Interview with Philipp Bayer – Student of Master Wong Shun Leung

s: How did you get started in Wing Chun and who was your first teacher?

PHB: It started in Germany in the Leung Ting way of wing Chun, called WT after a short time, changed to Wong Shun Leung because of the fighting system and way of thinking.

s: How did you get to meet Sifu Wong Chun Leung?

PHB: By chance, a military store owner gave me his address saying “If you want to learn Feng Cun right, you must find this man.”

s: What are the special characteristics of Wong Shun Leung’s pavilion?

PHB: You have the goals clearly in front of your eyes…no mystics, no secret, just hard work, no wing chun, just fighting.

s: What are the basic principles of art?

PHB: Adaptation of correct behavior and thinking to combat, training and development – striking power, strategy, coordination, balance, finding and using opportunities, timing to find the simplest and most direct way to solve one’s problems in battle, and other important fighting attributes necessary to survive a fight.

s: How is Chi Sao related to combat?

PHB: For Training and Improvement In Ving Tsun, we have a unique and versatile training partner exercise that trains and corrects many traits necessary for combat… This exercise is called Chi Sau. Chi Sau is a cooperation of common partners to exchange and exchange something among themselves, if there is no cooperation…no longer Chi Sau, which becomes unproductive. Chi Sau is a very good exercise to help you reach your goal and that’s why we spend a lot of time and effort usually up to 90% of our training time, but it’s still just a link or bridge between shapes and sparring that serves to develop the idea of ​​Veng Tsun.

s: What do you think of cross-training, like Wing Chun and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

PHB: To get Ving Tsun’s combat proficiency, you have to train hard, to keep this level more difficult… There is no time to implement other ideas.

s: What are the different types of foot movements used in Wing Chun? Can you describe them please?

PHB: There is only one type of foot movement… We try to cut through the enemies and stop the attack

Philip Baer
Philip Baer

s: The wooden dummy is divided into the 108/114 movement, and these movements are divided into sections. How many sections are there in wooden puppet techniques and does each section have a specific purpose for the practitioner’s education?

PHB: Like Chi Sau and other ways to train your fighting behavior, we use the dummy. Practice the most dummy sections and put your elbow on Feng Tsun’s main weapon… the straight punch. But it also improves coordination and synchronization of leg and arm movements and the use of the whole body structure for striking. Proper movement and timing are also learned, among other things.

s: Please explain the concept of using body structure in Wing Chun?

PHB: A good punch doesn’t just come from the arm, you need your whole body… In Chi Sao for example, we create the perfect structure to use the body for punching, when we are able to exchange strength with a partner. Exchange quality is key…

s: How is your typical Wing Chun class organized?

PHB: My students start with Ving Tsun shapes in order to get creative and keep the right idea. Later they began to train the main weapon.

s: What do you think of the Chi Sau quiz?

PHB: Cant think of it!

s: What do you think of complementary Wing Chun training such as running to build endurance and weight training for strength?

PHB:Â In Ving Tsun, you learn very early on to find your weaknesses and what you need to do to correct them. Running for example is not bad, but in order to be in a good condition to fight, you have to fight and duel.

s: Are wrestling techniques and bone breaking included in the art?

PHB: number.

s: Sivo I will include some techniques and concepts. Briefly identify in one sentence an important point of each technique regarding combat.

  • Tan Sau – Punch Trains
  • Bong Sao – Open the way to strike
  • Phuc Sau – Punch Trains
  • Pak Sau – Open the way to strike
  • Kwan Sao – punch trains
  • Tok Sau – We don’t have it
  • Bon Sau – Power Exchange
  • Fak Sau – Eye-catching
  • Lap Sau – Open the way to strike
  • Yee gee Kim yum ma – Training Posture.. to adapt the position of the foot and knee for piercing support
  • Gom Sau – Punch Practice

PHB: By the way… you didn’t ask me about the most important technique (principle), the straight blow!?!

s: What are your thoughts on the future of Wing Chun Sifu Wong Shun Leung?

PHB: I hope we can keep fools and idiots out of the system.

Thanks for allowing us to meet you.

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