3 Things To Consider When Looking For A Wing Chun School

I recently got an interestingly email the other day from a subscriber who asked me how if there was a way to tell the difference between a watered down Wing Chun school vs a *Real Wing Chun School. Interestingly it’s not the first time I’ve heard this questions.

Here is what you need to consider when looking at schools:

1. Is the basis of training internal or external. Another words can the techniques being taught be effective if you where a 5ft 2in 103lb lady? If there is one thing that I see often it’s that many of the technique’s taught today would not be effective for a small woman.

2. It all comes back to energy. Does the “Sifu” understand how energy works with the body and can that person express it within their actions? When I first met Sifu Phu Ngo I was taken back not because he hit me really hard. Not because he was fast or flashy. It was because he was able to take any amount of energy/force I threw at him and easily control it and me. He didn’t have to hurt me to get his message across.

3. Linage really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the “sifu” is in a constant state of growth. I’ve been doing martial arts my whole life and I am always learning new ways to do things.

The essense of Wing Chun is “Simply To Simplify”. Real wing chun isn’t flashy. It’s quick and efficient. Pretty much all Wing Chun linages can be effective. It really does come down to the person teaching it.

Look for a person who can explain the how’s and why’s. One final thought is this. If you feel like the only reason someone is beating you is because they are bigger or stronger than you. Then you are not learning proper Wing Chun.

Ultimately you won’t know what you are getting yourself into until you take a class or two and “FEEL” out the instructor. It’s important that where ever you decide to go train that you take the time to learn what is being taught to you.

A good teacher will teach you based on your personal ability. Even a good teacher can’t help a bad student. Always do your part and train &  practice hard.

Shaolin 5 Animals Webinar – Saturday 27th 2014

We are hosting another webinar this month. This time we are going to dive into the Shaolin 5 animals.  Not to many people realize just how many systems of fighting came out of Shaolin.

The orgins of Shaolin kung fu come from Songshan mountain, Henan province, China. The Shaolin Temple was established around 420-589 AD We invite you to come hang with us.  Do you currently practice shaolin 5 animals? If so what’s your favorite animal?


In this webinar…

You will learn the fundamental principles of the Shaolin 5 Animals. There are many animals, but out of them all the Shaolin chose 5. You will learn why the Shaolin picked the Tiger, Leapord, Snake, Dragon and Crane, as well as learn about their nature and how they work. Learn how the integration of these animals happened and how they influence other styles of martial arts like Wing Chun. You will also learn the essence of every animal and what that means for you.

To sum it up, you will:

  • Learn what animals the Shaolin picked and why.
  • Learn what their nature is and how they work.
  • Learn how these 5 Animals influenced other martial arts, such as Wing Chun.
  • Understand their essence and why you should care.

In the webinar you will get to watch Sifu Phu Ngo demonstrate the beauty and power of each animal. Sifu Phu Ngo will be taking your questions at the end of the webinar. Be sure to register  now to guarantee your spot. Even if you cannot make it, sign up now, so you will be able

to get the replay.

This is going to be a live event, so mark your calendar and be prepared to learn!

See you soon!

Register Here


What is Fa Jin Also known as Fajing?

Over the years one question that has come is what is fajing? Depending on who you ask you will hear all types of answers. The best way to understand how Fa jin (fajing) works is to experience in action yourself. The best way to start manifesting it yourself is to study Tai Chi. Throughout the entire form there are examples of using fajing within the movements themselves.

A simple understanding of it is to simply say that you use it to infuse your attack with more power.  The mechanics of it is much like pulling a rubber band or twisting a towel.

When I learned about the term myself I started researching what it was and how it applied to my martial art. To use Fajing it helps that you are practicing with opposing energy.  Assuming you have an idea what fajin is and assuming you are practicing it and watching youtube videos on how to cultivate it a word of warning……

Be careful, often times new practitioners don’t realize how much power can actually be released and the end up hurting the training partner. Don’t do that! :-)

Wikipedia’s definition is:

Fa jin, fajin, or fa chin (fā jìn, 發勁) is a term used in some Chinese martial arts, particularly the neijia (internal) martial arts, such as Xingyiquan, T’ai chi ch’uan (Taijiquan), Baguazhang, Bak Mei and Bājíquán.

It means to issue or discharge power explosively or refining the explosive power, and is not specific to any particular striking method. Jìn (勁), or “power”, is often confused by Westerners with the related concept of jīng (精), which literally means “essence.” To generate the fa jin it is necessary to create a spiral from Dantian towards the limb or body part (e.g. shoulder, head, hip) that will perform the technique with explosive force (Bàofālì 爆發力).

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