About Sifu Paul Wang

US National Instructor, International Academy of WingChun

How to Take WingChun Notes

Sifu Paul NotesOver the last two months, I’ve travelled nearly 25,000 miles to teach WingChun throughout the United States, Taiwan and the Philippines. It inspired me to see such a diversity of students motivated to learn the art. This stimulated me to pass on as much knowledge as I could in our limited time together. Given the large amount of material we covered, a common concern was voiced: How do I remember everything?

First, we must accept that 100% recall is impossible. Sometimes apprehending 50% is impressive enough! Your brain has a limited capacity to absorb new information before reaching saturation. That is why ongoing lessons and repeated corrections from a live teacher are mandatory. To support this process, note taking is invaluable. By jotting down notes during or after a class, you have to mentally replay what you learned. This exercise reinforces your memory.

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Women of WingChun Video

DSC05651The International Academy of WingChun and its instructors offer students of all genders a safe, effective and fun method of Self-Defense training.

In the following 3.5-minute video, we highlight four IAW Members who are women practitioners. Click below to find out: Continue reading

The Function of Form

WingChunManWuI’m going to discuss a method of WingChun training which we call Form. There are four Forms in our system, each with its own range and quality of movement. The first Form, Siu Nim Tau, focuses your intention and power into a single technique. The second Form, Tsum Kiu, coordinates all four limbs into asymmetrical combinations. The third Form, Biu Jee, teaches torso dynamics. The fourth Form, Mok Yan Jang, increases the synergy of your whole body. These are generalities but give you an idea of our Form objectives. Continue reading

To Attack or Not to Attack

Be the attacker or attacked?

Please do not watch the following clip of a home invasion if you cannot bear witness to real violence, which is consequentially different from that dramatized in action movies, video games and combat sports. However, if you are willing to examine this appalling incident as an informing opportunity, let us assume the violent act captured below was unexpected and unavoidable — as are most such confrontations.

Most humans are reasonably socialized since youth to not hit or hurt others, yet there are dangerous exceptions who deliberately flaunt this golden rule to great effect. Unfortunately, they often cannot be stopped by other than raw physical means, the very ones they employ and we abhor. The regrettable fact is that criminals can and do attack members of their own species. Our primary, albeit tenuous, comfort is their relative rarity. Though this behavior is the norm among animals, our anthropocentric bias likes to project us as above the natural fray. The immediacy of unprovoked violence precludes psychosocial analysis of the predator, who is better evaluated after his incapacitation. Conversely, success behooves the imminent victim to flip off that inner switch controlling our thoughts, words and deeds of rationalizing civility, for these are irrelevant if not detrimental to survival. Continue reading

Your Best Martial Art

There are many martial arts you can train. But I categorize them into five types.

Before we discuss those, let me ask, what are you looking for? Why do you want to train a martial art? Is it to get physically active? Is it for a sense of personal progress? Is it for connection to a community? Is it because you are concerned about safety? Or is it simply to try something fun and new?

See if you can clearly identify your objective. I even suggest crafting a “Martial Statement”. Be concise and specific. Maybe you’re a bit out of shape: I will train to lose 20 pounds by July 1. Perhaps you work long hours: I will train to feel more confident walking home each night. Setting your intention will help you choose a relevant martial art. Continue reading