Understanding The Manifestation of Qi

shikuen1Understanding The Manifestation of Qi

By Sifu Lawrence Ramirez

Chi Kung or Qi gong can be described as the art of developing vital energy. Throughout ancient China, people believed that through certain exercise, meditation and, various breathing technique, they could control and enhance their physical, as well as mental, development.

Chi Kung may be classified into many different types, and may be used, or practiced for a variety of reasons. The elderly or sick may use a certain group of Chi Kung exercises for keeping up and regaining their strength. Some may utilize Chi Kung exercises that develop stamina, and power for combat efficiency. At the other end of the spectrum one may use Chi Kung exercise for spiritual development.

The many different Chi Kung exercises, may be grouped into three basic elements; Body, or the form aspect which regulates body promoting health and fitness, Breath, or the energy aspect which through breathing can result in the increase of harmonious flow of vital energy throughout the body, and Heart, or the mind aspect that refers to mind control, and expansion. Understanding that these three elements comprise the whole, is key to the development, or manifestation of Qi.

If Chi Kung is studied along with a martial art as to further develop internal power, this type of Chi will become an integral piece, or portion of the art, in that it will develop as part of the art. This natural progression, or manifestation of Qi, will develop as the art develops as long as the correlation between the basic three elements, Body, Breath, and Heart, or Mind are understood, and nurtured by the martial artist.

Chi Kung is widely accepted, and has been utilized in Chinese medicine since ancient times as an effective way of treating patients for a variety of afflictions. Chinese medicine utilizes herbalism, massage therapy, acupuncture, and Chi Kung as a therapeutic way to produce the harmonious flow of Qi through the patient. By developing Qi and keeping this flow of vital energy within our bodies, we will be fit, and our bodies strong into our old age. This fundamental principle of Chinese Medicine cannot be measured by Western medical viewpoints.

In studying Chi Kung the practitioner not only has the benefit of a calm mind, increased stamina, and internal energy, but after many years of practice the trained mind will be tranquil, and at peace. This peace, and tranquility leads to spiritual fulfillment, the ultimate goal of humanity.

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Control of Centerline

Control of Centerline By Sifu Lawrence Ramirez

Why is control of centerline so important?

In Wing Chun Kung Fu the most fundamental of principals are correct posture, hand technique, the bridging to, and redirection of your opponents force, also the proper application of these principle. The principles, and techniques are important, but we must also keep in mind, that the maintaining control of centerline is key to controlling your opponent?s movement, and his ultimate defeat.

We as children have tried to balance upon a beach ball only to have been thrown off to one side, or the other. Imagine that your centerline is like that ball; nothing must stay within its path, your opponent being redirected off to one side or the other, to gain an advantageous position for strikes, and to obtain complete control of your opponent.

We may have come to a situation that has a limb pinned by the opponent, but with correct posture, proper hand technique, and redirection of your opponents force we may regain centerline advantage for control, and ultimately the defeat your opponent.

Your opponent may press hard into your space, but accepting this force, redirecting it, and letting it pass by, we may again gain centerline advantage, advantageous position for strikes, and the control of your opponent.

If your opponent retreats, we must follow, re-bridge, and again gain centerline control in an unrelenting fashion to be victorious.

These principle and technique are key to controlling centerline, and your opponent?s movement. Maintaining control of your opponent?s movement, and centerline is crucial if we are to be on the winning side.

“To engage in physical violence is wrong, but if I must, I want be to be on the winning side.”

Quote by Sifu Alan “Bak Fu” Vasquez Orange County Wing Chun Kung fu Association, California.

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Orange County Wing Chun Kung Fu Association classes available at Saddleback College.


Alan “Bak Fu” Vasquez Sifu, the founder of Orange County Wing Chun Association, will be available at Saddleback College for Wing Chun group or private lessons Wednesdays from 3:00-5:30pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:30am. Call 949 929-6026 for an appointment. Let me change your life.

The Orange County Wing Chun Association is the original (over 29 years) family-owned and oriented, “closed door” Chinese martial arts school (“kwoon”) in Orange County, California. Wing Chun is a true Shaolin Kung Fu style that was passed down by family to the Late Grandmaster Yip Man, who passed the art to Grandmaster Wong Long Ching who is living and teaching Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) today in Hong Kong.

Grandmaster Wong Long Ching, Grandmaster Wong Tock, Grandmaster Wong Shun Leung taught Grandmaster Yeung Biu (Yeung Tin Yao), who was one of the last persons to receive the Late Grandmaster Yip Man’s approval to teach Wing Chun in Hong Kong prior to his death in 1972.  Grandmaster Yeung immigrated to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1971 and was introduced as Sifu to Stanley Au Sifu’s students and thereafter began teaching in Hawaii.  He opened his own school in 1973.  In 1977, Master Bobby Cheng, Master Robert Tome, Master Donald Swain and Master John DiVirgilio were the principal instructors of Yeung Sifu’s Kwoon at the Armed Forces Y.M.C.A. in Honolulu.  Master John DiVirgilio was principle as Chief Instructor for many years before he succeeded Grandmaster Yeung Sifu as the Chairman of the Hawaii Wing Chun Kung-Fu Association in 1996.

Master DiVirgilio and Bak Fu were daily training partners in college and the friendship-student relationship (“Si-Dai Si-Hing” or “younger-brother elder-brother”) continues to this day.  Alan R. “Bak Fu” Vasquez started his studies in 1977, was granted permission to teach Wing Chun by Grandmaster Yeung in 1979, graduated in 1979 from Chaminade University, Honolulu, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Infantry branch and then started his active duty as an officer.  In 1978, during her residence in Hawaii, Mrs. Diane “Simo” Vasquez became a student of Grandmaster Yeung as well.  She became the first woman to be promoted to Advanced Student Blue-Shirt Black-Sash with 2 Blue Stripes.

Bak Fu Sifu returned to Hawaii from 1981-84 and assisted instruction under the guidance of Grandmaster Yeung, Master DiVirgilio and Master Arthur Kodani while stationed as an Infantry Officer and later as a Military Intelligence Officer with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks and the DCSINT, WESTCOM, Ft. Shafter.  CPT Vasquez left active duty to attend law school but was injured while assigned to 1st Special Forces Group, and was subsequently retired from active duty.  He later graduated Juris Doctor in 1988.  Orange County was the place of origin for Bak Fu’s family and his first students began here in 1979.  Bak Fu Sifu and many of his graduate students are recognized as Instructors with the Ving Tsun Athletic Association (V.T.A.A.) in Hong Kong, the association started by Late Grandmaster Yip Man.

To date Bak Fu Sifu has had more than 500 students he has trained as members of the Orange County Wing Chun Association.




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