Self-defence is only an illusion…Wing Chun Kung Fu is a very sophisticated weapon – nothing else. It is a science of combat, the intent of which is the total incapacitation of an opponent.
Wong Shun Leung
Sifu Alan Gibson lives in Southampton in the UK, one of the more populous areas outside of London, and an area with a pretty decent crime rate (a sister city for Oakland?).
He started studying Wing Chun in the UK, later moving to Hong Kong and studying first with Ip Chun (son of Ip Man), then later, after an encounter with Wan Kam Leung, he switched over to the Wong Shun Leung lineage.
Over the years, he has studied with some of the best of Sifu Wong’s first generation students, including Clive Potter, David Peterson, Cliff Au Yeung, and John Smith.
Wing Chun: The Works is a consolidated and updated version of Alan’s first three books (Beginning Wing Chun: Why Wing Chun Works, Simple Thinking; Intelligent Fighters, and Wing Chun Forms).
Reading this book with this review in mind, I had the impulse to quote it in its entirety.