Monday, December 21, 2015 will be our last class before the holiday break. Our first class back will be Saturday, January 2, 2016. Safe and happy holiday wishes to all our amazing students and instructors!
"A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open." -Frank Zappa
Vancouver Wing Chun was lucky enough to be able to make it to the last two Dragon Central Seminars, organized by Sifu Jeremy Hoemsen of Wing Chun Punch Club in Victoria, BC. Not only that, but Sifu Jeremy also invited VWC head instructor Sifu Chad Smith to instruct at the latest seminar. The latest seminar also featured Sifu Ian from Island Kung Fu and instructor Jordan Dellabough from Canadian Modern Arnis Training Studios.
From Dragon Central Seminar "Contact Reactions: Feeling an Opponent's Energy"
These seminars are truly excellent; they bring together different martial artists and instructors from varying backgrounds, allowing us to share the knowledge of our arts with one another. They help create a community of martial artists within BC, and provide the opportunity to get together with people who share a similar passion for the martial arts and lifelong learning.
From Dragon Central Seminar "Controlling Your Opponent - Mentally & Physically, Deception & Distance"
The biggest takeaway message for me from these seminars has been that although we train in different styles, common themes of strategy, tactics, and technique abound in the martial arts, regardless of style. There are differences to be sure, but core principles remain the same.
I know that VWC will continue to attend the Dragon Central seminars either as students, instructors, or both! Thank you to all the instructors who took the time to share their knowledge with us, and special thanks to Sifu Jeremy for organizing!
As I mentioned in class tonight, we are training outside this weekend in order to beat the heat! Here's a link to the park on Googlemaps: https://goo.gl/maps/ApgGe The name of the park is "Almond Park," and it is located just off the Dunbar diversion. We will be doing the regular classes, 1-2 pad training and 2-3 weapons, so please bring your own gear, boxing gloves if you have them as well as your swords and don't forget a water bottle!
In our last post, we covered some of the various martial arts movies available that showcase Wing Chun Kung Fu. This month we're going to open the floor to every martial art! Below is some of my favourite martial arts movies. What are your favourite MA flicks?
Fighter in the Wind (2004)
Fight in the Wind is one of my all-time personal favorite martial arts films. Utterly human and flawed characters, plus wicked fight scenes and one of the best training montages I've seen (gotta love those guitar licks!).
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
Ok, this one is a bit over the top and gory, but it's got some amazing and gritty fight scenes.
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
This is one of a few Zatoichi movies, and is the best in my opinion. I feel it holds true to the spirit of the original TV series (each episode a movie on it's own!). Although Takeshi Kitano doesn't quite have the same boisterousness as Shintaro Katsu, I think he plays the part of an older Zatoichi very well.
Wow, that is some impressive boxing choreography!
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
The only animated film on this list, Kung Fu Panda is a great film! Safe for the whole family, and Jack Black was a great pic for the voice of Po.
Ong Bak (2003)
My favorite scene is where he launches through the air to deliver a simultaneous flying knee & elbow.
Manages to combine music, martial arts, and mobsters.
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zen (2010)
The clip below speaks for itself.
Fist of Legend (1994)
My favorite part is when Fumio and Chen are fighting near the end of the movie. Dust gets in Fumio's eye and so Chen blindfolds himself in order to make the fight fair. Such honor!