Wing Chun's - little ideas  Newsletter - Spring Edition 2016
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Spring 2016

edited by Corey Slade

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Welcome to Spring.

I'm humbled by the pictures and feedback of the Celebration held in Chu Shong Tin's honour that would have been his 83rd Birthday, recently in Sydney.
It's great to see so many of our practitioners and schools united and carrying on his legacy of understanding, progressing and sharing Wing Chun.
Yours in Wing Chun,    


Corey Slade

Conference 2016 Itinerary!!
Fast forward to 7-9th October 2016 and our

5th Annual Australasian Wing Chun Conference 2016
Welcome - this year's conference will be held in the sunny and lovely State of Queensland at Xiong Mao Wing Chun Academy with Dave Somers. An event not to be missed!!

Following from last year's success guests can expect a celebrated list of presenters covering all 6 forms through out the weekend with comprehensive workshops, plenty of Chi Sau and our exclusive once a year chance for catching up with old friends and making new ones too.

Please read Guests Notes:
Interstate guests have the convenience of arriving via train directly at our front door from the airport. Public transport and Uber facilities are abundant and affordable.

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All catering has been arranged for every participant making sure that with our intense training everyone is looked after, all catering is included in the ticket price, covering breakfast, lunch, dinner from arrival on Friday evening through to Sunday early afternoon for each guest.

Grab your ticket today to experience the 5th annual Australasian Wing Chun Conference!

We look forward to putting together an event that will again serve to strengthen our community of members with always an open and equal opportunity for everyone to participate and feel part of our one big family.

Will we see you at this year’s conference event?

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A Long Pole Exercise
by Gary King

Following on from an article I wrote sometime early last year I'd like to offer some tips for practicing the long pole.
As a starting point, here I will focus on the simple upward movement, or ‘raising pole’.
As simple as this exercise might seem, there is actually a lot happening in terms of joint rotations and directions. The movement is a coordinated effort from the wrist, elbow, and shoulder joints. Even the body/spine plays an important role, but for now I will just concentrate on the basics.
If you have been practicing the first movement of Siu Nim Tao (raising of the fists from your sides to under your arms) correctly for several years, you already know this action. As with that Siu Nim Tao exercise, you want to think of the pole, your hand, your lower and upper arm all as being light - floating up, i.e., the opposite of straining to lift up something heavy.
As an exercise for the actual rotational or structural movements of raising pole, try this: get someone to raise and lower the pole for you while you simply hold the pole and go with the movement, let them do all the work.
This will allow you to relax and hopefully free your mind from trying to lift or 'fire' muscle movement. Instead, just watch and feel what is happening to your joints.
This simple exercise combined with the floating idea should be a good start to correct practice.
If you have not thought about the Siu Nim Tao movement of raising your fists to your sides, you should spend many hours practicing that first.
As I said in my previous article: don’t expect results after just 10 minutes, or even a few hours of practice. Think more in terms of weeks and months, even years.
As usual, correct practice and patience is the key.
Next newsletter I hope to look at another pole exercise.
Enjoy your Wing Chun.

Mind or structure,
which is it?

by Gary King
We often hear statements like; “you don’t need structure, you just need to use your mind.”
But what does this actually mean?
To make it clearer, the statement might be better said, “you cannot think about structure to perform a movement optimally”.

That is, if you are thinking about structure while you are doing the movement, then you are using your cerebral cortex or ‘thinking’ part of the brain. This will be competing with and disrupting your hindbrain, that ‘primal’ part of the brain that controls natural movement. At the very least this gives the body conflicting messages. The body needs to be free from the thinking mind to perform optimally.
However to think you can disregard working on physical structure and movement is a little absurd. You need these exercises for ‘learning’.
Otherwise you could not even practice the Siu Nim Tao form, for simply standing in this form is practising structure. Likewise moving your arm is practicing joint rotations.
How many Olympians have done great things from solely “thinking” about it, or “not thinking” about it?
A ‘high jumper’ may say things like “I just think about floating over the bar and then I let my body just do it”. But to get to that point they have spent thousands and thousands of hours in challenging physical practice.
We need to remember that working on physical structure and movement is an essential part of learning, of self-awareness, mind-body connection, etc. But we also need to remember that they are just tools. Tools to form natural movements so we can then ‘not’ think about them.
I think that is the point the opening statement is trying to make.
Something to think about, or ‘not’ think about.

Fighters vs Wing Chun
by Janos Konya

I would like to talk about a statement which is often brought up, of which I have a different view. It is more than likely that you’ve heard a fighter say that Wing Chun doesn’t work and is useless against an MMA fighter, Thai Boxer or BJJ fighter. First of all, nowadays, traditional martial arts is pushed down, as many people are brain washed with the thought that modern fighting styles are more powerful and effective than traditional martial arts.

It is my belief that a fighting style such as MMA fighting, and a Kung Fu such as Wing Chun, have very different value systems, etiquette, purpose, dedication and mentality. Secondly, a real martial artist doesn’t want to prove that their skill is of a higher level, show off, let the ego take over their mind and mis-behave or be involved in any unnecessary fights. Rather avoidance is preferred.

People can be good fighters, with intense training, as a fulltime job within a few years, depending upon personal ability. But to be a martial artist in any traditional martial arts takes a life time of dedication.

Since the beginning of any civilisation there was always an urge to prove which style of martial arts is the best, but these days MMA is deemed the "superior". In the past people developed a martial arts system or style or chose one and changed it and it became that country’s national martial arts. I believe all styles work very well and are excellent to defend ones self. All styles have excellent masters who keep the tradition and have taught thousands of students over centuries.

In my opinion martial arts’ number one purpose or motivation is self-defence. This involves respect, a code of conduct, etiquette, humbleness, and life time dedication to perfect the art. The modern fighting sport motivation is far different. The main drive may often involve 'i wanna be', ego, money, pride, fame, etc.

Let me emphasis my respect for the very few who are exceptions, as they train countless hours like a machine. Once they step into the cage, they have to fight until they cannot move, and if the referee doesn’t stop the fight, then either of the competitors could be killed. Unfortunately I’ve seen a dog fight before, it is very similar. I have also seen traditional martial arts competitions as well which is very different.

Going back to Wing Chun. Wing Chun uses internal power, and focuses on the structure of our bones rather than our muscles. It is based on self-defence and was developed by a woman of small stature. Basically it is not a fighting sport, but instead a very powerful self defence system that is made for everyday life outside the ring and without rules. Obviously attacking all the vulnerable points on the human body is not allowed in the ring, however in Wing Chun that is the main point of focus. The vulnerable points include the eyes, groin, throat, joints, ears, etc.

As an example a Woman of smaller size would find it very difficult to fight against a large buff man, therefore Wing Chun can be utilized to impress upon the most vulnerable points in a life threatening situation. Although ending up in this situation is very rare in one's lifetime, a real martial artist’s first reaction is to talk and solve conflicts peacefully without an escalating ego.

Finally, I would like to mention a statement I read on the internet. Wing Chun has weakness because of the strange angle, and some parts of the body are not covered etc.  Let me explain my point of view. Wing Chun is a martial arts for the dedicated, there are many masters of hard styles of martial arts, however, very few true masters of internal martial arts. Wing Chun is an art that many spend half a lifetime striving to understand and implement, yet do not even come close to controlling and many fail. This is because the highest skill levels of Wing Chun are very difficult to master. The founder of the system developed this martial art very precisely and “scientifically”. Our Grandmasters refined the system from every angle over three+ centuries to make the style work perfectly. The kind of instructor who doesn’t even finish the first form properly, but is already playing with the knife and the wooden dummy is the one who always wants to add something, take shortcuts and rush instead of practicing the foundation. There is a well-known saying, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 different kicks, but the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times “

Therefore Wing Chun is a very difficult martial art because there are so many factors that determine how well you are able to perform it. Go all the way down the road before you judge it.

CST Birthday Party Weekend, Sydney - June 2016
by David Lovegrove

Hi everybody, just thought I would share the notes I took over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of June at GrandMaster Chu Shong Tin's 83rd Birthday Party in Sydney. The event was held at the Burwood Community Hub and it was extraordinarily well attended - essentially a big extended Wing Chun family get together.

Special thanks go to Tony Chui and the other organizers for their hard work  and to our Hong Kong family for coming to meet us and share with us.
For it was a big thrill to finally meet SiPo ( Sigung's wife) and Horace Chu ( his son) and Sifu's Peter Wong and Nima King. I was also over the moon to finally meet Albert Chong again ( haven't seen him since 97), Suzanna Ho(who I hadn't seen since 2000) and Karen Armstrong (since 2012?).

For me also very special thanks to my old mate and first Si Hing David Rasko of RKD International.
So many more old and newer mates to catch up with, a real feast (literally on Saturday night!) of friendship and Kung Fuuuu!!!!!
So these are some notes that I madly thumb tapped into my phone during the special presentations (sorry I didn't tap for all presenters but listened intently, confident that we will eventually get access to the videos made professionally by the guys from Hong Kong.

The notes are brief but hopefully you will find them enlightening, interesting and well perhaps a little controversial at times.
Blame me or my thumbs ok! (Or watch the videos wherever they are, hopefully appearing on the CST Alumni site soon?)

Sifu Tony Psaila -
Siu Nim Tau connects to centre
Feeling of floating and being very light.
Hitting is transference of body mass
Expert in neuro science told Tony 'you are' processing in visual cortex' !!!!!!
Kinesthetic good word
(note to self -research visual cortex)
Sigung -"its easy!" "MO YEAH" (doing nothing).
No need to think lines, you're already connected to them already converged.
Wing Chun is based on natural body movement.
Mind juggling so many things (point this, roll this, expand this) how can they be natural!!! (My thoughts exactly..for years!)
What matters is intercepting his arms not how to do.
Sifu Tony Blencowe -
Virtualizing (becoming virtual, as if you and opponent not there)
Watching from behind you. (Tony told me once that Sigung told him this - do this whilst doing Chi Sau, as if watching yourself from behind with a video cam)
Weight sucking in and coming back (opponent's weight).
People touch others hands (arms etc) and tend to push in, can't help it, that's natural - but should just empty and let self dissolve.
Don't need to think structure or set up stuff
Sigung said "It's your Wing Chun. Unique. Creative."
Sifu Nima King -
Spine story (about) activating nim tau with Sigung looking into your eyes
No arms and legs (!)
String lines between people
Thin lines real actually connected between people
Sigung told people to relax shoulders rotate joints etc because they couldn't activate nim tau! when doing from nim tau doesn't matter
(You) Sing ( fill up spine) (then) nim tau state
Then how to move without changing state.
Siu nim tau suggests its singular- a STATE
Single thought, not many - not all the do this, do that with body stuff.
Lop Nim - Yip Man - just use the mind.
Sigung never got all the do this do that stuff from Yip Man - just direct movements with mind.
Yip Man just said you have copied form -good so just practice to use the mind.
Holistic feel of whole body
Maintain it
Dont let weapon take awareness away when you touch it
Focusing all of nim tau in lines
Tan Sau shouldn't spring forward (when pressure let go e.g in chi sau)
Sigung said never transfer force to ground. Force should just dissipate and disappear.
Sigung just stood on a rooftop (early on) and thought 'I want to do tan sau' stood for hrs just mind not moving arm. (Good one)
(Me -Just in mind. HOURS!!!) Just meditating getting mind VERY STRONG.
Canton Noodle House conversations at lunch then Croydon Park Club for Coffee with Sifu's Peter Wong, Albert Chong, Rebecca Chong, Franc Wing Chun, Stephen Lung, Prashan and Long John.
Two Wing Chun sayings we discussed ( amongst other Wing Chun subjects)
MO GUI MO SIK means 'no form no technique'.
"It also means take swords pole into heart and move in heart not out in hands".
Peter and Albert both agreed - "It means - they are not there, not there.
Take (them) in" ( me – Virtualize)
(Note - Stephen Lung told me today on phone that Sigung spoke of this concept as meaning 'don't think what to do, of techniques and 'he does this I do that' but rather do 'nothing' - let your arms do what they want to do.
Sigung often said 'Mo, Mo (nothing, nothing)' - also Mo Yeah - do nothing. (Me - Let the Siu Nim Tau state take control and protect you.)

We also talked about how Chi Sau is about training this Mo Yeah state, not about trying to find holes and hit. You have to learn to trust the state to do what has to be done - Trust the training of whole body from the forms and Chi Sau -Not Easy lol!)
Soft Fist from Inside Heart Explodes
Peter Wong - "Air space inside of heart! A bubble of air inside. You do it all inside".
Stephen Lung - "When Sigung does things to you it's like his heart opens and chi floods out all around you."
(Stephen also told me on phone today that Sigung said this softness should be soft like feathers or jelly! I love that idea!)
Sorry if some of this seems cryptic, those with experience will understand and once again please blame me for any misinterpretation :)
I have lots more of interest coming in my soon to be published Amazon Kindle ebook 'Wing Chun Mind Force'.
For more info check out and my Facebook page 'Wing Chun Mind Force'.
Cheers and see you all at this years AWCF Conference in Brisbane!

Random pics collected on social media from the birthday event...

Random pics collected on social media from practitioners...


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