MASTERING WING CHUN (Available only on DVD)
7 DVD Collectors Edition
Volume 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7
The Keys To Ip Man’s Kung Fu
By Grandmaster Samuel Kwok
AS TAUGHT BY THE GREAT GRANDMASTER IP MAN
In GM Kwok’s video we can see the practicality of the knife form in practice and in application. I have studied fencing and the sword for a number of years, both through classical sport fencing and Historical European Martial Arts. In many of these videos the demonstrator violates almost every basic rule of swordsmanship. The feet and the hands often move without balance and coordination. The person swinging the butterfly knives moves the feet or the body without moving the weapon and thus telegraphs their attack and intention to the opponent. They use their weapon in what George Silver would call a “false time” in his Paradoxes of Defence. In contrast, GM Kwok moves his knives economically and in harmony with the feet thus maximizing power without displaying his intent to an opponent. He fences in a “true time”. The applications of GM Kwok’s knife form are efficient and effective. In short they would work in a combat situation. It only takes one generation to lose the meaning of a form and its practical application in actual fighting. In releasing this video GM Kwok is performing a great service to the Wing Chun community and protecting and preserving one of Wing Chun’s rarest treasures. For that reason alone this video deserves a stellar review.
Grandmaster Samuel Kwok has been studying Wing Chun since 1967. After moving to the UK in 1972, he studied under Lee Sing. After returning to Hong Kong, Kwok began intensive private study with Grandmaster Ip Chun. He was awarded Master Status in 1981 and represented Ip Chun for many years. Grandmaster Kwok was the first to bring Ip Chun and Ip Ching from Hong Kong, and introduce their teaching to the U.K. Europe, Germany, Australia, Denmark, and the U.S. In 1994, Grandmaster Kwok returned to study with Grandmaster Ip Ching. He is the senior representative of the Ip Man / Ip Chun / Ip Ching lineage in the U.K. and U.S., with certified instructors around the world.