Dit Da Jow and Healing Liniment Available

PACIFIC WING CHUN KUNG FU ASSOCIATION

Pacific Wing Chun has three blends of Dit Da Jow and a Coconut oil based Liniments available for purchase.

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New Batch of Bak Fu Pai with Hawaiian Olena, and Essential Oils is ready. I have 2 oz and 4 oz bottles available. Message me for pricing including shipping. Many thanks to the folks at ‪#‎PlumDragon‬ for their fine products. Peace and much Respect, lrs

The Dit Da Jows are all based with Chinese and Hawaiian Healing herbs then aged over six months for full potency.

Bak Fu Pai Blend

Ho Family with Hawaiian Olena and Awa

Iron Palm Blend

2oz – 15.00

4oz – 25.00

Our Liniment is based with Organic Coconut Oil and Beeswax, Dit Da Jow and other essential oils make this a very effective soothing,  aromatic Liniment

.5oz – 7.00

2.oz – 20.00

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association

Shipping rates vary within the US.

Contact Sifu Ramirez for details.

8083455540 / wingchun.association@yahoo.com

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ROBERT YEUNG reunion is around the corner! [Aug 26-27-28, 2016]


ROBERT YEUNG reunion is around the corner! [Aug 26-27-28, 2016] There will be some small presentations in the late afternoon of Aug 26th, ALL DAY PROGRAM from 9am-5pm, Aug 27th, at the KEY PROJECT building on the windward side, and on Aug 28th morning seminar 8am-11am – ending with a buy your own plate lunch at Hee Hing on Kapahulu Blvd.

There is a 45 page reunion booklet being produced – so pass me a few photos for your groups. I also have all the old articles from various instructors from the Robert Yeung lineage (old stuff from the failed booklet attempt five years ago) which I will push to this new booklet. You can also submit new articles – but hurry!

Lastly, I am trying to find all the old timers (graduates) from the Robert yeung years. I need a 2″ face photo to be placed on the booklet cover around Robert yeung’s center photo.

John Di Virgilio
(808)387-1103
91-1001 Keaunui Dr. #108
Ewa Beach, HI 96706

Call Thomas Hulama for the Saturday 27th program events
(808)330-9030

Call Ed Dumancas for photo and article submittals to the Booklet
[June 15th deadline for photos and articles] [booklet cost is expected to be about $30]
(425)918-0052

Hawaii WC Kung-fu shirt (collared) are also on sale for $25
Email: wingchunhawaii@hotmail.com with your sizes
Regular practitioners = Gray Red, Maroon colors,
Assistant Instructors = Navy color
Instructors = Black

RED-BLUE-BLACK sashes are also available $20 each

There will also be nomination box for the offices of the Associations President and vice president positions.
Both are working positions with time consuming responsibilities
and will run for a three year term starting Jan. 1, 2017.
Other positions are WEB MASTER, yearly newsletter and two year booklet ASSOCIATION PUBLISHER/HISTORIAN, MEMBERSHIP CHIEF (+CERTIFICATE +SHIRT +SASH +INSURANCE),

We also need a set review team to help the MEMBERSHIP CHIEF to keep up the association’s teaching and set standards,
review up coming people, review transferring people, and serve as judges at our tournaments. This review team can be comprised of more than a dozen association Instructors and professors. They need to work closely with the membership chief to will make evaluations for promotions and for the five year instructor re-authorizations.

SPREAD THE WORD ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

INTRODUCTION TO THE MARTIAL ARTS STYLE OF WING CHUN KUNG FU

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE MARTIAL ARTS STYLE OF WING CHUN KUNG FU

PRESENTED BY LAWRENCE RAMIREZ SIFU founder of the

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association

Tuesday       June 28        5:30-6:30pm

An informational program for teens entering 6th through 12th grade

Learn about:

  • A brief history of martial arts
  • What is involved in studying a martial art
  • Wing Chun Kuen Kung Fu
  • Personal safety and awareness
  • Observe actual demonstrations of Wing Chun Kung Fu

Summer Reading Program 2016 registration starts May 31 at Kailua-Kona Public Library and the program runs from June 7 – July 16 at this branch. Teens can enter prize drawings for a 40oz Hydro Flask, a Hershel backpack, and a Notebook computer! Exercise your reading muscles and get free weekly incentives. Enter the Hawaii Pizza Hut “Get Caught Reading” Instagram Contest to win weekly $35 Apple iTunes gift cards! For more information, please contact the library.

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Kailua-Kona Public Library        Tel: 327.4327

Dit Da Jow and Healing Liniment Available

Pacific Wing Chun has three blends of Dit Da Jow and a Coconut oil based Liniments available for purchase.

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New Batch of Bak Fu Pai with Hawaiian Olena, and Essential Oils is ready. I have 2 oz and 4 oz bottles available. Message me for pricing including shipping. Many thanks to the folks at ‪#‎PlumDragon‬ for their fine products. Peace and much Respect, lrs

The Dit Da Jows are all based with Chinese and Hawaiian Healing herbs then aged over six months for full potency.

Bak Fu Pai Blend

Ho Family with Hawaiian Olena and Awa

Iron Palm Blend

2oz – 15.00

4oz – 25.00

Our Liniment is based with Organic Coconut Oil and Beeswax, Dit Da Jow and other essential oils make this a very effective soothing,  aromatic Liniment

.5oz – 7.00

2.oz – 20.00

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association

Shipping rates vary within the US.

Contact Sifu Ramirez for details.

8083455540 / wingchun.association@yahoo.com

Honor Dedication and Respect

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Honor Dedication and Respect

  The words in the title all intend and hold within a common theme of positivity,  virtue. As a teacher, coach or mentor it is imperative that these values are instilled unto your student especially where the skill being taught holds knowledge that could potentially end or take a life.

  This title or mandala is posted in bold type style on the website I created for my kung fu organization, the Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association. The words hold special meaning and remind me of the many hours spent with my Sifu Alan Bak Fu Vasquez and Kung Fu Brothers working to understand and apply all the technique within the Wing Chun Kung Fu System.

I was blessed to have found a mentor in Sifu Bak Fu he truly cared enough to help us understand and made sure we worked hard at every technique we were taught. I spent a little over four years training at Orange County Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, and I am honored to have met and trained with some of the finest martial artists today.

 I consider it a great Honor to be a part of my Kung Fu family which extends to our mother association in Hawaii via the Hawaii Wing Chun Kung Fu Association headed by Sifu John DiVirgillio.

  The time spent studying a martial art or any skill based activity requires some degree of dedication, but in the case of Wing Chun Kung Fu there is no substitute for the dedication you need to put into studying and practicing this Kung Fu style.

  In ancient times the perseverance one needed to have just to even become a student at many kung fu school was a testament to the prospective student in regards to their resolve or dedication to learn. This helped the Sifu make decisions on who to admit and give this knowledge to and who was not worthy.

  Life in these times were a little more cut and dry in the fact that if you were in a fight or struggle, it could mean one lost life. Respect was paramount where study of the martial arts was concerned. Training was also very serious, students dedicated themselves to study, having and holding respect for the art, their Sifu and for themselves. Respect was demanded in all aspects within the training. If a student didn’t show proper respect or dedication to their training they were removed from the kwoon or worse they died due to the course of their actions.

  Today’s students and practitioners are held to a much lower standard if any standard at all, due to the attractive monetary gains to be had. There are also paid advertisements where they expound anti-hate , or  anti-bully campaigns, wherein a true martial art or kung fu system would hold their students and practitioners to these base ideals.

  As martial arts came to be popular in the late 60’s and into the 70’s these positive ideals were intact and true to these ideals, which produced many of the great martial artists of today.  Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, Jim Kelly, Wally Jay, Ed Parker, Mas Oyama, and Morihei Ueshiba to name a few either created their own style of martial art or influenced the world with their mastery and dedication to the martial arts world in general. These true martial artists held themselves and their students to the highest of standards.

  In my training it was instilled that respect was paramount, and being a good student was my job when in stance. It was within the first lesson where we were taught this ideal. Respect for our Sifu, the art, our fellow students and for ourselves.

 For those whom were dedicated in training and whom progressed through the ranks it became clear whom honored these base ideals.

  It is an Honor to have had the opportunity to study under my Sifu whom I respect and hold in the highest regards, and with a few my Kung Fu Brothers whom to this day I consider close family.

  At some point every teacher of martial arts come to an important crossroad, where they are transmitting a skill-set or knowledge which only few are worthy to possess to running a business where these ideals are bypassed for the sake of a dollar.

  Dedication to your art, and students is paramount, uphold our Sifu’s teachings with honor, and respect yourself, your Sifu and your fellow student no matter where your particular art come from. This is the Tao or Way of a true Martial Artist and a true Kwoon or Martial Arts School.

Train Hard, Be Well, and Much Respect!

Lrs

The Core Structure and Principles of Siu Nim Tao

15 - 1  The Core Structure and Principles of Siu Nim Tao

  As the first open hand form within the Wing Chun Kung Fu system, Siu Nim Tao has the important job of introducing practitioners to basic body structure, and the structure of all the open hand techniques within the system.

  The Little Ideas, or Small Ideas as it is called represents all structured movement within the system, but it doesn’t only teach structure but also helps practitioners build ideas of how to utilize these structured movements.

  At the beginning of the form, root is gained by sliding feet out to proper width, then pressing the hips and pelvis forth to engage the spine and muscles across the back, around the core all the way down the legs to the floor to create a solid postured body mass.

  In practicing this posture the practitioner will eventually be able to feel the proper width of this stance and recognize their body engaging in a very structured root, stance, or ma.

  As the hands and arms engage into bridging postures, Iron Bridge theories are practiced as mucsle memories are created and tendons ligaments are toned, strengthened.

  The open hand movement in Siu Nim Tao is intend to train the practitioner, how to properly strike powerfully within a limited distance, the limits within their upper, middle and lower gates while keeping the bodies posture or root, structured and sound.

  Through out the practice of this hand form students are encouraged to use Lok Nim or use the mind to visualize actual use of every hand posture. In coupling these hand movement with the mind, a very powerful connection is created.

  As practitioners progress through the system reflection on the core principles of Siu Nim Tao give the practitioner an opportunity to fine tune all the structures needed to create solid a kung fu repertoire and true warrior fighting skill.

Train hard, be well and much respect

Breathe, the Development of Qi

Breathe, the Development of Qi

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  In today’s world where sports have evolved into exacting sciences, athletes have had to find ways to push their bodies beyond what normal training regiments can offer them to keep fit and be ready for competition. Science has taken huge roll in the day to day training, nutrition and health of athletes worldwide. Living in Hawaii, the epicenter of the Surfing world, and where the world renown Ironman Triathlon is held annually, I have had a first hand look into some of the nutritional sciences and training regiments these ultra fit athletes follow with obsessive zeal.

  Beyond obvious training method running, weights training, muscle mass building and resistance training, a growing trend that transcends sporting boundaries is breathe, lung capacity training due to the direct correlation to enhanced endurance.

  In ancient times, where the arts of Yogis and Masters of Kung Fu, Taiqi Quan, and Qi Gung, all were developed, herein lie the constant theme of breathe training and breathing technique, which were developed and integrated or developed within these ancient arts.

  Whereas breathing is paramount to life itself the training of correct breathing and developing an understanding of lung capacities and function are paramount in all of today’s training regiments and systems.

  Before further study of lung capacity or breath training method can be utilized, basic breathing technique must be understood and corrected.

  As adults we become more and more accustomed to our bodies running at a higher pace due to the demands of today’s fast paced society. Most people in every day life never give a second thought to how they breath in and out, when in fact the way they take the average breath is inefficient and not the way we were taught by natural instinct as we came forth at birth. This instinct is Diaphragmatic Breathing.

   Pranayama or Yogic,  Pursed Lip, Strelnikova, Buteyko, and the Mammalian Reflex breathing techniques all have one thing in common, they all recognize the importance of diaphragmatic breathing or use of the diaphragm in a normal breathing pattern.

  In using the diaphragm as we were intended to do two basic things happen instantly, our bodies can re-oxygenate and expel CO2more efficiently with less effort due to the fact that you are using stronger group of core muscle to drive the breathing motion, your body can also easily distribute the fresh O2 due again to the core muscles put in motion by use of the diaphragm and lung cavities. By using both groups of muscle we get a deeper more efficient draw of o2 and a stronger exhalation with little effort.

  The key when engaging many of these technique is balance. We all know what happens when you breath to deeply for long periods of time, dizziness and nausea. This is due to the unbalanced levels of  o2 and or the accumulation of Co2 in the bloodstream. Too much of either can result in fatigue, dizziness and, or fainting.

  With correct base breathing technique the body will be functioning more efficiently with less effort and with balance amounts of O2 and Co2 which the body needs to function.

   Apnea, “the absence of breath”, is the opposite of efficient breathing. In the sports of Free-Diving, Big wave surfing and in most extreme sports the body can be conditioned to run more efficient  with less O2 or only Co2 for extended periods of time. This type of training helps the body use O2 as efficient as possible and to use Co2 within the bloodstream as efficiently as possible in extreme situations. These training techniques utilize the bodies own natural reflexes to circulate O2 and Co2 through the body with what is called the Mammalian Reflex. If you’ve ever held your breath in a pool long enough to feel your diaphragm engage while still underwater you’ve experienced this reflex. Training your body to recognize and utilize this reflex for extended periods of time takes time is very dangerous and is not recommended unless accompanied by a professional trainer.

  All these techniques and ideas concerning breath and breathing efficiency were developed to help the body run more efficient using less energy, thereby allowing us to push the envelop in the activity, sport or fitness program of our choice.

  It can be understood that development of this extra energy or power that your body will have by cultivating these breathing and breathe technique will result in “vital energy” within the body, or as known if the martial arts world as Qi.

Train Hard, Be well, and Much Rspect!

Lawrence Ramirez Sifu Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association.

 

The Relationship Between “Don’t Chase the Hands”, “Take What Comes”, and the Wing Chun Box

The Relationship Between “Don’t Chase the Hands”, “Take What Comes”, and the Wing Chun Box

Sifu Mike Pollard watching over Wylie Chen's form at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association practice.

Sifu Mike Pollard watching over Wylie Chen’s form at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association practice.

In both the first and second set, the most important concepts in Wing Chun are laid out in the first three techniques: the stance/structure through Yee Jee Kim Yeung Ma, and the centerline and the box that defines the upper, middle and lower gates (the Wing Chun box) through double gang sau and double tan sau.  Discussion of all of these concepts is common and I’m not reinventing anything new, although there is an oblique relationship between these ideas that isn’t commonly discussed.  Here I want explore the relationship between “don’t chase the hands”, “take what comes” and the Wing Chun box, which is maybe not so obvious.

“Don’t chase the hands”, “take what comes”, and the Wing Chun box are inter-related, and are basically different ways of saying the same thing.  Essentially, no technique that you use should ever go beyond or outside of the box.  By doing so, your hands are not in a good position to provide an efficient and effective follow-up technique.  By performing your techniques inside of the box, you are effectively “taking what comes”, or, putting it a different way, if your opponent’s technique doesn’t connect with yours, it doesn’t matter – you didn’t waste any energy chasing the hands.  If the punch or kick misses, you didn’t expend more energy than you had to, which is consistent with Wing Chun efficiency.  On top of that, you are not over-committed and can react much faster and get to the next technique.

Here’s one more way of looking at his idea: the motion of your technique isn’t what stops your opponent’s technique, it’s the structure behind the technique.  That said, when you apply a technique to a situation, perform it like you would in the forms or in san sik and let it work with your structure.

Don’t chase the hands.  Take what comes.  Keep the hands in the box.

Much respect,

Mike Pollard Sifu

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association

Dit Da Jow available for purchase from Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association

Dit Da Jow available for purchase from Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association.

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association

New Batch of Bak Fu Pai Dit Da Jow with Hawaiian Olena, and Essential Oils is ready.

A new Batch of Bak Fu Pai Dit Da Jow with Hawaiian Olena, and Essential Oils is ready. I have 2 oz and 4 oz bottles available. Message me for pricing including shipping. Many thanks to the folks at ‪#‎PlumDragon‬ for their fine products.
Peace and much Respect, lrs

The White Tigers Back Fist 白虎背拳

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The White Tigers Back fist 白虎背拳

Early in my martial training I was introduced to what  I now like to call the “Bak Fu Bei Kuen” or ,

The White Tigers Back Fist 白虎背拳. The Sinking Dragon or the sinking elbow back fist is a technique that literally pulls your opponent into the back fist with little recourse once initiated. I have been practicing this unique strike since i was personally introduced to it in early 2001 by my Sifu, Alan “Bak Fu” Vasquez, Captain US Army (Retired), Branched Infantry, and Military Intelligence; Viet Nam Combat Veteran, with Recon Ranger, and Special Forces duty, started studies with Yeung Tin Yao, aka Robert “Yeung Biu” Yeung’s Hawaii Wing Chun Association in 1977. After serving his country and being injured in paratroop exercise that would ended his military career and almost took his life, “Bak Fu Sifu” Started teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu in 1979.  The Orange County Wing Chun Association was founded in 1979 and is still located in Lake Forest,  Orange County, California. I myself had met Sifu Bak Fu in 1994, 95 during a time where our daughters attended the same grade school, but started formally training under him in 2001. During the many years of training that followed there were countless times I had seen this “Bak Fu Bei Kuen” flying at me from out of nowhere only to stop an inch off my face. “Use the cats whiskers”, “keep changing”, “move like a dragon”, “be soft” or “be like water” would be the phrases that would usually follow the delivery of the famed strike, but it would years before I would come to terms, get my head around these ideas, and fully understand exactly how to “Use the cats whiskers”, “keep changing”, “move like a dragon”, “be soft” or “be like water”. I was told until learn to use the cat whiskers to stop you will never truly learn how to go. How would do you put this into context to actually teach someone to actually do this? In reality you cannot, it is movement your body must feel many countless times until in is ingrained into muscle memory, and movement becomes instinct and natural action, not re-action. I believe it was not until I had begun teaching that I came to realization and understanding of these and many other terms and ideas I had been taught in the years I spent training with my Sifu, my Kung Fu Brothers and Sisters.

There were times when only Sifu and I were in the Kwoon, he would make tea and I would work. As I hit the Mook Yan Jong or practice Baat Chaam Dou he would tell me story of his training days and of his military days. He would always catch my mistakes no matter how in depth his description of adventure had gotten. On one particular day I remember him telling me of his reoccurring dreams of engaging great Gung Fu warriors in battle, I asked how the dreams ended, he said he had always won. I truly believe he was using the “Bak Fu Bei Kuen” in these magnificent battles, and I know these great warriors were looking at them as I had once long ago.

I have graduate students of my own now and I see them training the younger and newer students. They now are asked the same questions and have to explain these theories and principles as I had taught them, just as I was in turn taught by my Sifu. Time is the best teacher, with time that which is cultivated manifests, and if cultivated, Gung Fu only grows with age.

I now have my own dreams of battle, and you know I will be throwing a few “Bak Fu Bei Kuen” in the mix to ensure my victory.

Train well, much respect,

lrs