For the beginners
Lo Man Kam Wing Chun Kung Fu Taught by Thierry Cuvillier. The school welcomes serious students who have the desire to study Wing Chun kung fu. You will be taught Wing Chun in the traditional way, such as Yip Man taught Sifu Lo Man Kam, and such as Sifu Lo taught Thierry Cuvillier. Anyone who wants become good at kung fu must first gain strength; they must build a strong foundation. It takes time to build a strong foundation; so all new student must develop patience, Perseverance & Assiduousness. Wing Chun's primary training routine is Siu Nim Tao [Little Idea Way]. Wing Chun's starting foundations are built through Siu Nim Tao; then, various basic exercises and self-defense applications will be taught. Students will be taught every movement and exercise, step by step – it doesn't matter how quickly you learn. Some people may learn faster, some may learn slower – this is not important. The most important thing is that you are learning something and reach each level, step by step.
What you need to know about Wing Chun:
Wing Chun is a realistic and effective method of self-defense. It is not a sport, as we train only for self-protection. We do not have any grading or belt systems in Wing Chun. Learning Wing Chun kung fu does not necessarily mean fighting or violence. In learning Wing Chun, one's aim is self –defense, improving one's physical & mental conditions and gaining confidence and self-control in an engaging way. Basic principles of Wing Chun: Wing Chun kung fu is a science of combat, which is built upon a strict theory that all Wing Chun practitioners must learn and apply. It is important that students learn and retain the following key ideas:
1. FIGHTING DISTANCE & SAFETY: In a situation of self-defense, the most important goal is to get out of the situation without any serious enjuries – to be safe. So, a Wing Chun practitioner will first learn how to protect him/herself properly, before striking their opponent. In order to do this, one must learn not to rush in any situation and to keep a safe fighting distance. Students will be trained in movenments with or without contact, such as hand to hand positions, the angle of arm/body, the centerline theory, footwork, etc.
2. FEELING: Sifu Lo Man Kam always says: "No feeling, No kung fu!" – This means that no one can acquire good kung fu, if they don't have any feeling. In Wing Chun your mind should be free, free of thinking, free of all analytical thoughts or movements. When in action, things happen quickly and are unforeseeable, so every Wing Chun practitioner must learn how to react without thinking; they must learn to use their "feeling" or "gut reaction".
3. EFFICIENT MOVEMENTS: Wing Chun avoids using large movements, as they waste too much energy. To economize one's movements and maximize one's power is crucial to good Wing Chun. Short, fast bursts of energy allow for effective fighting that is hard to defend.
4. DIRECTNESS: the principle of directness has two main meanings in the Wing Chun system: 1) using movements that take the shortest amount of time and 2) movements that take the shortest distance to strike the opponent. Through this method a simultaneous counter-attack can be used against an attack.
5. RELAXATION & CALMNESS: Relaxation of the body and mind is the best way to develop and improve one's feeling and skill - to relax your movements without too much muscle tension; to stay calm and control your emotions during the action.
Thierry Cuvillier International Wing Chun Academy 泰力國際詠春拳學校
Kung Fu - Self-defense - Meditation
Montpellier (France) - Taipei (Taiwan) - Vancouver (Canada)
Lo Man Kam Wing chun Lineage 盧文錦詠春拳