Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association wishes Congratulations to Quinn Miller.

20150412_102954      Big Congratulations to Quinn Miller for on his promotion to Blue Shirt Advanced Wing Chun Practitioner. His skill level and knowledge of the system has earned him his new color. Quinn will be sharing his knowledge this next year helping train newer students and grooming his teaching skill, I know he will be among  best of them out there when he reaches Black shirt level.
Congrats Quinn! lrs

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Pacific Wing Chun holds Safety-Awareness and Personal Protection Seminar.

Pacific Wing Chun Safety Awareness and Personal Defense Seminar

Pacific Wing Chun holds Safety Awareness and Personal Defense Seminar in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Pacific Wing Chun held the Safety-Awareness and Personal Protection Seminar on April 11th at Kealakehe High School in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Thank you and Mahalo Nui to all whom volunteered. Thank you and Mahalo Nui to visiting Sifu Sean Cavanaugh from Hawaii Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, WA., Sifu Kadang, Sifu Verble and all Kealakehe High School  teachers whom helped. This seminar was all part of a Senior Project coordinated by Maggie Chen. Basic knowledge of awareness and personal protection tactics were discussed and demonstrated. The students left with tools to keep themselves and their friends safe and aware of dangers out on the streets. Information for abuse, help and police hotlines were also shared and made available to everyone. Talk of the next seminar is already in the works.

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Be well all, much respect,

lrs

Sifu Sean Cavanaugh visits from Hawaii Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, WA.

20150407_181729 Many things were learned and shared as we again are honored by a visit from Sifu Sean Cavanaugh from the Hawaii Wing Chun Kung Fu Association. WA. Many thanks for the handcrafted Jook Wan Huen, Sifu Sean Cavanaugh! We will definitely be putting use on these tools you’ve made for us! With Sifu Sean’s knowledge of the systems history and technique it was wing Chun overload for everyone whom attended. Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association is holding a seminar this weekend and holding another session Sunday with Sifu Sean.

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Again Mahalo Nui and Much Respect Sifu Sean!

Sin Nen Fai Lok Happy Year of the Green Wood Goat

Sin Nen Fai Lok Happy Year of the Green Wood Goat

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Sin Nen Fai Lok Happy Year of the Green Wood Goat. wellness and prosperity year after year!Fortune

Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year is the most important traditional Chinese Festival of the Year and we here at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association would like to wish everyone

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新年快乐 Sin Nen Fai Lok (Happy New Year) and 恭喜发财 Gung Hei Faat Choi (Congratulations and Be Prosperous)

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association offers discount for Military Personnel and their family, also ability to pay program for school age children.

 Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association offers discount for Military Personnel and their family, also ability to pay program for school age children.

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Sifu Alan Vasquez Army CPT Ret. teaching at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

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Late Master Lucky Shaffer AF Ret teaching at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

We welcome the Hero’s whom have sacrificed years of their lives to keep our Country Free. Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association has had the honor to have several Servicemen among our members and we offer a whole family discount to those whom keep our country free. Please visit us on the web at www.pacificwingchunassociation.com and call us at 808-345-5540

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association also offers an ability to pay program for families with school age children. We truly believe that every child should have equal access to recreational and character social building programs especially if the child would otherwise not be enrolled or allowed to enroll due to their families finances. We also truly believe that Kung Fu has the ability to teach children social and life skills that they will not find or taught anywhere else.

Honor,Dedication and Respect.

Please feel free to contact us for all the details of these programs today!

You can reach Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association at 808-345-5540, or at pacificwingchunassoc@live.com , wingchun.assocation@yahoo.com , also visit us on the web at www.pacificwingchunassociation.com

Quinn Miller has been promoted to Red Shirt at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu

Quinn Miller he has been promoted to Red Shirt Wing Chun Kung Fu Practitioner

Quinn Miller he has been promoted to Red Shirt Wing Chun Kung Fu Practitioner

Quinn Miller he has been promoted to Red Shirt Wing Chun Kung Fu Practitioner

Quinn Miller he has been promoted to Red Shirt Wing Chun Kung Fu Practitioner

Please help us to congratulate Quinn Miller he has been promoted to Red Shirt Wing Chun Kung Fu Practitioner. His skill level has risen quickly with skill he has attained in his studies of Aikido and Karate. I know he will keep the Traditions and his skill level will continue to rise due to his dedication and commitment to the study of Wing Chun Kung Fu.

Be Well All and Keep the Traditions!

lrs

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association now holding classes in North Hawaii Island.

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Sifu Mike Pollard leading classes in Honoka’a Hawaii. Contact Sifu Mike at 808 494 2129 or at fbiwaterman@gmail.com

Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association will now also be holding classes in North Hawaii Island, Waimea, and Honoka’a under the tutelage of Sifu Mike Pollard.

Sifu Mike is a certified graduate under Sifu Lawrence Ramirez whom is from the Orange County Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, Hawaii Wing Chun Association families.

Having previous martial arts background, being a super fit Hawaiian waterman and his unrelenting dedication to studying the Wing Chun system, has helped enhance Sifu Mikes Wing Chun Kung Fu to a level which has earned him respect and certification within our family.

I know his students will be of the highest caliber and receive the best training under Sifu Mike.

Please contact Sifu Mike for times and locations. He can be reached at 808 494 2129, or at fbiwaterman@gmail.com
Train Hard, Keep the Traditions!
lrs

Mike Pollard awarded Black Shirt Instructor Level at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Mike Pollard awarded Black Shirt Instructor Level at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

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Sifu Mike Pollard leading classes in Honoka’a Hawaii. Contact Sifu Mike at 808 494 2129 or at fbiwaterman@gmail.com

Mike Pollard awarded Black Shirt Instructor Level at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

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Mike Pollard receives his Black Shirt.

Sifu Lawrence Ramirez presents Mike Pollard with his Black Shirt at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Mike Pollard awarded Black Shirt Instructor Level at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, Kailua Kona, Hawaii. I would like to thank Mike for his years of dedication in studying with us here at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association. I know you will keep the Traditions and honor our Wing Chun Family always! Aloha and Much Respect lrs! 20140928_101613

Mike Pollard awarded Black Shirt Instructor Level at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Mike Pollard awarded Black Shirt Instructor Level at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

 

Qi Gong Breathing for Active Recuperation

Qi Gong is an integral part of Wing Chun.  We reap the benefits of it through cultivation of vital energy, and also from the increased effectiveness of our breathing on our physiology.  When we practice Sil Nim Tao, we are training our mind and our bodies, part of which includes the breathing technique.  My Sifu and Sigung both taught me the importance of breathing as one of the two most important things in kung fu, and based on my experiences, they are absolutely correct.  Given two equally matched fighters, the one that can recuperate the fastest through proper breathing technique will likely be the victor.  I share some of my own experiences in the paragraphs below that I feel validate the importance of Qi Gong breathing in your kung fu training.

Part of my own workout at home is to run “suicides” after my Wing Chun practice, which I do two to three times each week, depending on how much class/partner time I’ve had.   “Suicides” are a jogging/sprinting exercise consisting of direction changes at 10, 20 and 30 yards, i.e., up and back to ten yards, up and back to 20 yards, and up and back to 30 yards, followed by a rest interval.  I’ve worked up to doing ten rounds of these, which helps to build both strength and endurance, and to a lesser degree, agility.  During the rest periods, I’ve started to integrate Qi Gong breathing with great results compared to normal breathing.  The clear benefit of Qi Gong breathing based on my experience is decreased recuperation time during the rest periods, to the point where I can actually gage how many breaths it will take to recuperate from a given volume of exercise.

For those that want to know the science behind recovery from an exercise like this, well here it is.  I personally feel that it’s important to understand the science because this knowledge gives you the ability to manipulate it to your own needs.   Your body generates energy for short, intense bursts of exercise like sprinting or fighting anaerobically, or without oxygen. When you stop exercising you still breathe heavily because your body is taking in extra oxygen to repay the oxygen debt that was incurred.  When you stop the exercise and start to recover you will actually need more oxygen to recover, and hence you breath harder than you do during the exercise. This is called Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption.  Here’s why it takes more oxygen to recover:  1) You need to replace the oxygen the body needed but couldn’t get (oxygen deficit), 2) Your breathing and heart rate are elevated to remove CO2, 3) Your body temperature and metabolic rate are increased, and 4) Your Adrenaline and Noradrenaline are increased.

Here’s how Qi Gong works to decrease your recovery time.  First, to simplify the paragraph above: your body didn’t get the oxygen that it needed during the exercise and not only needs to make up for what it didn’t have during the exercise, but also needs deal with the other physiological effects that accompany short, intense bursts of exercise.  You finish the exercise and your breathing is heavy, and if you are not trained in Qi Gong, it is very inefficient. Qi Gong breathing increases the effectiveness of your breathing by doing two things: 1) increases the total volume of air moving into and out of your lungs through proper breathing, and 2) through the accompanying body motions, effectively forcing the oxygen into your circulatory system, kind of like a turbo charger on a car!

If you don’t have experience with Qi Gong breathing, here’s a brief explanation of proper form.  A single breath looks like this: 1) inhale starting at your navel – the tan tien – (newborn babies or young children after vigorous play are a great example as they the diaphragm as the main control point for breathing, ‘belly breathing’); pulling inward toward your spine to help you exhale and pushing outwards to expand your rib cage while breathing in. Actually, if you focus only on the motion and direction of your diaphragm and not directly on breathing, your lungs will fill automatically, 2) next open up your chest cavity and feel the expansion in your lungs. I’m not sure if this is scientifically proven, but in my own humble opinion, I think this increases your overall lung capacity over time and the longer practice, 3) exhale starting with your lung cavity, and press the energy downward to the tan tien. My sigung uses a great analogy to visualize this: imagine a rolling pin rolling your chest from top to bottom, 4) complete the exhale by sucking in your tan tien and pushing every last bit of oxygen out of your lungs.

The accompanying body motions are just as important as the breathing as they facilitate the flow of your vital energy and your circulatory system.  We typically perform three motions in our classes that are derived from portions of the Eight Pieces of Brocade and Shaolin Lohan Hands forms. I’ll explain one of them here.  It starts with feet shoulder width apart, knees bent and relaxed, hands at your sides, palms in front of you and facing up.  As you inhale ‘lift’ your hands up to chin level, and as you exhale, face your palms downward and ‘press’ them toward your navel.  Physically, you are forcing your rib cage to expand and accept more air during the inhale, and conversely, forcing your rib cage closed and effectively pushing the air out of your lungs during the exhale.

As you practice your Qi Gong, the next step is to focus on what’s happening to your body during the exercise and to understand where energy is flowing.  I’m just in the beginning stages of learning this, and hopefully someday I’ll learn enough to shed some light on this for other martial artists that are interested.  In the meantime, I’ve fully integrated Qi breathing into my workouts and even into my daily routines if I’m feeling low on energy.  I’m curious to know if others have the same experience with integrating Qi Gong breathing into their workouts and how their results compare to mine.

Much respect,

Mike Pollard

Pacific Wing Chun under the tutelage of Sifu Lawrence Ramirez and my Sigung Alan Bak Fu Vasquez of Orange County Wing Chun (the original)