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There are many different lineages of Wing Chun, Ving Tsun today including Wing Tsun. The instructors of these schools have decided to spell their teachings differently from one another. For many years, the western world assumed that all Wing Chun came from the late Grandmaster Yip Man. Yip Man lineages are the most numerous and generally successful in attracting new students. The late Grandmaster was drawn into teaching publicly by enthusiastic students in the Hong Kong of the 1950s. He also became known for teaching kung-fu superstar Bruce Lee.

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Read the book Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyamshttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zen-in-the-martial-arts-joe-hyams/1100271861 ). I think that some of you HAVE read this interesting book. In any case, the best chapter in my estimation is the one starting on page 17, “Empty Your Cup.” It has some excellent insights into the process of finding and learning from somebody new. New students must always “empty their cup” first. Unless they do, they can never learn anything new.

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Chi Sau

Leung Ting WingTsun®, like all versions from the Yip Man lineage, has chi sau which was referred to as sticky hands 粘手  by Bruce Lee.  This is because this drill trains the hands to be “sticky.”  Grandmaster Leung Ting prefers the words “clinging arms.”  The classic Chinese term for the drill is chi sau which can mean “energy hands.”  The word “chi” has several different meanings in Chinese.

The chi sau programs in Leung Ting WingTsun® are extensive.  The programs are standardized within the Leung Ting WingTsun® family so that all of the students around the world will learn the same material and nothing will be left out.

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LINK: Martial Arts Photos on Sifu Keith Sonnenberg’s Pinterest Page

 

Jesse Glover R.I.P.

I only met Jesse Glover once.  It was at the Bruce and Brandon Lee Memorial Banquet in Seattle in April of 1999.  We had a nice but short conversation about Bruce Lee and about my Si-hing, GM Keith Kernspecht having learned from him for a short time in the late 1970s I believe.  My main interest at the time was finding out if his self-published book called Bruce Lee was still available.  It turned out it that it was and he told me how to get a copy!  An icon of the martial arts, may Jesse Glover rest in peace!

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