Joseph Lee trained and taught in virtual anonymity for the past 20 years, and it is only recently that Lee has stepped out from the shadows to share his unique knowledge. Lee moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 15 and continued his training before finally meeting and starting his training under Grandmaster Lee Shing, under whom he continued to train for the next 20 years until his master’s death.
The focus of the DVD is on the attack and counter attacking skills of Wing Chun. After a short introduction, we are into Bong Sau and Lap Sau—the first of many chapters on this 75-minute DVD.
The structure of the lessons provided follow a pattern in which Joseph Lee and his student give a demonstration of the techniques and then you get a slow motion version with an English narration. This works well, but not all the techniques shown in the demonstration are given the slow motion treatment. The best part was the Chi Sau Counters section where we see more demos, but this time focusing on counter attacking techniques against the original drills.
There is lots of information on this DVD including: Pak Sau, Huen Sau, and Chi Sau. But, what is missing is the detail. There is no attempt at explaining the very structures of the actions being used, and to paraphrase what a wise Sifu said to me recently, “If you don’t have a complete understanding of each action you are using, you are simply just waving your arms about.”
The video and sound quality is totally professional, but it just gets too monotonous and soon I got bored with the whole structure of the DVD.
In conclusion, a well-packed and professional DVD that falls a bit short on detail.
Joseph Lee’s Attack and Counter Attack
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Running Time: Approx. 75 min.
Format: NTSC or Download
Number of Discs: 1
Availability: DVD or EWC Instant Access Download
Review by: James Woodcock