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

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Pacific Wing Chun Association welcomes Sifu Scott Cannam.

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Sifu Scott Cannam and Mike Pollard, Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Waikoloa, Hawaii

Pacific Wing Chun Association is honored by another visit from our Kung Brother Sifu Scott Cannam. His knowledge in the history of Wing Chun and the system in general is unmatched, it is always a treat to spend time rolling hands and sharing ideas and theory with him. Todays session was no different, as we began with san sik and then into flow drills Scott gave insight into theory and how to gain advantage over an opponent in structure and with proper technique. We then shared ideas on chi sao and intercepting.And at the end of class the group chased down the training mitts with kicks, and triple punches till everyone had a solid sweat on in the hot Kona sun. I am already looking forward to the next session later this week. Again welcome back and many thanks for sharing your Manao (knowledge in Hawaiian language) LRs Sifu Scott Cannam

Motion and Wing Chun Technique Application

Motion and Wing Chun Technique Application

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The dragons are spirits of the waters. “The dragon is a kind of being whose miraculous changes are inscrutable.” In a sense the dragon is the type of a man, self-controlled, and with powers that verge upon the supernatural. In China the dragon, except as noted below, is not a power for evil, but a beneficent being producing rain and representing the fecundating principle in nature. He is the essence of the yang, or male, principle. “He controls the rain, and so holds in his power prosperity and peace.” Myths of the Waters, The Dragons, Myths and Legends of China, by Edward T.C. Werner, [1922], at sacred-texts.com

Early in my Wing Chun training, “Move like a Dragon” was an analogy my Sifu used to describe the evasive and forward, never retreating way in which a Wing Chun practitioner should forge an attack. This idea of forward motion, and constant pressure upon an opponent was fostered and cultivated in various ways every training session.

Changing direction to defuse an opponents oncoming force is one method to employ in an encounter where the oncoming force is strong and overcommitted. In these types of situations a combination of change of stance, hand technique and forward pressure can be utilized to weaken the attack and incapacitate you opponents ability to recover from his own attack.

Constant motion is inevitable in a real fight situation. There will be no staged or choreographed feed and responses from friendly training partners, there will be an ever changing enemy meaning real harm to you or your loved ones if you do not move, change and have answers to movements presented by your attacker/s. One solution, train to defuse oncoming force with change and movement, train to move and be unpredictable as possible.

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Reading or perceiving signs, movements, gestures, and signals from an opponent, advancing with ferocity to intercept and thwart forward motion then trapping limbs to destroy an opponents structure and ability to attack is the goal. The methods we use and techniques we train within the Wing Chun system show us ways to achieve this.

“The Tao of Wing Chun is a long path…” Alan Bak Fu Vasquez

 

Keep the Traditions!

lrs

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sifu Ala Bak Fu Vasquez and Sifu Eugene Tagawa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sifu Bak Fu and Mike Pollard

Sifu Bak Fu and Mike Pollard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sifu John Di Virgillio demonstrating Luk Dim Boon Kwan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

The father burst into tears and falls to his knees.

A father returns home to find his estranged wife very high and irritable, while two children ages 10 months and 3 years are alone in their dark musty room in a small apartment in the middle of the Elsinore desert.

As the father realizes exactly what is and has happening, the wife hastily threatens to call the police hoping to detour any reaction from the now very concerned father of the two innocent victims. The father agrees that calling the police is a very good idea, and proceeds to pick up a the phone hanging on the kitchen wall. As he does, the woman runs into the childrens room and picks up the 10 month old baby and rushes toward the door trying to make an escape with the child before the police arrive. The husband drops the phone and blocks the escape and takes the baby from the high woman.

As the father comforts the child in his arms, the woman rips the phone from the wall in hopes that help will not arrive, and grabs the 3 year old by the hand and runs out the door before the father can act.

The fathers heart drops as he sees that door slam and he has to decide how to best protect the infant in his arms and find his other child now outside with a very high irrational woman.
Within seconds, baby in arms he rushes out the door to an empty corridor. Tears, Fear and Panic fill his mind and heart as he runs out to the street to see if there is any sign of them. Nothing. He pounds on the first apartment closest to them, no answer but he hears hushed noise from inside. He pleads with the tenant to open the door, no response. He then knows his Daughter is in there and demands the door be opened or he will break down the door.

With no hope of police help and no good neighbors in the drug ridden desert community wanting to help, the father knew that if that door didn’t open in the next second he would break the door and face anybody or anything inside to get his child back.

The door squeaked open and the father rushed inside and confronted the lady tenant whom insists to know nothing. the high mother and child nowhere to be seen. The father pleads with the woman for help, and then begins to realize this woman is hiding his child, he checks the rooms and then finds his 3 year old daughter in a closet with a sweet smile on her face playing hide and seek.

The father burst into tears and falls to his knees as he hugs his two girls.

Clutching them tightly he walks out of this strangers apartment. ]

This happened, around 1994 and happens to children every day.

If your sick get help. If your not happy with your spouse get help.

Only Children suffer, if you have children your life is for Them!

Give them what they deserve or get your Dingus or Ovaries ripped out!

Keep the Traditions
lrs

Pacific Wing Chun Association Seminar schedule February 2014.

Pacific Wing Chun Association Seminar scheduled for February 2014.

The Seminar with Sifus, Alan “Bak Fu” Vasquez founder of Orange County Wing Chun Association, and John DiVirgillio of the Hawaii Wing Chun Association, is scheduled to be held Febuary 1 and 2nd of February 2014.

Saturday – Noon till 3pm. We will gather for an Association Dinner after the Seminar on Saturday.

Sunday – 8am -1pm .

Wing Chun Association Members from all Islands and Continential US are encouraged to attend.

Please contact Lawrence Ramirez Sifu for locations, signup cost, and Hawaii lodging information.

wingchun.association@yahoo.com

808-345-5540

Keep the Traditions!

lrs

Alan "Bak Fu" Vasquez Sifu and Founder of Orange County Wing Chun Association, OC Wing Chun Since 1979

Alan “Bak Fu” Vasquez Sifu and Founder of Orange County Wing Chun Association, OC Wing Chun Since 1979

Hawaii Wing Chun Seminar with Sifu John Divirgillio, of the Hawaii Wing Chun Association in Feburary.

Hawaii Wing Chun Seminar with Sifu John Divirgillio, of the Hawaii Wing Chun Association in Feburary.

Pacific Wing Chun Association has a new location.

Pacific Wing Chun Association has a new location. We are moving the Kwoon into Kailua Kona from Waikoloa at the end of January. New class times and Locations! Details to follow. Contact Lawrence Ramirez Sifu for more infomation. wingchun.association@yahoo.com or pacifiwingchunassoc@live.com

Be Well and 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

Wing Chun and Structured Mass

Wing Chun and Structured Mass by Lawrence Ramirez Sifu

The term “Structure” holds different meaning and several function in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system. Within the first form Sil Nim Tao and basic San Sik a beginning practitioner will be taught Yee Gee Kim Yeung Ma or the Catch Goat Stance. This focus on stance or structure early in training is paramount if the practitioner is to progress and have functional technique.

As a student is able to grasp these ideals of stance, rooted structure and angular stepping technique they will have progressed to a point where their technique will be functional, but maybe not at optimal performance. Only when an understanding of movement in stance, along with the structured mass of the body can the practitioners technique become really powerful.

With proper timing of technique and structured movement of the body as one unit or a mass, strikes and kicks become much more lethal. Now for someone whom does not study Wing Chun in depth, they will miss several key points where the concept of structure, is concerned. We use the term Structure, but we do not advocate rigidity. Rigidity is not the the goal of structure within the Wing Chun system.

By maintaining a soft yet structured stance, and using properly timed techniques, a practitioner can find opportunity where as a fighter whom is rigid and over committed can easily be overcome by evasive techniques. Within soft structured limbs a flinch reflex or fa jeng, whipping power can be applied where in an arm that is super rigid half of the muscle structure that is throwing the strike is also holding the strike back. Remaining less rigid also will allow a practitioner to intercept a strike, redirect its force, and change his defending limbs in an instant to a strike. This could be attained by a catch and release action, or by using a block to slip motion. “Extreme softness enables one to be hard. Being extremely natural enables one to be agile.” (Wing Chun Kuen Kuit)

A practitioner should focus on maintaining these ideas of structure which encompasses, stance, proper angular movement, footwork, along with properly timed and applied technique when engaging an opponent. If applied as a coordinated unit or body mass, the practitioner will be very hard to attack from any angle and also extremely lethal with response to any attack when applying Wing Chun technique.

Keep the Traditions!
lrs