On Becoming WingChun

I am pleased to share a guest post by one of my students. Evan has been training for about a year and is currently preparing to test for the 5th Student Grade. I admire him for the consistency, attitude and intelligence he brings to our class. Read about his experience so far integrating the lessons of WingChun to his life in the new year.

— Sifu Paul Wang



On Becoming WingChun
by Evan Muzzall

As a WingChun practitioner entering intermediate levels of study, I have had moderate time to reflect on the significance of my training. I have started down the long, winding path to personal growth through “becoming” WingChun. There is no end to this road, no material rewards, and no easy answers. What it offers instead is the opportunity to “learn how to learn”, so to speak.

While the hundreds of thousands of arm and leg collisions have improved my capabilities for physical self-defense and altered the constitutions of my bones and muscles, they have also taught me an emotional intelligence that I would not have acquired anywhere else. Continue reading

Feed, Read, Deed (Part 4 of 4)

Continued from Part 3.

Feed Reed Deed

Ready, set... Go!

I’ll end this series by starting with a quick review. Feed, Read, Deed is a model to process an attack and proceed a defense.

The Feed is how an opponent actually assaults you. The Read is how you optically register and mentally recognize it. The Deed is how you actively respond.

In other words, the Deed is a decisive act based on your best Read of a given Feed. It can range from fright to flight to fight. You may freeze up, take off or face down the threat. Of course, screaming, pleading or fainting is also possible! Continue reading

My Headquarters Visit 2011, Part 4

WingChun Escrima Wooden Dummy

Self-Defense with WingChun and Escrima.

Continued from Part 3.

It’s been a week. And quite the week!

I wrapped it up with five more Private Lessons, an Escrima Class, a Regular Class in Bruchsal and another in Karlsruhe tonight. All just over the last few days after the IAW Event.

Does the training madness ever stop? Gladly, not. This is a good thing. Let’s call it a healthy obsession. An illness of wellness. I have been incurably addicted for a while. Sorry if you caught the bug from me! Continue reading

IAW Headquarters Trip – Day Eleven

My summer 2010 IAW Headquarters trip has nearly come to an end. However, without any events planned until the afternoon, I took advantage of a morning sojourn to Heidelberg. It’s one of the most elegant, and expensive, cities in Germany. Full of historic sites and boutique shops. What an interesting contrast to see cobblestone streets running between modern banks and trendy stores.

Monday was my last official day of training this visit. Actually it was a testing. Specifically, Sifu took three hours to evaluate our teaching ability and application quality for the Combat Instructor certification. Currently, Sihing Igor, Sihing Ralph, Sihing Marc and Sije Nina have reached this prificiency. Today, Sihing Tobias, Sihing Chris and I proudly joined their ranks.

This was a fruitful eleven days with almost four daily hours of practice. I enjoyed each moment and appreciate all the people who made it so memorable. You can read about them and what we experienced altogether in my previous posts. Now as I bid farewell to everyone here, I look forward to coming back to our WingChun family in the US. We have a lot to do. And it is my true pleasure to share my newfound knowledge and ongoing passion with you. See you soon.