何师傅 (HO SIFU)
Wing Chun Classes Melbourne
Wing Chun Kung Fu was rumored to have been created by the Ng Mui, one of the five legendary elders of Shaolin Temple, for the girl Yim Wing Chun. The original concept of Wing Chun is to help smaller people defend themselves against bigger, stronger opponents. It may seem difficult to believe, or understand, but through Wing Chun a student can explore their sensitivity, accuracy, skill and power to overcome their opponents.
My Sigong Michael Tse wrote:
Today martial arts are not gaining a good image in the public eye. Classes are often viewed as violent places full of bullies who learn how to intimidate the vulnerable. This is definitely the wrong concept of martial arts.
Training any martial art should make you a better person. Correct training not only makes you healthy, it also makes you happier and nicer to be around. This is the traditional Chinese way and a positive contribution to society as a whole.
With the above in mind, my classes are always conducted with safety and health in mind first – and being a musician, my lessons with my Sifu has never lead me to injury yet!
So what will you learn in class?
Siu Lim Tao is Wing Chun’s first form, literally translated into “Little, thinking, and head” – it emphasizes calm in the mind and body, making movements that may take between 5 minutes to even over an hour! (My Sifu tells me his record was just over 2 hours…) When you can be calm in the face of pressure or aggression, then you can make the best choices and use your skills unreservedly.
You’ll also learn the Wing Chun hands and techniques, and such principle as avoiding using force against force.
Probably most importantly, you’ll learn Chi Sau (sticking hands) – Wing Chun’s answer to sparring and fighting. Chi Sau is an infinite possibilities game with a partner that help develop sensitivity, a calmer mind under pressure and an outlet to practice your skills with your brothers and sisters without hurting them/or being hurt.
I remember once in class I was told that “Yes, it’s good to be able to hit your opponent, but it’s better to control them so you don’t even have to hit them!” So, for now, I’ll state that the point of Chi Sau (how to ‘win’) is to be able to control your opponent and have them do everything you want them to, without being able to hit you.
The class dress code before you’re a member of the Centre, is a plain casual T-Shirt, exercise trousers or shorts, and runners.
The venue for 2019 is the Hartwell Room in Glen Iris Road Uniting Church, 200 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris 3146. Please visit http://heplayscello.com/ip-man-wing-chun-melbourne/ for full details.
If the student is under 15 years old, please contact me prior to turning up for class.
Wing Chun Ancestor Rules
1) Be disciplined and respect the Wu De (Martial Art morals)
2) Understand courtesy and loyalty. Love your country and respect your parents.
3) Love your Kung Fu brothers and sisters. Unite and enjoy to be a group.
4) Control your passion (including sex). Protect your Jing (spirit).
5) Practise the skill regularly. Keep the skill with you at all times.
6) Nourish your Qi. Confrontations and fighting are forbidden.
7) Be gentle to handle any events and situations.
8) Protect the weak and small. Use your martial art skill in the good way with integrity.
9) Carry on our ancestors' path. Strictly follow their instructions.