“…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.
It was tiring (to drive down and back) yet exhilarating to meet so many people who have Wing Chun in a central place in their lives as I do. I was reacquainted with people I’d met at other events and met a whole slew of new people, both LA students of Gary Lam and people from England, South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, and many other places.
I’ll have more on the event later as it all soaks in.