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

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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

Mike Pollard has been awarded a Black Sash at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Mike Pollard has been awarded a Black Sash at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Mike Pollard has been awarded a Black Sash at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Solid day of testing Chi Sao and Intercepting skill. Please congratulate Mike Pollard he has been awarded a Black Sash for his hard work and dedication in study and practice. He has the skill of a warrior and will continue his testing this month for his certification as an Instructor of Wing Chun Kung Fu.

Mike Pollard has been awarded a Black Sash 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.

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

Great job Mike see at this weekends session!

Aloha and Much Respect Everybody!

Sifu John Divirgillio and Sifu Alan “Bak Fu” Vasquez hold Wing Chun Seminar in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Sifu John Divirgillio and Sifu Alan “Bak Fu” Vasquez hold Wing Chun Seminar in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. 

A special thank you and Mahalo Nui Loa to Sifu’s John Divirgillio and Alan “Bak Fu” Vasquez for making the trip to Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii again this year for the two day Wing Chun Seminar held February 1 and 2nd 2014. It took me another two days to internalize what had been taught and another day to find the right way to describe the ideas shared by these two masters of Wing Chun Kuen, as well as other martial combat systems.

Day one focused on reflex and touch drills along with three dimensions of bridging and entry to control your opponent, then integration of these ideas within Chi Sao and other applications within the system.

Day two primarily focused on Mook Yan Jong and Luk Dim Boon Kwan with special tactical application of the ideas Sifu John Divirgillio expounded in the session on Saturday.

The ideas came fast and more ferocious than some of the fist that were being thrown, so I took some time to write this, I wanted to ensure I had described what I had witnessed this past weekend thus the late posting.

The lunches were filled with good grinds and colorful story, and everyone present had Wing Chun overload by one hour into the first session.

I would like to give special Thanks and Mahalos to my Sifu Alan “Bak Fu” Vasquez for setting up this Seminar and hosting lunch by way of superior technique, as per usual… You had to be there! lol

Big Mahalo to my Co Sifu Eugene Tagawa for entertaining, and taxi-ing Sifu’s John Divirgillio and Alan “Bak Fu” Vasquez.

Everyone whom attended had seen one of the foremost authority on Wing Chun Technique and its History doing what he does best. Thank you Sifu John Divirgillio we at Pacific Wing Chun Association look forward to your return to give us a refresher session on everything you shared this week.

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Sifu John Divirgillio and Sifu Tagawa with Sifu Alan Vasquez, Mike Pollard and Sifu Lawrence Ramirez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sifu Alan Bak Fu Vasquez and Mike Pollard

Sifu Alan Bak Fu Vasquez and Mike Pollard with Rachel Ramirez and Wylie Chen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacific Wing Chun Association

Sifu Ala Bak Fu Vasquez and Sifu Eugene Tagawa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sifu Bak Fu and Mike Pollard

Sifu Bak Fu and Mike Pollard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sifu John Di Virgillio

Sifu John Di Virgillio demonstrating Luk Dim Boon Kwan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sifu John Di Virgillio

Sifu John Di Virgillio demonstrating Luk Dim Boon Kwan

 

 

 

The Many Aspects of Wing Chun Kuen

The Many Aspects of  Wing Chun Kuen by Lawrence Ramirez Sifu

Throughout the years of my studying Wing Chun Kuen, I’ve come across many people with different views of, and what practicing this system actually entails. So many have only watched a few video, so really do not have a clear view of Wing Chun from which they base their opinion, others may have made met up with a practitioner whom wasn’t very talented or was taught very poorly and could not articulate the basis of the System or its many facets properly. As mentioned in the previous post: ” https://pacificwingchun.com/2013/12/29/wing-chun-and-structured-mass/ ‎” many just do not understand all the aspects of, and what is entailed in the training involved and applications of technique possible within the system.

There are to many video available, and article published to date that either give situational views or “what if” scenarios and specific answers for a certain staged or scripted attack verses Wing Chun Technique, then showing someone whom has no in depth study of the Wing Chun system under their “belt” deflecting and overtaking a supposed Wing Chun exponent. This is neither the way to  learn Wing Chun Kuen if you are truly serious about understanding the System, nor is it a way to master any other martial art. Those ideas are opinions based upon staged scenarios. This to me equates to a situation twice removed from reality.

I was told early in my martial arts training there are no “What If’s”.

No actual fight is scripted or will happen as a play with a preempted start and finish as if choreographed, there will be only the techniques your Sifu taught you, and if you actually practiced as he suggested, they will work to help you deflect or redirect, or to slip past, to help you defeat an unprepared opponent. That is only, IF you practiced…

There are aspects within the Wing Chun System, that many overlook the practice of, as an integral part of their training. Stance, basic technique, form, weapons all have to be practiced with the principles of the system kept in mind, and the body mass as part of the structured attack must all be coordinated. But how are all these ideas or aspects of the system taught? These are not absolute concrete ideal you can personally hand to someone, it must manifest within the practitioner as they mature in their practice of the art. This takes time.

I have come across many whom practice martial artists that wish to learn some Wing Chun technique only to find the training boring and then just look for the tricks or advanced techniques so they can become Wing Chun Masters, or so they may use this information to try and become the best fighter out there. In doing so they become neither.

What will happen is exactly what has been happening for decades in the martial arts world. Some uninformed people spout their low opinion of Wing Chun Kuen, or like many so called new age advanced martial technique “specialists” they even propound that no martial arts work in a real combat situation. Well its a great angle to make a buck so I wish them many dollars and a happy life.

I do feel that many whom train Wing Chun Kuen miss one aspect in particular within the system which connects the actual application of Wing Chun technique with the power of the practitioners body mass, it is the tool which actually applies this power or force. The development and use of Chi, or Qi.

This cultivation and development of Chi is embedded within the system in several area, including San Sik and all three hand forms. If study of the basic concept of Chi Breathing and the Development of Vital Energies within the body are introduced as an important portion throughout the practitioners training regiment, Chi force will come in a natural progression as the practitioner evolves in his or her training. The understanding of Chi Development and its cultivation within the Wing Chun System will enhance a practitioners Kung Fu and Health immensely throughout his lifetime.

Breathing, Chi Development, Structured Mass Movement, and Crisp Technique “With Meeeannning..” are all aspects within the Wing Chun Kuen System, when practiced, and executed properly make a practitioner a daunting opponent for any martial arts enthusiast.

Keep the Traditions!

lrs

Gung Fu

Gung Fu by Lawrence Ramirez Sifu

Throughout the years since the Bodhidharma traveled to China and Shaolin Temple at the foot of Shaoshi mountain in the Song mountain range in the Henan province, where Gung Fu began, there have been those whom study martial arts, but were never worthy of receiving such training in the first place.

These people reside in the lower four worlds of life:
“Hell–a condition of despair in which one is completely overwhelmed by suffering; Hunger–a state dominated by deluded desire that can never be satisfied; Animality–an instinctual state of fearing the strong and bullying the weak; Anger–a state characterized by an unrestrained competitive urge to surpass and dominate others and often under a pretence of being good and wise. These four states are referred to as the Four Evil Paths because of the destructive negativity that marks them. ” (SGI-USA, http://www.sgi.org/buddhism/buddhist-concepts/ten-worlds.html).

Even Bodhidharma was plagued with this problem by one of his followers before he even arrived in China.

Some cannot grasp idea that, dedication to study, knowledge, and even Happiness cannot be transmitted from human to human, it develops within each of us. Only the ideas are shared among us, it is ultimately up to the individual to either study and manifest these lofty ideals or remain in the lower worlds or states of life.

Every martial arts style, system, or pugilistic form has this type of person among the ranks today and has had them throughout the years from the beginnings.

I have many martial artist friends from across several style, systems and lineage, they have all had personal experience with these people. It is nothing new.

Today in the ever growing world of martial artists there is another factor which rears its ugly head among those whom reside in and among the Low Worlds, those whom hold greed close under false pretense of false sage or wisdom, slandering others.

All whom study Martial Arts know these Truths, and most of us Respect each other, we may not share the same Ideas on how to take care of an attacker and send him home via the hospital, but we do respect each other and our particular Tao , or path in Martial Art.

I do not know anothers intent, but when I see it I act, if the intent is to harm someone, I protect them. I uphold the Traditions of Wing Chun Kung Fu.

Be wary of whom you teach, there are only few worthy.

Be Well, Much Respect,
lrs