Beginner Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) Martial Arts
Beginner Introduction to Lakeland Martial Arts & Wing Chun Kung Fu (Ving Tsun)
I teach Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) Kung Fu Martial Arts in Lakeland Florida to provide people with a realistic alternative to family safety and protection. I want to pass the information and knowledge of the Ip Man's martial art known as Wing Chun Kung Fu to those good hearted individuals seeking peace and security in their homes and lives. It is my hope that the information contained within this will assist you in becoming stronger, faster and more equip in a dangerous situation. I am not a Guru, I am not your Instructor, I am a friend that happen's to be a practitioner in the complete and effective art of Wing Chun Kung Fu as it has been passed down by the (Yip Man) Ip Man lineage. My Master was directly taught in China, Europe and England by Master Simon Lau, Master Yip Ching and Master Yip Chun and briefly with the highly respected and honored Master Wong Shun Leung. I have followed in his footsteps traveling overseas seeking out practitioners that trained directly with the highest levels of Wing Chun (ving tsun). Only through proper training can one achieve the next level.
When I speak about techniques, drills, body mechanics or fighting combinations they come from several life times of information and proven applications that have come from my teachers teachers and those high practitioners who have given me the honor of learning from them. As a Wing Chun Kung Fu practitioner I believe that like Wong Shun Leung and Simon Lau techniques must be proven with talking hands. I believe that unless you can use the techniques on a live struggling decisive opponent, that it is only theory and theories can not help you in a life threatening situation. We have seen too many techniques in the martial arts world are based off of theory, a fancy move that looks great but when applied against a live resisting opponent it just doesn't work. Theories are great but unless they are proven and applied then they remain in that realm; a theory. Wing Chun is a scientifically based martial art system using body mechanics, torque, redirection and rapid subtle power to stop a much large foreign aggressor. Yet this again is theory, unless you know how to use Wing Chun in a stress induced situation. Wing Chun is a extremely effective art but too few practice and train in it for fighting. We have many individuals and schools that train for years on Sil Lum Tao (1st form), Chum Kiu (2nd form), Bil Jee (3rd form) and Chi Sau for the first 6 or 7 years without any combinations, attacker response to your actions (counters), resistance, stress induced reflex applications, or even moderate sparring. This type of training is good if you are only seeking the internal Yin style of Wing Chun much like that of Tai Chi. But there should be no argument that a person needs to be prepared for the adrenaline dump, stress, anxiety, fear and quick movements, reactions and footwork of actual combat. Fortunately there are many ways to train and spar in Wing Chun Kung Fu and all of them can lead to an extremely great practitioner in the art. In our school we start practitioners -aka- new students her in lakeland florida with drills and quick techniques that can be used on day one against a resisting opponent. These techniques use quick reactions to your opponents aggressive nature, such as blocking and attacking simultaneously. Blocking and attacking simultaneously sounds like something any school could talk about incorporating, but Wing Chun Kung Fu is a complete system that teaches this in every aspect, not just one or two techniques. Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) uses redirecting footwork such as shifting to throw an opponent off balance and exploit weaknesses with quick reaction. Learning how to place the right hip movement into each attack without throwing the shoulder out or losing balance within a rooted foundation. Beginners also start learning how to control there own balance, so that each attack has no indication before it strikes but rather hits and is then felt. New students at our Lakeland Florida Martial Art Kung Fu & Street Jiujitsu school test there martial art ability by using these skills by blocking and attacking from a multitude of angles. Students must demonstrate that they can get out of the way of blows while using there Bui Sau's (high block with a simultaneous punch), Gan Sau's (low block with a simultaneous punch) and Tan Sau's (mid-block with a simultaneous punch) so that every movement comes as a reflex to every incoming blow. This is trained with safety and precaution to turn a student who has never trained in the martial art system of Wing Chun (ving tsun) into a reality based family protecting practitioner. By teaching people from day one how to use there blocking and attacking simultaneously as a reflex you are giving them a foundation on which ever technique should fall into this category and if it doesn't we will work on getting it there. The first couple of months of a new Wing Chun practitioner's time will stay with them for the rest of there lives, they will reference back to that throughout there lives. So this time is very important in the growth and mindset of a student. What traits would you want to instill? Hardwork, time, dedication, becoming quick, powerful, reasonable, determined, direct, not wasting time, getting to the heart of the issue, perseverance in the face of impossible odds, pushing past your own limitations and the limits others try to place on you?
This is the foundation of Kung Fu, the Heart of Wing Chun Kung Fu, whether you are reading this for yourself or for your school we know that if the majority of our training is Yin and instill Yin we will get a Yin student. Have that student face a situation on the street or against another practitioner that has been training for sparring, direct contact, mobility, speed and power, all of the things that Wing Chun represents and who do you think is going to win? Think of the greats in Wing Chun Kung Fu, Yip Man (Ip Man), Bruce Lee, Wong Shun Leung, Simon Lau, etc. They were all fighters, they spoke and trained for fighting with Wing Chun (ving tsun) Many years ago before I started my Wing Chun training, I had trained in other styles and was trained to believe that I could Master the martial arts without sparring. When I first started Wing Chun I quickly changed my mind, where did these practitioners get all of their speed, endurance, technique and power, how could they react to everything I did and was thinking about doing before I even got to do it? I realized that direct confrontation with a moving, active, thinking opponent was completely different then my mirror and forms provided. I realized that this was where Wing Chun (ving tsun) Kung Fu reigned and if I wanted this elusive martial art as my own I was going to have to push myself in dedication and win or lose I would be the one gaining all the benefits and true understanding of those secrets deep within Wing Chun. This is where I started looking into the different techniques, combinations and movements that were being given to me. Over the years I looked deeper into the body mechanics of Wing Chun and how slight adjustments for my body size and those around me could increase not only my power but the effectiveness of ever technique I executed.
Techniques that I thought I could never use in a combat application became more than possible as my strength, understanding and ability increased. Wing Chun truly is a complete system it emulates its name “everlasting spring time” or “ever changing spring time” it has an answer for any situation, it is a progressive and modern martial art. Its #1 rule is “your closest weapon to your opponent's closes vital” that means that whatever is the most direct attack do it. Don't think about it just attack the next closest vital, keep your root strong, your footwork correct and allow your whole body to become a weapon.
Using your entire as a weapon; my grandmaster in Tai Chi (Grandmaster Lee Chen Style Tai Chi from the Chen Village in China) told me that this is called five bows, each arm and limb is a single bow and the torso is the fifth and when used as one entity of solid body mechanics and proper technique they become stronger than anything your opponent can throw. Now again here is a theory, can we prove it? The answer is yes, as the chapters go on you are going to notice the more you learn how to use the entire body as a whole the stronger you will become. Though I'm sure you may have heard of using your entire body as a weapon, but how often do you see it done or taught, how often do you see a flow of combative hits in practical sparring that use every part of the body to attack and ever part that attacks is backed by the rest of the body in on flowing solid connection. Unfortunately we hear about the principles but very few people know how to use there entire body as one and even fewer know how to teach it. As Authentic combat Wing Chun practitioner's we are constantly trying to make ourselves and our art within ourselves stronger. Not out of some need to harm others but because it brings us closer to our true selves. We know how invigorating it is to Chi Sau (fighting with double sticking hands) or Wrist against Wrist with another higher level practitioner. We also know that we can always get better so we are always students to ourselves and those around us who may be able to shed light on something deeper we have not yet touched on. We are also reclusive with our techniques at times seeing them as precious pieces of gold only to be shown and traded with those we feel will honor our lineage forefathers and the lives and blood they shed to understand and raise up. Though once you are seen as a honorable and respectful man/woman you are treated as this art has always treated someone of that caliber, like family. Our hearts and doors open to you with the knowledge we have gained and what has been shared with us as well. We want you to understand and be able to use the techniques we share to there fullest because by doing so you give honor back to those lineage forefathers that taught it to us and to honor them we seek to make you great. When you show humbleness and respect to those who have made you, you are also respected in return. That is why we strive not to create new fancy moves and theories or new beautiful looking techniques. We know that knowledge without proven application is just a theory and the principle of Wing Chun theory is the creation of an idea that comes from reality and combat. There are times when you started reacting to a combative situation only to flow with a series of techniques and one pops out that was not something you had planned on by came out because Wing Chun demanded it in that moment, that is applicable theory. Your intense perseverance and dedication in Wing Chun demanded that application drive out from the very soul of your skills and abilities at the peak of your reaction. This “Applicable Theory” was automatically proven because it had to be, it wasn't thought about for weeks and talked about it was used in seconds. “Applicable Theory” allows for one the expansions of Wing Chun to grow as times change, it allows a practitioner to develop themselves for a variety of situations. The combined relation of body mechanics and proven related combative action in a realistic situation where all proven theory takes a front seat to the ideology of theoretical possibilities. In the nature and purity of Wing Chun techniques and its original purpose on effective point to point center line relation with complete and simultaneous protection and devastation, ideology is proven or forever dismissed by a seasoned practitioner against a uncooperative assailant. Though “Applicable Theory” is not the only way Wing Chun grows from within its own purity, Wing Chun always makes the practitioner ask the “what if” question. If you have ever been in a martial art, seen a situation or have been presented with a theory of how a technique would or could work, you may have asked yourself, well “what if” the person did this. In this book alone you may ask “what if” though nothing is perfect and this is not designed to answer all of your questions because that is the nature of Wing Chun it is the “what if” martial art and we will always keep asking. Though it is very hard to find a Wing Chun practitioner that knows the complete system of Wing Chun they are out there waiting for the right student, waiting for the “what if”. Because Wing Chun loves to answer the “what if” when you find a high ranking SIFU that has trained in the complete art of Wing Chun ask them “what if” and you will see a smile on there face, because here comes the answers and they are logical, extremely effective and useful. But only with time, dedication, training and sparring can you make them your own, until then they are not yours and will not work for you until you make them yours. This is the beauty in Complete Wing Chun and the benefit for time spent, it is the “what if” martial art, it takes your questions and places them through 10,000 years of logical fighting techniques and body mechanics and gives you the one of the best answers you could have hoped for.
Sifu Justin Och
116 east pine street, Lakeland Florida
Wing Chun Kung Fu
116 east pine street, Lakeland Florida - phone # (863) 800-0171
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