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WCI Review – Randy Williams – Bot Jom Doh Applications

The coveted and, at one time, exclusively guarded weapons of Wing Chun entice the practitioner’s aspirations to learn the double knives as a point of proficiency, with the allure of being amongst a committed echelon that has earned their place to learn them. With today’s Internet age and the exchange of information at the click of a mouse, the closed vault of exclusivity of who can access learning the marquee weapons of the system has been opened. Sifu Randy Williams thoroughly, with a detailed breakdown in a cohesive 35-chapter format, introduces the practical applications of his Bot Jom Doh in a well-produced instalment that gets a handle on wielding the blades over a 106-minute runtime. Read Full Post

WCI Review – Randy Williams’ Bot Jom Doh Form: 108 Motions

Wing Chun’s reputation is primarily recognised for its signature Vertical Fist, Chi Sau and Wooden Dummy training to develop attributes with lightning speed and accuracy, allowing the practitioner to effectively subdue an opponent quickly with an array of weapons delivered with both arms and legs.

Of less recognition are the weapons of the system that, for generations, maintained an air of mystique and exclusivity to the versed practitioner that only the most dedicated and skilled ones would have the opportunity to learn and train. In particular, the most attractive of the two weapons, Bot Jom Doh. Sifu Randy Williams goes into depth, with the history and facts, complete form, hand details, footwork, form orientation, and one-man drills, through six chapters of this instalment. Read Full Post

Review – Randy Williams – Wing Chun Wood Dummy – 6 DVDs

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This series on the wooden dummy is presented in six volumes, which cover the following instructional material: (Volume 1: Section 1 – 2), (Volume 2: Section 3 – 7), (Volume 3: Section 8 – 9), (Volume 4: section 10 – 12 and Complete form), (Volume 5: Basic Exercises), (Volume 6: Advanced Exercise). Each section is presented with a title page providing the technical terms associated with the Wing Chun System. The usual instructional format begins with a demonstration of section applications on the wooden dummy, followed with a demonstration of applied technique are shown as various partner practice scenarios. Read Full Post

Review – Randy Williams – Bot Jam Doh – Vol.1

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This video provides instruction in the Bot Jom Doh – Wing Chun Butterfly Knives – in a two volume set. The first Volume presents a brief description of the weapon’s history and its related differences in knife blade construction and dimensions. Hand techniques, footwork, practice drills with a complete showing of the forms 108 movements is presented. Read Full Post

Review – Randy Williams – Bot Jom Doh – Vol 2

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This second volume of the Bot Jom Doh (Butterfly Knives), presents detailed instruction in the application of the knives in 24 sections “knives vs Knives” and 10 sections, where “Knives vs Pole.” A comparison is shown in how the Butterfly Knife postures and empty hand movements relate to the three basic forms in Wing Chun. Of further interest, an innovative approach is introduced using the wooden dummy as part of the applications training with an excellent discussion demonstrating the cutting principles in using the knives. Read Full Post

Review – Randy Williams – Look Deem Boon Gwun – Vol 1

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Instruction on the long pole is presented in a two volume set. Volume 1 covers details related to the poles dimensions, how long it should be and how the pole is held, etc. And how one should use the long pole, as a method in strength training and skill development. Pole footwork is demonstrated from different stance positions, (Ma Bow and Cat Stance) and how one should move the long pole, while changing direction from side to side. A number of basic drills are presented for further preparation and development, followed up with a breakdown of the pole sequential movements. Then a complete demonstration of the Look Deem Boon Gwun Long Pole form is given. The last section of this video presents, a brief description of the 6 ½ striking method of attack and defense followed with a detailed, step by step description of techniques, as they are applied in a pole vs pole combat situation Read Full Post

Review – Randy Williams – Look Deem Boon Gwun – Vol 2

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The second volume of this series demonstrates auxiliary training methods with the Long Pole, for strength development and the execution of technique. The wooden dummy is introduced with extension poles from the upper two arms of the Mook Jong, so the practitioner may properly execute pole’s basic techniques. Two man drills are employed as partner practice simulating situations where techniques can be implemented. Practicing two man drills is essential for honing movement and application against an actual person. These drills are demonstrated in moving the pole from high to low positions, executed from different stances. An overview of the Look Deem Boon form is presented, in an outside setting with performances of Randy Williams and his assistant Mario Lopez. The video concludes demonstrating basic applications of the pole versus the Butterfly Knives. Read Full Post