Sad news reaches us from Hong Kong—we have lost yet another living legend of Wing Chun. Sifu Chu Shong Tin (Tsui Sheung Tin), Grandmaster Ip Man’s third Hong Kong student, has passed away at age 81. He was known as the “King of Siu Nim Tau” for his dedication to the first set. He taught Wing Chun for over 60 years, beginning his training under Ip Man at age 17. Chu Shong Tin was born in 1933 in the Kwong-tung Province of Mainland China. In November 1949, he left China and settled in Hong Kong. During September 1950, he started work as a secretary for the Association of Restaurant Workers of Hong Kong. It was at that time that he first met Grandmaster Ip Man, who had just started teaching Wing Chun at the Union building. Chu Shong Tin lived with Ip Man from 1951 through much of 1955. May he rest in peace. #ChuShongTin#WingChunIllustr
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
"First of all, people should understand that things are not always an application. You can use applications or exercises to show a person how things work, however, you should never think in terms of applications. The most important thing is that people understand that Wing Chun helps you to create certain behaviour and attributes for fighting. For example, Chi Sau is an exercise where we exchange force and it is used to further develop our fighting skills. We need 'knock out' power, so we need to programme our bodies for this. Therefore, we create behaviour that we can punch from any direction, at any time. People need to develop the attributes. If not, they will be stuck in movements like Taan Da against this kind of attack and another fixed movement against another kind of attack. That’s application thinking. It’s all about changing your behaviour. Fighting is fighting, just like swimming is swimming—we have to adapt our bodies to this thinking."
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014
"Central to any discussion of the response to a perceived threat is to understand the physiological responses that the body has when a potential menace is initially recognised. One of the first things to realise is that your thinking stimulates the physiological reaction, and that it is your own thinking which can therefore control and harness this response. 'Fear is in the mind of the beholder.' Fear is experienced as a sudden release of adrenaline (a combination of two chemicals, Epinephrine and Norepinephrine), followed immediately by the associated physiological responses. If left uncontrolled, these responses can have a devastating effect on both the body and the mind."
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
"Whilst encouraging me to adapt and personalise Wing Chun applications and the deployment of the tools from the forms to suit me and the situations I may find myself in, Sifu was equally insistent that I should practise and teach the forms, structures and techniques in exactly the same as he taught me. The point being that despite the necessity to develop Wing Chun to work for yourself as an individual, there is no need to change Wing Chun as it isn’t a systematic and fixed process of movements, but more a collection of tools and principles that allow for personal exploration—the starting point and journey to learn the tools, concepts and principles of Wing Chun should be the same for my students as it was for myself; no reinventing the wheel!"
-- Spread of Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe's article from the upcoming Issue No. 18. New issue on sale June 20.