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Autumn 2015

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Welcome back to this Autumn edition to all our members & a special welcome to those new to our federation in 2014/2015.

This edition sees once again a wonderful array of subject matter that we have been accustomed to.  Please keep it up & forward any material by mid month prior to the start of each season - June, September, December & March.

Yours in Wing Chun,    

                                                                           




Melissa and Corey Slade


Publicist News!!
3rd Annual Australasian
Wing Chun Conference 2014

by Tamara Sales, Prism Martial Arts Wing Chun for Health

Hi everyone!
What a year it has been!!
As we wrap up 2014 here at the federation with our Autumn edition news I would like to personally thank all the students, teachers and volunteers who participated, donated their time, talents and helped us to fund this year’s conference.

The 3rd annual conference in Sydney last year was as a result a total success in the beautiful state of NSW with students and teachers travelling from interstate and also joining us here from our home town. The fond memories we shared together will wishfully seed the fruits bared at this year’s event! Hoping of course that we see you again and also meet new faces and welcome along the participation of schools and students who haven’t yet had the opportunity to attend and participate at the annual conference.

In retrospect I’d like to share that leading up to the conference, the months that all of us were preparing for were in all honesty a great deal. In the background works of the event I would truly like to take this opportunity to specially thank Sifu Gary King, our dear secretary of 2013-2014 who literally stood by me the entire way through almost 10 months with my list of never ending secretarial email requests day and night to keep the ball rolling so we could make our event the wonderful success that it was! Thank you Gary King J

A million thanks to Sifu Lindy Scott, Sifu Tony Blencowe, Sifu Richard Antonini, Sifu Beau Bouzaid, Sifu Mark Spence, Sifu Scott Smith, David Lovegrove for their dedication and strength to impart their knowledge and their journey with us.
A very special thanks also to the guys at The Original Wooden Dummy in Sydney for donating their time with a very special Australian made handcrafted wooden dummy with us at the conference!! Great stuff guys, thanks! (you can click on the link above to visit their website)

Finally to all our team special thanks to Corey Slade for donating his time to put “Little Ideas” together throughout the year in 2014, to all our team at the federation and collaborators for standing strong in wing chun and standing by everyone the whole time a million cheers J
 
The distinct element of last year’s conference was the dedication to Sigung Tsui’s passing, the practice of our wing chun in memory of a true legendary teacher and father to many of our teachers and students all over the globe was celebrated and dearly remembered. As each year goes along and we take a look at our practice it is indeed Sigung Tsui that has a very special place in our hearts, in our learning space and together forming a deep and growing desire to continue to learn and share his lineage and his legacy.

Our Chair, Sifu Lindy Scott prepared in dedication to Sigung Tsui a photo slide and speech of the years of memories herself and Sifu Tony Blencowe shared with Sigung Tsui over the years of their learning together. Students also shared memories and tales of their experiences from their journey in Wing Chun in memory of Sigung as we wrapped up a full day of wing chun on Saturday evening.

Moving forward to 2015 we hope that the conference event grows each year. In total we can say that there were more than 14 representative schools amongst the 4 four day conference event, that being almost half of our list of member schools.

Click to Check out this year's conference photo album.  Then select 'photos'. Wrapping it up we are truly proud to have hosted an event that in all was educational, informative, consultative, commemorative and very friendly, in a relaxed but professional atmosphere and above all a great family event and we hope that we see you at this year’s event!  From myself and the team wishing everyone much success and a great new year in 2015!

SCHOOL MEMBERS NEWS!
Sifu Gary King & South Coast Wing Chun

Sifu Gary King has sailed on a new life adventure and has moved over and across the nation to sunny WA!
Making the move in the last couple of months he says it has been quite the experience moving and settling-in on Perth’s warm white sandy city.  
Students training at South Coast Wing Chun are welcome to migrate to and as I hear some students have already been accommodated and welcomed to train over at Fullarton and Adelaide University. Since New Year's Sifu Gary King has begun teaching for the first time in a fresh new city!

Let’s keep an eye out for Sifu Gary over in Perth. Gary's new website: http://www.wingchunpath.com  The federation wishes him much success and a great new year over in Perth!

FEDERATION NEWS!!
We are filled with great news in 2015 and we are extremely excited to announce in this Autumn edition… the Launch our YouTube Channel!!!

The purpose of our brand new YouTube channel is that it will feature our members and their schools one by one with intimate teacher’s interviews, their schools, where they are, what they offer and much more!

Please Click to View! Official YouTube Channel Launch with Sifu Mark Spence You can subscribe instantly!

I’d like to take this opportunity as we launch our channel to say that as we work towards creating and bringing our readers and viewers more quality interviews, to welcome the excitement as we continue along this journey of making Wing Chun Australia professional, friendly, approachable and widely available to the world.

Universe willing for all of us of course on behalf of all of us the federation that we will see more of each other during the year… J until then…
Much love to all and Siu Nim Tao to all.
Long Live Wing Chun! J
AWCF


Adelaide Wing Chun
- University Club of the Year! -

By Amy Wooldridge, Secretary Wing Chun Kung Fu Club



On the 26th November, nine Adelaide University Wing Chun Kung Fu Club members attended The University of Adelaide’s annual sporting awards night, known as the Blues Awards. Club members receiving awards on the night were Daniel Pitman (Half Blue Award), Jason Loi, Tony Loi and Chris Boyce (Club Letters). In addition, our club was also announced as the winner of the Jessop Shield for Club of the Year with less than 50 members, which was enthusiastically received by all club members.

With our growing presence in Adelaide University Sport, we are also increasing the level of support the university can offer our club, enabling us to provide our club members with better equipment and support for more training opportunities. While we are grateful for these awards, we also remember that they follow on from personal achievements - those who won awards worked long and hard to do so... and better yet, they worked hard for the purpose of improving themselves, not for the purpose of receiving awards. I for one hope that next year I can better myself by applying myself to Wing Chun more, always increasing my understanding of it and always appreciating those around me who help me to do so.

Amy Wooldridge (B. Sci Hons)
PhD CandidatePostgraduate Student Representative, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Leg vs Leg Defense Package
demonstration by Pete Fraser & Corey Slade
article by Corey Slade, Wing Chun Tea House


Watch the Video demonstration before reading the article: http://youtu.be/Mii9Hf07hJo

The original idea was to create greater success in 1) Choosing the correct technique response to various kicks & timing of kicks & 2) Minimise the number of possible response options thereby hopefully also reducing mistakes & delays in response.

What we discovered early on & over the past few months with some experimentation is that only one (1) 'leg technique' response is required with two (2) main variations.

They being firstly a Wing Chun Hook/Hacking style kick vs mainly front & side kick attacks. Secondly a Wing Chun Stop kick with foot (& leg) internally rotated vs rising groin kick, back kick & round kicks low or high.

The main rule that needs to be adhered to here is that the defenders closest leg be used to dominate the centreline between the two players & damage with maximum intent to either the opponents attacking leg, supporting leg or both. By doing so you will ensure success more readily & respect the five (5) governing principles of Wing Chun that Sifu Jim Fung always enforced. Directness, simplicity, efficiency, practicality & minimum use of brute strength.

Maximum intent is easy with a stop kick especially if wearing shoes but I'm sure everyone's resolve has been tested using a hook/hacking style kick to an opponent's leg, especially shin to shin which may happen more frequently if you're both facing off orthodox vs orthodox or south paw vs south paw. Whether we cross kick/check or externally rotate with a forward Wing Chun check or use a late phase style Muay Thai absorption check. To reduce the likelyhood of this clashing & inevitable injury we  need to try & make what I call mirroring your opponents stance a solid base skill to begin with.

Yes it means training your footwork etc. on your weaker side.  Let's face the facts though. By mirroring your opponents dominant stance you are now further away & likely unable to use your dangerous (dominant) weapons, but then your opponent can't either. By doing so you have increased your probable response time to any imminent attack. You're ability to 'Blindside' your opponent has also increased by about 50% due to your relative positions, provided  your attacker over commits & you do not. (I take it that most reading this are more likely to utilise their skills in a real life altercation rather than in a UFC style environment?!)

Hence the likelyhood of bone/joint clashes have been reduced considerably. In the knowledge that clashes inevitably will still occur ensure your commitment is 100% rather than half hearted. You've only to look at the results of half hearted tackles in sport to see who more frequently comes off second best. In training of course both exponents should be kitted out with high density foam shin guards & mouth guard as a minimum. Also consider, foot protection, knee pads, thigh pads & groin guard.

Note: This new kick defense concept requires an open mind & patience. If at first you feel cumbersome, or have difficulty banishing old habits then try setting some  new rules initially that have really helped me to stay focused.

1) Assign fixed attacker/defender roles only to begin with.
2) Adhere to the 80/20 rule. Ensure defender has minimum 80% success & no more than 20% failure during practise & then increase intensity progressively with respect to this rule.
3) Shift your vision to centre of mass between the attackers hips in order to increase your successful predictability early on. This will increase your confidence & footwork in response to partners constantly changing footwork & timing. Later your vision may again shift higher to take in the whole attacker within the context of their surroundings.
4) Start drilling with set sequences as per below. Once successful start randomising.
5) If defender fails to defend a given kick repeat it a couple times with success & move on.
6) Next start switching roles after say 5 kicks, then 3 then after every kick. This will encourage players to reinforce the new skill set whilst developing better strategy, tactics & timing, not to mention keeping things more interesting.

Since Pete & I came up with the idea of simplifying the response to kick attacks & subsequently made the above video, i've been refining the way it's delivered to would be practitioners, specifically children in order to create an efficient learning experience while increasing the likelyhood of consistent success.


Suggested '14 Point Kick Defense Package' sequence;

1&2 Stop kick vs groin kick L,R (Left, Right)
ie. Left stop kick (orthodox) vs attacker's right snap kick (southpaw)
3&4 Stop kick vs back kick L,R
5&6 Hook kick vs front kick L,R
7&8 Hook kick vs side kick L,R
9&10 Stop kick vs low round kick L,R (may eject these once 11-14 mastered)
11&12 Stop kick + Seung Bong (arms) vs round kick to known height L,R
13&14 Stop kick + Gan Sau (arms) vs round kick to unknown height L,R

  • With children perform the entire sequence to competency with a thick foam blocker pad (stick with pad at one end) with exception to back kick which you can perform safely with your leg. I also use the blocker pad after the leg defense to test their arm defense toward the rib & head. This really makes the leg drills so much more interesting for them & keeps their concentration razor sharp).
  • Before performing 11&12 have the child practise Seung Bong with body rotation vs a blocker pad & then add the stop kick.
  • Before performing 13&14 have child practise Tan Sau & Chit Sau separately with body rotation vs blocker pad & then together & then add stop kick
  • The next step is maybe to run through all the odd number kick attacks from southpaw stance so the child (orthodox) doesn't need to change stance then switch to orthodox yourself & have them perform all the even number defences from southpaw.
  • Now the child has reasonable technique patterning with no pain experienced they will be so much more ready & confident to begin actual leg sparring. So kit up & have the child defend your legs & blocker (for arms only) just to keep them integrating their body & concentration.

Notes: 9-14 require a cross check action which means that the mirrored stance is best to avoid having your back/side facing the round kick with limited arm mobility. However your absolute 1st priority it to stop kick the supporting leg of the attacker. This commitment will see you totally destroy the foundation of the round kick & therefore should elay any fear of residual kick slap. If you encounter a switch kicker of Muay Thai style here my advice is to simply raise the stop kick a little to groin/low belly height (centre mass & movement) rather than trying to pick out or chase a leg.

Occasionally you are likely to fall back & use your old Wing Chun leg checking protocol & that's ok, better than being kicked. The late phase absorbing check will always have it's place I'm sure. But during training really try to be faithful in the 1st instance by pressing forward & taking the initiative rather than being defensive in nature. This requires better prep in terms of orientation & position granted but provides us with a much simpler, direct & practical approach by not having to chase high & wide or leave our centreline exposed or settle for late phase situations & therefore compromise our resolve.

I think kick practise among WC practitioners from a self defensive perspective is under utilised. It really is our first line of defense & done correctly should negate the need to grapple or strike at all. The next step for us is to start experimenting with this one kick response against more unpredictable kicking styles. We'd love to hear your feedback & experience to further develop these ideas so until then happy kickin!


My Beginnings with the Long Pole
by Gary King, South Coast Wing Chun

I have been training in Wing Chun continuously since 1986. Over those years I had played with the Long Pole a little, but I had no real guidance or no real goal.

Several years ago, around 2008, Mark Allanson and I started our real training with the long pole under the direct hands on guidance from Albert Chong. Albert had the approval from Sigung to teach us the long pole. We felt honoured to be taught the long pole by Albert, and to be taught correctly.

We knew what to expect, long hours of preparatory exercises, followed by many hours of basic pole exercises.  And for the first three or four months, we did not even touch the pole, we simply practised the low horse stance walking exercises. We spent about 5 hours a week practicing these Long Pole exercises, on top of our other Wing Chun practice.

The simple walking exercise cannot be fully appreciated until you spend genuine hours of practicing them. First we needed to build up our stamina so we could concentrate on the movements of stepping and pivoting correctly, instead of the burning in our legs. After a while we became much more aware of our structure, our spines, hips, connection - our stances in general.

After those first few months of just walking we were then introduced to the basic pole exercises, the up and down and darting exercises. We still also practiced the walking as a warm up exercise and for further improvement. We only used short light poles. They varied from 6 foot to 8 foot and quite light. This was so we did not resort to using strength to carry the pole, but instead to encourage good structure and muscle and joint releasing.

At first these simple long pole exercises may seem quite easy, but the more you practice the more you realise how deep they actually are. It is only after long hours of basic repetitive practice and patience do you begin to discover new feelings, new potentials, and new insights. These feelings and insights cannot be learnt from reading listening or watching, but only through long hours of practice. Wing Chun builds patience.

After a few months or so of using the lighter poles, and constant checking from Albert, we slowly graduated to the heavier poles. We continued using the heavier poles for further six months or so, always only practising the simple exercises. We would still revert to a light pole when we discovered a point of tension somewhere and could not release it.

After about one year since we first started our training we had a look at one of the more advanced exercises, the pinning pole exercise. The pinning pole exercise again looks simple to the un-initiated. But it is extremely difficult to do correctly with real force. And I personally feel that unless you have good practical skills in all the Siu Nim Tao 'palm downward moves' you will not understand this pole exercise. During one of my visits to Sigung's school I had the opportunity to feel Sigung performing this exercise. And the clearest thing I could feel was that you needed good Siu Nim Tao downward force.

I am still working on the pole pinning exercise and the remainder of the form, several years later.
For beginners practising the Long Pole I'd like to offer some advice.
Firstly; don’t rush. Be patient, let the results come in their own time. Don’t expect something after just a few hours of practice. Think in terms of weeks and months, even years.
Secondly; some fundamentally important points to remember:

  • Structure first. Release second. Movement third.
  • Don't push. Don't pull. Don't force.
  • Practice the basics. Practice the basics some more. Practice the basics again.

Also, as a warning, practiced incorrectly, the Long Pole will only cement those counterproductive habits of forcing, pushing, tensing, and solidifying a narrow mind. But practiced correctly, the Long Pole will improve your understanding of the empty hand forms. It will help find your centre and improve your structure. It will help you release tension. It will help you seek and discover a deeper meaning of Wing Chun.

Enjoy your Long Pole training. It is a fascinating and rewarding exercise.
All the best.


The Future of Wing Chun 
by Heath McKenzie, Power within Wing Chun

With the increasing popularity of UFC and MMA, what does the future hold for Wing Chun? What does Wing Chun need to do in order to be able to compete and overcome some of the perceptions that are developed due to the popularity of UFC and MMA? Should a sport dictate the effectiveness of martial arts in real life?
 
These questions are important for any Wing Chun school to consider and attempt to answer. However it's difficult and subjective to answer and I will be only putting forward my opinion about this topic merely to encourage those within the Wing Chun community to attempt to adapt and evolve to meet the challenges faced by this popularity of UFC and MMA.

UFC and MMA have been looked at as the epitome of real fighting, a benchmark on which all forms of martial arts should be compared. Should this be the case? Simple answer is no. The biggest problem with UFC and MMA being held to such a high standard is that there is predominantly only three main styles used in combination with each other by the majority of fighters in the MMA and UFC. These are Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian jujitsu (there are many, many more but these three cover the basics).

As such, with this limited number of styles forming the foundation of the modern standard, it falls short of being able to completely represent all forms of martial arts especially something as unique and refined as Wing Chun. The other thing that must be considered are the rules and duration that sports fighting have placed on them.

These in no way it can represent a real life fight situation and for all intents and purposes UFC and MMA are sanctioned, rules controlled brawling, that has glimpses of various forms of martial arts but no substance whatsoever. They are good fighters but that doesn't make them martial artists.

However, with the increase in popularity of these so-called martial arts standards, Wing Chun is put in a position where it has to evolve to meet the challenges of the ever-changing world. Wing Chun does this better than any other style. Wing Chun is unique in that it has always evolved from day one and it was designed to adapt not just to opponents that are larger and more skilled but also to the world around it as a whole.

Wing Chun has been ridiculed and criticised by those that use MMA and UFC in competition for a variety of different reasons.

1: Majority of those who attempt to use Wing Chun within competition in MMA and UFC have been trained in America where the basic principles of Wing Chun minimal use of brute force and economy of movement have in large part been ignored due to the ever present ego and desire to be large and physically strong in American fighters.

This should not be a representation of all Wing Chun practitioners but sadly as some of these fights are televised the bias of the presenters in most of these matches have latched on and use this to fuel their argument against Wing Chun.

2: Most schools of Wing Chun don't specialise in competition fighting. It is a style predominantly designed for realistic street fighting and has no standardised way of practising and training those students under ring fighting conditions. This should not necessarily change, but be kept in mind during practise.

3: For most people Wing Chun training is just a hobby and nothing else. They want to get confidence, fitness, skill or art under their belt and sadly develop a false sense of their abilities to handle themselves under real fight situations. This means that there are very few Wing Chun schools that are capable of preparing anyone properly enough for a serious fight in the ring particularly, but also in fewer people that seek out Wing Chun with the desire to properly use the fighting skills that the style offers. This means there are very few people who are capable of showing true skill in Wing Chun within the ring thus giving critics of the style more and more ammunition when poorly trained practitioners step in the ring barely even appearing like they are able to use Wing Chun.

4: There has been a predominant focus within, especially Chu Shong Tin lineage, towards the internal aspects of Wing Chun at the expense of the external practical side that is required for something like the ring. This is not to put down the internal aspects of Wing Chun. On the contrary, I feel the value that the internal contributes to the overall skill of Wing Chun is undeniable but needs to be balanced between the practical fighting abilities of Wing Chun and the internal art. The art can definitely make the power and skill of the fighter better but not if the speed, reflexes, power and conditioning that is required for a fight (whether the ring fight or street fight) are not practised regularly. The internal makes any form of fighting a true martial art.

The effectiveness of any form of martial art, specially Wing Chun, should not be compared between a sport and a real life fight situation. There are plenty of clips online that demonstrate MMA fighters who get into fights on the street in real life and perform very poorly. This is not to say that a good MMA fighter can't perform well on the street and by the same token nor does it mean that a Wing Chun practitioner can't perform well in the ring. It's purely a matter of training and the practitioners skill and abilities in applying that art to these two very different situations. Problem is most people particularly those that are being heavily influenced by MMA and UFC are incapable of differentiating between brawling and martial arts. The comments to articles published in magazines, online in blogs and clips found on other media demonstrate this inability of a large number of people to differentiate the two.

The whole point of the martial arts is to develop both body and mind. However, those with very little mind are only capable of developing the body and sadly have big mouths. This is why we are now left with the increasing popularity of MMA and UFC. They have their place, as do all forms of martial arts. We just have to keep everything in context and understand that brawling (MMA and UFC) is not martial arts as it does not develop the mind, has no guiding principles only perpetuates the physical, aggressive, primitive and barbaric nature  that live within all humans. This is why Wing Chun's internal is of utmost importance to develop as it does make Wing Chun a true martial art. But we still need to do more to bring Wing Chun into the future.

It's up to every Wing Chun school to understand the shortcomings that have crept in to our teaching styles rather than the style itself and to use the challenges that face Wing Chun today by the increased popularity of UFC and MMA to drive Wing Chun into the future, to show the true potential that Wing Chun as an art and a practical fighting style have to offer by increasing the quality of both the internal and external components of Wing Chun and balance them within each school and each student so Wing Chun can show the rest of the world what it's capable of.

This can be done simply by improving the standards we set our students, by developing new drills that work specifically on speed, reflexes and power, and by not just sitting back and allowing those who are ignorant of Wing Chun's capabilities to say whatever they want. If nothing else we have to prove to ourselves and our future students that will continue to pass on 300 years of history that has been passed to each and every one of us, the true potential of Wing Chun so that the legacy of Wing Chun will continue for hundreds of years more.
 

A dummy is born.

Profile of Original Wooden Dummy

by Brad & Ian

Like many good things, it all started over a coffee.
Let me take you back to the morning that our little idea formed for our Original Wooden Dummy business.
 
It was a Saturday morning like most others, coffee at our local cafe after a great training session. As a new, and somewhat sleep-deprived dad, I explained to Ian that my passion for Wing Chun is so great although I was finding it hard to find the time to train at my local centre. After following the advice of my inspirational instructors, I continued to train my stance and the open hand forms. This was certainly achievable although I missed the engagement of training Chi Sao with my Wing Chun buddies. It then struck me that I could continue to grow as a Wing Chun practitioner and introduce a new and engaging dimension by learning the Wooden Dummy form. As a wood craftsman, Ian was most interested in this idea. The spark ignited. Instantaneously Ian and I looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s make our own and customize it to suit our needs.’ Well what a challenge!
 
I am sure there are many of you sitting reading this thinking, ‘Yes I have had a go at making a wooden dummy myself.’ You would then be well aware of how challenging such a task is. In the proceeding weeks, we researched designs, created plans based on our needs and then commenced making our first dummy.
 
At this stage I must confess that it is actually Ian who has the commanding skill and ability when it comes to working with wood, I have the official title of chief sander. It took a good part of two months of planning, measuring, sourcing local timber and creating our first dummy by hand. Then the phone call came from Ian, Naomi is born! ‘Naomi’ I asked, ‘Yes,’ replied Ian, ‘Our first dummy.’ I raced around to Ian’s place to see the final product that started with our little idea. It was the most beautiful wooden dummy I had seen. After many a private lesson, I knew enough to try out our dummy and it was a very special experience.

 
 
Fast-forward to today and our Original Wooden Dummy design has become a big seller in the Sydney area. Our initial design has undergone revisions and enhancements based on feedback received from our clients and participants at the 2014 Australian Wing Chun Federation (AWCF) conference where our dummies were used to showcase the wooden dummy form. This was an amazing experience and we continue to be grateful to the AWCF, in particularly Lindy and Tamara for inviting us along.
 
So what makes the Original Wooden Dummy different to others out there?
 
All of our dummies are free-standing and are fully customizable. We believe that if you invest in a wooden dummy, it should exactly suit your personal requirements. A recent client in Newcastle required a dummy that was shorter that the ‘one size fits all’ dummies found at other suppliers. She was so pleased with her purchase that her new Original Wooden Dummy has a prime location in her living room.
 
We have designed the Original Wooden Dummy to be completely transportable (which is great for instructors when moving between home, the training centre, clients home etc). The height is easily adjustable to suit the practitioner. An important feature was that it was easy to set-up with no screws, bolts or brackets. Talk about strong! The body is made from laminated timber to offer extraordinary strength and the arms and legs are made from Australian hardwood. Most importantly, the Original Wooden Dummy suits small spaces. Of course it is entirely hand-made.
 
We are just so thrilled that our passion has grown into a successful local business. We are extremely proud of every dummy that we produce. We are totally committed to customizing our wooden dummies to specifically suit the needs of each individual client.
 
We would love to hear from you. Feel free to request a session to test our Original Wooden Dummy. There are two designs and a choice of colours (including natural finish). We know that you will love the look and feel of them.
 
All the best with your training,
 
Original Wooden Dummy
w. originalwoodendummy.com
m. 0414 613135
f. facebook.com/originalwoodendummysydney
The Wooden Man
by David Lovegrove

Hi, this is a poem I wrote in 2008 after practicing Siu Nim Tau quietly and slowly by myself over and over.

I felt as if I became a tree just moving in the wind, flowers unfurling from finger tips, years passing. For me there has always been a tree connection in my kung fu, unusual I suppose. Not many Jackie Chan movies about tree style!
Anyhow here it is for what its worth plus a similar sketch I drew in 2012.

THE WOODEN MAN
My body trunk is as heavy as a massive oak,
My roots sink deep within the earth.
My energy rises up and out and fills me to the tips.

My arms and legs and fingers and toes 
Unfurl and close-
I move slow as a flower
Unstoppable like a new shoot
Filled with the unfolding energy 
Of the always Beautiful Springtime...

I practice in the wind of life.

I am weightless-
I am very heavy-
I am elegant, slow
But fast as a blinking eye

I unfurl my fingers to the sun
And close them as the night falls

I have no cares
I have no goals
I am the living tree
The plum blossom pole
The enduring living one
The Wooden Man

Dip Fine Art ( Julian Ashton Art School)
MA ( Visual Arts) Griffith Uni
Member – Wing Chun for Life
Wing Chun training 1997 to present under
Sifu Jim Fung, Suzanna Ho, Grant Mathers, Richard Antonini, Ivan Howe
Mentors – Tony Psaila, Tony Blencowe and Lindy Scott

- Miscellaneous Photos - 
 
 








Kids gradings -Full Circle Wing Chun
Interstate visitors to Uni branch




                  Chi Gerk at Uni

Adelaide Uni Orientation Week






















Tumby Bay Kids Martial Arts Academy senior & junior Summer Warrior Camp - StickFighting 5 day intensive, January 2015. The kids learnt basic single & double Olisi twirling, single Olisi pinky pinky partner patterns with foam padded & live rotten sticks. Also lots of pivoting strikes & of course sparring on the final 2 days...well done kids!

Right, Kyle McInerney performing elbow over grab release as part of a Wing Chun based 18 part grab release package for his Yellow/White Grading in December 2014.
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