In the month of June 2016 Sifu Elmond Leung was featured on the cover of Wing Chun Illustrated magazine 30th Issue. Sifu Leung was interviewed by Sifu Alex Richter, the head of the City Wing Tsun Athletic Association and chief instructor of the NYC headquarters.
In the first part of the interview Sifu Leung talks about the times when he joined Late Grandmaster Ip Man's class in Hong Kong at the age of 15 and the months of training under GM Ip Man until Sifu Leung was forced to stop attending classes and had to take a break from practice to concentrate on his studies.
A few years later, returning again to Wing Tsun training, Sifu Leung met his Sifu, Leung Ting.
The next questions and answers of the interview detail a little bit more Sifu Elmond years of practice under Sifu Leung Ting, the old Hong Kong style training, and matches, challenges between kung fu schools.
After immigrating to the United States in 1975, Sifu Leung started teaching in 1980s, and in the following part of the interview he talks about these years, noting that: ''There aren't any differences between Western or Eastern students, because every student regardless of background, is unique. If he or she has a true passion for Wing Tsun, they will work hard and stick around.''
Following his advice to beginners who start learning Wing Tsun, Sifu Leung answers a couple questions related to the importance of the footwork, and training on the Wooden Dummy.
"I was one of the smaller students. Therefore I had to make use of my footwork to get around my training partner, because I could never win directly with my limited power. During my time training with Sifu Leung Ting, he strongly emphasized footwork."
''The Wooden Dummy is mainly for training and correcting the hand positions, angles, and the footwork. Hitting the Dummy precisely is more effective then performing flashy combination moves that miss the target."
In the closing questions of the interview, Sifu Leung shares with the readers the one thing he enjoys the most about practicing Wing Tsun, and how he feels about the future of Wing Chun/ Wing Tsun.
To read the full interview please visit www.wingchunillustrated.com
On Saturday, April 30th, 2016 we held a demonstration at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on the occasion of the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. Our team for the demonstration included Instructors Matyas Tamas, Brian Chung and 3 beginner students.
The demonstration included the Siu Nim Tau - Wing Tsun Kung Fu's first empty handed form, chain punches, stationary Gaun Sau, Pak Sau, Tan Sau, followed by these hand movements combined with stance turning and advancing steps.
After the group drills we moved on to the practical demonstrations of the previous techniques. Instructors Brian and Matyas simulated street fighting style attacks towards the students, who then defended themselves using the Wing Tsun techniques and launched a counter attack applying the chasing steps with chain punches.
In the closing part Brian and Matyas demonstrated the first section of Chi Sau (also known as sticky hands), followed by a short free fight training or Lat Sau, an other Wing Tsun kung fu exercise.
At the very end of our demonstration, since the nature of the event encouraged the audience to participate in some exercises, we invited them to try the out the Wing Tsun kung fu's horse stance along with the hand movements from the first form (Tan Sau, Wu Sau, Fook Sau sequence). Everyone enjoyed it.
We would like to thank the organizer team and the East West Academy of Healing Arts for their hospitality.
Please click here to view the full Photo Album of the event.