|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 tw...Read Full Post »
|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 fo...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on January 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
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 a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on January 2, 2014 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
Day One by Lawrence Ramirez Sifu
"You have just learned the two most important things about Wing Chun Kung Fu, Respect and Breathing!" is what my Sifu said on day one.
This was taught in metaphorical fashion. I was told to stand in a modified attention stance and then it was called out;
"Knees bent, right foot out 45 degrees, left hand up Wu Sao breath in, Right hand punc...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on December 13, 2013 at 3:25 AM||comments (0)|
Theory of Balance by Lawrence Ramirez
Whether attacking postures presented, redirecting incoming forces and attacking from outside angles, or defending a full frontal attack directly at your centerline from an opponent, there must be balance in your approach within each of these scenarios.
Balance is said by many to be the most important factor to your defenses in a fight. It is also said to be the key to a successful attack. The fact is that Balan...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on December 4, 2013 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
Alan "Bak Fu" Vasquez Sifu and Lawrence "Shi Kuen" Ramirez at Orange County Wing Chun Association, in Lake Forest, California.
As my Sifu Alan "Bak Fu" Vasquez says "The Tao of Wing Chun is a long path... Orange County Wing Chun Association (OCWingChun), Est. 1979 http://www.wingchunassoc.com
A Cultivation o...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on November 20, 2013 at 2:45 AM||comments (0)|
Within the Wing Chun Kung Fu system there are three distinct ideas, characteristics or catagories which may be used to describe, and help further define the system. Most motion within the system can be catagorized either as tactics, may contain characteristics of a certain technique or can be understood as ideas of application of a theory.
These three ideas or catagories encompass all motion within the sys...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on December 16, 2012 at 2:50 AM||comments (0)|
My Sifu is no different than a great many Sifu I would imagine, whom love a hot cup of tea intermittently throughout the day.
Well throughout the six years I had trained with my Sifu, every session would include a cup of tea at some point, either upon arrival, during a break or maybe after the session with a tale of our Sihing or Sigung from years gone by.
You could imagine at Holiday time or upon a birthday celebration, there would no doubt be a gift for Sifu of a ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on July 2, 2012 at 4:15 AM||comments (0)|
There is no difference in who started the study first. The one who achieved accomplishment is first.
Students from the same teacher will differ in their skills.
Touching opponent's arm bridge makes the situation more favorable.
When facing multiple opponents, it is easy to manage the situation.
When chasing opponent's arm bridge, beware of being led.
When pushing opponent's elbow, beware of being pulled.
Learning the techniques wit...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lawrence Ramirez on August 30, 2011 at 2:55 AM||comments (0)|
The question "what if" is asked by the seeking mind. The awnsers are in the lessons that are taught by a Sifu or Sensei in any martial arts class that may be found around the world. The student whom does "study and apply, practice and do" will find that the awnsers are in these lessons. Study hard, train arduously.