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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

Review – Ving Tsun Musuem’s Shaolin Wooden Dummy (5-8)

VTM Wing Chun Series #8 Shaolin Wooden Dummy (Part Two, Sections 5-8) By Sifu Benny Meng
Shaolin Wooden Dummy Part Two focuses on sections five through eight of the wooden dummy form. The last sections of the dummy form contain a wide variety of kicking techniques as well as the quick trapping hand movements of Wing Chun. Sifu Meng is assisted by three of his top students who help with the demonstrations. I really like this because it gives you a sense of how Sifu Meng teaches in person and it is also nice to see how his students move on the dummy as compared to their teacher. As Sifu Meng pointed out in the first Wooden Dummy video, teaching the movements of the dummy form without explaining the concepts behind them would be very superficial. It is here in the full explanation of Wing Chun’s fighting concepts that Sifu Meng separates his videos from so many others on the same subject. Read Full Post

Review – Ving Tsun Musuem’s Shaolin Wooden Dummy (1-4)

VTM Wing Chun Series #7 Shaolin Wooden Dummy (Part One, Sections 1-4) By Sifu Benny Meng
There is something about training on the Shaolin Wooden Dummy that gives one the sense of fulfillment. Perhaps it is knowing that for over three centuries the wooden dummy has been used as a tool to perfect the movements of one of the world’s most effective systems of personal combat. Or maybe it is based solely on the fact that training on this special apparatus combines all the fighting concepts of Wing Chun’s three empty hand forms into one. Furthermore, continuous practice will develop the proper footwork, positioning, and energy release so crucial to the Wing Chun System. Whatever the reason, having a respected master of Wing Chun guide you through the form movement by movement is a must. Read Full Post

Review – Ving Tsun Musuem’s Biu Ji: Thrusting Fingers

VTM Wing Chun Series #5/6 Biu Ji: Thrusting Fingers & Focus Control By Sifu Benny Meng
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Biu Ji is the third hand form taught in Wing Chun Gung Fu. For years this level of training was kept as a highly-guarded secret in the Ip Man Wing Chun School, and it was only taught to a few select “closed door” students. I have seen a quite a few videos on Biu Ji and I have to say that each Sifu has his (or her) own interpretation of the applications and true purpose behind this form, perhaps due to the secretive nature this form had for so many years. However, they all seem to agree that this form contains the most advanced concepts and techniques of the Wing Chun system. Contained in this form are some very special techniques that the Wing Chun man can use to recover the dominant position if he finds that he has lost the advantage in a fight. Read Full Post

Review – Ving Tsun Musuem’s Chum Kiu: The Combat Bridge

VTM Wing Chun Series #3/4 Chum Kiu: The Combat Bridge By Sifu Benny Meng
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Chum Kiu: The Combat Bridge Part One is the third episode in the VTM Wing Chun Series. In the Sil Nim Tao video parts one and two, Sifu Meng taught us the fundamentals of the Wing Chun system in order to establish a solid foundation and understanding in the basic concepts and techniques. At the Chum Kiu level Sifu Meng introduces the student to the more advanced fighting concepts, such as generating power through forward momentum and two directional force. Although footwork is taught at the Sil Nim Tao level it is at the Chum Kiu level and in the Chum Kiu form that the advanced concepts of generating power through footwork and mobility are taught. Sifu Meng uses a slightly different teaching method in this video than in the previous. Read Full Post

Review – Ving Tsun Musuem’s Sil Nim Tao: The Foundation

VTM Wing Chun Series #1-2: Sil Nim Tao: The Foundation By Sifu Benny Meng
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In this the first video in the Ving Tsun Museum (VTM) Wing Chun series, Sifu Benny Meng covers in great detail all of the fundamental techniques and essential concepts vital at the Beginning Level of Wing Chun training. Immediately upon watching this video I was impressed by the high-level production, with multiple camera angles and professional soundtrack, but more impressive was the high level of instruction given. Having met Sifu Benny Meng and taken a tour of the Ving Tsun Museum, I can honestly say that he is a walking encyclopedia of Wing Chun and I had high expectations of his video series. He did not let me down. In true historian fashion Sifu Meng leaves nothing out of this production; after demonstrating the Sil Nim Tao form each individual technique is broke down, explained, and then demonstrated in practical application. Read Full Post