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
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