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Kung Fu, Survival Skills, and Native Teachings at Rowanwood Farm. Newtown, CT

We were recently invited to teach and share at a mixed discipline outdoor festival at Rowanwood Farm in Newtown, CT. The team at Eco Acres Earth School were beyond generous with their sharing of wisdom, knowledge and practice of living close to the land and thriving in nature.  The farm boasts a beautiful 20+ foot Traditional Teepee, as well as forest, animal fields, an active water source, a pond, and several out buildings that serve the weekly outdoor school classes being taught there. We were all honored with a "First Fire" and traditional firelighting ceremony in accord with what I understand are the Lakota tribal traditions. Our workshops included a chi gung warm up and then double short sword introductory techniques. The students picked up...

Harvest Moon Outdoor Education Festival – Newtown, CT

Harvest Moon Outdoor Education 3 Day Festival. September 9th, 10th, 11th  - 2022. @Rowanwood Farm - 31 Chestnut Hill Road, Sandy Hook, CT Friday 4pm Check in. Saturday 8am Breakfast/Check in. Sunday 8 am Breakfast/ Check in - 7pm Check out. Daily arrivals please try to be there between 8-10am. Admission (Includes amenities and all program fees, and campsite if applicable): • Camp for the weekend – $100 per person ($140 at the door) • Day passes (all days) – $60 per person per day ($80 each at the door) Space is limited, so register soon! This event is presented by Eco Acres and in association with Rowanwood Farm and The CT Wing Chun Warriors Guild. I've been invited to instruct the Martial Arts workshops...

Wing Chun Classes in Waterbury, CT

Weekly Study Group in Waterbury, CT. Monday Nights starting at 7pm. As with all classes, the practice runs for 2 hours and includes traditional Wing Chun study material. Forms, Chi Gung, Fitness Conditioning, Flexibility Training, as well as the classical two man drills to teach self defense and martial art reflexes. We're now considering new candidates to join our study group.  Enrollment is now open. Contact us to submit an application.  Hosted at Practical Self Defense Training Center on 847 Hamilton Ave. Waterbury, CT ( exit 23 off I-84) Request Enrollment

Wing Chun Classes in New Milford, CT

Weekly Study Group in New Milford, CT. Saturday Mornings starting at 10:15am. As with all classes, the practice runs for 2 hours and includes traditional Wing Chun study material. Forms, Chi Gung, Fitness Conditioning, Flexibility Training, as well as the classical two man drills to teach self defense and martial art reflexes. We're now considering new candidates to join our study group.  Enrollment is now open. Contact us to submit an application.  Hosted at Zendo Jujitsu on 80 Park Lane Road ( Rt 202 ). Request Enrollment

Wing Chun Forms & Chi Gung – Exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine Charts

In this episode we explore traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)charts and how they might tell us a bit about our health and our vitality. A little discussion on how they relate to various symptoms and what we can do to fortify ourselves using Chi Gung and Kung Fu training. Every martial artist should look at the anatomical sciences and learn the way our temple is designed to work. Enjoy!   For more information visit our website. ctwck.com Learn Wing Chun Online – Kung Fu Classes in Connecticut . Check Out Our Merch Store: https://my-store-c149e6.creator-spring.com/

How To Use The Wing Chun Wooden Dummy – Section 3 & 4 Introduction Tutorial

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 Learning Wing Chun on your own is always a challenge, centuries ago, the grand masters in the Shaolin arts devised a training tool that would supplant the missing partner in the times when no partner was available. This training tool is none other than the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy. In Cantonese, the device is named “Mook Yan Jong”, when translated to English, it can loosely mean a “Wooden Man Stake”. Often nicknamed “The Jong” or the “Mook Jong”. Either way, it’s best to get one that is well made and well secured to a wall or ground installation. This will allow you to get the most out of training on it, because you can really release your full power potential and get a nice…

Yip Man Wing Chun Forms – Archival Footage Commentary

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 In this video release, I’m sharing some candid thoughts and commentary about the footage of Grand Master Yip Man. This footage was taken only a few weeks before his passing, and is a beautiful piece of archival history for those that study the Yip Man Wing Chun Lineage.  Fast forward 50 years from the date this video was filmed, and you can still observe a striking likeness in form design through his many disciple lineages. When I first came across this footage 20 years ago, I thought it was a wonderful confirmation that what were practicing at my Sifu’s school “Becker Wing Chun” was exactly like what Grand Master was showing in his film. No matter how good or bad you the footage is,…

How To Use The Wing Chun Wooden Dummy – Section 1 & Introduction Tutorial

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Learning Wing Chun on your own is always a challenge, centuries ago, the grand masters in the Shaolin arts devised a training tool that would supplant the missing partner in the times when no partner was available. This training tool is none other than the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy. In Cantonese, the device is named “Mook Yan Jong”, when translated to English, it can loosely mean a “Wooden Man Stake”. Often nicknamed “The Jong” or the “Mook Jong”. Either way, it’s best to get one that is well made and well secured to a wall or ground installation. This will allow you to get the most out of training on it, because you can really release your full power potential and get a nice feed…

Wing Chun Cross Hand Bridging Method – Learn Wing Chun Technique Entry Methods

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Learning Wing Chun on your own requires at least some time with a willing training partner. In this Wing Chun technique entry, we’re looking at using the circular nature of a hand capture, with well timed entry methods. Wing Chun footwork is essential to put you right into a point of control at the entry. Try this sequence at home and make sure you work out both leads. Have your partner throw a snapping jab at your face and see if you can find the flow in this presentation. Cross hand jab, into Laap Sao (grabbing hand), into Huen Sao (circling hands) into Taan San (spreading hand)… then shuffle step in and capture what ever strikes you like. Punches, Palms, and then elbows. As with…

Chi Sao Lesson 4. How to use the Bong Sao Technique

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This video is from a Public seminar taught in 2018. Featuring some concepts of “Sticking Hands” known to Wing Chun as “Chi Sao”. Here we’re discussing a few options from a Pak Da entry, where the opponent attempts to leak out and throw a hook, or hay maker against your entry. Take this drill home and with a partner, explore the way you could react to this training situation. Enjoy!

Chi Sao Lesson 3. Entry method response to a running hand

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This video is from a Public seminar taught in 2019. Featuring some concepts of “Sticking Hands” known to Wing Chun as “Chi Sao”. Here we’re discussing a few options from a Pak Da entry, where the opponent attempts to leak out and throw a hook, or hay maker against your entry. Sound is much better on this one. Take this drill home and with a partner, explore the way you could react to this training situation. Enjoy!

Wing Chun Chi Sao Lesson – Outside Pressure Handling

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 ( Disclaimer - Turn your sound up a bit... sorry our Audio was recorded a little bit too low ! ) In this video we're looking at an outside touch point reference, on the topic of Wing Chun Chi Sao.  When we translate "Chi Sao" form Cantonese into English, it roughly means "Energy Hands". However, when we try to discuss the idea of "Energy" we have to define it further. Essentially, you can push, pull, lift, drop, spiral up, spiral down, and then connect, disconnect, all these have their way expressed when we learn Wing Chun Chi Sao. In martial arts, we explain the idea as a form of adhering and then reading of power intention. Then it all gets cross references to a...

How To Be a Good Student

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What does it take to be a good student? How do you know if you are one? How do you know if you are not one? I've always considered myself a good student, and in all my experience I've always hoped that whom ever I was seeking information from would see me in the same light. But, I'm sure I probably cracked too many jokes, spoke out of turn, and made the same dumb mistake over and over again. I have to thank my teachers for their patience, and dedication to help me find my talent and hone in on my skills to find the best version of me. Every student / teacher environment is each a little different, so I know that some of...

Study finds that heel-down posture in great apes and humans confers a fighting advantage

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Walking on our heels, a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates, confers advantages in fighting, according to a new University of Utah study published today in Biology Open. Although moving from the balls of the feet is important for quickness, standing with heels planted allows more swinging force, according to study lead author and biologist David Carrier, suggesting that aggression may have played a part in shaping our stance. “This story is one more piece in a broader picture, a suite of distinguishing characters that are consistent with idea that we’re specialized at some level for aggressive behavior,” Carrier says. Nature of man debate Carrier studies biomechanics of how animals move and what the mechanics of movement suggests about the course…

Wing Chun strategy when confronting stronger opponents.

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One of the hallmarks of Wing Chun Kung Fu is a primary theory and sets of techniques that allow a smaller and weaker opponent to over come a stronger or bigger one. It’s advised that when going into a full on altercation, one ought to consider a more strategic method, than one of just smashing and bullying your way toward victory. In the traditional system, this concept is hammered in hard when the practitioner begins to study the wooden dummy. Because they are usually made of solid wood, it’s impossible to become tougher than the dummy. It is essentially, the hardest, strongest and most powerful opponent one could face. When practicing with the dummy, it’s important to put emphasis on position, body alignment, and then…

Wing Chun Foundation Lesson.

It’s a lot of discussion to explain the basics of why Wing Chun style stands a certain way. Fortunately, I covered this primary foundation topic at one of my last seminars. We started the day’s lesson with a discussion on why we stand a certain way, and how to work a few stance drills in order to improve and functionalize this stance practice. There is another 3+ hours of footage filmed from this event. So stay tuned as we get through it all and eventual release more of it. As always the best way to learn is to be in the classroom, seeing it first hand and asking questions with direct answers as we go. Check out our class schedule to see if there is…