Saturday, 17 February 2018

Review of my first lessons in the "Chu Shong Tin Wing Chun" Method

The late Grandmaster Chu Shong Tin - 1933-2014

 To begin, here is a brief description of who Chu Shong Tin was and his life's work developing and teaching his Wing Chun method.
Much information can be found online in these modern times to gain a more insightful historical account of this mans approach, practice and teaching of Wing Chun but as a brief overview, Chu Shong Tin (abbreviated herein as CST) began his Wing Chun learning under Grandmaster Yip (Ip) Man as a 19 year old in January 1951, he was one of the original Hong Kong based students alongside famous others such as Lok Yiu, Leung Sheung and Wong Shun Leung.
CST took to his Wing Chun practice diligently often spending around 10 hours per day on the development of his skills, of particular focus was the first practice form in Wing Chun, Siu Nim Tau (little idea) as well as focused concentration on leading all the actions from the mind intent (Yi in Cantonese) and on the direct advice of Ip Man "to use no force"
During many hours of daily Chi Sau with his peers CST chose to work on his defence often letting his partners strike at will and aiming to nullify the incoming force and seek only to control his own balance as well as affecting his partners in the process (as students of Ip Man also report that they were always off balance and he never needed to resort to striking).
CST also spent around 5 years of his 21 years training time actually living with Ip Man and being a closed door student as well as a senior instructor within Ip Man's classes.
Following the passing of Ip Man in 1972, CST continued to honour his Sifu's art passing it on with a passion to retain the original simplicity and true essence that was passed to him by Ip Man.
A short breakdown and overview can also be found in this link https://www.sungwingchun-sheffield.com/chu-shong-tin.html

Some other great resources and clips can be found on YouTube including "Mindful Wing Chun" by Sifu Nima King and Sifu John Kaufman Wing Chun and of course the "Sung Wing Chun" channel...but I stress this looks very different to how it feels. Like all Wing Chun when you feel it..you know what real and whats not.

"Sung Wing Chun" - Sheffield; Daniel Parr - Mark Ho - Jon Jones


After 22 years to date in Wing Chun practice for myself and exposure to around 7 lineages of our art and forever open minded to all approaches of practice, i've recently found my interest has piqued enough to explore the internal side that seems to be a big talking point in modern day Wing Chun.
Sifu Sergio Iadarola is having huge success spreading his IWKA worldwide and has some fantastic research into the practice and development of Wing Chun that long pre-date the common Ip Man method recognised today. I was also aware within the Ip Man line that Chu Shong Tin had a very internal and holistic focused methodology in passing on the system, so via some Googling and a few online conversations found the instructors at "Sung Wing Chun" Sheffield UK. 
I had a couple of free days so arranged to travel up there this February 13th/14th 2018 to learn both privately with Mark Ho and Dan Parr and attend one of their classes while I was there also to have some immersion in the Chu Shong Tin method that they teach.

I arrived in a cold Sheffield city centre at 12.30pm after almost 5 hours on the train and took a taxi to Marks house where he welcomed me into his home with hot Chinese tea and a smile. Mark made me feel at ease immediately and spent time to explain how his Sigung taught and the key breakdown of the system is practised and approached. There is far too much that wont be understood prior to feeling the method but in brief, most Wing Chun is highly external in nature, punching, kicking, mobility, partner drills, scenarios, sparring  and is very direct and effective. The internal methods concern more along the lines of holistic self development, learn to correct and release tension in the body for balance and synchronicity of the skeletal frame and how the subconscious mind may be tapped into to control any actions we perform and there is a process of change and pathway to follow to make the most of this understanding and develop the skills required for realistic use if needed of the Wing Chun system of Chu Shong Tin.
I guess I was part expecting some form of esoteric mumbling's about soft magical force and Qi (Chi) power or autosuggestion that gets you to act in a certain way to sell the method...but nothing could be further from the truth, Mark demonstrated their handling of given force in comparison to how most (read..me) do it ..or the reliance of speed and muscular power, bracing or fast footwork and lightening fast hands...when in fact once contact was made and he asked me to do 'anything' I wanted...I was totally unable to punch, kick, trap, grab, breakaway...I couldn't even keep balance..and he wasn't trying or needing to move or strike me to do so..just smiled back as I was caught in his web..if anything he made me stick to him!! He indicated though that he could have struck me at will at any point but there was no need as we both knew this....

Mark led me through some basic force related exercises and tests (pushes/pulling/pressure) so I could feel where I was holding tension and how to release that as well as how being aware of my postural integrity and thought process could positively affect my ability to release and withstand increasing force given and how to join our body mass into the equation as well as the relationship of this practice to the Wing Chun forms, Chi Sau, dummy and weapons.
The core actions in Wing Chun are well known as Taan (lay-out/disperse) Bong (wing-arc) and Fook (nullify/cover) - these actions are often angular in most Wing Chun branches, yet circular in nature in the CST method and involve free joint rotation instead of jamming elbows in and relying solely on structure and action/reaction force.

We covered the core CST method of Standing Practice and its relationship to the methods effectiveness as without balance, relaxation and control paired with awareness of our self, how can we possibly attack or defend against an external resistance. 

When Ip Man learnt and taught initially the traditional method was to focus on the basic stance only for the first few months to a year at least, perhaps some form practice and wallbag punching to be added in before commencing the Chi Sau training, Ip was forced to add more variety and mobility in the training as he relied on the income from teaching to live and most wouldn't commit to this form of mainly static practice so deviated slightly from how he was taught. Chu Shong Tin in his last 10 years documented that this was crucial to the development of his Wing Chun methodology to retain this original nature and approach to Wing Chun.
Mark mentioned in his time learning directly from his Sigung he would often spend 6 hours standing every night (5pm to 11pm) in his classes (I have just begun with 30-45 mins daily and this is arduous enough being new to this method)
I left Marks, booked into my B&B and took a walk for a coffee and to write up notes from my lesson still shaking my head in relative disbelief.

Mark Ho teaching how to receive incoming force

A few hours later Daniel Parr, one of the three "Sung Wing Chun" instructors picked me up for the evening class. I was interested to see how the class was structured and how the students took to this method of practice which is clearly in direct contrast to most Wing Chun schools. There I also met the third instructor they have, Jon Jones (not the MMA legend)... they share the hands on teaching and avoid the titles and certificates and bowing of many western Wing Chun schools.
The class began with standing practice, easier said than done and there is much going on inside your body and head despite what it may look like to an outsider...this was followed by individual form practice and concentrating on the "Sung" (relaxed/settled) state and the mind leading the body. Immediately I realised how much tension I had been holding in my shoulders and hips and calves and thighs and back...this began to dissipate I noticed with attention to it during a slow first form run through lasting around 20-25 mins.
We then paired up and were given a force exercise/test to run through in accepting the pressure within the body, release any tension without collapsing inward or moving, dissipate the force and connect our body mass as the pressure increased. Fascinating and frustrating all at once! 
Lastly we moved onto their practice of Daan Chi Sau (single sticking hands) which doesn't follow any set prescribed routine or drill (there are no drills in fact) but the exchange of pressures and forces and the use of the Taan/Bong/Fook joint rotations with steps/shifting only there if required..I trained with instructors, experienced students and almost total novices with less than a year Wing Chun and regardless they handled me with ease and a smile and left me unbalanced  and in total awe of the effortless skill and ability to hit me anytime they wanted without any speed or muscular force being used at all. Very impressed is an understatement.

Daniel Parr - Chu Shong Tin

After a great nights sleep in my comfortable en suite room I headed round to Dan Parr for a private lesson with him before my journey home, Dan initially learnt Wing Chun for 12 years under Sifu William Lai, a Chu Shong Tin disciple in the 70's and Dan is the only student under William I believe to be certified to teach under him. Dan went onto learn directly in Chu Shong Tin's school in Hong Kong in his last years and learnt the method they currently teach now.
Another very hands on lesson followed and Dan built on what Mark had showed me and presented it in a different way but the result was the same...he effortlessly controlled my centre and attempts to do anything without really trying but explained the whole time what he was doing and how I could follow suit, lets just say I had some glimpses into whats possible as he led me through aspects of Siu Nim Tau and Chum Kiu and Chi Sau and how what he teaches is all encompassing as far as dealing with any type or direction of attack that may come in from punching to kicking and grappling and not merely Wing Chun vs Wing Chun lines of attack, the core concepts came out naturally, if I attempted to break away he ate up my space, if I sped up my response my balance was compromised quicker and always had an immediate striking opportunity available that he didn't need to be set up or search for ..he was there...like some jedi wizard :-)



On my journey home I continued to write up the 15 pages of notes from my experiences and know deep down this is worth investing time in and committing to for the long run, I also strangely felt like I have returned a better person in some way and view Wing Chun in a much different light to its true power and potential. 
I will return very soon for another input, possibly in the form of attending their long weekend gathering in April in Derbyshire and in the meantime focus on my own internal wing chun development and practice and begin to drip feed some of the ideas into my current classes until I have a better skill and understanding to pass it on accurately.

I have also suggested that we arrange for them to come down to Suffolk to hold a workshop/seminar on the Chu Shong Tin method sometime later this year as it needs to be felt first hand by our students to be fully appreciated.

Lastly I'd like to thank Mark, Dan and Jon for being so open and welcoming without agenda as well as the the Sung Wing Chun students who gave me an initial feel for this unique and very special genuine Kung Fu skill.

See you all very soon. Paul

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Christmas and New Year Class Information


Well, another training year is coming to an end and Id like to thank all the students that have continued to put in the hard work and regular attendance in the Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds Wing Chun sessions in 2017as well as the private students who put that extra time into their learning.

We have had some regular longer term students cease training this year and also some new faces eager to learn start to join us with also some that had left, return again to the fold in both locations.

With my extra work commitments that I have taken on since September the pressure is off to chase people constantly to attend on a regular enough basis to enable me to get some true momentum and progression in the classes.
Although this has in turn allowed me to focus on the dedicated students who turn up week in week out and put the time in to make the club stronger and provide solid training partners for others coming in to learn and develop their own Wing Chun.

This year we have also taken our first real tentative steps into sparring and will continue to explore this in the new year in a variety of ways from empty hand Chi Sau based drills to pad fed and partner live sparring work using small and large gloves with also the option of additional protective gear to pressure test and explore the concepts in training as this develops past the basics.


The Sudbury training shed also now has a wall mounted Wooden Dummy that has been utilised in many of the midweek sessions and I will also be offering "Small group or Individual Intensive Training" opportunities on this area of Wing Chun (as well as others) in the spring of 2018. 
These will be 2 or 4 hour sessions depending on the subject matter and a great way to get a comprehensive insight into some of the key training areas that dont always get the time allocation required in class.


In April there will be a small monthly Tuition Fee increase as this hasn't happened for over a decade and in fact prices have gone down in that time period which doesn't provide me with financial security to pay hall fees/travel expenses should people not bother to turn up or pay on time/set the compulsory standing order payment up etc. I admit I have been laid back about this in the past and will also change come April. More details to come next year but I teach more out of passion for the art than financial gain as you all know so the increase wont break the bank and we will still be well under what many other Wing Chun club charges to learn the system .

On a final note our last Bury St Edmunds session is this afternoon (December 17th) and Sudbury still has Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th as their final sessions.
Private tuition will be available up until and including Saturday 23rd December in Sudbury by contacting me directly to arrange.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and lets try and hit the ground with the right training mindset from the start of the new year to improve our standard and practice in our personal Wing Chun journey. January will be a big focus on old school type drilling of the core basics, forms, footwork, functionality and coordination exercises alongside the usual Chi Sau and Sparring that have been present in the last few months.

Merry Christmas to all!!! 

Sifu Paul 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

What to expect when joining our Wing Chun classes

When a new student or prospective student comes along to try a martial arts class, often getting them through the door is the hardest step for them to take.
Our classes are adults sessions but on occasions we do accept members as young as 13 if they have the right training mindset and behaviour and the self discipline to concentrate and improve but everyone works with each other to some degree and helps each other to learn and improve regardless of ability or experience.
We currently take new members in our main classes in Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds all year round.
First 4 sessions can be on a taster basis Pay as you Go £10 per class, after this the monthly fee applies to everyone, ideally via standing order.
(*Private one to one tuition is also available on request in Sudbury*)

So with this in mind here is a brief rundown of how we structure our classes and what to expect when you join us to learn Wing Chun Kung Fu.

Wing Chun Fundamentals:

It is important at first to develop a basic understanding of how Wing Chun works and what its key principles and concepts are, so the early weeks of training will comprise of setting up stance for optimum balance, the way we use our guarding hands and punching method and footwork methods.
At this stage you will also be introduced to some partner drills that begin to develop coordination and control and a respect for your training partners in class (many of the wing chun drills help you build an optimum training partner)
Striking to pads and tag type sparring development drills will also be introduced alongside the first Wing Chun practice form Siu Nim Tau (little/young idea) and its sticking hands counterpart Dan Chi Sau (single sticky hands) as well as a double sticking hands drill called Poon Sau (rolling/folding hands) which develops the correct use of the elbow and force exchange, both of which act as punch development tools and linking the upper half to the stance via the elbow and waist.
In our club we also get the beginning level students to learn the key Wing Chun actions in combination drills with a partner and learn basic Wing Chun self defence scenario training, how to deal with common street level type attacks and situations in a fixed and more random, but controlled format.


Wing Chun Intermediate Level:

By this stage you may be a few months into your Wing Chun training and have a good basic grasp of the Fundamental level training...we never fully move on from these basics as advanced Wing Chun is simply the basics done to a high standard, but there are more forms, drills and a deeper understanding to be worked on from this stage.
The second form is introduced here Chum Kiu (seeking/sinking the bridge) which involves turning the stance, stepping, kicking and begins to focus on a moving target and training the body to work as one unit. Chum Kiu has its own complimentary drill in the form of Laap Sau (warding off hands) that primarily works on the Wing Chun core actions contained around Bong Sau (wing arm deflection) and how it may be used to open up a new attack line if our wrist is controlled in some way.
You will also learn how to deal with grabs and holds at this stage of training and be introduced to our Level 1 Free Sparring programme and begin to learn to apply your wing chun against more random pressure in a controlled environment .
Sticking hands training is a large focus in Wing Chun due its close quarter suitability so this will be bedded in within most sessions to some degree as Chi Sau practice works to stage of an encounter where hands and arms often get jammed up and entangled so the Chi sau helps us find a way back to being able to use our main Wing Chun punch or diffuse a situation enough to control or escape safely if possible.
After this maybe 2 to 3 years have passed depending on how often you train and how diligently you practice at home to improve.
The next stages to come involve the third practice form Biu Jee (thrusting/pointing fingers) as well as the famous Wing Chun Wooden Dummy training Muk Yan Jong as well as two weapons forms, the long pole Luk Dim Boon Gwun and double knives/short swords Baat Jaam Dao

Chi sau and sparring get more intense as your skill and control improves and the early drills become pivotal now as you find some of the mistakes you make under this pressure can be rectified using a return to the drills. In this way the Wing Chun system is constantly being refined as you become programmed to respond in a more efficient way for close quarter fighting always referring back to the foundation level as your root.

In over 20 years I am still amazed at how much Wing Chun teaches me about myself and as martial artists we constantly strive to learn, dvelop and improve ourselves and others through the training habit.

So what are you waiting for???? Join us soon in one of our classes and learn for yourself how much Wing Chun Kung Fu has to offer.
For more information call me on 07891699272 or request to join our Facebook page at
"Next Level Wing Chun Academy"

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Sudbury Wing Chun change of training night (January 2017) and Tuition fee breakdown


As of the first week of January 2017 our usual Thursday night training session will switch back to a Wednesday evening 6.30pm to 8pm. 82 Cornard Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2XB (please arrive at least 5 mins early)

This session will focus mainly on one or two areas per session such as a practice form and a partner drill for example or may cover just one area for the entire class, this session will still be suitable for all levels of experience but I would encourage all beginning level students to attend the Monday night session in Sudbury and/or the Sunday main class in Bury St Edmunds and use this Wednesday training as an addition if you have less than 6 months Wing Chun training experience.

I have had a few new enquiries for both the Sudbury shed based sessions and Bury St Edmunds class over the Christmas break  so its possible that I could try again to hire a larger training hall in Sudbury if we get enough committed regular students paying monthly by standing order to warrant it (8 to 10 paying monthly)..although this will have been the fifth time in 12 years I have done so in Sudbury and been let down by lack of dedicated students to cover the hall fees every time so admittedly I am a bit reticent to dive straight in and lose money again...but with enough interest can happen.

Each class in both locations needs to have a minimum of 6 students to keep the sessions open so its more than achievable and my open, lenient approach to tuition fees over the past ten years or so hasn't helped at times.

Every student should have set up a monthly standing order payment within the first 6 weeks of training. Cash payments can be used for tuition as long as the student always pays the first session of each month..once this has been missed a standing order needs to be set up from this point forward to continue training. Standing order details can be sent to you via email or via paper to hand into the bank, please use your name as a reference...should you decide to cease training the first instance is to inform me, then the standing order payment may be cancelled at any time

£10 pay as you go fees are only applicable for the first month of training to enable the student to decide if they wish to continue training in Wing Chun..after this monthly fees apply immediately.

Tuition Fee Breakdown

15 to 18 year olds and unemployed adults: £5 per session/£20 per month

Adults: £10 per session initially for the first 4 sessions then £30 per month in either branch

Family Discount: £60 for upto 3 members of the same family all training

All classes in both locations per month: £40

Private Tuition: £30 per hour held in the training shed, Sudbury

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Closing notes from 2016..and whats to come


Well, 2016 has been a year of many ups and downs to say the least. We started 2016 exploring the "Applied Body Mechanics Ving Tsun" until the end of April when we parted ways.
The few months we did have gave us a fantastic insight in to how to improve some areas our previous training had been lacking in the form of increased mobility, awareness of balance and leverage and targeting as the key factors and this we have kept in mind and training drills in many ways this year.

Following this we spent a period of returning to our core Next Level Wing Chun basics keeping simplicity, directness and efficiency at the forefront, honing the forms and key drills and getting back to working Chi Sau, breaking down and understanding the concepts, timing and coordination involved and being mindful not to chase hands literally or with mind (Nod to Ernie ;))

Following our split from ABMVT we lost a few committed students, as to be expected, who preferred that approach. As always when students leave or move on I try to not take it too personally, martial arts is a journey for all of us and as coaches we don't own students and can only really teach from our own experiences and pass on the skills as we have been taught and interpreted them.
That's not to say that I haven't been disappointed when this has happened after putting so much time and focus into those students in helping them on their path but it isn't or shouldn't be a personal issue and all of those who do move on I hope will always be friends and would be welcome back should they wish at any point. I myself have learnt and taught for a few separate groups over the last 20 years and whatever i've absorbed from that has become part of what I now teach in some way and am truly thankful for those opportunities

The latter months of the year we have been covering all aspects of the system with both our Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds locations, students have had ample opportunity to get training in with the wooden dummy, target balls, pad drills, long pole and knives, timing drills, footwork drills, kicking and counter kicking and Chi Sau. I make accessible over 150 Wing Chun sessions a year..all you need to do is commit to show up and put the work in....short cuts, missed sessions, excuses obviously will detract from your overall understanding and ability and limit how much you take on board...but again..that's your choice and your journey and your decision to make..if you want it bad enough..you will make it happen...if not it will just be a longer road, but as these skills truly take a lifetime of attention anyway to maintain there's no rush...as always you get out what you put in..no more no less.


In 2017 I need to focus on building the club student base in both locations, we dont need earth shattering student enrolment just regular dedicated, committed students who will make the club stronger for the future and give you all people to train with..I am not a commercially driven teacher and keep fees affordable (less per month than I was paying 15 years ago) but at the end of the day it is my profession and job.

Wing Chun wise my drive is to provide you with a good solid base of functional Wing Chun skills that you can take and develop, explore and make your own. A clear path of progression and understanding for training purposes, good mobility and balance with effective striking skills... and more importantly should a situation occur at street level that you are in some ways more prepared for.

For myself, I am hoping to get along to Philipp Bayers weekend seminar in Torquay in August to experience his unique take on WSLVT and am "considering" another return to cross training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , more for personal interest and fitness than anything else., this year as many of you will know I have increased my running up to around 40 miles a week and dropped almost 2 stone in weight since this time last year...knee injuries can be commonplace in long distance running so BJJ is a very good functional skill that naturally keeps your fitness levels high but has the downside of potential injury as with anything..but the timing, leverage, pressure factors, full body usage are very well aligned with Wing Chun in many ways..for me..if it relates to close quarter fighting it is valid to explore as needed (plus I miss being choked out by everyone on the mats and having to literally fight to survive..keeps me in the white belt mentality so I don't get above myself..always something to learn) ;)

 I may also arrange some more seminar visits to our club from others in the Wing Chun comminity later in the training year as and when our numbers improve, and will organise some additional workshops that I will teach on certain subjects too...perhaps in a Summer Camp type format?? Watch this space...

As always thank you to those students who have put in regular attendance this last year and supported the growth of our small club, without you the club wouldn't exist.

We start back after the festive break in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday 8th January 2017 and the following week Monday and Thursday in Sudbury, usual times apply.

From myself as coach, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year (get some punching in also) :)

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Wing Chun Kung Fu sessions in Suffolk UK


We are actively seeking new beginning students to start Wing Chun sessions with us in our two locations in Suffolk - Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds - details below available for more details.

Our training sessions have a focus on teaching and practising the complete traditional Wing Chun Kuen system including all forms, partner drills, sticking hands training, wooden dummy, long pole and knives.

Fighting attribute development and strategies for close quarter fighting/self protection is a key area in Wing Chun to include aspects such as:

* Timing
* Balance
* Coordination
* Recovery and error correction
* Power and speed development
* Mindset

Sessions are run in a controlled and cooperative manner to ensure safety and understanding of the skills being taught.

SUDBURY:

Mixed level classes suitable for beginning students

Monday evening 6pm - 8pm at the Training Shed, 82 Cornard Road, Sudbury CO10 2XB
(these sessions can accommodate upto 8 members at a time maximum due to training area  - please book in to check current availability before class or advise if you are unable to attend if expected)

Thursday evening 6.30pm - 8pm

BURY ST EDMUNDS:

Sunday afternoon session 4pm - 6pm at Moreton Hall Health Club, Mount Road, BSE IP32 7BJ
Mixed level session - beginners always welcome

FEES:

We have an introductory fee in the form of Pay as you go charge at £10 per session to try a class before committing to the monthly fee and training

Monthly fees are £30 for all Sudbury based sessions in one calendar month OR only the Bury St Edmunds sessions in that month - payable by standing order ideally after your first 4 sessions training with us

All inclusive fee of £40 per month covers the student for all available sessions in that calendar month
Family discount also available of £60 per month for 3 or more students from the same family (over 18 ideally although we will consider 14-18yr olds)

Private Tuition is also available daytimes, some evenings and weekends at a rate of £30 per hour  - once booked and confirmed this fee is due to be paid even if should you cancel within 24 hours of the arranged time

Please contact me directly if you would like to attend one of our classes and start training with us, whether a complete beginner, an interested martial artist or already training in Wing Chun and are looking to return to training or change clubs.

Head Coach - Paul Blissett

Monday, 25 April 2016

Club Direction Update

Following conversations with Jason Gowan - Head Coach of Applied Body Mechanics Ving Tsun/London on Sunday 24th April 2016 a decision was made that we sever our ties for the foreseeable future with training the ABMVT method by mutual agreement.

This is mainly due to a personal circumstances change on my part with less weekends being available for me for travel to London for my own training and development with the ABMVT method as well as a lack of finances to attend Training Camps around the country and abroad to fully absorb the system to the best of my ability.

I especially feel, as does Jason, that to really get to grips with the details in the content and develop the skills to a high enough confident level to allow me to effectively coach them and do the system true justice would require very regular attendance which is not at this time logistically possible as it was when we as a club began our ABMVT training 6 months ago.

The split is made with no hard feelings and I honestly cannot fault the support and friendship offered by both Jason, his London crew and Ernie Barrios (via online conversations explaining why their method is different to most Wing Chun/Ving Tsun and offering advice sometimes on a daily basis to assist with our transition)

It has been clear to me that ABMVT has taken a Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun/Gary Lam Wing Chun base or engine and developed a very effective set of training methods to pass the skills on and has certainly been a positive experience for us all as a club to at least get a taste of where we can improve our Wing Chun approach and training but I will state here and now that I am not about to copy or replicate their training as this is not possible without a one to one feeling and exchange of skills.

I also admit that I found it hard to truly let go of 20 years of training and development in Wing Chun and retrain my ageing brain to adapt to a totally new way of training and thinking and I know many students did also, some to the point of ceasing training altogether.

I'm not one for politics or dwelling on the past, what is done is done and I'm thankful to all for supporting me on my continued journey and I encourage all students to build on what we have for the present and to develop your own Wing Chun and the future of our club, Next Level Wing Chun Academy.