Pacific Wing Chun Association Weblog.
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|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on May 22, 2016 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
INTRODUCTION TO THE MARTIAL ARTS STYLE OF WING CHUN KUNG FU
PRESENTED BY LAWRENCE RAMIREZ SIFU founder of the
Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association
Tuesday June 28 5:30-6:30pm
An informational program for teens entering 6th through 12th grade
• A brief history of martial arts
• What is involved in studying a martial art
• Wing Chun Kuen Kung Fu
• Personal safety and awareness
• Observe actual demonstrations of Wing Chun Kung Fu
Summer Reading Program 2016 registration starts May 31 at Kailua-Kona Public Library and the program runs from June 7 – July 16 at this branch. Teens can enter prize drawings for a 40oz Hydro Flask, a Hershel backpack, and a Notebook computer! Exercise your reading muscles and get free weekly incentives. Enter the Hawaii Pizza Hut “Get Caught Reading” Instagram Contest to win weekly $35 Apple iTunes gift cards!
For more information, please contact the library. Kailua-Kona Public Library Tel: 327.4327
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on April 12, 2015 at 3:25 AM||comments (0)|
Pacific Wing Chun held the Safety-Awareness and Personal Protection Seminar on April 11th at Kealakehe High School in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Thank you and Mahalo Nui to all whom volunteered. Thank you and Mahalo Nui to visiting Sifu Sean Cavanaugh from Hawaii Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, WA., Sifu Kadang, Sifu Verble and all Kealakehe High School teachers whom helped. This seminar was all part of a Senior Project coordinated by Maggie Chen. Basic knowledge of awareness and personal protection tactics were discussed and demonstrated. The students left with tools to keep themselves and their friends safe and aware of dangers out on the streets. Information for abuse, help and police hotlines were also shared and made available to everyone. Talk of the next seminar is already in the works.
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on November 29, 2014 at 1:00 AM||comments (0)|
Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association offers discount for Military Personnel and their family, also ability to pay program for school age children. Contact Sifu Lawrence Ramirez for details.
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on November 14, 2014 at 5:25 AM||comments (0)|
Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association will now also be holding classes in North Hawaii Island, Waimea, and Honoka'a under the tutelage of Sifu Mike Pollard.
Sifu Mike is a certified graduate under Sifu Lawrence Ramirez whom is from the Orange County Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, Hawaii Wing Chun Association families.
Having previous martial arts background, being a super fit Hawaiian waterman and his unrelenting dedication to studying the Wing Chun system, has helped enhance Sifu Mikes Wing Chun Kung Fu to a level which has earned him respect and certification within our family.
I know his students will be of the highest caliber and receive the best training under Sifu Mike.
Please contact Sifu Mike for times and locations. He can be reached at 808 494 2129, or at email@example.com
Train Hard, Keep the Traditions!
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on October 6, 2014 at 3:10 AM||comments (0)|
Please congratulate Mike Pollard he has been awarded a Certified Black Shirt Instructor Level in Wing Chun Kung Fu by the Orange County Wing Chun Kung Fu Association and the Hawaii Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, for his hard work and dedication in study and practice. The Ceremony was held at the Chinatown Chinese Cultural Center in Honolulu on October 4th 2014 with Grand Master John Divirgillio and Sifu Bak Fu Alan Vasquez in attendance. Mike has the skill of a warrior and will continue on in the association as an Instructor of Wing Chun Kung Fu. I would like to thank Mike for his dedication in studying with us here at Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association. I know he will keep the traditions and honor our Wing Chun Family always!
Aloha and Much Respect!
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on September 28, 2014 at 3:25 AM||comments (0)|
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.
Pacific Wing Chun under the tutelage of Sifu Lawrence Ramirez and my Sigung Alan Bak Fu Vasquez of Orange County Wing Chun (the original)
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on September 14, 2014 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
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
Great job Mike see at this weekends session!
Aloha and Much Respect Everybody!
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on August 18, 2014 at 2:45 AM||comments (0)|
From everyone here at Pacific Wing Chun Congratulations Quinn earning the White Shirt for preforming Siu Nim Tao. I would like to let everyone know Quinn has been with us for a little under three weeks. His natural skill and abilities will help him progress quickly and with a little more time I know his Kung Fu will grow strong and root deeply within his life and this Wing Chun family.
Aloha and much respect everyone! lrs
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on May 5, 2014 at 2:30 AM||comments (2)|
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, , 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!
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on January 3, 2014 at 1:50 AM||comments (0)|
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 Kung 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.
So those of you know whom I am writing this to. Some of you were my Kung Fu Brothers, many others of you were not, maybe the ones whom were only pretended to be.
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,