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Review – Benny Meng – Wing Chun Wooden Dummy Vol 2

Quick Summary:

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

Quick Summary:

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.

Summary:
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

Review – Benny Meng – Biu Ji Thrusting Fingers & Focus Power

IP MAN WING CHUN SERIES Biu Ji Thrusting Fingers & Focus Power Review

Sifu Benny Meng, curator of the Ving Tsun Museum, gets a finger on the pulse of Biu Ji in this installment of his Ip Man Wing Chun DVD series. Pointing the focus of the presentation to cover all angles of comprehending the system’s third empty-hand form. “Many different interpretations of the Ip Man system,” play forms relative to their own experience and unique qualities. The method of approaching the essential principles is explored through, “the common denominators,” which bring the ideas and techniques to life. A well-produced installation converted to digital from its original standard definition format, which makes it easier to navigate the cursor to pause, play, and start from any point without the use of designated chapters. Read Full Post

Review – Benny Meng’s Shaolin Wing Chun Series Level 1 Vol 1

Benny Meng is the curator of the Ving Tsun Museum in Dayton, Ohio. He trained under the Moy Yat lineage to Sifu status, then trained under Ip Chun and Ip Ching.

The DVD starts off with a slideshow introduction to Benny Meng’s achievements and his martial arts journey (so far). He then describes what the DVD is designed for, which is to assist active students in the Ving Tsun Museum syllabus and to provide support to quality instructors. Read Full Post

Review – Ving Tsun Musuem’s Trapping Hands

VTM Wing Chun Series #10 Trapping Hands By Sifu Benny Meng
The first three videos of the VTM Wing Chun Series focused on the “Bread and Butter” of the Wing Chun Gung Fu system through the teachings of the Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kiu, and Biu Ji levels of training. In this last video of the series, Sifu Meng puts everything together based on the attributes and techniques learned from the previous DVDs. Trapping Hands is probably the most well know (and feared) aspects of the Wing Chun fighters arsenal, but Sifu Meng is quick to point out that trapping an opponent’s hands is not something you should look for during a fight. Read Full Post

Review – Ving Tsun Musuem’s Long Pole (Luk Dim Boon Kwan)

VTM Wing Chun Series #9 Long Pole (Luk Dim Boon Kwan) By Sifu Benny Meng
The Luk Dim Boon Kwan (Six and a Half Point Pole) is perhaps the most misunderstood forms in Wing Chun. I have seen many variations of this form and heard several explanations of the meaning behind the term “Six and a Half Point”. Now, not to say that anyone else is wrong, but Sifu Meng’s description of the six and a half concepts that comprise the long pole form makes the most sense to me. In section seven, Sifu Meng pulls up a chart that gives a detailed explanation of the seven main fighting concepts of which comprises the pole form; the seventh concept explains the half point that brings the other six concepts together in a continuous flow of movement. This is the reason behind the name given to the Long Pole form. Read Full Post