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Review – WCU – Wayne Belonoha – Hand Skills

Hand skills are the preeminent feature of the Wing Chun system and Sifu Wayne Belonoha explores, refines and demonstrates the specifications that develop dynamic movements built with firm foundations. Produced in conjunction with Wing Chun University, this volume, in a series of installments, is very slick in production value with on-screen footnotes relative to the, pun intended, subject at hand. Read Full Post

Review – Chu Shong Tin – 2004 Seminar

The history of Wing Chun continues to be documented, evolve, and written with a greater preservation of accounts and moments with today’s technological resources. None are more important to the martial arts realm than that of videos of patriarchs and figureheads that are/were historical ties to significant moments in the history of their respective art. Such is the case in having an opportunity to see one of Ip Man’s first generation of acclaimed students, who was a contributing individual in the propagation of the system’s successes from its earliest days to present, namely the late Sifu Chu Shong Tin. This video installment is one of the last recordings of the “King of Siu Nim Tau” in which his 50 years of learning, experience and teaching are shared with an abundance of detail and passion. Read Full Post

The Creation of Wing Chun – by Ben Judkins & Jon Neilson

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

Interview – Wayne Belonoha on Approach to Ip Man Wing Chun

We sat down with Sifu Wayne Belonoha to ask him about his new book, as well as how it, his current books (Wing Chun Compendium vol 1 and 2), his 9 disk Blu-Ray set, and his 55 Video Wing Chun University course all fit together. This is what he had to to say:

EWC: Sifu Belonoha, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us and answer some questions about your books and videos. They are the highest quality Wing Chun instructional materials we’ve ever seen – and probably some of the best in the world of martial arts period.

Sifu Belonoha: First, let me say thanks for asking me to be part of your blog and for taking the time to ask me about my new book. Before answering your questions, I would like to say thanks to my teacher and kung fu family for bringing me the opportunity to write this book. Without their help and guidance, I would not be in this position. I also would like to say that while I am qualified to write a book about Ip Man Style Wing Chun, I am not uniquely so. There are many others who are qualified to write such a book, and some of them more than me. However, as a recognized instructor, I am able to make this humble offering to the wing chun community. Read Full Post

Review – Moy Yat – Luk Dim Boon Kwan

The Luk Dim Boon Kwan (“Six-and-a-Half Point Pole”) has evolved from being a once guarded and revered level of learning the Wing Chun system, to a form of reward for one’s dedication, knowledge, and evolved skill sets alongside the Baat Jaam Do.

Moy Yat’s family opens their personal film vaults to present to the practitioner/audience the late Sifu Moy Yat himself demonstrating and explaining the what, why and how of the Kwan’s relevance to overall training. The production of this series of videos was to, “help the younger generations to better understand Wing Chun—not (originally) intended for distribution,” with their posthumous release. Sourced from the original private recordings and enhanced for the Moy Yat lineage practitioners and beyond to enjoy. Read Full Post

Review – Sifu Sergio – Kam Na 2

Gaining control over a potentially dangerous attacker is one thing, but rendering their resources moot sometimes requires more than an arsenal of techniques intended to physically demolish them. Learning to lock up an unruly individual is especially relevant to those working in the security field, where demolishing someone will be met with legal consequences in today’s society, as the consequences befall the retaliator before the instigator. In this second installment in his video series on locks and submissions, Sifu Sergio Iadarola wastes no time in getting his hands working with an extra look at Chinese Joint Locks. Read Full Post

Interview – German Ferrer on his Customized Butterfly Swords

We recently made some customized swords for one of our customers, Sifu German Ferrer. Sifu Ferrer was kind enough to take some photos of himself with the swords and we thought it might be a great opportunity to ask him some questions about why he chose the design he did and about the process in general.  His design was a mix of elements we use on the Flagship line of Swords and the Tomb Warrior line of swords. This is what he had to say: Read Full Post