Sunday, December 14, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
ROOTS OF WING CHUN
CHINA TRIP 2015
Oh well, it’s all starting over again. Organising the next “roots of wing chun” china tour.
It takes well over 12 months to organize everything.
Flights, Hotels, Fast Train Travel around China.
Coach hire for Tours from hotels in each Country.
Organize transport and tickets for various venues.
Organize group sightseeing.
Organize group Dinners.
And, arrive home safely.
We will leave Australia in November and arrive in Singapore.
We will visit Kenneth Cheung’s wing chun in Singapore via the local Sifu whom is Wesley Lim. Singapore has many places of interest for the Tourist.
After 3 days in Singapore, we will catch a flight to Taipei, which is the capital of Taiwan.
Hopefully, we will be lucky enough to visit Lo Man Kam wing chun in Taipei.
Lo Man Kam is the nephew of the late Grand Master Yip Man.
There are many places of interest to see in Taiwan.
After 3 days in Taiwan, we will catch an internal flight to Fuzhou in southern China.
Fuzhou is the capital of Fujian Province.
Our group will visit 2 Shaolin Temples. One in Putian and Fuqing.
There will be some sightseeing, as well, before we catch a fast train to Shanghai.
We will be staying in central Shanghai at the JW Marriot Hotel.
There will be a lot of shopping and sightseeing in Shanghai. Also.
After Shanghai, we will catch another fast train to the Capital of China, Beijing.
While in Beijing, we will visit the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Great Wall, Hutong, Drum and Bell Tower, Forbidden City and Ming Tombs.
In 2012, the skies around Beijing were a beautiful blue and the air was clean, believe it or not.
This will be the School’s sixth trip to China. In 2012, we started in Beijing and headed south to Henan and northern Shaolin Temple, then flying to Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province. We travelled around Guangdong Province for several days and finished our trip in Hong Kong, covering around 3000 kms.
This trip, we will be predominately travelling from Australia, to Singapore, to Taiwan and then along the East Coast from Southern China travelling north to Shanghai and Beijing.
The trip in 2015 will cover around 2000kms around China plus travelling around Taiwan and Singapore.
In the previous trips, we spent all our time in Hong Kong and travelling around Guangdong, visiting wing chun schools and doing demonstrations and Chi sao with the Chinese practitioners.
After the Communists takeover of China in 1949, a lot of martial arts practitioners fled or left China for a life of freedom in other Countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
The 2015 China trip will concentrate on wing chun kung fu outside of China and predominately, outside of southern China and Hong Kong.
Monday, September 22, 2014
SIFU GARRY’S WING CHN BLOG
LEUNG BIK WING CHUN
In Southern China, the Leung Bik / Yip Man Wing Chun System is classified as:
“the attack fighting system” of wing chun.
All other wing chun systems are classified as:
“the self defence fighting system” of wing chun.
The Leung Bik Yip Man wing chun system is very unique. It has 4 forms, where all other wing chun styles have 3 forms. I might state, that some systems have only 1 form, which is known to include the 3 forms in one.
The Leung Bik system has the “advanced Sil Lim Tao form” unique to this wing chun style.
Chum Kiu and Biu Jee forms are totally different than the main stream wing chun.
Dragon pole and Butterfly sword forms are also very different in structure and dynamics.
Also, the wooden dummy set has more footwork, different sequences and so on.
Why is this so?
Leung Jan “king of wing chun” would not initially teach wing chun to his Son, Leung Bik. Leung Jan thought his Son would use wing chun for illegal activity. Leung Bik was always getting in trouble, mainly for fighting in the streets and accepting challenge matches.
His martial skill was very good, consisting of southern kung fu and a little bit of wing chun, from what he picked up from his friends.
Leung Bik realized that the wing chun of the day had many limitations in a fighting environment and decided to use everything that “worked”, meaning, he experimented with a variety of techniques from other systems.
Leung Bik eventually met up with one of his Father’s teachers and learnt wing chun from him for a couple of years. Eventually, his father, Leung Jan found out and decided to adopt his Son as one of his disciples.
Leung Jan taught his Son everything he knew about wing chun, even passing down some traditional wing chun manuscripts which are still in circulation, today, in Foshan.
When Leung Bik decided to develop his own wing chun system, he incorporated all his martial knowledge and skill to create a very dynamic and unique form of wing chun.
Leung Bik’s wing chun system included many more kicks kicks as well as straight line wing chun attacking kicks. He also decided to develop kicks that covered all gates form high to low. Obviously, from his many street fights, Leung Bik realized the limitations of the wing chun at the time, therefore, incorporated many extra techniques not seen in wing chun styles at the time.
After Leung Jan retired from teaching in Foshan, he returned to his native village of Gulao, where he taught a synthesised version of wing chun, due to his age. He called this a 72 point system and named it Pien Sun Wing Chun. (side on wing chun).
The principles of “side on wing chun” share many core concepts and principles with his Son’s wing chun system.
Leung Bik Yip Man Wing Chun system and Leung Jan’s Gulao Pien Sun Wing Chun share many core principles and concepts, being, Central Line theory, Centre Line theory, Parallel Leg fighting, Circular footwork, Attack and defend simultaneously and the side on neutral stance.
Martial Arts circles suggest that Gulao wing chun is the purest in the World due to its isolation from the commercial world.
Considering the 2 systems share many core principles, one can assume the 2 systems have the same origins from Yim Wing Chun and her husband, Leung Bok Chao.
Today, there is much negative publicity concerning the authenticity of Leung Bik and his wing chun system. A lot of people in the wing chun fraternity state that Leung Bik never existed.
Due to my recent roots of wing chun china trips, I have come to the conclusion that he did exist and that Leung Bik did in fact create a unique wing chun system and passed it down to Yip Man, whom in turn taught it to William Cheung.
My wife and I have been fortunate enough to learn the much sought after Gulao Pien Sun Wing Chun from a leading wing chun master from Gulao village. His name is Grand Master Fung Keun, the son of the late legendary Fung Chun.
In Foshan, the wing chun Masters acknowledge Leung Bik with much respect and honour. They call his system the true attack fighting system of wing chun.
There are literal extracts of Leung Jan and Leung Bik’s existence in the Foshan Museum.
Yip Man’s son stated to me that his father had 3 teachers but only one Sifu, Leung Bik being one of the teachers. I have photos of Leung Bik’s manuscripts that were given to Yip Man.
Yip Man’s nephew, Lo Man Kam also talks about Leung Bik, during his stay with Yip Man.
Categoric proof that Leung Bik did exist! And that the Traditional concepts of wing chun are still being adhered to, today.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Wing Chun Blog
Sifu Garry’s Post
This blog post will concentrate on my experiences with Qigong Master Shan Hui Xi when healing some very difficult problems.
I will relate my own experiences, firstly.
I walked into class one day and expressed to my teacher that I wanted light duties today, due to a very debilitating bout of the Flu. I mean, I was aching all over, my nose was running profusely, my sinuses were aching, I had and incessant cough and a nasty headache.
My Sifu answered by saying, “go down the back and lay on the massage table”
With that, an elderly Chinese person came down and proceeded to give me a very painful treatment, consisting of massaging with his elbow, standing on my back and inserting several needles into me. I was shown to do some breathing exercises afterwards and he finished by massaging my neck and head. When I walked out of the room, I think I floated down the hallway. I felt like I was in Heaven.
All my Flu symptoms had disappeared and I was back to normal again. WOW!
This was my first experience with a Qigong Master and Qigong Healing.
It would be approximately 10 years before I experienced my next ailment.
My wife Sifu Linda, complained of pain in her big toe and could hardly walk on it. So next time in class she saw the Qigong Master for a diagnosis. He stated that Linda had 3 big spurs on her big toe and may need an operation.
After 1 treatment by the Qigong Master, Linda still experienced some pain and only thought the worst.
On the Thursday, Linda had another treatment. This time the Qigong Master said to her that he would try a Buddhist Spell.
You wouldn’t believe it, but after the second treatment all the symptoms had completely disappeared.
The 3 bone spurs had gone and Linda functioned normally once again.
Sifu Lind and I spent nine years with Shan Hui Xi and in that time he taught us three Buddhist spells, Tuina Massage (deep tissue), Medical Qigong, breathing exercises and meditation, as well as Iron Shirt Qigong (muscle and tendon change).
Many would say this is hocus pocus, but I have personally experienced the power of qigong and have also used Buddhist spells to help people in dire need.
Once, when I was being treated for a damaged knee, the Master recited some calligraphy for about 15 minutes, while his hand was on my knee.
Out of curiosity, I asked him what he was doing and he quoted.
“I speak to my Sifu” and pointed to the Heavens.
By this he meant, he was calling upon his healing teaching to come and help him to heal his patient. In this case it was me.
I now understand that true healers are only intermediatarys and they call upon their personal spirit to help them. Thankyou Universe for this knowledge and insight to understanding.