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!
“…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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New York Post / August 22, 2017
“MMA fighter arrested for allegedly killing weightlifter in street fight”
25-year-old Anar Ziranov, an MMA fighter who had competed professionally, allegedly got into a fight with world and European powerlifting champion Andrey Drachev, 32 over which of their sports was more “manly.” In a video on the New York Post website, Ziranov can be seen punching and kicking Drachev, and knocking him to the ground where he hits him a few more times while the prone Drachev appears to be already unconscious.
Drachev died from his injuries and Ziranov was later arrested by police.
It can happen all too easily – you are good at fighting and impetuous. You think life is like the movies and its ok to have a fight over some foolish notion, next thing you know, the other guy is dead (his children are orphans, his wife a widow, his family devastated) and you are on your way to a long stetch in the pennetentiary.
The 3 destinations for tough guys: hospital, jail, morgue.