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Review – Darrell Jordan – Muk Yan Jong DVD

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This training video is presented in five basic categories. Instruction starts with preparatory drills, to condition one’s arms in striking the dummy using the basic techniques while hitting the Jong arms, from there outside and inside position. These preparation drills, demonstrate the fundamental hand techniques of used in Wing Chun, such as the Tan, Bong, Gong, Quan, Huen and the Double Jut Sau. The form is broken down into ten training sections, demonstrating the various hands and kicking techniques of the Muk Yan Jong form. However, there is no demonstration showing how the various Wing Chun, hand and kicking techniques are used in applications. Sifu Jordan, demonstrates the wooden dummy form at full speed and has, two of his instructors present the form as well. Of further interest, the Muk Yan Jong shown in this video, its leg stake is bent with its end pointing downward toward the main body of the Wooden Dummy. This simulates a person standing with a natural posture versus an opponent extending a leg slightly forward. Read Full Post

Review – Keith R Kernspecht – The Myth of the Wooden Dummy

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This video presents the wooden dummy form and applications differently, than you would find in other productions of the same type. Yet the Muk Yan Jong form, shows as one would expect, a straightforward demo of the forms sequence. Each training section taught includes the familiar techniques or “Hands” of classic Wing Chun applications. The “Chi Gert” techniques demonstrated show how they’re setup for their execution. Less Wing Chun terminology is used or said describing “Hands.” This is not a video teaching the specialized terms associated with technique. However, its intent focuses on specific applications stemming from the forms sequence showing a sense of flow and control in their implementation. One will discover a difference in how techniques are demonstrated with a real display of competence in Wing Chun skill. This video goes beyond the usual lockstep approach… such as “when he does this, I will counter with this” technique. Perhaps, an interest to some, this video shows how to deal with a grappler or wrestler’s attack; an essential skill for any Wing Chun practitioner to have. There are also, appropriate impromptu or “free hand” fighting situations demonstrated by Grand master Kernspecht and his students. Read Full Post

Review – Benny Meng – Wing Chun Wooden Dummy Vol 2

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This production is the second volume, in the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy series, presented by Master Benny Meng. Master Meng, continues with his presentation of the the Muk Yan Jong forms final sequences, showing how each basic technique is used. Wing Chum technique depends on establishing the proper angles in executing technique, expressing ones energy at the proper time, and taking into account, one’s personal attributes in training. Understanding, these three basic principles from the beginning, allows for technique to emerge and flow naturally with practice. Master Meng, demonstrates each section of the form, while explaining the reasoning behind each technique through applications, which depend on the fundamentals of the Siu Nim Tau, center line, and moving properly while combining techniques of the second form, Chum Kiu and the explosive energy of the third form, Bi Gee. The Muk Yan Jong form, is also practiced as an empty hand set, called the Da Hung Jong. This aids one’s practice, in the execution of applications on the wooden dummy, while promoting further accuracy in technique and skilled development in Wing Chun. Read Full Post

Review – Benny Meng – Wing Chun Wooden Dummy Vol 1

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The video’s instruction gives a brief description of the dummy’s, origin, essentially from the southern Shaolin Schools (dei Jong). The construction of the Much Yan Jong, differ because of the environment where the Wooden Dummy is used, such as in Hong Kong. The dimensions are given for the dummy and the basic techniques used for inside and outside applications. The term Jong Sau, is used to represent structure. The concept of Structure, is strongly emphasized in applying technique while training on the dummy and in actual combat. One does not necessary need to worry about, the sequence of the Muk Yan Jong form, they can also differ according to the student’s needs. In volume one of this two part series on the Wooden Dummy, emphasis is placed on sections one through four. And on the three basic concepts in developing skilled technique. That is one must develop the proper angles, expressing the proper energy and understanding one’s personal attributes in training. This three leading principles provide the basis for the proper execution of Wing Chun applications. Read Full Post

Review – Benny Meng’s Luk Dim Boon Kwan DVD

Customer George Hernandez is has written an in-depth review of Benny Meng’s longpole DVD. If you are thinking about purchasing this DVD, then you might be interested in his comments. As always – customer reviews are just that, and the opinions of one customer.

This instructional video is organized into several sections to facilitate understanding of the concepts and applications of the Long Pole Form. Master Meng, first establishes, what the meaning of the long pole sequence, is in reality, meaning that it can differ from teacher to teacher, as well as the execution of techniques. Instruction begins with an overview of the basics, empty hand, single hand and double hand exercises. (Kueng Dong). Read Full Post

Interview – Anthony Caucci on Kai Sai Wing Chun

Sifu Anthony Caucci recently released two instructor’s level DVDs on Kai Sai Wing Chun. Kai Sai Wing Chun has been, until now, a private system and was not promoted commercially. So naturally we wanted to learn more about this system of Wing Chun, where it came from, and about Sifu Caucci himself. So we asked for an interview and Sifu Caucci graciously agreed. This is what we learned: Read Full Post

Review – Sam Chan – Ip Man Wing Chun Series – Bot Jam Dao

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Sifu Sam Chan demonstrates several Wu Shu weapon forms while emphasizing the need to understand the characteristics of each weapon and how the butterfly knives, in particular, are based on the structure of the Sil Lim Tao, the footwork of the Chum Que and the power of the Bil Gee form. The practitioner’s skill is keenly exemplified as the ability to use the hands in a multiple fashion while executing technique simultaneously. Basic drills are presented, showing how to handle the knives properly and effectively, while one is stationary and in motion. The Bot Jam Dao form is demonstrated by Sifu Chan where he provides front and side views with close-up shots as he moves through the forms sequence. During Sifu’s demonstration of the Butterfly Knife form he emphasizes the importance of employing the principle of Turma while moving one’s body as techniques are executed. Various applications are also shown as the knives are applied against different types of Kung Fu weapons. The use of specific Butterfly Knife techniques are demonstrated in 8 sections of applications. Read Full Post