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.


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


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!


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


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)

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!

Pacific Wing Chun Association welcomes Sifu Scott Cannam.


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












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.








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!



Dedication, the Key to Understanding Wing Chun Kung Fu

Dedication, the Key to Understanding Wing Chun Kung Fu

The concepts of structured movement, economy of motion and dedication to understanding these concepts is key within the Wing Chun Kung Fu System. Wing Chun is a Martial Arts System that entails the study of body structure,  structured coordinated refined movement, and the understanding of hand and weapon form. The techniques within the system are not easily taught alone without the student having an understanding of structured movement of a body that has been trained to respond to attack with applied concepts and muscle memory trained reflexes. These are movement and concepts that are not easily learned from books or video, nor can one person transmit this knowledge to another by shear explanation alone. The practitioner has to put in the time and dedicate themselves to understanding and practice enough to be able to apply these concept competently.

From day one it usually takes a practitioner three to six months to develop enough reflex and understanding of structure to utilize some technique competently . Progress  will come to those whom are dedicated to practice, and have understanding of how to practically apply particular techniques. Many portions of the system will become second nature to the practitioner as they practice and from this practice comes muscle memory reflex in applying technique when attacked or provoked.

As more of the system is studied, the practitioner advances and is introduced to new  technique and the second and third hand forms they must also also keep in mind and adhere to basic structural and theoretic principles that are inherent to the Wing Chun System.

The Wing Chun System requires one to be dedicated in study and practice to be proficient, those whom are dedicated to practice, study and application of the system will attain a certain level of mastery.

Keep the traditions!




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.

Pacific Wing Chun Association

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!