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Dear student:

After viewing the Introduction” (PAGE 1) of this website and watching the “Introduction to Wing Chun” video on that page, then the About Me & Holistic Lifestyle” (PAGE 2) section of this website, please START READING / VIEWING AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGEStart with the narrative about Bruce Lee and watch his video/s, then progress upward by reading about and watching the first form of Wing Chun (Sai Nim Tao), then the second form (Cham Kiu), then the third form (Biu Tze), and lastly the fourth form (Mak Yaun Jong). Afterwards, you may wish to read the section about weapons & view the related videos.  After you complete the reading and viewing of this page, please return to this first section of this page (PAGE 3) to link to the “PRACTICAL APPLICATION” section (PAGE 4) if you wish, then the “MEDITATIVE MUSIC & ART WORK” section (PAGE 5) if you wish, and then you may wish to study some Simplified Chinese Mandarin language [HERE] (PAGE 6).  Please see the paragraph below about Qi-Gong & Tai-Qi which is on PAGE 7.  Lastly, please be sure to read the “WING CHUN FAMOUS QUOTES & CLOSING STATEMENT (PAGE 8) before you exit this website.  Here is a note regarding my interpretation of the forms of Wing Chun that are displayed below, on this page:

  • For each form I have a video of Ip Chun demonstrating the form in the traditional manner, then I have a video of myself demonstrating the form in a traditional manner, and lastly I have a video of myself demonstrating the form in a manner that represents my own interpretation of the form.  You will likely notice that my own interpretation of the forms of Wing Chun are drastically different than the interpretations of the Wing Chun forms by Grand Master Ip Chun:  This is intentional because I believe that Bruce Lee was correct when he said that Martial Arts is about expressing oneself honestly and naturally through movement.  Although I think students should start out the traditional way that Ip Chun demonstrates, I do hope that students’ forms evolve to the point where they are almost nothing like the way Ip Chun or myself demonstrate the forms at all, so that the student honestly and naturally expresses herself or himself through the art of  the meditative movement of Wing Chun.

This is primarily a website highlighting the attributes of practicing Wing Chun as a method of self-cultivation, and I do my best to work a holistic approach to self cultivation into this website which is why the second page of this website (About Me & Holistic Lifestyle . . . ) includes everything from Wing Chun’s philosophical Buddhist foundation to a healthy diet, and psycho-social concepts and practices to help anyone who is using Wing Chun as a therapeutic modality to overcome depression, addiction, or any other affliction.  For this reason I have included a page on Qi-Gong and Tai-Qi that you may choose to practice and learn prior to tackling Wing Chun or you may choose to learn these forms along with Wing Chun.  These forms are located on PAGE 7 of this website and can be accessed through the following link:  [Qi-Gong & Tai-Qi].

 

Side-Note On How to Learn Nun-Chucks:

The art of using “Nígū jiā tóu” (尼姑夹头) or “Nun-Chucks” is an esoteric art form taught from Master to Student (Disciple).  Nun-Chucks are NOT a part of Wing Chun, so it can only be discerned that Bruce Lee learned how to use “Nun-Chucks” on his own.  It is easy enough to learn how to use “Nun-Chucks” on your own while standing still, although you will probably incur several fractures of the ulnar bone at the elbow, and skull fractures in addition to your elbow fractures.  The hardest part is to learn to use Nun-Chucks while you are moving and flipping about.  However, since Wing does NOT TEACH the use of Nun-Chucks, it is safe to say that Bruce Lee learned how to use Nun-Chucks on his own by practicing day and night.  The best way that I can think of to learn to use Nun-Chucks is to tape a string from your roof down to a ping-pong ball and practice hitting the ping-pong ball while you are in a spinning motion with kicks, punches, and so forth.  The experienced and proficient use of Nun-Chucks can only be learned by experience, not from a teacher.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your interest:

Sincerely with honor,

Disciple Dragon Snake 

Dìzǐ Lóng Shé

弟子龙蛇

Email: progressive.wing.chun.4.u@gmail.com

 

 

If you have already begun taking lessons, the following web address link is where you can see videos that pertain to the lessons that you have had so far:  These videos cover practical application and drills:

[LINK TO PRACTICAL APPLICATION APPENDIX]

 

⇒ After viewing the PRACTICAL APPLICATION (PAGE 4) link above, you may wish to:

⇒ Visit the “MEDITATIVE MUSIC & MARTIAL ARTS ART WORK” (PAGE 5).

⇒  Study some Simplified Chinese Mandarin language [HERE] (PAGE 6).

⇒  Learn [Qi-Gong & Tai-Qi] (PAGE 7).

⇒  but please be sure to read the “CLOSING STATEMENT” (PAGE 8) before exiting this website.

 

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Section 5: Weapons of Wing Chun

 

Traditional weapons of Wing Chun consist of:

Baat Cham Do / Butterfly Swords Form:

Luk Dim Boon Kwun / 6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole Form:

The Wing Chun Single Fighting Cane Form & The Wing Chun Double Fighting Cane Form:

  • Since Butterfly Swords and the Dragon Cane are antiquated weapons which are no longer legal or practical to carry around with one, and sense I am teaching “PROGRESSIVE” Wing Chun, I teach two weapon forms which use Martial Arts Fighting Canes that are made of VERY SOLID, HEAVY STEEL, but are still PERFECTLY LEGAL to carry around on one’s hips for use as “walking canes.”
  • Both of these Wing Chun Fighting Cane Forms are in perfect keeping with the close-range attack principles of traditional Wing Chun and therefore seem to be a much more logical fit than the SIXTEEN FOOT, “6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole” (Luk Dim Boon Kwun).
  • It was a blistering cold day when I recorded these forms, and so my hands were VERY numb which significantly impaired my form.  While my form is not as pristine as I would like for it to have been, I think that these videos will be sufficient for helping my students remember parts of the forms that we have already covered in our lessons together.

[Ideal Fighting Canes]

  • Believe it or not, the very best fighting canes one can possibly buy do not come from a martial arts store of any kind.  The best fighting cane is actually the “Nova Bariatric Aluminum Cane with Strap in Black” from Walgreen’s pharmacy [CLICK HERE TO SEE].
  • I recommend using electrical tape to create a ball-shaped “holding position.”  During some sets you will hold the cane below the “holding position,” in other sets you will hold the “ball” at the “holding position,” and in sets such as those which require flipping and rotating the canes in your hands you will need to hold the cane immediately above the ball-shaped “holding position.”  This brings up an important point:  The ball-shaped “holding position” needs to be placed on the cane such that you can balance the cane on one finger right above the ball-shaped “holding position.”

Nova Bariatric Aluminum Cane with Strap in Black:

BARIATRIC CANES

The Wing Chun Single Fighting Cane Form:

The Wing Chun Double Fighting Cane  Form:

The Baat Cham Do – Inspired Portion of the Double Fighting Canes:

 

  • I was just beginning to learn the cane forms when I videoed these forms and posted them on my web-page.  I have been practicing the forms daily ever sense this time and feel that I now have the forms perfected.  Since there are no overt mistakes in the forms, only subtle deviations in the forms such as not coming to a stop after one half of a set has been implemented, I have decided to leave these forms up as they were originally  videoed.  The fact is that most students will not aspire to learn the Single Cane Wing Chun Form, and/or the Double Cane Wing Chun Form, anyway, so re-posting these forms in the more perfectionist manner that they are performed would be a waste of my effort.  Exactly as the forms are posted serves as a good enough reminder of what set comes next in the series, and how that set is to be performed.  Peace be still.  And it is so.  Amen.

Form 4: Mak Yaun Jong ~ (Wooden Dummy)

Mak Yaun Jong (Wooden Dummy) Wing Chun Form:

Mak Yaun Jong Portable Dummy and Stationary Dummy:

WING CHUN DUMMIES

 

 

 

 

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Mak Yaun Jong uses a wooden dummy with simulated arms and a leg to combine all of the previous Wing Chun forms into one form which teaches the student to move around the wooden dummy as water moves gracefully around any obstacle.  It serves as an intermediate between the first three “hand” forms and the experience of competing against an actual live opponent.  This photograph is of actor and Martial Artist, Donnie Yen, in his role as the Grand Master, Ip Man.

 

 

 

Here is Ip Chun demonstrating Mak Yaun Jong:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my interpretation of the Mak Yaun Jong (Wooden Dummy) form in VERY SLOW MOTION with step-by-step explanations, then at the end of the video is the whole form again at regular speed:

 

 

 

Here is me demonstrating the Mak Yaun Jong form on an Attachmate© which is wrapped around a standard punching bag that hangs from the ceiling, but the bag is stabilized at the bottom of the bag to make sure that the bag does not swing or swivel too much:

Form 3: Biu Tze [Jee] ~ (Thrusting Fingers)

Biu Tze is the last of the three forms that are taught without the use of a wooden dummy.  It is sometimes referred to as an “emergencyform because it involves a lot of eye thrusts (gouging) and in some cases testicular attacks.  It also demonstrates how to break out of choke holds and other neck holds.

 

Here is Ip Chun demonstrating traditional Biu Tze:

 

Me demonstrating traditional Biu Tze:

 

My OWN Interpretation of Biu Tze is combined with the Dragon-Snake style of Eight Animal Kung Fu, and since Biu Tze is sometimes referred to as an “emergencyform, I included an “MMA Mount Escape” (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) for an emergency situation when someone has pinned you to the floor and is “jack-hammering (punching) your face (This is when your opponent has “mounted” you and is therefore called the “Mount Position“), and how to “somersault” backwards when someone “bull-rushes” you to knock you down in an attempt to pin you.  Note There are other ways to deal with someone “bull-rushing” you such as dropping an elbow down hard upon the center of the opponent’s skull thereby causing a cervical fracture (lethal), dropping your elbow down between his shoulder blades (scapula) which is a lot less lethal but very painful, or kicking the opponent in whichever part of the opponent’s body is most opportune.  You can also “tripod” outward such that your upper body is leaning toward your opponent who has grabbed you down low on your body such as your waist or legs while you spread your feet out wide in the opposite direction (away from your opponent), but this tends to precipitate a wrestling match which is probably NOT a situation that you want to put yourself in.  Here is my OWN “Dragon-Snake” interpretation of Biu Tze:

Form 2: Cham [Chum] Kiu ~ (Bridging the Gap)

BRUCE LEE & IP MAN'S STOP-KICK

Cham Kiu is the form that teaches you how to “close the gap” between you and your opponent by moving toward your opponent.  Wing Chun is a form of close-range contact fighting, so the goal is to get as close to your opponent as possible.  By doing so, your opponent will not be able to see what your planned attack is, however, you will also not be able to see what your opponent’s planned attack is, so you need to develop an intuitive perception of when, where, and how you will be attacked, and simultaneously you must instinctively react with a combination of a block and a counterattack which ideally occur at the very same time.  “Sticky Hands” (Sticky Hands Drill on YouTube) & “Sticky Feet” practical drills will help you develop this intuition and instinctive response. Cham Kiu emphasizes kicking your opponent’s leading leg (knee) while stepping toward your opponent and blocking any upper body attacks with a block called the “Bong-Sau” (Bong-Sao Drills).

 

Here is a video of Ip Chun performing traditional Cham Kiu:

 

 

Here is me demonstrating traditional Cham Kiu:

 

 

In my OWN interpretation of Cham Kiu I emphasize kicking your opponent’s leading knee, then stepping in with a Bong-Sao to protect your upper body from an attack; this would be an opportune time to counterattack with fist-strikes to your opponent’s head or whichever part of your opponent’s upper body is available for attack.

Here is my OWN interpretation of Cham Kiu:

Form 1: Sai Nim [Lim] Tao ~(Little Idea)

Sai Nim Tao is a form that helps one become centered physically and emotionally as well as cognitively.  When practicing this form one should practice in front of a mirror focusing one’s eyes on one’s own solar plexus, which is just below the chest in the center where the diaphragm can be accessed by a forceful strike.  By focusing on this particular point of an opponent you are able to discern the movement of the entire body If your opponent is going to punch you with his right hand, his right shoulder can be seen moving toward you in your peripheral vision.  Likewise, if your opponent is going to kick you with his left leg and foot the left hip can be seen moving toward you in your peripheral vision.  Sai Nim Tao places the student into a meditative state of mindfulness which prepares the student for the other forms or for competition.

 

 

Here is a video of Ip Chun performing traditional Sai Nim Tao:

 

 

 

Here is me demonstrating traditional Sai Lim Tao:

 

 

My OWN interpretation of Sai Nim Tao only has a couple of differences from Traditional Sai Nim Tao #1.  Instead of performing a Huen-Sao in which you roll your wrist and hand upward and TOWARD your body to (theoretically) redirect a punch, I roll my wrist the opposite direction so that if someone has grabbed and “locked” my wrist after I implemented a punch or other strike, I roll my wrist and hand upward and AWAY from my body until my hand is in the position of holding a teacup, then I spill the teacup (an Eight Animal Kung Fu concept) thereby not only breaking my opponent’s grasp on my wrist, but actually reversing the situation so that now I have hold of my opponent’s wrist#2.  I added the Pak-Sao blocks to the form because these blocks (along with Fak-Sao blocks) are probably the best default blocking method to use in Wing Chun due to the universal (varied) applications of these blocks.

Here is me performing my OWN interpretation of Sai Nim Tao:

Bruce Lee’s Philosophy of Martial Art

According to Bruce Lee, one of Ip Man’s students, Martial Arts is an expression of oneself through movement.  Therefore the way that the practitioner moves should not be a robotic set of movements which are crystallized, but rather, these movements should be as water which assumes whatever form is necessary for the environmental conditions the water finds itself in.  “If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup . . . now water can flow or it can crash!  Be water, my friend.”

For this reason I encourage students to allow their forms and style of competitive fighting to evolve.  Please watch this video of Bruce Lee:

 

 

 

Additional viewing / listening about Bruce Lee:

[Bruce Lee’s One Inch Punch on YouTube]

 

 

“I am Bruce Lee” ~ This is a conglomeration of specific parts of Bruce Lee’s Interview on the Pierre Berton Show in 1971, set to the back drop of “Rap beat – |Carried by Wind| Oriental Chinese Japanese Asian Hip-Hop Instrumental Music” found on YouTube [HERE]:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your interest:

Sincerely with honor,

Disciple Dragon Snake (Thomas Tvedten)

Dìzǐ Lóng Shé

弟子龙蛇

Email: progressive.wing.chun.4.u@gmail.com

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