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Bruce Lee, Ip Man, and Wing Chun Kung Fu

What is Wing Chun Kung Fu?

From Wikipedia: Wing Chun is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilising both striking and grappling while specializing in close range combat.

Grandmaster Yip Man and Bruce Lee

Yip Man and Bruce Lee

Yip Man and Bruce Lee

Wing Chun gained considerable notoriety in part because of Bruce Lee. Lee trained under Master Yip Man (Ip Man) who taught the following core principles:

1. Remain disciplined – uphold yourself ethically as a martial artist

2. Practice courtesy and righteousness – serve the community and honor your family

3. Love your fellow students or classmates – be united and avoid conflicts

4. Limit your desires and pursuit of bodily pleasures – preserve the proper spirit

5. Train diligently and make it a habit – never let the skill leave your body

6. Learn to develop spiritual tranquility – abstain from arguments and fights

7. Participate in society – be conservative, cultured and gentle in your manners

8. Help the weak and the very young – use your martial skill for the good of humanity

9. Pass on the tradition – preserve the Chinese arts and its Rules of Conduct

The moment I engaged in combat with an opponent, my mind was completely perturbed and unstable. Especially after a series of exchanging blows and kicks, all my theory of gentleness was gone. My only thought left was somehow or another I must beat him and win.

“My instructor, Professor Yip Man, head of the wing chun school, would come up to me and say: ‘Relax and calm your mind. Forget about yourself and follow your opponent’s movement. Let your mind, the basic reality, do the countermovement without any interfering deliberation. Above all, learn the art of detachment.’

-Bruce Lee

Learn Wing Chun From Sifu Chuck O’Neill

There is now a video-based course on the art of Wing Chun from Sifu Chuck O’Neill–a 3rd generation instructor from the great Grandmaster Yip Man. (Yip Man => Moy Yat => Nelson Chan => Chuck O’Neill).

This is the most thorough and comprehensive video course available, and right now, you can get your copy at a discounted price by following this link: ==>> Wing Chun Online Course

Watch These Testimonials:

“Hey Sifu Chuck. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve recently bought two of your videos, Chi Sau 1 and 2. As a matter of fact, I just finished watching the first video and I have to say that you do a great job explaining each drill. I especially like that you introduce, review, and add a final key point. I also learned a lot from the last few drills (Jip Sau/Jup Sao) because in my classes, we have never done anything like that and looking ack I feel like I could have benefited and accelerated my Chi Sao training.” Edgar Ong, New York, NY

“I was interested in learning at least the basics of Wing Chun, but I travel extensively for work which makes it almost impossible to participate in instructor lead training. Though I was prepared to be disappointed, I purchased the Sil Lim Tau and Chi Sau videos. I found them to be extremely well presented and very easy to follow with lots of repetition and explanation… I couldn’t be happier. Thanks!” T Purlman

“Dear Sifu Chuck, I really appreciate you making something like this available. After learning the first Sim Lim Tao form from you, picking this second video (Chum Kiu Form) up was a no-brainer! I’ve taken live classes, but the instructors were always too busy to offer individual form critique, which I find more important than simply striking in combinations. Your videos give me the opportunity to repeat forms over and over while you explain the details of why and how. Thank you so much!” John Anderson

Learn more about Sifu Chuck O’Neill’s Learn Wing Chun Online now!

Learn How to Choose a Bo Staff for Traditional or XMA Forms

Learn How to Do a Basic Bo Staff Release

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How To Do A Basic Bo Staff Release | Jackson Rudolph

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Advanced Training:

A basic release is essential to any advanced CMX weapons form as it is used in several tricks such as a 360, 720, or other insanely awesome moves. Here’s how to perform a basic bo staff release with your right hand:

  1. Start with the bo in your left hand, thumb up. From here, you are going to rotate the bo down and behind your back. From there, your right hand is going to meet your left behind your back. Notice in the video that any time your hands meet behind the back, your thumbs are facing each other.
  2. From here, you will bring the bow around with your right hand, rotating so that your right thumb is facing down. Bring the bow in front of your body to begin rotation for the toss.
  3. Rotate your hand as you hold the bow all the way over until you palm is facing up, which will be a 270 degree wrist rotation. From there, the momentum of the bo will cause it to continue to rotate onto your thumb, which you will use to push the staff into the air.

As you practice step-by-step, you will notice that there is no rotation on the bo when you get to the point of release, and that is because there is no momentum due to stopping before the toss. Rotation speed will increase as you get more comfortable with the movement.

The purpose of starting this move with a pass behind the back is to increase the speed of rotation, which is what you want for an amazing toss.

As you practice this technique, be sure not to grab down at the bo staff. It’s a very good way to smack your bo into the floor! Remember to keep your left palm up and let the bo fall into your hand. Gravity is your friend, and the bo will fall back down. You don’t have to reach out and grab it.

Once you get a good feel for the release, you can start to get more creative with it by catching it behind your back, behind your head, inserting a 360 degree spin, or other creative element.

Remember that if you can develop a feel of the weapon to where that weapon is an extension of your body, you will always have complete control over it. So if you can just practice for half an hour a day with your weapon, twirling it around, and just playing with it, you will find yourself more and more comfortable in attempting tricks of greater difficulty.

For great tips on choosing the right bo staff, be sure and check out Karate Kid Dojo.

Check out the Jackson Rudolph Signature Bo Staff from Century Martial Arts

Jackson is a 43-time sport karate world champion and 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In addition to being a member of the world renowned Team Paul Mitchell Karate, he is a Hyper Pro Athlete for Hyper Marital Arts, and a professional athlete for Century Martial Arts.

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