This book is the first in a series of three volumes that collectively give a theoretical overview as well as practical instructions for the entire system of Wing Chun kung-fu. There are many Wing Chun books on the market today, and the addition of more requires justification. First, Wing Chun today is not a homogeneous phenomenon: there are various types of Wing Chun/Wing Tsun in Hong Kong based on the style of Yip Man, many American and Southeast Asian forms of Wing Chun, and at least three forms of’s Wing Chun in mainland China. It is sufficient to say that each of these styles has its strengths and weaknesses. The author’s approach is a synthetic one: not to mix together an eclectic bag of randomly selected techniques, but to systematically unify and integrate a diverse array of martial arts knowledge into a concise and functional whole that is both meaningful and practical.
The resulting theory of Wing Chun, while obviously in debt to historical systems of Wing Chun, is a rational reconstruction that is an expression of the author’s understanding and beliefs. Scientific analysis, when conducted properly, emphasizes rationality, logic justification, and criticism. It is also honest, meaning that the limits and weaknesses of the approach are clearly stated, not hidden from discussion. In each of these books is explained why techniques work and also when they will not work. This is done without undue technicalities, so that this material is readable and concise, and illustrated with photographs that are meaningful.
• Dr. Joseph Wayne Smith has trained in Western boxing, wrestling, and power lifting. A coach on the Australian Coaching Council’ss National Coaching Accreditation Scheme, he studied Wing Chun kung-fu under Sifu Felix Leong and has contributed articles to martial-arts journals in Australia, America, and Europe.
1. The Sil Lum Tao Form And Chi Kung •
2. The Chum Kil Form And Footwork •
3. The Bil Jee Form •
4. Conditioning, Stretching, And Power Training