This particular anthology on wing chun features only two authors: Dr. Joyotpaul Chaudhuri and Jeff Webb. Their academic and practical experience bring a rich text for anyone interested in this unique art, famed for its specialized training methods, combative efficiency, and noted associations with Yip Man, Bruce Lee, and the kung fu film industry.
Wing chun is a southern Chinese system, so usually terms are written to reflect Cantonese, often using different romanization systems or mixtures of these systems. On top of this hodgepodge, politics among leading wing chun figures have brought preferences for specific spellings to reflect their unique branches in the wing chun evolutionary tree. Because of this, I have not standardized the romanization in this anthology, as it does not greatly effect the reading.
In chapter one, Dr. Chaudhuri analyzes the keys to motion in the second empty-hand form of wing chun: the bridge seeking routine. The focus is on the proper maintenance of the body’s central axis and its motions, which helps with developing the foundations for delivering power.
In the following chapter, Jeff Webb discusses the structure and body mechanics of punching techniques, plus various training methods employed for developing power. Also, punching strategy is shown as the greatest factor in differentiating these punches from those of other styles.
Chaudhuri then analyzes the structure and function of the primary stance in wing chun’s first form (sil lim tao), which instills the relational structure of bone, ligament, joint, tendon, muscle, line and angle, while also teaching the inner virtues of softness, stillness, sinking and emptiness. The “motherline” is presented in aspects of attack and defense.
The last two chapters are by Jeff Webb. The ability to apply martial art techniques at a high rate of speed is essential to overall fighting effectiveness. By looking beyond the physical to the conceptual, he details wing chun’s theories that reveal proper timing to be a significant multiplier. His final piece describes both the fundamental and complex methods of “sticking hands” training in detail. It also explains the rationale and theories behind this method as well as discusses a variety of factors that can either improve or retard the acquisition of tactile reflexes.
The content of these chapters explain wing chun rationale and unique fighting methods, plus provides logic and advice to benefit the practitioner.
Dr. Joyotpaul “Joy” Chaudhuri is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science (political philosophy) at Arizona State University at the Tempe main campus. He has had a life long interest in Asian martial arts as well as martial sports. A longtime student of Augustine Fong, Dr. Caudhuri teaches Wing Chun at Tempe Wing Chun.
Jeff Webb, began studying wing chun / ving tsun in 1985 and is a former private student of Grandmaster Leung Ting. During his time in Europe, he also trained under Grandmaster Keith Kernspecht and with numerous masters of the EWTO. Upon his discharge from the military in 1996, Mr. Webb returned to Texas and began teaching the art professionally. In 2005, Mr. Webb was conferred the rank of master by his teacher during a formal grading ceremony in Hong Kong. Later he went on to found the National Ving Tsun Organization in 2007 and continues to operate two professional schools in Austin, Texas. At present he continues to promote the art on a national level and remains a popular instructor on the seminar circuit.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Wing Chun’s Chum Kiu Form: A Study in Stability and Mobility, by Joyotpaul Chaudhuri, Ph.D.
Analysis of the Wing Tsun Punching Methods, by Jeff Webb
Defending the Motherline: Wing Chun’s Sil Lum Tao, by Joyotpaul Chaudhuri, Ph.D.
A Study in Maximizing Speed Through Ving Tsun Concepts, by Jeff Webb
Tactile Reflex Development Through Wing Tsun’s “Sticking Hands” Practice, by Jeff Webb