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Review – David Peterson’s Siu Nim Tao DVD

Simply stated the “Siu Nim Tau” DVD by Sifu David Peterson is a painstaking labor of love that is a meticulously thorough, in-depth seminar reviewing the revered late Wong Shun Leung’s Siu Nim Tau. Emphasis on the thoroughness of the seminar cannot be overstated. Sifu Peterson spends well over three hours covering theory, modifications, points, applications and the many ideas behind Siu Nim Tau that Sifu Wong acquired through his vast experience with Biemo. The seminar is actually a set of two DVDs: the first DVD covers the first two sections of the form, while the second DVD finishes out the form and then shows a question and answer session, drills and the form itself without commentary. Read Full Post

Review – Gary Lam’s Devastating Chi Sao Crossing Hands System 2

The “Devastating Chi Sao Crossing Hands System 2” DVD by Sifu Lam is a continuation in Lam’s exploration of Wong Shun Leung Wing Chun and focuses on advanced Chi Sao. Sifu Lam classifies the techniques or actions presented on the DVD as level 2. The most important idea behind the DVD is control of the opponent rather than striking the opponent. This is accomplished by use hand techniques, sweeps, kicks and the body itself. Read Full Post

Review – William Cheung’s Wing Chun Kung Fu DVD 2

What it’s about:

The second DVD of this five volume set focuses on the third form of the Wing Chun fighting system. The third form is known as “Thrusting fingers” or “Flying fingers” by many practitioners. “In this DVD, Cheung teaches the Bil Jee form and applications. One-arm Chi Sao, two arm Chi Sao and Chi Sao applications are also covered”

Comments:

Sifu Oram again narrates the first part of this DVD with a brief introduction about the purpose of the Bil Jee form. He states that during ancient times it was regarded as the most coveted and considered as the most secret form of the Wing Chun system. This form was in fact kept from many Wing Chun disciples considered not deserving of its teaching. This form was designed for close in striking using powerful movements of the hands and arms coordinated with kicks and foot work. Read Full Post

Review – William Cheung’s Wing Chun Kung Fu DVD 1

What it’s about:

A brief introduction of the Wing Chun Linage is given, William Cheung and his association with Bruce Lee, demonstrations of Si Lim Tao and the Chum Kil forms; the first two forms of the Wing Chun fighting system. Wing Chun basics are presented along with defense techniques including drills incorporating empty hand forms and foot work. A basic presentation of a Chi Meditation standing posture, showing the position of the hands with a description of its purpose and relationship to the median acupuncture system and the flow of Chi energy. Read Full Post

Review – William Cheung’s Wing Chun Kung Fu DVD 3

What it’s about:

This DVD covers the use of the Wooden Dummy training apparatus or what is known as the Mook Jong of the Wing Chun system. The demonstration of the Wooden Dummy form is jointly performed by Master William Cheung and Sifu Eric Oram. The Mook Jong form consists of 108 classic movements specific to the Wing Chun system, in this DVD its self-defense applications are shown in eleven training sections. The basic and advanced techniques of the Mook Jong are derived from the Si Lim Tao, Chum Kil and the Bil Jee forms and are integrated into the “traditional system” of Wing Chun Wooden Dummy form as promoted by Master William Cheung. The advanced techniques of the Chi Sao system are also covered, which includes a demonstration of the cross hand Chi Sao training scenario. Read Full Post

Review – William Cheung’s Wing Chun Kung Fu DVD 4

What it’s about:

This DVD is the forth in the five volume set of William Cheung’s Wing Chun Kung Fu. It covers the basic weapon forms of this system. These weapons are identified specifically with Wing Chun Kung Fu and are known as the Butterfly Swords or Knifes and the Dragon Pole. The basic applications in the use of these two weapons are also covered and are demonstrated by Master William Cheung and Sifu Eric Oram.

Comments:

The Butterfly Swords or knifes are performed by William Cheung. Sifu Eric Oram again provides the narration for this DVD and describes the history behind the origin of this unique weapon. According to legend they are called Butterfly Swords, because they rotate inside and outside of the body as they are used in their application. One gets the impression from Sifu Orem’s description that the swords have to be custom made and must be a certain length which meet the needs of the user’s specific physical dimensions. It is said the blades of each sword cannot be too long or two short. If they are two long they may cause personal injury as they rotate inward, if they were too short the weapon’s effectiveness could be greatly sacrificed. Read Full Post

Review – William Cheung’s Wing Chun Kung Fu DVD 5

What it’s about:

“In this DVD, Cheung teaches the Wing Chun fighting strategy, including grappling defense and weapons defense. An introduction to dim mak (death touch) and advanced chi meditation are also covered in this volume.

Comments:

This is the last volume of William Cheung’s Wing Chun Kung Fu series. I have watched this single copy of volume five more times than I would like to say. My conclusion is that I was primarily left with many reservations regarding much of its content. The technical aspects of Wing Chun Kung fu which are performed in this DVD are certainly not in question. It’s obvious that Master Cheung and Sifu Oram know what they are doing. However, I actually felt this last volume is more filler used to promote and market a five volume set than to provide additional useful information or content. Read Full Post