, today it is one of the most popular Chinese martial arts and can be found around the globe. This is all the more surprising as many other Chinese martial arts have not fared so well in the transnational marketplace.
What about today? What sorts of trends do we currently see in the global Wing Chun community? Where is the art headed next? Aaron Cantrell has his finger on the pulse of the Wing Chun clan, and he has agreed to sit down and discuss what he has seen with Kung Fu Tea: http://chinesemartialstudies.com/2013/03/22/aaron-cantrell-owner-of-everything-wing-chun-talks-to-kung-fu-tea-about-the-future-of-the-art/
Here is the second interview – this time on Wooden Dummies: