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Posted By : eWingChun Admin
Date: May 18, 2016

Nightmare Grind Butterfly Knives — Special Project -

A couple of U.S. Western-style knife makers did blades with a combination of different grinds.  For example, a convex (lenticular) grind adjacent to a concave (hollow) grind.  I am not sure this sort of thing is anything but aesthetic for most knives, but I can see how a strong tip grind for thrusting penetration without breaking followed by a sharp slicing grind might be useful, ignoring the potential stress points on the blade.  These sort of blades have what is known as a “Nightmare Grind” because they are a nightmare to hand grind though easier to machine on a CNC machine!  I thought about what kind of Butterfly Sword might appeal to a knife collector, and was advised that unusual grinds were popular these days so I doodled out a Nightmare Grind blade that would be flippable.  I sent it off to Forge Master Ali for him to do a prototype.  He decided to do a concave/concave combined grind instead of the easier convex/concave I recommended and found it quite a mouthful, so much so that he said the knife had to be put in the hands of someone who could appreciate the difficulty of the work.    

 

Nightmare Grind BJD Prototype

Nightmare Grind BJD Prototype

 

The prototype has 2 decorative mosaic pins and 8 small pins, plus glue, holding on each scale over the full tang.  The scales are made out of Cocobola, a naturally resinous, stable wood.  Blade length is 12″.  The blade is Bohler 440C stainless steel and the D Guard cast AISI 304 stainless steel.  The swage is not sharpened, and the knives can be flipped between the forward and reverse position.  Bottom line — these are fully functional for Wing Chun.

The current plan is to see what kind of interest there is in this far-out design.  If there is adequate interest, Modell Design LLC would do a limited run of 10 or so pair using a convex/concave combined grind with our usual martial arts handle material for sale at EWC to martial artists, and a few with more expensive materials for sale to knife collectors. 

I am also debating putting  the same kind of blade on a “Historical Warriors” trapping only 2-in-1 D Guard.  Spoiler Alert:  That’s the name for EWC’s upcoming model for Leung Ting lineage users.  Everyone is pretty familiar with the “Leung Ting” square D Guard knives, but few realize the design was found in a Chinese Tomb by Dr. John Lee, the tomb raider of the Wing Chun world.  His deal with the Chinese government is he must sit on the discoveries for a number of years (I think seven) before revealing them.  There are a few custom BJD out there with square D Guard knucklebow these days, but this is the Modell Design LLC version.  That means a lot of attention has been paid to optimize the quillon for trapping, make sure there is just the right amount of space for the hand and create a comfortable 2-in-1 handle!  EWC also decided to go high end, and is using AISI 304 stainless steel, the best bolster material, for the D Guard.  I can’t wait to get my pair of one of those knives!

If you might be interested in Nightmare Grind BJD, please either contact EWC to express interest or just post here.  If you have suggestions here is good; this was just the prototype though there have been a number of Ooohs and Aaahs already. 

And if you have your own ideas for a school run of 10 or more pair for your crew, please consider the EWC Custom Shop Program.  As far as I know it is the only affordable way to get the exact high quality knives your Wing Chun lineage needs.

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Posted By : KSKOXEMEJ
Date: May 18, 2016

Customer/3rd Party Review: This review was done by a customer/3rd party and is listed here for you reference only. The views and opinions of the reviewer are not those of Everything Wing Chun and do not necessarily reflect EWC's views or opinions on the subject matter. It is posted, like all customer reviews, to give you more info on the product and to give you different opinions on a product so that you can make the best decision for yourself about its content. The review is NOT by an EWC employee or contractor and EWC cannot stand by anything said in any customer/3rd party review. Enjoy!

Review by: Manuel Bustos
DVD Purchased at: http://www.everythingwingchun.com/Gary-Lam-Foundation-Fortress-p/gl15.htm

The DVD “Foundation Fortress” by Sifu Gary Lam of the Wong Shun Leung Wing Chun (WSLWC) lineage is the latest offering by Sifu Lam covering Wing Chun’s empty-hand form “Siu Nim Tau.”  The wording on the DVD “Uncovering the hidden principles of the Siu Nim Tau” succinctly expresses the central theme of the DVD. The DVD stresses the true importance of the Siu Nim Tao form as the very foundation of Wing Chun, and then explores the Siu Nim Tau form illuminating those concepts that can so easily be missed, overlooked or in some cases misunderstood.  So important is Siu Nim Tao that it is rumored that the late Grandmaster Ip Man practiced the form daily up unto his death.  Additionally, within Sifu Lam’s  DVD, “Making Gwoh Sau (Crossing Hands) Work for You”  Sifu Lam is found to state that about 80% of Crossing Hands is derived from the Siu Nim Tau form, further proof of the great importance of the Siu Nim Tau form. The DVD runs approx. 80 minutes and can roughly be broken up into three sections: the form and the hidden concepts, the six actions of the form and once again the hidden concepts gleaned from the Siu Nim Tau form and a seminar from 2009. The added bonus of the DVD is the 2009 seminar that runs roughly 26 minutes and while filmed earlier in 2009 the seminar does shed light on those hidden principles of the Siu Nim Tau form in a visceral manner. The DVD is geared towards intermediate- level students, in the sense that the student should already know the Siu Nim Tau form to fully appreciate the content of the DVD.  “Foundation Fortress” is a worthy addition to any Wing Chun student’s collection, but is probably better understood by an intermediate or higher level Wing Chun student – highly recommended.

Detailed Review

Wing Chun is a high-level martial art. Within Wing Chun there are three empty-hand forms: Siu Nim Tau, Cham Kiu, and Biu Ji; one Muk Yan Jong form, and two weapons forms: Luk Dim Boon Gwan and Baat Jaam Do. Traditionally the Muk Yan Jong form and the weapons forms and are taught near the end of the training.  However, as sophisticated and high level as Wing Chun is the first and most basic form, Siu Nim Tau, is arguably the most important form of the Wing Chun system.

Wing Chun has been described by the great, late Wong Shun Leung as “the science of in-fighting.” Siu Nim Tau lays the foundation of the Wing Chun system. Indeed Wong Shun Leung usually likened the Siu Nim Tau form to learning the “ABCs” of a language. Within the Siu Nim Tau form are shown basic concepts, proper body alignment, the correct structure, stance and relaxation. Without the proper schooling and absorption of Siu Nim Tau all of the subsequent forms within the Wing Chun system will fail because the foundation is faulty. However, Siu Nim Tau is decidedly ingenious for within the form, in not so plain sight, are hidden principles and concepts that are vitally important to the art of Wing Chun. That said within the Wong Shun Leung Wing Chun lineage, Wing Chun and hence Siu Nim Tau is viewed and taught as concept based rather than technique based – there are no fixed responses to an attack (Sifu David Peterson).  Proper form, structure, distance, relaxation and breathing are the hallmarks of the Siu Nim Tau form as demonstrated on the DVD, “Foundation Fortress.” The Siu Nim Tau form as taught and passed on by the Wong Shun Leung Wing Chun lineage is a modification the Wing Chun genius that was Grandmaster Ip Man. The Siu Nim Tau form of the Wong Shun Leung lineage illuminates the brilliant insights gained from Sifu Wong’s Beimo years and detailed discussions with Ip Man, which further refine Grandmaster Ip Man’s scholarly learning.

The DVD, “Foundation Fortress” may be broadly divided into three sections. In the first section of the DVD the three sections of the Siu Nim Tau form is finely detailed and those hidden concepts and principles contained in the form explored. The second section shows the six actions of the Siu Nim Tau form: side punching, Bong Sau, Gaan Sau, Kwan Sau, Tan Dar, and Biu Sau. These “actions” also represent distances from long to short (close range).  Once again the necessary foundation, Siu Nim Tau is the cornerstone of all the techniques of the “six actions.” The final section of the DVD presents highlights from a 2009 seminar that pertain to the hidden principles of the Siu Nim Tau form. The title of the DVD “Foundation Fortress” is not without merit, for indeed Siu Nim Tau is the foundation of Wing Chun in the truest sense of the word.

This DVD, “Foundation Fortress” by Sifu Gary Lam of the Wong Shun Leung Wing Chun lineage starts in a seemingly unusual manner.  Siu Nim Tau seems to be absent. We are shown students performing Baat Jaam Do, Luk Dim Boon Gwan and even Muk Yan Jong work for a good three minutes before Sifu Lam begins his presentation on the main subject of Siu Nim Tau. The question might be asked, “Where is Siu Nim Tau and why are we viewing Baat Jaam Do, Luk Dim Boon Gwan and Muk Yan Jong work on a DVD titled “Foundation Fortress”?”  Simply put, much of the Wing Chun system is contained within the first form Siu Nim Tau. To properly execute the higher level Baat Jaam Do work the foundation, the Siu Nim Tau form, must be mastered; the same is true with the Luk Dim Boon Gwan and the Muk Yan Jong – mastery of the two weapons forms depend upon the mastery of Siu Nim Tau.  Within the DVD, “Foundation Fortress” Sifu Lam clearly demonstrates the truly significant importance of Siu Nim Tau form within the Wing Chun martial art and while exploring the form investigates the hidden concepts that so permeate the Siu Nim Tau form.

At first glance the execution of the Siu Nim Tau appears to be very simple.  And indeed the Siu Nim Tau is simple for the Siu Nim Tau form has been chiseled away to leave only that which is necessary.  However, upon further reflection, practice, observation and guidance from a qualified instructor the true complexity, hidden concepts and principles of the Siu Nim Tau form begin to appear. Indeed within the Siu Nim Tau form there are many concepts shown, which are hidden from the casual observer, the beginning student and even the intermediate student. For example the Wing Chun straight punch has two motions near the final execution of the straight punch and the delivery of the punch is both attack and defense. But what purpose does the stance serve in relation to the straight punch? What of the structure of the punch, where does the power come from? Why is the fist vertical instead of horizontal as in so many other marital arts? Finally a slightly hidden principle, what drives that punch? Only as the form becomes more integrated within the Wing Chun martial artist do the details of Siu Nim Tau and hence Wing Chun become apparent or better said emerge.  Once again, within the DVD, “Foundation Fortress”  Sifu Lam explores those hidden gem, principles and concepts, of Siu Nim Tau. It goes without stating that a properly a qualified Wing Chun instructor is quite necessary.

The hidden principles, concepts or keys of Siu Nim Tau are gleaned through the proper performance or execution as well as from the guidance of a properly trained instructor of the Siu Nim Tau empty-hand form. To stress this point Sifu Lam has two students demonstrate the first two of the three sections of the Siu Nim Tau form, while Sifu Lam himself finishes out the third section of the form. Sifu Lam allows the students to make errors. These errors are then corrected by Sifu Lam. Sifu Lam’s corrections incorporate the “usually missed detail” explaining why the late Wong Shun Leung performed the movements of Siu Nim Tau as well as the principle(s) behind the movements in the manner that Wong Shun Leung passed on to his students.

Take for example the Gaan Sau within the Siu Nim Tau form.  That move was solely a Jam Sau before within a challenge match (Beimo) Wong Shun Leung was hit at a fairly low level during the course of the challenge match.  After, consulting with Grandmaster Ip Man, Gaan Sau was added to the form. Hence in Wong Shun Leung Wing Chun the Siu Nim Tau form has both Gaan Sau and Jam Sau present.  A Jam Sau cannot “properly” go low enough to cover a low blow to the body, so Gaan Sau was necessarily added to the Siu Nim Tau form. Again, a detail that could easily be overlooked the novice student who might try to shoot Jam Sau down too far down ending up in a compromised position if indeed the Jam Sau could reach the low hit.

The second portion of the DVD takes the Siu Nim Tau form and utilizes six basic actions that are extracted from the Siu Nim Tau form for illustrative purposes.  Once again Sifu Lam illustrates the proper execution of the six actions and then proceeds to hammer out the details. Here the details are again fleshed out for the viewer – once again those hidden principles. A great example of this is that Kwan Sau.  When executing Kwan Sau, how should the hands and arms be positioned when execution begins and why? That question is answered by Sifu Lam. The answer is not so readily observed and therefore is one of those hidden concepts that arise from with the Siu Nim Tau form. Failure to properly execute the double Kwan Sau Sau can have consequences that leave the Wing Chun fighter compromised.  As a second example when executing a double Gaan Sau, how should the arms be retracted? Incorrectly retracting the arms will have an effect that is explained as far up the Wing Chun form chain as the Baat Jaam Do form! Perhaps the most easily seen, well like most things after the principle has been explained, hidden detail is the execution of Bong Sau. How should the Bong Sau be executed when in conjunction with a Wu Sau?  The incorrect retraction of the Bong Sau will get the arm pinned - again, an example of a detail that can easily be missed. Finally, what is the function of the Wu Sau? How does the Wu Sau work and why? For the answer to that the DVD shows many examples.  Sifu Lam does an exemplary job of demonstrating the importance of Wu Sau, which usually does not seem to get the attention warranted due to some of the hidden concepts of Wu Sau.

It should be stressed that Wong Shun Leung had battle tested Wing Chun in the streets of Hong Kong during his Beimo years defeating all of his opponents (usually within three techniques!! (Sifu David Peterson)) of various styles and also had long conversations with Grandmaster Ip Man regarding Wing Chun. The execution of the Wong Shun Leung Siu Nim Tau is the result of the careful analysis of Ip Man’s Siu Nim Tau, incorporating the knowledge gained by Wong Shun Leung in those Beimo years. It should also be noted that Grandmaster Ip Man was fond of testing his skills (Sifu David Peterson video review – “Wing Chun: the Legacy of Ip Man”).  Once again within the DVD “Foundation Fortress” Sifu Lam goes into great detail on why each movement is performed as Wong Shun Leung taught the individual movement and the hidden concept(s) behind the movement (as an example: 15 degree Paak Sau, first section of the Siu Nim Tau form).  Sifu Lam also demonstrates the Siu Nim Tau form using both hands simultaneously as an additional instructional aid. Of course the form of Siu Nim Tau is also presented in its entirety for clarity and reference.

The final portion of the DVD contains a seminar highlights from 2009. This is a seminar in which the finer points of Siu Nim Tau as well as the “actions” are presented.  This seminar runs about 26 minutes and the highlights offered are yet another presentation of the first two sections of the DVD.  According to Sifu Gary Lam Wing Chun is simple, direct and efficient and that is precisely the message Sifu Lam both conveys verbally and vividly demonstrates to the audience attending the seminar. To state the most salient point of the seminar I turn to Sifu David Peterson (“Look Beyond the Pointing Finger: the Combat Philosophy of Wong Shun Leung”), also of the Wong Shun Leung Wing Chun lineage, “Simplify, don’t Complify.”  Complify is a creation of Sifu Peterson intending to state an easy to remember phrase that carries profound insights of Sifu Wong Shun Leung and of course Grandmaster Ip Man. That phrase, Simplify, don’t Complify” is a significantly defining concept that Wong Shun Leung refined throughout his career. This message, “Simplify, don’t Complify.”  is stated clearly and better yet demonstrated by Sifu Lam to the audience in attendance of the 2009 seminar.
“Foundation Fortress” is decidedly recommended.  This DVD is recommended for the Wing Chun student who is of intermediate to advanced level. The DVD is longer than most of Sifu Lam’s other DVDs by the addition of the seminar, which is a welcome addition to the DVD. It is hoped that more seminars will be added to future DVDs of Sifu Lam as Sifu Lam’s Wing Chun canon expands. The genius that was Grandmaster Ip Man and the brilliance of Sifu Wong Shun Leung are well demonstrated by the illumination of the details of the concepts or principles of the Siu Nim Tau form within the DVD “Foundation Fortress” that are “hidden” from the casual observer and practitioner.  Within the simplicity of the Siu Nim Tau form lies a great deal of work that has complexities not readily observed without guidance or deep thought. However, the Siu Nim Tau form expresses the deeper, hidden complexity of the form in an unquestionably elegant manner.

Posted By : coldcat78
Date: May 18, 2016

Customer/3rd Party Review: This review was done by a customer/3rd party and is listed here for you reference only. The views and opinions of the reviewer are not those of Everything Wing Chun and do not necessarily reflect EWC's views or opinions on the subject matter. It is posted, like all customer reviews, to give you more info on the product and to give you different opinions on a product so that you can make the best decision for yourself about it's content. The review is NOT by an EWC employee or contractor and EWC cannot stand by anything said in any customer/3rd party review. Enjoy!

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates advance training in the Chi Sau of Wing Chun Kung Fu, in two part segments.

Comments:

Chi Sau training is essential in developing skill in Wing Chun technique and cannot be learned effectively without a skilled teacher.  It’s more than banging and rolling one’s arms with a partner.  That is certainly a crude description of it, however, without patience and consistent training real skill in Wing Chun cannot be achieved.

Master Chong provides an excellent introduction of the basics and advance training in this superb martial art.  The basic purpose in learning Chi Sau is to develop proper structure and sensitivity.  Chong begins his Chi Sau demonstration with the double hands and explains the proper position of the arms and hands during the exercise.  In the double hand demonstration he immediately shows you what to do if your opponent steps in on you, one can turn with the incoming movement and use technique.  One can also counter by rooting and position oneself first.  Stepping at an angle and rooting properly, makes one capable of redirecting the opponent’s posture and creating an opening for technique.

Advance technique requires movement of the body; one cannot just stand there all the time without changing position.  Attacks can be used with substantial structure with swift movements and without reliance on strength. Master Sifu Chong demonstrates this quality so well in his Chi Sau technique.   Not often seen in Chi Sau training DVDs is the use of the Tiger and Leopard hand technique.  These specific hand techniques might be regarded as more of the “Faht Shan” style of Wing Chun Kung Fu.  Chong goes through get pains to demonstrate how a technique is done properly while also showing what happens when one does it improperly.  The position of the arms and hands are just as important in using them for attack as well as in defense.  In defensive movements you are protecting the vital gates of the body.

In part two of this DVD, emphasis is placed on footwork, one’s angle and direction in the Chi Sau.  In Chong’s demonstration of footwork the fifty-fifty weighted stance is used.  It is clear Chong does not promote the empty stance as a defensive posture, with the front leg empty; weight on the back leg and foot turned at a 45 degree angle.  Part two of this DVD talks about the importance of one’s body structure and the coordination of the arms and hands as technique is executed.  Vital points or Chin Na practice is shown which adds to ones repertory of techniques.  In the last portion of this DVD, Chong shows how important it is, in putting it all together.  One must integrate all that has been learned and allow technique to emerge while using an opponent’s strength and movement against him.

Technical Specifications:
Title: Advance Chi Sau: part I and Part II
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  1
Length:  Part I, 00:36.48 - Part II 00:58.06
Language:  English

Rating scale 1-5:
DVD rating: 4 out of 5
Production Quality: 3.5
Sound Quality: 3.5
Video Quality: 3.5
Material covered: 5
Instructional qualities: 5

Content Overview: Wing Chun Kung Fu – Advance Chi Sau.

  1. Introduction
    1. Training and Background of Master Sifu Eddie Chong
      1. The Grandmaster Ip Man Influence
      2. The Grandmaster Pan Nam Influence
  2. Part One – Advance Chi Sau
    1.  The four gates
      1. Double Bong Sau
      2. The fook Sau
      3. The Tan Sau, Bong Sau sequence
      4. And the Fook Sau
    2. Stance and proper structure
      1. Position of the arms in the tan Sau and bong Sau
      2. What happens when your bong Sau is positioned too high
      3. Position the body first as one steps in.
      4. Following through and reversing a technique
      5. Tan Sau and hitting a vital point
      6. Tan Sau and punching below the shoulder
      7. Defense against being pulled
      8. Using the gong Sau and Wu Sau hand
      9. Defense against a Wu Sau guarding hand with a Lan Sau, Wu Sau press combination
      10. Turning and pulling for a kidney shot
      11. Using the leopard paw to inflict greater injury
      12. Tan Sau Palm strike
      13. Tan Sau Back fist strike
  3. Part Two: Advance Chi Sau
    1. Footwork
      1. Angle
      2. Direction
      3. And Center-line
    2. Body Structure
      1. Coordination of Sau techniques and movement of the body
      2. Footwork-closing the gap
      3. Stepping properly turning into the stance
      4. Advancing forward and turning ( a chum Kiu Movement)
      5. Turning and using a Tan Sau and Fook Sau hand
    3. Vital Point points
      1. Chin Na and using  the vital points for control
      2. Turning the wrist and using the Fook Sau hand
      3. The Tan Sau hand and its application in vital point usage
      4. Locking the arm in an upward position and breaking the wrist
      5. Using foot work position to gain access to vital points
    4. Putting it all together
      1. Demonstration of how techniques emerge according to the situation or circumstance

(This content review does not contain all of the techniques shown in Part One or Two, of this DVD; there were just too many variations shown to include them all.)

Reviewer: George Hernandez
Date: 12/23/2011
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Posted By : coldcat78
Date: May 18, 2016

Customer/3rd Party Review: This review was done by a customer/3rd party and is listed here for you reference only. The views and opinions of the reviewer are not those of Everything Wing Chun and do not necessarily reflect EWC's views or opinions on the subject matter. It is posted, like all customer reviews, to give you more info on the product and to give you different opinions on a product so that you can make the best decision for yourself about it's content. The review is NOT by an EWC employee or contractor and EWC cannot stand by anything said in any customer/3rd party review. Enjoy!

 

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates and provides the basics of the Pak Sau Drill and advanced foot work in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system.

Comments:

As in all martial art styles there are training drills which are specific to the development of skill for which a system is known for, Wing Chun is no exceptionHowever, training in the basic hand drills in this martial art system are unique, they are designed to provide development in sensitivity as well as sharpening one’s awareness in the application of technique.  Master Sifu Eddie Chong provides an excellent introduction into this training art.

The Pak Sau drill sequence is designed to teach one to block and hit at the same time.  Although the blocking in Wing Chun is a misleading term, one does not block…you are either covering or hitting…the cover is actually a hit! This is what makes the Wing Chun such a unique fighting system.  The Pak drill sequence teaches you to use both hands simultaneously.  Master Chong’s shows the learner the basic and intermediate skills associated with this training sequence. Offense and defensive applications are learned in partner practice. There are of course differences in how this drill is applied in training, some teachers will express variations in its basic flow of movement, however, the purpose of style or expression of sequence in the drill is the same.

There is some conjecture in how one holds the “Sun” fist; does  one direct the knuckles of the hand upward toward the opponent’s head or is the hand kept straight and is directed toward the middle Tan Tien. This is particularly evident in the Lap Sau drill and when the forearm/fist is resting forward on an opponent’s Bong Sau.  Some teachers want you to hit with the upper two knuckles of the hand and others want you to use the lower two knuckles of the hand. So which is right? If you’re a beginning student you do what your teacher tells you…later you may explore the differences.

Master Chong explains the basics of the Lap Sau drill and shows how the hands are held to maximize coverage and application of technique.  Here in this DVD the Pak Sau hand is taught within Lap Sau sequences. Some teachers chose to teach these drills as separate entities.  The drills are essentially intended for the learner to use inside and outside bridge techniques.  In the Pak Sau drill demonstrated by Chong, there are three basic sections in the sequence.  Variations in this sequence are shown in case the attack sequence changes.  Blind fold training is included in the drill, it can start early in the practice, however, care should be taken during the early stages of this kind of training, making sure one’s partner  is not injured.  Again, the purpose of the drill is to develop sensitivity; it’s not a “Rock’em, Sock’em" exercise.  Chong also shows how one may change hand techniques, during the Pak Sau sequence using Lan Sau, Bil Sau and palm strike techniques.

Some teachers only show this drill in a stationary posture…this of course is important in the beginning, however, Chong incorporates movement in later stages of the drill, that is demonstrating the stepping in and out sequence during  the execution of the Pak Sau hands. In reality your opponent can change his position, one must also learn to adapt to this kind of situation.

In addition to the Pak Sau Sequences advance foot work training is included in this DVD. Chong’s emphasizes the fifty percent weight on each leg…he does not apparently use the empty stance posture where ninety eight percent of one’s weight is on the back leg. This is a matter of personal choice…as he would say “to each his own.”  The foot work practice is done in all four directions and is accomplished effortlessly whether an opponent is circling you or coming straight in.  The movements can also be done in a diagonal direction.   The stepping patterns are shown by Master Chong in normal and slow motion sequences.  It’s evident in Chong’s demonstration that Pak Sau training and foot work is a coordinated skill; it only can be achieved with practice.

This DVD provides excellent training material on the basic skills which Wing Chun practitioners must learn. I recommend the purchase of this drilling DVD for anyone who desires to learn different ways one may train in the Wing Chun Kung system.

Technical Specifications:

Title: Pak Sau Drill and Advanced Footwork
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  1
Length:  00:43.53
Language:  English

Rating scale 1-5:
DVD rating: 4 out of 5
Production Quality: 3.5
Sound Quality: 3.5
Video Quality: 3.5
Material covered: 5
Instructional qualities: 5

Content Overview: Wing Chun Kung Fu – Pak Sau Drill and Advance Footwork.

  1. Introduction
    1. Training and Background of Master Sifu Eddie Chong
      1. The Ip Man Influence
      2. The Pan Nam Influence
    2. Purpose of the Pak Sau training sequence
      1. To demonstrate the extent of hand techniques
      2. Pak Sau training enhances the training of more advanced hand techniques
      3. Offensive and Defensive aspects of the Pak Sau Dill
  2. Basics of the Pak Sau Drill
    1. The lap Sau Sequence
      1. Forward punch and Bong Sau defense
      2. Position of the Wu Sau hand
      3. Position of the shoulders
      4. The Pak Sau sequence
      5. Basic Blind fold training
    2. Pak Sau Drill
      1. The basic sequences
      2. Counter movement to an opponent’s tightly held wrist grab
      3. Using the inside and outside Pak Sau technique
      4. unching and using a turning posture against an elbow grab
      5. Advancing forward during the Pak Sau Drill
      6. Changing direction as one’s opponent moves backward
      7. The purpose in closing the gap
      8. Demonstration of doing the Pak Sau at a fast pace
      9. Using the Jet Sau and Lan Sau hands in the drill
      10. The drill begins with the Lap Sau sequence
      11. Using a Crane technique to lock bar and lock an opponent’s shoulder
      12. Redirect a punch, pulling and hitting with the elbow
      13. Chopping down from a Bong Sau and hitting in the inside
      14. Using a Tan Sau against an over extend punch
      15. Defensives against a wrist grab.
      16. Defense against a punch, turn and palm strike
      17. Strike down against an opponent’s strong arm
  3. Advance Footwork
    1. Proper stance and posture
    2. Weight distribution – 50 percent on each legs
    3. Moving in four directions
    4. Moving as the opponent changes direction
    5. Never expose your back to your opponent
    6. What  to do as your opponent moves to your right or left side
    7. What to do if your opponent rushes forward
  4. Advance footwork done in slow motion
    1. Footwork sequences are repeated
    2. Concluding remarks on the coordinated movements of Pak Sau and Footwork

Reviewer: George Hernandez
Date: 12/23/2011
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Posted By : coldcat78
Date: May 18, 2016

Customer/3rd Party Review: This review was done by a customer/3rd party and is listed here for you reference only. The views and opinions of the reviewer are not those of Everything Wing Chun and do not necessarily reflect EWC's views or opinions on the subject matter. It is posted, like all customer reviews, to give you more info on the product and to give you different opinions on a product so that you can make the best decision for yourself about it's content. The review is NOT by an EWC employee or contractor and EWC cannot stand by anything said in any customer/3rd party review. Enjoy!

 

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s training using the Muk Yan Jong or Wooden Dummy.

Comments:

The movements used in the Muk Yan Jong, or wooden dummy set might very from Sifu to Sifu and certainly from the three schools or families of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Some employ a traditional opening in the set and others do not, the sequence of techniques can change, while others might omit a particular type of technique all together.  In the “Faht Shan” Wing Chun Kung-fu wooden dummy set, practitioners are taught the Dim Muk or death touch fingers, while other schools exclude this method.  It is indeed a matter of choice.

The construction of the dummy may also differ; some require a frame and are free standing or could be anchored to the wall. There are also wooden dummies that stand on a foundation or base…no frame is required. The stakes or arms might be parallel and angled slightly from each other, while on other types the right arm is off set in a higher position.

A lower stake is positioned just below the two parallel arms and may serve as an arm or leg when using technique.  The leg stake is lowest of the three and may touch the floor, while with some they do not. Some have padding above the arms and others do not, usually the padding is an optional feature…again, it’s a matter of choice. For Those students who are concerned about cost, the Wooden Dummy can be purchased in China for about $100 USD or slightly above that amount, it would likely cost you more to ship it than to buy it.  In the states the price may run from $900 to $1,500 or more, shipping the item is usually an addition cost as well!  Indeed, it pays to comparison shop.  There are also books available that you may purchase, which will show you how to build a Muk Yan Jong of your own.

The Wooden Dummy set is performed completely, with brief descriptive comments made by Master Sifu Eddie Chong.  A detailed breakdown follows the full demonstration with applications from each section of the form. Emphasis is placed on the dos and don’ts of properly using a technique based on the Wooden Dummy sequence.  Wooden Dummy training is an essential part of any system of Wing Chun Kung fu; it was considered in the Ng Moy tradition as a secret teaching and only taught to deserving monks.

The Muk Yan Jong DVD is the last volume in the series produced by Master Sifu Chong on the Wing Chun Kung Fu system.  All four DVDs would be an excellent addition to any beginning student’s collection of WC training material or as part of an experienced teacher’s martial art library.

Technical Specifications:

Title: Wing Chun Kung Fu system – Muk Yan Jong
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  1
Length:  00:30.00
Language:  English

Rating scale 1-5:
DVD rating: 4 out of 5
Production Quality: 3.5
Sound Quality: 3.5
Video Quality: 3.5
Material covered: 5
Instructional qualities: 5

Content Overview of: Muk Yan Jong: Wooden Dummy.

  1. Introduction
    1. Training and Background of Master Sifu Eddie Chong
    2. Some recommendations and cautionary notes
    3. Full demonstration of the Muk Yan Jong Wooden dummy set.
  2. Critique
    1. First Section of form
      1. Applications
        1. Defense using the right or left hand and arm
        2. Fook Sau grab/pull with and palm strike
        3. Tan Sau with a palm strike
        4. Gum Sau hand with a strike to the belly
        5. Gum Sau and Bil Sau combination
        6. Inside bridge and Bong Sau combination
        7. Counter measure and trapping hand
    2. Second section of form
      1. Applications
        1. Inside/outside Pac Sau
        2. Turning the hand, moving to the side and kicking
        3. Double hand rotation
        4. Double punch or Double palm
    3. Third Section of form
      1. Applications
        1. Keeping your focus on centerline – do not look down
        2. Bong Sau Block
        3. Double palm strike
        4. The improper use of the Wu Sau hand
        5. Using the jet Sau at the elbow
        6. Using a Tan Sau hand and a sweeping kick
    4. Fourth Section of form
      1. Applications
        1. Rolling arms and forearm strike
        2. Using the Bong Sau and Wu Sau hand and striking
        3. Arm grab and sweeping motions
    5. Fifth Section of form
      1. Applications
        1. Snake and crane hand combinations
        2. Left/ Right and hook – palm strike
        3. Counter to a Gong Sau defense
        4. Chum Kiu combination
    6. Sixth Section of Form
      1. Applications
        1. Tan Sau and a double strike
        2. Tau Sau hand to the Chin
    7. Seventh Section of Form
      1. Applications
        1. Foot techniques and striking with the elbow
        2. Kicking, stepping in and guarding with the Wu Sau hand
        3. Gum Sau hand guard and should/elbow strike
        4. The tree available shots to the opponents neck
    8. Eighth Section of Form
      1. Applications
        1. The Gong Sau hand and combination kick
        2. Hooking the invading hand and striking at the face
        3. Tan Sau and Double palm and kicking
    9. Ninth Section of Form
      1. Applications
        1. Tan Sau and Punch
        2. Grabbing and kicking
        3. Gong Sau and kicking
          1. Kicking the front leg
          2. Getting in and kicking the back leg
    10. Tenth Section of Form
      1. Bong Sau Defense, pull and kicking
      2.  Bong Sau, turning inside, Tiger Palm Grab
      3. Bong Sau and a Double palm strike
      4. Pac and strike combination
  3. Repeat of the Muk Yan Jong: Wooden Dummy Form
    1. Full demonstration
      1. Master Sifu Eddie Chong

Reviewer: George Hernandez
Date: 12/20/2011
Bought the Eddie Chong DVDs on Everything Wing Chun

Posted By : coldcat78
Date: May 18, 2016

Customer/3rd Party Review: This review was done by a customer/3rd party and is listed here for you reference only. The views and opinions of the reviewer are not those of Everything Wing Chun and do not necessarily reflect EWC's views or opinions on the subject matter. It is posted, like all customer reviews, to give you more info on the product and to give you different opinions on a product so that you can make the best decision for yourself about it's content. The review is NOT by an EWC employee or contractor and EWC cannot stand by anything said in any customer/3rd party review. Enjoy!

 

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s third form, Bil Gee or “flying fingers.”

Comments:

This DVD’s instructional format is the same as for Master Sifu Chong’s production on Sil Nim Tao and Chum Kiu; it is also part of a four volume companion set.  This WC series is from my point of view primarily a presentation of Ip Man’s “Hong Kong” Style of Wing Chun, although this is not mentioned.  The “Faht Shan” influence is obviously there.  If you have seen the “Chinese” system of mainland China or “Faht Shan” Wing Chun kung Fu you certainly know what I mean.As in Chong’s other DVDS on the Wing Chun Kung System, there are differences in this form which shows the “Faht Shan” stylistic influence.  The variations exhibited, however, are minor. For example, in the first part of the form where Chong turns to the right and left side, he draws the opposite hand back into a fist and chambered position; this is not generally done in the Ip Man style Wing Chun. That’s not to say; however, that other Ip WC stylist couldn’t do the form this way…it’s strictly a matter of choice.

In the last sequence of the Bil Gee, Chong does not include any ending kicks, however, other teachers might.  WC stylist of other schools would see that the entire Bil Gee movements in Chong’s demonstration are in a slightly different order, however, as far as practically goes, that doesn’t matter!   And frankly, there’s no reason why it can’t be done that way, if one keeps to the principles of the Wing Chun system.  Again, as I have said in previous reviews it’s not a matter of kind, but one of degree.  If you have watched Augustine Fong and William Cheung do the third form, their expression of it is radically different from what you see here in the Chong’s DVD.

Within this series, Chong again critiques student performances and offers suggestions on how they might do it better.  He advises that one should do the form slowly and not to go through it too fast, as if you’re in a hurry to catch a bus. Incidentally, Ip Chan and Samuel Kwok give the same advice on this manner of practice. Doing the form slowly produces a special training affect over time which many beginning students don’t readily appreciate. Good practice and training requires patience. This method of practice actually quickens the speed in applications and kinesthetically, it changes the muscle fiber type and spindle for greater sensitivity.

Chong’s method of teaching is also to show how different options in technique might be used for the same situation. He also provides counter movements as the opponent attempts a response to one’s change in position and technique…a counter, attack, counter scenario.  As in his first and second DVDs demonstrating form, he breaks down the instruction and application sequences into sections, showing how specific movements in the form might be applied.

Sole practitioners might consider this DVD short in duration; however, it’s packed with good advice in how to use technique effectively. This DVD on the Bi Gee form and the other three in this four volume series are indeed, a worthy collectible set on the Wing Chun Kung fu system.

Technical Specifications:
Title: Wing Chun Kung Fu system – Bil Gee
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  1
Length:  00:30.00
Language:  English

Rating scale 1-5:
DVD rating: 4 out of 5
Production Quality: 3.5
Sound Quality: 3.5
Video Quality: 3.5
Material covered: 5
Instructional qualities: 5

Content Overview of: Bil Gee: “Flying fingers”

  1. Introduction
    1. Training and Background of Master Sifu Eddie Chong
    2. Some recommendations and cautionary notes
    3. Full demonstration of the Bil Gee form- “flying Fingers”.
  2. Student Critique
    1. Student evaluation 1.
      1. First Section of form
      2. Basic applications
        1. Do not do the Bil Gee form quickly or fast
        2. Hand grab variations
        3. Using the leopard hand right side/left side
        4. Turing the hand
        5. Elbow Strike and grabbing the opponent at the neck
        6. Using the Fook Sau Hand and Elbow strike against wrist grab
        7. Barring the arm
        8. Using the elbow in striking the face
        9. Using the outside locking arm at the opponent’s elbow
        10. Technique to break the collar bone using a Bil Gee hand
    2. Student Evaluation 2.
      1. Second section of form
      2. Basic applications
        1. Using the Gong Sau against a punch to the face
        2. Turning the striking arm into an elbow break
        3. Turning the opponent’s elbow in a locked position
        4. Defense against a palm strike using Gong Sau Hand
        5. Using a Gong Sau for a strike to the chest
        6. Using the Palm strike and method to push
        7. Rotating the attacking arm into position for an elbow break
        8. Using the forward Bil Gee hand to break a wrist hold
        9. Using the Fook Sau hand fingers properly
    3. Student Evaluation 3.
      1. Third Section of form
      2. Basic applications
        1. Using the Fock Sau Hand against shoulder grab
        2. Using  Bil Gee against chain punching
        3. Grabbing and turning the opponent
        4. Double circling upward arms and knee strike
  3. Repeat of third form “Bil Gee”
    1. Full demonstration
      1. Master Sifu Eddie Chong

Reviewer: George Hernandez
Date: 12/20/2011
Bought the Eddie Chong DVDs on Everything Wing Chun

Posted By : coldcat78
Date: May 18, 2016

Customer/3rd Party Review: This review was done by a customer/3rd party and is listed here for you reference only. The views and opinions of the reviewer are not those of Everything Wing Chun and do not necessarily reflect EWC's views or opinions on the subject matter. It is posted, like all customer reviews, to give you more info on the product and to give you different opinions on a product so that you can make the best decision for yourself about it's content. The review is NOT by an EWC employee or contractor and EWC cannot stand by anything said in any customer/3rd party review. Enjoy!

 

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong, demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s second from, Chum Kiu or seeking the bridge.

Comments:

This DVD’s format and presentation style is the same as for Master Sifu Chong’s production on Sil Nim Tao and is also part of a four volume companion set. Again, this series is a presentation of Ip Man’s “Hong Kong” Style of Wing Chun, although this is not said.  If you have seen the “Chinese” system of mainland China or “Faht Shan” kung Fu you certainly know what I mean.  But, isn’t Hong Kong Chinese? Oh’ let’s not even go there…subject wise that is!

There are differences in this form which one might say shows Chong’s influence from the “Fhat Shan” style.  The variations, however, are minor. For example, in the second part of the form he does not use the turning sequence as exhibited, by other WC Ip Man style Sifu’s. Chong instead after the first kick steps down into n what looks like a bow stance and then turns back into an empty stance with a Bong Sau hand.  Generally, though the form in principle is the same.

Of particular value in Chongs teaching style he watches closely at what each student does and corrects them, however, he goes beyond just the straight forward explanation of a technique.  There are a number of options which might be used for a given situation.  It’s clear in his demonstration that one might explore a number of techniques in one’s practice, which are derived from the basic movements of the form, but one should not get stuck in the form itself.  It is free flowing in reality and adjusts to the situation or circumstances in which it is used.

This DVD again, for its length in running time presents a lot of good instructional information, particularly in regard to the use of technique. Master Sifu Chong talks about what he is doing and it’s important in what he does…as far as pedagogy, for western students being auditory digitally biased, they usually have to HEAR it a number of times before getting the concept.  Martial arts is primarily a kinesthetic experience, don’t forget the feel in how the technique is done.  This is an excellent DVD which should augment any ones training in the second form of Wing Chun Kung Fu, Chum Kiu.

Technical Specifications:
Title: Wing Chun Kung Fu system – Chum Kiu
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  1
Length:  00:30.00
Language:  English

Rating scale 1-5:
DVD rating: 4 out of 5
Production Quality: 3.5
Sound Quality: 4
Video Quality: 3.5
Material covered: 5
Instructional qualities: 5

Content Overview of: Wing Chun Kung Fu – Chum Kiu

  1. Introduction
    1. Training and Background of Master Sifu Eddie Chong
    2. Some recommendations and cautionary notes
    3. Full demonstration of the Chum Kiu form- Seeking the Bridge.
  2. Student Critique
    1. Student evaluation 1.
      1. First Section of form
      2. Basic applications
      3. Defense against an over extended punch
      4. Turning using a Double Lan Sau hand
      5. The Bong Sau and the Wu Sau hand
      6. Facing the opponent in application of technique
      7. Using the upward Wu Sau hand
      8. Using the elbow strike
      9. The elbow as a "third" hand
      10. Hitting with the elbow-inter and out bridge
      11. Using the snake and crane technique
      12. Using the Bil Sau hand
      13. Pulling down and punching
      14. Using a palm strike
    2. Student Evaluation 2.
      1. Second section of form
      2. Basic applications
      3. Being grabbed, Bong Sau application and turning
      4. Slipping in the Palm strike and controlling the opponents arm
    3. Student Evaluation 3.
      1. Third Section of form
      2. Basic applications
      3. Variations on the Double Bong Sau
      4. Turning and using the Wu Sau hand and Palm strike
      5. Front choke defense, splitting the hold, grabbing while rotating the arms.
      6. Straight kick defenses
      7. Inside and outside block kick
      8. Kicking defense and combination hands
      9. Inside and outside crescent kick defense
  3. Repeat of second form "Chum Kiu"
    1. Full demonstration: Master Sifu Eddie Chong

Reviewer: George Hernandez
Date: 12/20/2011
Bought the Eddie Chong DVDs on Everything Wing Chun

Posted By : coldcat78
Date: May 18, 2016

Customer/3rd Party Review: This review was done by a customer/3rd party and is listed here for you reference only. The views and opinions of the reviewer are not those of Everything Wing Chun and do not necessarily reflect EWC's views or opinions on the subject matter. It is posted, like all customer reviews, to give you more info on the product and to give you different opinions on a product so that you can make the best decision for yourself about it's content. The review is NOT by an EWC employee or contractor and EWC cannot stand by anything said in any customer/3rd party review. Enjoy!

 

What it’s about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong, demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s first from, Sil Nim Tao.

Comments:

This DVD is one of four in a companion set on Wing Chun Kung Fu produced by Master Sifu Eddie Chong; “Sil Nim Tao” is the first form taught in this system of martial arts.  The form’s name translates as “little idea.”  However, what does that really mean? How does it relate to learning Wing Chun? One must understand the meaning of Sil Nim Tao’s concept and not just parrot the words.  So keep this idea in mind as you practice while observing and listening to Chong’s instruction and the advice he offers in this DVD.   Perhaps you’ll perceive Sil Nim Tao as a seed… that once planted and nurtured, it grows into something more complex and subtle and becomes an expression of beauty over time.  And above all it serves as the foundation of the second and three forms,  Chum Kiu and Be Gee.

Master Sifu Chong demonstrates the Ip Man or “Hong Kong” system of kung fu. Its movements are different than those of the “Chinese” system of Wing Chun or the “Faht Shan.”  The government of the People’s Republic of China has given the “Faht Shan” Kung Fu system, the distinction as the official recognized Wing Chun Kung Fu of mainland China.  Historically, it is said that Wing Chun’s origins are from Fushan, China.  Other masters of Wing Chun have claimed, such as William Cheung of Australia that he was taught the “traditional forms” by Ip man and what you see here, is what he considers as a modified version of the Wing Chun system.

This presents an interesting question it begs the question in fact, if the “Faht Shan” Wing Chun kung fu origins are from Fushan, wouldn’t it be considered the real traditional Wing Chun system? Hmm, are you confused, I am! So you might ask are you getting the genuine article if you practice the Ip Man or “Hong Kong” system of Wing Chun.  As I have said in previous reviews that it’s “all good,” and they are just different.  It is the man that fights not the system.  For those who have practiced the Ip man style of “Sil Nim Tao,” you might notice that Master Sifu Chong’s, demonstration shows movements which are akin to “Faht Shan” WC Kung fu. Its influence however, is very slight.  Don’t let this worry you…it’s a minor deviation in terms of the form’s practicality.

For the length of this DVD, which is about thirty minutes, it certainly gives you “more bang for the buck!”   Please pardon the implication of a mixed metaphor, here.  In this DVD, Master Sifu Chong demonstrates the full form which follows with a critique of each student’s performance; he tells them whether they’re doing the form properly or not. He also provides a wealth of applications during the instructional breakdown of this form.  For beginning students’ critical feedback is an essential part of learning.  Knowing what you are doing incorrectly in any form and in its applications, is just has important to hear, as receiving praise for doing it right!

To make it easier to understand Sil Nim Tao’s, martial art applications they are shown and divided into three sections.  It’s astounding in how Master Sifu Chong exhibits the many variations which could emerge as a counter to a simple wrist grab.  This DVD is an excellent example of a Wing Chun Master such as Chong, who has trained in both systems of Wing Chun. This DVD is a wise investment for any martial art enthusiast or instructor, as well as being a collectable item on the art of Wing Chun.

Technical Specifications:
Title: Wing Chun Kung Fu system – Sil Nim Tao
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  1
Length:  00:30.00
Language:  English

Rating scale 1-5:
DVD rating: 4 out of 5
Production Quality: 3.5
Sound Quality: 4
Video Quality: 3.5
Material covered: 5
Instructional qualities: 5

Content Overview of: Wing Chun Kung Fu – Sil Nim Tao

  1. Introduction
    1. Training and Background of Master Sifu Eddie Chong
    2. Some recommendations and cautionary notes
    3. Full demonstration of the Sil Nim Tao form
  2. Student Critique
    1. Student evaluation 1.
      1. First Section of form
      2. Basic applications
        1. The three ways to deal with a wrist grab.
        2. The basics of the Wu Sao and Palm strike
        3. The Tan Sau against a straight punch
        4. The Chin Na applications and using vital points
        5. What happens if you do the movements improperly
        6. Using the opponent’s structure against him
        7. How to properly pull the opponent as one steps back
        8. Tapping the opponent during a grab technique
        9. Tan Sau and Palm strike
        10. Position of vital points of the inside arm
        11. Vital points of the Jaw
    2. Student Evaluation 2.
      1. Second section of form
      2. Basic applications
        1. Being held from behind
        2. Stepping sideways and hitting the groin
        3. Holding the opponents hands and turning
        4. Defense against a bear hug from the front
        5. Proper placement of the palms in a double palm
          1. Titling the palms
          2. Counter to a choke
          3. Directing the Palm strike properly
    3. Student Evaluation 3.
      1. Third Section of form
      2. Basic applications
        1. Defense against a low punch
        2. Tan Sau, Palm strike
        3. Bong Sau hand against a straight punch
        4. The target is not the head but striking at heart line
        5. Striking vital points in front of the opponent
  3. Repeat of first form “Sil Nim Tao
    1. Full demonstration

Reviewer: George Hernandez
Date: 12/20/2011
Bought the Eddie Chong DVDs on Everything Wing Chun

Posted By : coldcat78
Date: May 18, 2016

Customer/3rd Party Review: This review was done by a customer/3rd party and is listed here for you reference only. The views and opinions of the reviewer are not those of Everything Wing Chun and do not necessarily reflect EWC's views or opinions on the subject matter. It is posted, like all customer reviews, to give you more info on the product and to give you different opinions on a product so that you can make the best decision for yourself about it's content. The review is NOT by an EWC employee or contractor and EWC cannot stand by anything said in any customer/3rd party review. Enjoy!

This is a 3 DVD set. Each DVD in the set is reviewed in detail here.

What Disk 1 is About:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates the three forms applications of Wing Chun Gung Fu, as it was taught to him my Grandmaster Ip Man.

Comments on Disk 1:

As mentioned this DVD provides instructional material of Wing Chun’s three forms, Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kiu and Bil Gee, as what is now often referred to as the “Hong Kong” system as taught by Grandmaster Ip Man.  If you have followed my reviews on the various US and Foreign Masters on Wing Chun, you will notice I have said there are differences in how these forms of the Wing Chun System are expressed. Looking at it strictly from the system represented by Hong Kong, you will notice that some of what Master Sifu Chong does is very close to some of the hands expressed in Sil Nim Tao, as taught by William Cheung. 

The movements and placement of the hands are arbitrary in regard to any of the forms…they are not absolute, they actually represent a scenario of how they’re used and not restricted in principle to a particular locale in space.  The hands can be within an upper gate position as well as in a low gate.  The situation determines where the hands are and how they’re used in a real situation! Remember, the form is a tool and provides you with the necessary structure for the techniques to work… the form changes according to how you’re built and move; as well as a measure of the length of time you have dedicated to your practice, and the skill you have derived from it!  You will also notice that this DVD represents Master Sifu Chong in an earlier stage of his development in the Wing Chun system.  One continues to learn throughout their years of practice…it does not just stop at some particular point.  One’s skill evolves in time!

The format of this DVD is pretty much the same throughout for all the forms demonstrated and is consistent in what it shows as far as the applications that are specific to each individual form. Chong shows you a lot in his DVD series that other producers do not…I suppose they save those so call secrets for workshops

Whatever series you buy of Master Sifu Chong’s work, the younger version of him or his most recent work, you will certainly not be disappointed.  There is real value in what he does as a Master teacher, I enjoy watching him work with his students and listening to the important questions they ask.

What Disk 2 is About:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates the movements of the Chi Sau or Double Sticky Hands and its applications.

Comments on Disk 2:

Perhaps by now, if you’re an experienced Wing Chun practitioner you have an understanding of what Chi Sau training is supposed to give you or if you’re a beginner you should know the practice of Chi Sau requires substantial dedication to master correctly. And honestly you can’t learn it from a book or a DVD for that matter.  However, an instructional DVD on the subject can augment your skill as you train under a qualified instructor or Sifu. Chi Sau practice has the capability to teach one a lot of technique which is based on the position of the arms and hands and when one should do a technique based on sensitivity or let’s say on your ability to feel.

In double sticky hands practice, the position of the arms and hands are extremely important. That is to know how and where the three types of basic hands are situated correctly, such as in using the Tan Sau, Fook Sau and Bong Sau are essential.  Master Sifu Cong explains how to join the hands with a partner correctly. The points that he makes regarding this practice should not be over looked and be given the respect they’re due!  He also provides one with the reasoning behind why the improper position of a Chi Sau hand can cost you dearly.

Beginning students will find switching the position of the hands as a daunting task…and not all teachers show you the differences in this type of exchange.  It can be a very subtle movement.  The arms and hands during practice can either be in position of an outside bridge or inside bridge as well as having one in and one out. To get them there is difficult to learn at first, yet it’s not impossible.  The practice is referred to as the rolling hands sequence or the position of the “four corners.”  Chong spends a substantial amount of time on the rolling hands sequence.  He also shows how technique should be properly executed during Chi Sau Practice. In the beginning students are taught Chi Sau in the basic Sil Nim Tao posture, or Ma Bo stance characteristic of the first form. The second form Chum Kiu gives one the opportunity to move…Chong’s, shows how Chi Sau is used as one steps in to counter an attack. He covers how technique can be used in Chi Sau from all three of Wing Chun’s forms.

For anyone interested in Wing Chun Gung Fu, this would be a valuable series to have in your collection. This DVD series is based on what is considered as the Ip man or “Hong Kong” system of Wing Chun.  This particular Chong Wing Chun Gung Fu DVD series appears to be a copy of an older VHS version of Chong’s Wing Chun training tapes and therefore some of the video quality is lost. It certainly is not a HD quality production which you would expect of today’s DVD media.  However, its value is found in its instructional material.  Some Wing Chun practitioners, in fact might find it to be worth its weight in Gold!

What Disk 3 is About:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates the forms of Wing Chun’s classic weapons, the Staff and the Butterfly knives and its training apparatus, the Wooden Dummy or the Mook Jong. Applications are also shown for the weapon forms.

Comments on Disk 3:

Sifu begins this DVD with the 6 ½ staff training, he emphasizes that from the start of your practice you should warm up sufficiently and one should have the proper skill level achieved in Chi Sau to effect the movements in the form and its applications properly. The movement and technique of the pole, is achieved through sensitivity and is not based on strength. Not relying on just the benefit of one’s strength is the hall mark of the Wing Chun Gung Fu system.  Chong doesn’t go immediately into a demonstration of the pole form, however, he emphasizes in the beginning some basic exercises that should be learned before the pole form is done, which are the “Low Sweep Block and Follow – up Strike.”

In all of Master Sifu Chong’s instructional DVDs, he constantly stresses the basics and how to learn properly in the beginning of one’s practice.  There are many instructors out there who don’t stress the basics in training enough…many just want to market the tactical aspects of a system’s applications without really appreciating and promoting consistent training in the basics from the beginning. Chong does not water down the importance of establishing a sound foundation in the basics, in the warm ups and application of each of Wing Chun’s weapons…the butterfly knives and the 6 ½ point staff. Keep in mind, however, that the weapons section of this DVD serve as an introduction to them. They provide you with the essentials of what you should know.

The last section of this DVD is dedicated to the Wooden Dummy and a substantial amount of time is spent on training in the form and the variations which exist in its application. The narrator for this DVD points out some of the differences which exist in its construction.  Much emphasis is place on the stances associated with the dummy and the spatial relationship that relate specifically to it and the forms applications.  Some of what Sifu provides in this DVD are the basic exercises associated with the dummy before you do the actual form…many DVD’s on wooden dummy instruction do not include this fundament set.  Many students who have performed the Wooden Dummy set may find, the sequence they had learned, is different from what is shown by Sifu Chong.  So just keep in mind there are differences you’ll experience in forms and applications in any of the know systems of Wing Chun that are out there and being taught today.  Don’t get disturbed by this fact…it just is!

Technical Specifications Disk 1:
Title: Wing Chun Gung Fu – Forms and Applications
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  1 (Volume 1 of a set of three DVDs)
Length:  1:34.30
Language:  English

Rating scale 1-5:
Production Quality: 2
Sound Quality: 2.5
Video Quality: 2
Material covered: 4
Instructional qualities: 4

Technical Specifications Disk 2:
Title: Surng Chi Sau – Double Sticky Hands
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  1 (Volume 2 of a set of three DVDs)
Length:  1:26.48
Language:  English

Rating scale 1-5:
Production Quality: 2
Sound Quality: 2.5
Video Quality: 2
Material covered: 5
Instructional qualities: 5

Technical Specifications Disk 3:
Title: Wing Chun Gung Fu – Eight Cutting Daggers, ½ Point Staff, Wooden Dummy
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  1 (Volume 3 of a set of three DVDs)
Length:  6 ½ Point staff – 0:01:00 to 22:10. Butterfly Knives: 0: 22.11 to 0:40:18 Wooden Dummy: 0:32:08 Times segments are approximate.
Language:  English

Production Quality: 2
Sound Quality: 2.5
Video Quality: 2
Material covered: 4
Instructional qualities: 4

Content Overview Disk 1: Wing Chun Gung Fu, Forms and Applications

  1. Introduction
    1. Training and Background of Master Sifu Eddie Chong
      1. The Grandmaster Ip Man
  2. Full Demonstration of Sil Nim Tao
    1. Frontal View
    2. Side View
    3. Form demonstrated with students
    4. Demonstration of first form applications
      1. Double Palm rear sequence
      2. Combination Jum Sau and Huen Sau
      3. Bong Sau and the intercept movement
      4. The Gum Sau Grab
      5. Gum Sau with a punch
      6. Clearing the Center and attacking
      7. The Tan Sau hand is for movements  attacking the upper gate
      8. The Wu Sau hand is for movements attacking the lower gate
  3. Full demonstration of chum Kiu
    1. Frontal View
    2. Side View
    3. Form demonstrated with students
    4. Demonstration of second form applications
      1. Proper Defense against kick
      2. Following your opponent
      3. Double palm strike at the elbows
      4. Turning, Double Kick Technique
      5. Using the knee and barring the opponents leg
      6. Double Bong Sau as a low block
      7. Defense against a round house kick
  4. Full Demonstration of Bil Gee
    1. Frontal view
    2. Close up view
    3. Side view
    4. Form demonstrated with students
    5. Demonstration of third form applications
      1. Inside and outside hand movements
      2. Y Jau and Bil Sau
      3. Weeping leg movements
      4. Attacking the opponent’s back side
      5. Using the gong Sau hand in Bil Gee
      6. Counter for Y jau movement
      7. Turning and using the Fook Ssau Hand
      8. Side Attack and the Fock Sau hand
      9. Bil Sau against Chain Punching
      10. Defense against a front grab and turning, attack w/Tan Sau
      11. Defense against being pushed

Content Overview Disk 2: Surng Chi Sau

  1. Introduction
    1. Training and Background of Master Sifu Eddie Chong
      1. The Grandmaster Ip Man
  2. Double Sticky hand
    1. The basics
    2. Proper position of the hands with a partner
    3. The rolling sequence
    4. Exchanging the hands in the Tan Sau, Fook Sau and Bong Sau Sequence
    5. The danger of over crossing the hands
    6. Applications from a standing or Ma Bo posture
    7. Practicing the basics of bring your opponents hands down
    8. Techniques associated with when your opponents hands are down
    9. Counter, turning against an opponent stepping in
    10. Opponent moving forward, response: Step in, Wu Sau hand and Palm strike
    11. Stepping in with a double palm strike
    12. Stepping in with an elbow or Bil Gee form technique
    13. Counter movement to the elbow Bi Gee technique
    14. Slipping your hand behind an opponent’s back
    15. Using the Chi Sau to attack the groin
    16. Determining the weak point of an opponent’s elbow
    17. Using a palm thrust and palm strike
    18. Palm strike and cutting fist
  3. The essence of Double sticky hands
    1. Not to memorizing all the possible movements or techniques
    2. The value of allowing the right technique to emerge
    3. The value of sensitivity in finding the way in and the way out
  4. Chong’s tutoring session
    1. Student partner practice
      1. Proper position of the elbows
      2. Bong Sau trapping technique
      3. The Quan Sau hand
      4. The Bong Sau to Lap Sau and striking with the other hand
      5. Close the Gap during a Chi Sau exchange
      6. Using  the last minute twist in a Tan Sau hand from the Bong Sau
      7. The Wu Sau press as a counter technique
      8. Using a rotating back fist from a Bong Sau position
      9. Taking advantage of an opponent’s structure while their turning
      10. Defense against a double punch
      11. Change the positions of the hands at the proper moment
      12. Turning as a defense when an opponent charges in
      13. Maintaining the integrity of the Chi Sau hands
      14. Turning and the technique of sinking the elbow
      15. Sinking into the Stance as one turns into a technique
      16. Always be award of covering yourself as you do a technique
      17. Using the reverse sweep against an opponent’s sweeping technique
      18. Avoid excessive rocking while doing the Chi Sau

Content Overview Disk 3: 6 ½ Point Staff, 8 Cutting Daggers and Wooden Dummy form

  1. Introduction
    1. Training and Background of Master Sifu Eddie Chong
      1. The purpose and intent of this training DVD
      2. The forms you will learn and whose involved
      3. Continual Scenes of Chong’s Wing Chun School
      4. Origin of the Daggers and Staff
      5. The Book: early publication of the original staff form in English
  2. The basic warm up exercises of training movements of the staff.
    1. Low Sweep Block
    2. Follow-up strike (a snapping movement)
    3. The subtlety in this movement
      1. Normal speed of movements
      2. Slow motion sequences
        1. From right and left side views
  3. Demonstration of the complete staff form
    1. Front View
    2. Side view or
    3. Front View close-up
    4. Back view and turning sequence
    5. Oblique view
    6. View starting from the back
    7. Close-up view from the back
    8. The thrusting movements and placement of the hands
    9. Basic applications
      1. Low sweep block
      2. Follow up strike
      3. Counter to being swept at the leg and thrusting forward
      4. Counter to a sweeping movement, hoping over and striking
  4. The Eight Cutting Daggers form or Butterfly Knives
    1. Determine the proper length of the knives
    2. The warm up exercise for the knives
      1. Turning wrist exercises
      2. Chopping motions
    3. Demonstration of the form
      1. Complete form demo – frontal
      2. Side view and close-up shots
    4. Butterfly knife applications
      1. Using the knives against the staff
        1. The Gong Sau movement
        2. Gong Sau to the side
        3. The double knife attack
        4. Bong Sau and strike
        5. Block the sweep and block the head strike
        6. Groin and head block with the knives
        7. Blocking of the side strike
        8. Blocking inside and striking forward
        9. Huen Sau and strike
        10. Tan Sau and Strike
  5. Wooden Dummy Form
    1. Introduction
      1. As taught to Sifu Chong by Grandmaster Ip Man
      2. The purpose of wooden dummy training
      3. The variations that exist in the wooden dummy construction
        1. Parts of the dummy
        2. Variations that exist in construction materials
    2. Basic Stance
      1. Purpose of the stance
      2. Visual and spatial relationships
      3. The side step stance – Chum Kiu
      4. The Bong Sau and Wu Sau blocking defense
        1. Right and left side
        2. The relationship of the hands and body to the dummy
    3. The shifting movements
      1. Shifting horse to the right and left side
    4. Training exercises in using the dummy
      1. These are done before one practices the form
      2. Single palm strikes right and left side
      3. Double palm strike to low gate
      4. Double palm strike to upper gate
        1. Defensive movements
        2. Offensive movements
        3. Kicking exercise right and left leg
        4. Drill for the Huen Sau hand and palm strike
        5. Using the dummy to develop your own training drills
    5. The complete Wooden dummy form demonstration
      1. 108 movements in the form
      2. Side views and back views are shown
    6. Wooden Dummy form break down
      1. Section 1, first ten movements
      2. Section 2, next ten movements
        1. Kicking sequences
      3. Section 3, next ten movements
        1. Using the leg to jam the leading foot
      4. Section 4- next ten movements
        1. The Gong Sau movements
        2. Double palms to the upper gates
        3. Double Tan Sau hand force directed into the dummy’s body
        4. Turing and twisting of the body
      5. Section 5, next ten movements
        1. Variety of double palm strikes
          1. Pak Pi Choy
          2. The Snake hand
      6. Section Six, next ten movements
        1. Bong Sau
        2. Double rotating arms
        3. Lan Sau hands
      7. Section seven, next ten movements
        1. Kicking sequence
        2. Sweep sequence
        3. The hooking sequence
        4. Downward double arm technique
      8. Section eight, next ten movements
        1. Kicking sequence
        2. Upward sweeping movement
        3. The Gong Sau and kicking sequence
        4. Double palm strike
        5. Hand movements with sweeping movements
      9. Section nine, next ten movements
        1. Kicking upward
        2. Downward heel kick
        3. Tan Sau and downward grab
      10. Section ten, the last sequence
        1. Straight punches
          1. Pulling and kicking
          2. Double Gong Sau
          3. Bong Sau and Wu Sau hand
          4. Double Palm strike upper and low
    7. Variations in the second and third sections of the Wooden Dummy form
      1. Second half variation of section two
        1. Lower Bong Sau Block
        2. Stepping to the side with rapid engaging techniques
      2. Section three variation
        1. Bong Sau, Quan Sau application
        2. Left Bong Sau and right Bong Sau variation

(Only some of the techniques for each section are mentioned…a large number of them are done in combination and are repeated. Therefore not all options for striking are listed here in this summary of hand techniques employed within the wooden dummy set.   Pease take note, that all the movements are repeated on each side of the dummy.)

Reviewer: George Hernandez
Date: 12/23/2011
Bought the Eddie Chong DVDs on Everything Wing Chun

Posted By : coldcat78
Date: May 18, 2016

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This is a 3 DVD set. Each DVD in the set is reviewed in detail here.

What Disk 1 is about:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong, of the Fushan White Eyebrow-Fushan Wing Chun Kung Fu Association presents a demonstration of all the classic forms of Grandmaster Pan Nam, of the “Faht Shan” Wing Chun Tradition. The three forms shown in this DVD are, Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kiu and Bil Gee.

Comments on Disk 1:

“Faht Shan Wing Chun”, is considered the official lineage of the Wing Chun system recognized by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China and therefore is referred as the “Chinese System” of Wing Chun as it relates to the Ip Man WC system and is referred to as the “Hong Kong system” of Wing Chun Kung Fu. I am sure there’s lots of debate among WC factions in Shanghai and Hong Kong, who would feel quite differently regarding this official sanction by mainland China. However, this review will discuss the instructional content and value of Eddie Chong’s WC DVDs, and will leave the matter of which system is considered the official lineage of WC to martial art historians.  However, I will say this…martial art institutions are just as much a political animal in China as the two party political systems in America.  Enough said.

Master Sifu Eddie Chong gives a demonstration of all three characteristic forms of “Faht Shan” Wing Chun passed down by former Grandmaster Pan Nam, who died in 1995, near the age of 100! Obviously, there are characteristic or stylistic differences between the Chinese and Hong Kong systems. For example, one can readily see in the WC forms demonstrated by William Cheung and other subsequent lineage holders of Grandmaster Ip Man, such as Chu Shong Tin, expressing a different approach in teaching and the execution of WC technique.

In that being said, however, one should look for the common thread which runs through all of three styles of WC.  So which system is better?  I strongly feel this is a foolish and misplaced question!  I have news for you…”it’s all good.”

In principle the differences which one might observe in movement, is one of degree not of kind. For example, in the Sli Nam Tao of the Faht Shan system, the Chuan Sao Hand (fist) does not move forward and up through the centerline, but slightly off from the center of heart line.  The Fook Sao and Wu Sao hand movement is done from the lower Tan Tien and not from the middle Tan Tien or heart line position. These movements are done slowly, as you would expect in Chi Kung practice for the development of power….proper breathing technique, is also emphasized during training of the first form – Sli Nam Tao.

However, there are basic hand techniques, which are emphasized in the “Faht Shan” system, that would not necessary be observed in Ip Man’s, Hong Kong system…that is the use of the “Tiger” and “Leopard” hand, which are movements so common in Hung Gar Kung Fu. It is said by Master Sifu Chong, that the Butterfly Knifes of Wing Chun evolved out of Hung Gar…from my experience all Chinese Wu Shu styles have incorporated movements and techniques from older systems…what works seems to be the general rule…Sifu Chong fortunately, does not hold anything back and his demonstration of technique is quite effective. Some schools in the US, particularly among the commercialized Shaolin martial art establishments…will not show a student such techniques using the “leopard” hand, because it’s considered a secret teaching!  Be aware, you could end up paying big bucks for all the so called secret techniques by such martial art institutions.

Besides the Sli Nam Tao form, Master Sifu Chong also demonstrates the last two forms of Wing Chun in this DVD, they are Chum Kiu and Bil Gee…again their expression, is quite different in what you would normally see from observing the “Hong Kong” style of WC Kung Fu. Some may even regard the movements in Chum Kiu, of Chong’s demonstration as almost appearing robotic…but, don’t let that fool you…there is definitely, subtlety in what he does! If you are truly a Wing Chun enthusiast the purchase of Chong’s DVDs are a must see and a worthwhile addition to any one’s collection demonstrating this martial art.

What Disk 2 is About:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong, of the Fushan White Eyebrow-Fushan Wing Chun Kung Fu Association presents Grandmaster Pan Nam’s, Chi Sau practice of the “Faht Shan” Wing Chun Kung fu system.

Comments on Disk 2:

In this DVD, Master Sifu Chong presents the basics behind Chi Sau practice. In his introduction of Chi Sau, he shows how one should stand and where the position of the hands should be for proper execution of Chi Sau technique. He especially emphasizes that one should not raise their shoulders nor should one place their arms and hands to high, while engaging their partner in Chi Sau practice. Care is taken in showing the proper use of the double Bong and Fook Sau throughout the “rolling” process in changing the arms and hands from one position to another with a partner.

Sifu makes the whole sequence look easy; however, without diligent and consistent training the opportunity to make the technique work in practice could be missed.  Chi Sau practice is a critical aspect in Wing Chun training in developing skill as well as speed in making technique effective. This DVD gives you what you need to know in developing sound practical skills in WC.

Of interest, in Chong’s demonstration of Chi Sau, Sifu shows technique and then tells you what happens if the position of your arms, are not in the right place during a techniques execution, this is an important cautionary point…one does not want to attempt a technique and be hit at the same time.  Also, second form practitioners would be pleased to see how Chum Kiu movements can be achieved during Chi Sau practice; for example using the double “Lan Sau” Hands with a shifting horse.

Chong shows diversity in his demonstration of technique using a variety of WC hand applications, such as from a Tan Sau, Fook Sau sequence…counter techniques are demonstrated against various attacks, which are then followed up by a counter-attack sequence thwarting an invading hand.  The training benefit in observing, a series of attacks and counter attacks offers the practitioner the opportunity to clearly see the flow of movement during an exchange on both sides of a fight. Granted Chi Sau practice is primarily a simulation, but, it’s a real opportunity to develop, as well as to test your understanding and skill of WC technique.  Keep in mind that the purpose of Chi Sau practice is to sharpen one’s sensitivity and perfect skill…it is not an “I hit you “and “you hit me” – “Rock’em, Sock’em” exercise!  If Chi Sau training is approached with this purpose in mind, all of its training value is lost.

Often DVDs, of lesser caliber in Chi Sau instruction; the simultaneous use of the Double Fist as a counter and attacking hand are not usually shown. And what do you do if someone attempts to push you while you’re in a Chi Sau situation? There are plenty of examples of what to do and what not to do, while stepping in and out during an attack or counter attack. This Chi Sau DVD goes beyond, what you normally would have the opportunity to see and utilize in your practice.  It’s loaded with lots of stuff! This series would be a great investment for any Pan Nam or Ip Man WC practitioner; certainly it’s a must see for anyone who is unfamiliar with the “Faht Shan Wing Chun Kung Fu” system.  The true value of Master Sifu Eddie Chong’s Wing Chun Chi Sau DVD, is in its content, not in terms of a superficial production using flashy stage sets, scripted narrated prose or costly musical sound tracks.

What Disk 3 is About:

Master Sifu Eddie Chong, of the Fushan White Eyebrow-Fushan Wing Chun Kung Fu Association presents Grandmaster Pan Nam’s, classic Wooden Dummy and WC Weapons training of the “Faht Shan” Wing Chun Kung fu system.

Comments on Disk 3:

This DVD covers the basics regarding the forms associated with the Wooden dummy, the six and a half point staff and the Bakt Juam Doe weapons or Butterfly knifes. One of the best known training apparatus in Chinese martial arts is the wooden dummy or Mook Jong.  This device is characteristic of the Wing Chun system and is considered as a crucial tool in developing skill in the WC fighting system.  This is a general rule that holds true for any WC style a student is perusing.

Master Sifu Eddie Chong explains why the Wooden Dummy is so essential ones practice. There are four basic attributes associated with training in the wooden dummy set which incorporates the movements of all three forms of the Wing Chun System. And therefore the wooden dummy training promotes the following:

1) The correct Placement of one’s arms and Legs
2) Toughing and strengthening the arms and Legs
3) The developing the correct flow of energy
4) Developing accuracy in WC fighting techniques

For those persons who have practiced the Wooden Dummy Set, particularly in the sequence familiar to the “Hong Kong” System of Wing Chun, they will find the movements and the sequence of techniques demonstrated by Chong, are somewhat different, however, in principle they are the same.  Because of the postures and some of the hands associated with the “Faht Shan” Wing Chun style, Ip practitioners should find what is shown could definitely contribute to any Wing Chun stylist repertoire of techniques.  The DVD also shows the set demonstrated from different angles of view and in particular shows the movements in the set from above the Mook Jong. If one watches closely, it can be seen that using the dummy for development sill in technique is more than hitting a large sculptured block of wood with arms and legs.  One feels the dummy in the technique as if it’s a person. Several basic applications from the wooden dummy set are also shown as part of this DVD.

In addition to the wooden dummy form, the DVD also provides basic instruction in the form of the Butterfly knifes and the “Six & a Half Point Staff.” Practical warm ups are provided to prevent injury and to develop the appropriate skills associated with the staff. In Chong’s demonstration of the weapons forms breakdown the sequences in each for more care analysis of the movements.  Frankly, there is not much that is different from what is shown in this part of the DVD on weapons which is radically different from the other systems of WC.  It’s beneficial, however, to see how a skilled teacher expresses his sense of movement in any of these weapon forms. Butterfly knife practitioners will find the detailed breakdown of the weapons set into six sections as a useful method in organizing and learning the sequence of movements as practical and effective pedagogy.

Technical Specifications Disk 1:
Title: Faht Shan Wing Chun: Sli Nim Tao Tao, Chum Kiu, Bil Jee (Chong Pan Nam Faht Shan Wing Chun 3 DVD)
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  3
Length:  00:56:04
Language:  English

DVD rating: 3.5 /5
Production Quality: 3.5 /5
Sound Quality: 3.5 /5
Video Quality: 3 /5
Material covered: 4 /5
Instructional qualities: 3.5 /5

Technical Specifications Disk 2:

Title: Faht Shan Wing Chun: Chi Sau (Sticky Hands) (Chong Pan Nam Faht Shan Wing Chun 3 DVD)
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  3
Length:  00:42:23
Language:  English

Rating scale 1-5:
DVD rating: 3.5 out of 5
Production Quality: 3
Sound Quality: 3.5
Video Quality: 3
Material covered: 5
Instructional qualities: 4

Technical Specifications Disk 3:

Title: Faht Shan Wing Chun: Wooden Dummy, Six & Half Point Staff, Bakt Juam Doe  (Chong Pan Nam Faht Shan Wing Chun 3 DVD)
Presenters: Eddie Chong
Region:  all
Number of disc:  3
Length:  00:36:10
Language:  English

Rating scale 1-5:
DVD rating: 3.5 out of 5
Production Quality: 3
Sound Quality: 3
Video Quality: 3
Material covered: 3
Instructional qualities: 3

Content Overview Disk 1: Faht Shan Wing Chun: Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kiu, Bil Gee

  1. Introduction
    1. Master Sifu Eddie Chong
    2. Faht Shan Wing Chun Lineage : Grand Master Pan Nam
  2. Sil Nam Tao: Little Idea.
    1. Full demonstration of first form
    2. Breakdown of major sections of form
    3. Breakdown details e.g.:
      1. Opening sequence
        1. Leg movements
        2. Basic hand positions
    4. Breakdown details
      1. Opening sequence – right angle
      2. Form demonstrated through closing hands.
  3. Chum Kiu: Searching for the Bridge.
    1. Full demonstration of second form
    2. Breakdown of major sections of from
    3. Breakdown details e.g.:
      1. Opening sequence
        1. Frontal hand movements
        2. Turning movements
        3. Striking to the left and the right
        4. Centering moving to the next section
        5. Kicking movements – right and left side
        6. Closing sequence.
  4. Bil Gee: Thrusting Fingers (attacking form)
    1. Full demonstration of form
    2. Breakdown  of major sections of form
    3. Breakdown details, e.g.:
      1. Opening sequence
        1. Frontal hand movements
        2. Elbow and Bil Gee hands
        3. Elbow, Bil Gee hand combinations
          1. Forward movements right/left sides
          2. High, middle and low elbow strikes
          3. Closing sequence of form

Content Overview Disk 2: Faht Shan Wing Chun: Chi Sau – Sticky Hands

  1. Introduction
  2. Chi Sau Basics
    1. Position of Arms/Hands
    2. “Rolling” hands
    3. Stance and Stability
  3. Basic Techniques
    1. Double Fook/Double Bong movement
    2. Rolling Exchange
    3. Tan/Fook exchange
    4. Striking the opponents Elbow
  4. Basic stepping with technique
    1. Tan Sau, fook Sau and lan Sau hand
    2. Stepping, right and left side of the body
    3. Pulling arm techniques
    4. Angles and striking
    5. The  problem in over extending the movement
    6. Using the double lan sau
    7. Using points of intercept
  5. Techniques and hitting vital points
    1. Slap block and elbow strikes
    2. Rolling the wrist with Lan sau
    3. Tan Sau and the tapping point
    4. Various hand techniques and Tapping Point
    5. Tan Sau and elbow strike
    6. Bil Gee application, Double hand pull
  6. Double palm strikes
    1. Tan, Fook, stepping in with double palm strike.
    2. Tan, double palm/forearm and shoulder strike
    3. Dealing with the counter to a double palm technique
    4. Countering the grab
    5. Stepping, Wu Sau Hand and Palm Strike
    6. Gong Sau, Wu Sau Hand and stepping in.
    7. Tan Sau Hand and Fingers.
  7. Pulling techniques and Kicks – Chum Kiu
    1. Pull, turn and kicking the Knee
    2. Pulling, stepping, using the back heel of the foot
    3. Following up with a kick to the back of the knee
    4. Pulling and kicking inside or outside of knee
    5. Techniques attacking the groin area
    6. Techniques using the “Tiger” palm

Content Overview Disk 3: Faht Shan Wing Chun: Wooden Dummy, Six & half Point Staff and Bakt Juam Do

  1. Introduction
    1. A fast demonstration of the Wooden Dummy “Faht Shan” set
    2. Description of the “Faht Shan” Wooden Dummy construction
  2. Breakdown of the “Faht Shan” Wooden Dummy set
    1. Beginning and ending sequence
    2. Form demonstrated from a different angle
      1. Above the dummy
      2. Right angle view – left side
    3. Basic applications from the Wooden Dummy set
      1. Fingers to the eye and solarplex
      2. Gum Sau with a hammer fist
      3. Tiger palm
      4. Bil Gee movement, block and Kick
  3. Historical description of WC classical weapons
    1. The Hun Gar influence
    2. The purpose of the Staff or pole training
    3. The purpose of the Butterfly knife training
  4. Luk Dim Boon Gwun: “Six & A Half Point Staff”
    1. The Practice form
      1. The warm up sequence
    2. The Form – Demo
      1. The full sequence
    3. Breakdown details
      1. Section one – angle one
      2. Section two –angle two
  5. Bak Jaum Doe: Butterfly knives.
    1. Determining the right length of the knives
    2. Warming up with the knives
    3. The Butterfly knives-form
      1. The  full sequence
      2. Breakdown details
        1. Part one
        2. Part two
        3. Part three
        4. Part four
        5. Part five
        6. Part six
    4. Butterfly knives applications
      1. Knives against the staff
        1. Several application sequences

Reviewer: George Hernandez
Date: 12/15/2011
Bought the Eddie Chong DVDs on Everything Wing Chun

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