“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
— Khalil Gibran
Sifu Paul Wang with Dai Sifu Klaus Brand at 2014 Spring Camp in the Marin Headlands, California.
Have you noticed that, for all its vast benefits, technology feels draining at times? Perhaps you are better adapted to it than me. I admittedly have a limited capacity for digital distractions.
Then I begin longing to roam sun-speckled trails, especially those decorated with carpets of spongy moss and fungi-rimmed logs felled to earth by lightning. For me, an elemental elixir of sun, wind and dew must occasionally pour into my pores. Otherwise, without this primal nutrition, my modern existence insidiously fades to robotic routine.
It is easy to forget that we are humanimals possessed of powerful intellects that nonetheless often distance us from our biological selves. Our minds can virtually abstract us from the animal immediacy of our senses and surroundings. This creature instinct starves if it is not unleashed to range freely once in a while. In fact, left confined too long in the claustrophobic boxes of civilization we have built ourselves, this part of you may perish without you even realizing the loss. A sort of inner mass extinction parallels the worldwide decline in ecosystem biodiversity. Continue reading →
During a recent Primary Workshop at the United States Headquarters of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW) in Berkeley, California, I had participants drill three application excerpts within the IAW partner sequences. These are known (and demonstrated in the video) as Lat Sao (Casting Arms), Chi Sao (Adhering Arms) and Guo Sao (Passing Arms), respectively. The goal is synergizing technique, power and speed.
Below is a brief technical analysis of the three combination options against a right punch preparation: Continue reading →
Recently, I taught an Advanced Class at the United States Headquarters of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW) in Berkeley, California. My theme was combination applications of the IAW WingChun Wu Sao (Protecting Arm). I had students practice 3 concepts demonstrated here in less than 5 seconds with Sihing Brandon Solano.
Below is a brief technical analysis of the three Wu Sao (Protecting Arm) combination options against a right straight punch:
Being “traditional” in wing chun can be hard to define and is often subject to debate.
Must you allege a particular origin of wing chun?
Some invoke a 17th-century nun, Ng Mui, who developed a new style inspired by a crane and snake in battle. This art became a namesake of her first student, Yim Wing Chun.
Must you acknowledge a certain lineage of wing chun?
Many consider Yip Man (also spelled Ip Man) to be a traditional grandmaster of wing chun. Thus, wing chun taught by his disciples is more traditional than others less directly connected. Continue reading →