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Review – Eddie Chong’s Pak Sau Drill and Advanced Footwork

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates and provides the basics of the Pak Sau Drill and advanced foot work in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system.

Comments:

As in all martial art styles there are training drills which are specific to the development of skill for which a system is known for, Wing Chun is no exceptionHowever, training in the basic hand drills in this martial art system are unique, they are designed to provide development in sensitivity as well as sharpening one’s awareness in the application of technique.  Master Sifu Eddie Chong provides an excellent introduction into this training art. Read Full Post

Review – Eddie Chong’s Advanced Chi Sau DVD

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates advance training in the Chi Sau of Wing Chun Kung Fu, in two part segments.

Comments:

Chi Sau training is essential in developing skill in Wing Chun technique and cannot be learned effectively without a skilled teacher.  It’s more than banging and rolling one’s arms with a partner.  That is certainly a crude description of it, however, without patience and consistent training real skill in Wing Chun cannot be achieved. Read Full Post

Review – Eddie Chong’s Yip Man 3 DVD Set

This is a 3 DVD set. Each DVD in the set is reviewed in detail here.

What Disk 1 is About:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates the three forms applications of Wing Chun Gung Fu, as it was taught to him my Grandmaster Ip Man.

Comments on Disk 1:

As mentioned this DVD provides instructional material of Wing Chun’s three forms, Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kiu and Bil Gee, as what is now often referred to as the “Hong Kong” system as taught by Grandmaster Ip Man.  If you have followed my reviews on the various US and Foreign Masters on Wing Chun, you will notice I have said there are differences in how these forms of the Wing Chun System are expressed. Looking at it strictly from the system represented by Hong Kong, you will notice that some of what Master Sifu Chong does is very close to some of the hands expressed in Sil Nim Tao, as taught by William Cheung.  Read Full Post

Eddie Chong’s WCKFS DVD 1 – Sil Nim Tao

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong, demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s first from, Sil Nim Tao.

Comments:

This DVD is one of four in a companion set on Wing Chun Kung Fu produced by Master Sifu Eddie Chong; “Sil Nim Tao” is the first form taught in this system of martial arts.  The form’s name translates as “little idea.”  However, what does that really mean? How does it relate to learning Wing Chun? One must understand the meaning of Sil Nim Tao’s concept and not just parrot the words.  So keep this idea in mind as you practice while observing and listening to Chong’s instruction and the advice he offers in this DVD.   Perhaps you’ll perceive Sil Nim Tao as a seed… that once planted and nurtured, it grows into something more complex and subtle and becomes an expression of beauty over time.  And above all it serves as the foundation of the second and three forms,  Chum Kiu and Be Gee. Read Full Post

Review – Eddie Chong’s WCKFS DVD 2 – Chum Kiu

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong, demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s second from, Chum Kiu or seeking the bridge.

Comments:

This DVD’s format and presentation style is the same as for Master Sifu Chong’s production on Sil Nim Tao and is also part of a four volume companion set. Again, this series is a presentation of Ip Man’s “Hong Kong” Style of Wing Chun, although this is not said.  If you have seen the “Chinese” system of mainland China or “Faht Shan” kung Fu you certainly know what I mean.  But, isn’t Hong Kong Chinese? Oh’ let’s not even go there…subject wise that is! Read Full Post

Review – Eddie Chong’s WCKFS DVD 3 – Bil Gee

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s third form, Bil Gee or “flying fingers.”

Comments:

This DVD’s instructional format is the same as for Master Sifu Chong’s production on Sil Nim Tao and Chum Kiu; it is also part of a four volume companion set.  This WC series is from my point of view primarily a presentation of Ip Man’s “Hong Kong” Style of Wing Chun, although this is not mentioned.  The “Faht Shan” influence is obviously there.  If you have seen the “Chinese” system of mainland China or “Faht Shan” Wing Chun kung Fu you certainly know what I mean. Read Full Post

Review – Eddie Chong’s WCKFS DVD 4 – Muk Yan Jong

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s training using the Muk Yan Jong or Wooden Dummy.

Comments:

The movements used in the Muk Yan Jong, or wooden dummy set might very from Sifu to Sifu and certainly from the three schools or families of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Some employ a traditional opening in the set and others do not, the sequence of techniques can change, while others might omit a particular type of technique all together.  In the “Faht Shan” Wing Chun Kung-fu wooden dummy set, practitioners are taught the Dim Muk or death touch fingers, while other schools exclude this method.  It is indeed a matter of choice. Read Full Post