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Review – Eddie Chong’s WCKFS DVD 3 – Bil Gee

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s third form, Bil Gee or “flying fingers.”

Comments:

This DVD’s instructional format is the same as for Master Sifu Chong’s production on Sil Nim Tao and Chum Kiu; it is also part of a four volume companion set.  This WC series is from my point of view primarily a presentation of Ip Man’s “Hong Kong” Style of Wing Chun, although this is not mentioned.  The “Faht Shan” influence is obviously there.  If you have seen the “Chinese” system of mainland China or “Faht Shan” Wing Chun kung Fu you certainly know what I mean. Read Full Post

Review – Eddie Chong’s WCKFS DVD 4 – Muk Yan Jong

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s training using the Muk Yan Jong or Wooden Dummy.

Comments:

The movements used in the Muk Yan Jong, or wooden dummy set might very from Sifu to Sifu and certainly from the three schools or families of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Some employ a traditional opening in the set and others do not, the sequence of techniques can change, while others might omit a particular type of technique all together.  In the “Faht Shan” Wing Chun Kung-fu wooden dummy set, practitioners are taught the Dim Muk or death touch fingers, while other schools exclude this method.  It is indeed a matter of choice. Read Full Post

Review – Eddie Chong’s Faht Shan (Pan Nam) Wing Chun Set

This is a 3 DVD set. Each DVD in the set is reviewed in detail here.

What Disk 1 is about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong, of the Fushan White Eyebrow-Fushan Wing Chun Kung Fu Association presents a demonstration of all the classic forms of Grandmaster Pan Nam, of the “Faht Shan” Wing Chun Tradition. The three forms shown in this DVD are, Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kiu and Bil Gee.

Comments on Disk 1:

“Faht Shan Wing Chun”, is considered the official lineage of the Wing Chun system recognized by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China and therefore is referred as the “Chinese System” of Wing Chun as it relates to the Ip Man WC system and is referred to as the “Hong Kong system” of Wing Chun Kung Fu. I am sure there’s lots of debate among WC factions in Shanghai and Hong Kong, who would feel quite differently regarding this official sanction by mainland China. However, this review will discuss the instructional content and value of Eddie Chong’s WC DVDs, and will leave the matter of which system is considered the official lineage of WC to martial art historians.  However, I will say this…martial art institutions are just as much a political animal in China as the two party political systems in America.  Enough said. Read Full Post

Review – David Peterson’s Muk Yan Jong Seminar

The dictionary defines the word “definitive” as “…most reliable or complete, as of a text, author, criticism, study,” and also, “…having its fixed and final form; providing a solution or final answer; satisfying all criteria.” And this is exactly what this DVD is. It is the most comprehensive and informative DVD I have watched in my time writing for WCI. David Peterson has been training in the Chinese martial arts since 1973. He became a student of Wong Shun Leung after travelling to Hong Kong in 1983. It is David’s sole aim to pass on the skills, knowledge and understanding of Wing Chun exactly as Sifu taught them to him. Read Full Post

The “Best Steel” for Chinese Butterfly Knives

I design Butterfly Swords (“BFS”) for personal use and on a professional basis (in the evening, not my day job) under the Modell Design LLC umbrella, http://www.modelldesignllc.com website.  You can also see work product at http://www.everythingwingchun.com/wing-chun-butterfly-swords-s/35.htm web-site (look for the integral knives and flagship line).  I recommend that anyone who has a serious interest in BFS read the following two articles:

– Jeffrey Modell, Esq., “History & Design of Butterfly Swords”, Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine (March/April 2010)
– Jeffrey Modell, Esq., “Modern Butterfly Swords”, Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine (July/August 2011)

BFS were actually used for the village water wars, by militia, security guards and criminal gangs.  You can design them for cheap manufacturing or you can design and spec them as real weapons.  I only do the latter but once you have weapons-grade design, balance, construction and materials, the knives are dangerous even if blunt. Read Full Post