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Review – Look Beyond the Pointing Finger (2nd Edition)

David Peterson's Book, Look Beyond the Pointing Finger: The Combat Philosophy of Wong Shun Leung

“Look at the Pointing Finger – The Combat Philosophy of Wong Shun Leung” is an expanded second edition of Sifu Peterson’s monumental work on Wong Shun Leung Wing Chun (WSLWC). Of course it is well known that Sifu Wong was one of the handful of sifus that finished the entire Wing Chun system directly under Grandmaster Yip Man’s guidance and training. And of course Sifu Wong was actively teaching within Hong Kong while Yip Man was still alive and was undefeated in his quite numerous Biemo contests. Read Full Post

Review – David Peterson’s Cham Kiu Seminar DVD

Once again Sifu Peterson, “The Blue Print of Wong Shun Leung Wing Chun” has produced an exceptional DVD video on Cham Kiu (bridge-seeking), the second form of Wing Chun titled “ Cham Kiu Seminar.” This seminar follows Sifu Peterson’s “Siu Nim Tau Seminar” format with the exception that Sifu Peterson shows the form before delving into the specifics of the techniques. Presented on two DVDs the seminar is quite lengthy due to the extraordinary amount of detail that Sifu Peterson covers, along with anecdotes about Wong Shun Leung’s philosophy, experiences garnered from Beimo and discussions with Yip Man, as well as including Wong’s student days, questions, exercises and review. The most important idea from Wong Shun Leung is that Wing Chun is concept based not technique based. There is no “if this then that” instead Sifu Wong viewed Wing Chun as a toolshed with perfect techniques/tools waiting to be utilized. If you have purchased or are thinking about purchasing the book “Look Beyond the Pointing Finger – The Combat Philosophy of Wong Shun Leung,” also by David Peterson and now in its second edition, this DVD is the perfect compliment. The philosophies discussed in the book are present in every part of the form and the actual execution of the form. In fact one might say that the David Peterson DVDs are an extension of the book. Read Full Post

Wing Chun Butterfly Swords Guide

The various Wing Chun lineages have specific types of butterfly swords (Baat Jam Do, or Bart Jarm Do) they require you to buy. There is no right or wrong type or style of sword. Most of the forms and swords types evolved over time with Wing Chun. The swords started off as non-lethal weapons, moved to very lethal, and exist as a hybrid today.  What your teacher requests you to buy can tell you a lot about the era of the sword’s evolution he/she is teaching.  Read Full Post