Last week, my Kung Fu brother Chris Lim and I tested for Level II in Greg LeBlanc’s Wing Chun system and passed!
Last month, our Kung Fu brother Christopher Hayes also passed Level II so now there are three of us working on the “last” level (last, not lost, although working on a “lost” level sounds really cool and totally Kung Fu).
I put this in parentheses because Wing Chun is a process and not a destination. But anyway, congratulations to my brothers and thank you, Sifu, for all your excellent instruction. I can’t tell you how proud I am to have accomplished this distinction!
“What we don’t want to do is just start throwing wild punches, because then we stop learning what the drill is trying to teach us. Also if we step back … out of the drill, you’ve also ended the drill. So the drill is to be ahead of our partner’s timing but not to just start launching wild punches because we’re still trying to develop what the drill is intending to teach us, which is to learn how to change and to continue to chase center of mass. Both of us can just start throwing wild punches but then we stop learning and the drill no longer can teach us. We want to see if we can respond to his actions … we want to be able to respond to what he does and respond in a way that includes precision, that includes speed, that has balance, and then also the structure of the system…and done in a way that keeps my partner safe.”
There is a saying from the Wing Chun Kuen Kuit: “Jun, Fai, Wan, Geng.” Jun is precision, Fai is speed, Wan is balance, and Geng is power, which can also be thought of as structure.
“…when engaged in combat with an opponent, never be impatient. Do not launch an attack until there’s a distance of one step between you and your enemy, then launch a sudden attack so as to force the enemy to be caught totally unprepared…This makes it very easy to remain in contact with the enemy, maintaining control of the situation by affecting the enemy’s balance and positioning. You therefore avoid giving him the chance to attack first and take away his opportunity to manage the situation.”
I drove down to LA from Oakland on Friday (a seven hour drive down I-5 – ugh!) to attend the first Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun North America Event.
I’ve been to many seminars over the years but this was the first big weekend long event I’d ever attended. It was also my first visit to Sigung Gary Lam’s headquarters, located in Alhambra, CA near Los Angeles.
Organized by Sifu Dwight Hennings (SV3T in Toronto) and Rayan Lam, the event headliners were senior Wong Shun Leung student Wan Kam Leung (Practical Wing Chun in Hong Kong and San Diego), his student William Kwok (Gotham Martial Arts in New York), Sifu Mark Wong (from Hong Kong), my Sifu Greg LeBlanc, and of course, last but not least, our host and my Sigung, Sifu Gary Lam.
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