The last few months of 2012 were packed with exciting events in the world of World of Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun (WSLVT) practitioners. The first ever worldwide gathering of the Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun clan was held in Seremban Malaysia during October. Seven instructors including; Wong Sifu’s son John Wong, John Smith, Li Hang Cheong, Enzo Verratti, Jerry Yeung, Rolf Clausnitzer and Mark Wong gave presentations on various aspects of Ving Tsun over two days.
A number of other instructors from around the world attended also including; Morten Ibsen (Denmark), Wang Zhipeng (China), Stefan Kunev (Bulgaria), Dwight Hennings (Canada) Jason Gowan (UK), Akim Otmane (France), a number of other instructors from Hong Kong and of course representatives of our school . The event was a great opportunity to train with different people from all over the world and share ideas on WSLVT. The plan is to repeat this event in Hong Kong in 2014.
The Wong Shun Leung Students association (WSLSA) was established also. This body exists to preserve the WSL way of Ving Tsun. The WSLSA aims to bring together all practitioners of WSLVT to share their understanding of Ving Tsun and ensure uniformity in the key aspects of this method so that they are passed on intact to each generation of students. The WSLA website address is http://www.wslstudents.org and the address of their facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/wslsa
The training year for us in Melbourne was capped off with training focussing on Key aspects of Ving Tsun structures, laying the foundations for the training agenda for 2013.
The intensity and scope of training increased during the last month; the intensity peaked with additional skill challenges being added as the level of fatigue increased. Everyone stepped up and improved their responses to attacks from “out-of-contact” range.
After the peak in the intensity of training there was a period of consolidation. During this phase of training the focus was on improving mobility, striking efficiency and maintaining structure. Key words for this phase of training are; structure, speed and integration. The next wave of pressure will commence shortly.
The clip below provides tips on Laap Sau and the Bong Sau response during; the laap sau drill, rolling and when “out-of-range”. This action is the basis for entries during chi sau when your partner has strong coverage of the centre but they lack forward intention e.g. they are pushing sideways or are pressing down. Laap sau can be used as a model for attacks on the “outside”, experiment and adapt your attacks and responses to suit your skill level and your opponent.
Keys points for laap sau in rolling:
- Be sure that you have trapped their arms with your pressing hand before you release your other hand to strike.
- When responding; as soon as you sense you have lost the line at the wrist let your elbow take over.
- Only use laap sau when you feel something in your partner’s rolling action is off, don’t simply try it because you want to.
The progression for all chi sau training at the moment is: focus on perfecting poon sau, warm up with the drills from Chi Sau (I) Fundamentals, Chi Sau (ii) and Chi Sau (iii) Paak Sau, gradually increase the intensity of the attacks and progress to Gwoh sau.
I increased the intensity of training over the last few weeks. A new base level of intensity has been established with all drills being part of a circuit designed to improve your capacity to work all aspects of Ving Tsun at higher intensity levels. This type of training will improve your skills, increase the speed of your reactions and test your determination .The current training template is the starting point for the next three months of training; I will continue to increase the intensity in waves with periods of consolidation as well.
The clip below provides tips on the Paak Sau entry used in “rolling”. The keys to using this entry successfully are perfect timing and only using it when there is an opportunity to do so, don’t just try it because you want to. The progression for all chi sau training at the moment is: focus on perfecting poon sau, warm up with the drills from Chi Sau (I) Fundamentals and Chi Sau (ii) and then progress to entries that challenge your partner’s ability to respond to a committed attack. The Paak sau entry can be used as a model for attacks on the “inside”, experiment and adapt your attacks and responses to suit your skill level and your opponent.
When working with Pad’s and mitts strive to improve the quality for your strikes and efficiency of your footwork. Then bring it all together when working on countering attacks from out of range.