Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Yeah@Kids on 2

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Yip Kin Wing Chun is featured on Yeah@Kids on 2, Fridays at 10am, TV2. We started in January this year and we are still featured at the time of this writing (June 2010).

So far we have shot 11 episodes. Check out the first four episodes below!

Our debut! Kahar made lots of mistakes. Sorry!

Second time. A bit more confidence from Kahar and the kids.

Third time. Better watch!

Getting more and more used to this. Hope to improve more!

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Wing Chun Classes at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail

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Wing Chun Classes in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail has been expanded due to the rising demands.

Mixed Classes:
Thursdays from 9pm at the Community centre on Jalan Athinahapan

Intermediate Classes:
Sundays from 9am at Taman Rimba Kiara (near VADS Tower)

Beginners' Classes:
Mondays from 9.00pm at the Community Centre on Jalan Athinahapan

Each member is entitled to join 2 classes per week (1 class (beginner or intermediate) and 1 mixed class).

A normal class consists of 3 sessions:
1. Basic footwork and techniques (Revision of past classes)
2. New technique/form session
3. 2 person drills and/or applications

Please contact Kahar via email at kahar.saidun@gmail.com for more information.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Our Instructors - Passing the torch on!

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Kahar Saidun

Kahar has been practicing Yip Kin Wing Chun since 1991 with various experiences in other Wing Chun between the years 1998 to 2000. He has the curiosity of a scientist, the playfulness of an experimenter, the wide-eyed wonder of a child and the single-minded determination and ferocity of a warrior. He is considered a purist with a strong and unwavering passion towards Wing Chun Kuen, Yip Kin's in particular.
This is evident in his classes where he imparts knowledge through classes that are fun and interactive while fostering a strong bond between students. Quality is stressed in an open and friendly but firm manner.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Our centres - Where to find us

(updated 30th October 2012)

HEADQUARTERS
Persatuan Tinju Wing Choon Kuala Lumpur (since 1960)
30A, Lorong Yap Hin, Off Jalan Pasar, Pudu, 55200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Training CentresJalan Ipoh Training Centre (NEW)
No.20, Jalan 7/18B, Taman Batu Permai, 51200 Kuala Lumpur.

Grandmaster Yip Fook Choy (+60173714686 and +60129053218)
Mr. Kahar Saidun (kahar.saidun@gmail.com)
Training Times: Mondays and Fridays from 8.30pm


Luen Seng Physical Culture Association
No. 25, Jalan Sarawak, 55200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Grandmaster Yip Fook Choy (+60173714686 and +60129053218)

Training days: Tuesdays and Fridays from 8.45pm

Lara's Place
26, Jalan 19/31, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Website: http://larasplace.my, Telephone Number: +60379568768
Person In-Charge: My Haw Linn (+60178862687)

Kuantan Centre
A5, 3rd Floor, Lorong Galing 2, Jalan Haji Ahmad, 25300 Kuantan Pahang.
Person In-Charge: Mr. Khoo Teng Khoon at ktkhoon@gmail.com or call 0169218899

Taman Tun Dr Ismail Community Centre
Jalan Athinahapan, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Grandmaster Yip Fook Choy (+60173714686 and +60129053218)

Mr. Kahar Saidun (kahar.saidun@gmail.com)
Training Days: Thursdays from 9pm (above address) and Sundays from 9am at Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail.

Sister Websites:
Get more information about us.
1. http://wingchundiaries.blogspot.com/
2. http://martialtravels.blogspot.com/

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Our forms - Providing different energies

Intermediate Forms

  • Kwan Do (春秋大刀)
  • Subdue the Tiger Trident (伏虎大耙)
  • Willow Leaf Double Broadsword (柳葉)
  • Bench
  • Spear (梅花槍)
  • Broadsword and Rattan Shield(单刀籐牌)
  • Broadsword and Rattan Shield vs Subdue the Tiger Trident (单刀籐牌對拆伏虎大耙)
  • Subdue the Tiger Empty Hand Form (伏虎拳)
  • Small 5 Animals Empty Hand Form (小五形拳)

Advanced Forms

  • Iron Elbow - Empty Hand
  • Rope and Weight (飛鉈)
  • Twin Butterfly Knives (蝴蝶雙刀)
  • 3 Section Staff (三節棍)
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Our Core Forms - The DNA of Yip Kin Wing Chun

Core Forms

Empty Hand
1. Small Flower Fist (小花拳)
This is the first form of the Yip Kin Wing Choon system and it introduces the practitioner to the basic hand, body and footwork movements and positions. It also contains the road map on how to practice the other forms to achieve the best results. It can be broken into 7 sections, each focusing on a specific footwork, body positions, structure and energy. The techniques are put into "points" so the practitioner can focus him/herself on the essentials of the Yip Kin Wing Choon system.

2. Big Flower Fist (大花拳)
This second form simplifies the movements of the first form and adds new combination/techniques to the practitioner. It is also a power form where you build your strength and stamina to cope with the stresses and needs of a fight situation. It also teaches you to fight from impossible/odd positions such on the ground and in twisted positions.

3. Wooden Dummy (木人樁)
Practical applications, positioning in relation to an enemy, power application and footwork in relation to a person is taught here. You will also learn how your structure corresponds to an opponent in a particular situation. It requires both soft and hard energy to be able to get your self around the dummy.

The dummy only has 2 arms that is pointed to the practitioner's centre (throat and belly button) and a leg.

4. Sticky Hand Form
The sticky hand form provides a bridge between the empty hand forms and free fighting. Techniques are applied to a partner in a sequence which resembles two person fighting with the hands in almost constant contact. Students learn to attack and defend according to Wing Choon principles in a safe environment with a partner. However, unlike the empty hand forms, the movements are not executed by the practitioner but based on input by his/her partner.

At advanced levels, the attacker has the choice to follow the form or change the sequence by changing the energy he/she applies into the attack. His/Her partner must interpret the energy he/she receives and acts accordingly using the proper principle and/or techniques that will best correspond with the attack using minimal movement and energy.

Later, this will flow into a free flow fighting technique by both practitioners.


Weapons


1. Plum Blossom Staff ()
The basic weapon and what practitioners of Yip Kin Wing Choon believe to be the TRUE Wing Choon weapon. The pole is held with both palms pointing away from the practitioner. ALL the the Wing Choon principles can be applied using this weapon and all the movements are almost exactly like empty hand techniques learnt in the first and second forms. Using this pole, practitioners also learns to apply Lien Siu Tai Ta (linking offense into defense) and footwork for their empty hand techniques.

2. Six and a Half Point Pole ()
This is a unique pole form which has six and a half techniques combined and repeated over six and half directions together with its variations according to usage and needs.

3. Yin Yang Ba Gua Pole (陰陽八卦棍)
This form is almost similar in terms of techniques and content to the Six and a Half Point pole but applies the techniques to Eight (8) directions using a slightly different footwork.

4. Partnered Plum Blossom Staff (對拆)
This is a partner form learnt after the practitioner has finished learning the Six and a Half Point pole. It's objective is to teach the applications of the Plum Blossom Staff together with introducing the practitioner to stick fighting and fighting using a medium range weapon.

5. Partnered Six and a Half Point Pole (對拆)
This partner form is learnt after the practitioner has finished learning the Yin Yang Ba Gua Pole. Its objective is to introduce the practitioner to using the Six and a Half Point pole in a combat situation, fight using a long weapon and to sticking pole (Chi Kuan) exercises.


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Basic Training - To get you started


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Stances and Footwork
There are 6 different types of footwork launched from 5 basic stances. All the stances are interchangeable with each other with only at maximum one or less movement in between.

Qigong
Consist of 6 static postures which a practitioner must hold for a period of time. Its objective other than for health is to develop Qi for use in combat.

7 hands
These are separate techniques like those in 40 point Wing Chun and the San Sik of Yuen Kay Shan Wing Chun. Other than teaching a specific technique, they also teach the basic principles used in Yip Kin Wing Choon.

8 legs
Taken from the 3 empty and forms and 1 wooden dummy form, it is a way to practice the kicks separately for practical use in fighting.

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Our Methodology - How we make you excellent!


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Yip Kin Wing Choon Kuen's training system is a traditional model. During the Basic Training stage, the basics required for application of Wing Choon techniques are drilled into the student, imparting the skills required for proper execution of the forms.

Thereafter, from the first form Sai Fa Kuen (Small Flower Fist), until the last, the training methodology becomes iterative. Each and every form contains the entire system. Thus the first form is akin to a "executive summary" of the entire Yip Kin Wing Choon Kuen system. It starts with simple techniques executed with fairly large movements to make it easier for the student to practice while developing the correct principles. Subsequent forms modify the same movements, blending and/or simplifying them, whilst adding more complex movements and applications. These extend also to every weapon form in the system, which use the exact same energy and movement as the empty hand forms. The student is taught the same movements in increasing levels of complexity throughout the course. The different weapons, while using the same movements as the empty hand forms, also each has a different focus and seeks to impart some new, essential skill or energy into the student. Sometimes these changes are felt immediately, for example, a student may do chi sao exercise, do a weapon form, and if he does chi sao after with the same partner he had before, the difference in feel will become immediately and overwhelmingly apparent.

Besides adding advanced techniques, subsequent forms in the system also provide feedback on the student's abilities or development during the earlier forms. For example, if the student's footwork is even slightly in error for some reason or another in an earlier form, the more advanced forms will show this error clearly, allowing a student to make corrections and thus also improve his earlier forms. The highly integrated nature of the Yip Kin Wing Choon Kuen system allows this.

PRINCIPLES


Hit With Borrowed Energy

All the techniques, movements and principles of Yip Kin Wing Choon are designed to achieve this principle. China is famous for its battles and wars which lasts weeks on end. In order to be effective in a battlefield, the soldiers had to find ways to conserve their energy and the best way to do so is to use the enemy's energy.

Energy

Energy is only applied where there's contact and a need. For example, when a punch is launched, it is largely useless until it hits the enemy. Therefore, energy used is only to move the fist to its intended target. It is non committal and its speed and direction is changeable. When it finds its target, a second energy is released in an explosive manner. This allows the practitioner to conserve energy and use it only when it matters most.

Economy of Action

The only objective of Yip Kin Wing Choon is to hit/subdue the opponent in the shortest time possible using the most minimal amount of movement, strength and energy. However in a fight situation, there are more instances where the hands/feet and/or other parts of the body comes in contact with the opponent.

Once in contact with an opponent, every move (of hands and feet, and even a step or turn) in Yip Kin Wing Choon is either an attack, or a set up for an attack. Attacks can be either strikes to vulnerable points on the body of an opponent where available, or an attack on the opponent's structure which results in him unable to attack or defend effectively. An example of an attack on structure is unbalancing the opponent. Where no direct attack is possible at any particular moment, techniques could be used to set up for an attack, by either forcing the opponent to over-commit or to simply bypass his defenses where possible or by other means.

The combat system contains no excess movement, every movement has an application, and every movement is only as large as is strictly necessary to complete its task. In a given situation where the practitioner has a choice of action, he is encouraged to use the simplest and most direct one.


All movements are non-committed in nature, i.e. power is not generated through weight-shift or a waist turn where the upper torso twists independently of the lower body. At no point is the principle of rootedness is compromised during contact.

Centerline Focus

The centerline is defined in Yip Kin Wing Choon as a vertical line passing through the center of the opponents body. Every action in Wing Choon Kuen has a focus on this centerline. The direction of force or energy is always towards this, or directly away from, this line.

The objective of this focus is for every action to have the maximum effect on the opponent.


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Our Patriarch - Grandmaster Yip Fook Choy



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Grandmaster Yip Fook Choy was born on May 15th, 1943 in Kuala Lumpur and began learning Wing Choon Kuen at age 8. He assisted his grandfather Yip Kin at the martial arts school in the late 1950s. From the early 1970s after the demise of Grandmaster Yip Kin, Grandmaster Yip Fook Choy has inherited the legacy left by his late grandfather.

At age 65, Grandmaster Yip Fook Choy continues to be very active imparting his Wing Choon martial arts to students and teaching various nationalities and age groups to attain progressive improvements in levels of individual achievement. He also teaches lion dance and is sought after as a judge recognized internationally in lion dance competitions within and outside Malaysia. He maintains affiliations and travels regionally in connection with martial arts and lion dance.

Grandmaster Yip Fook Choy taught Wing Choon Kuen to his three sons;

  • Yip Yew Kong,
  • Yip Yew Fei,
  • Yip Yew Choong
and daughter
  • Yip Chi Ling.

And also his other students:
Tony Yap Yew Wei
Kahar Saidun
Loke Wah Tak
Yau Fan Ming
Li Loong Fei
Chang Yuen Loong

Among many many others.


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Our Founder - Grandmaster Yip Kin of Poon Yue



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The founder of Yip Kin Wing Choon Kuen (葉堅詠春拳), Grandmaster Yip Kin (葉堅), was born in 1883 during the Qing Dynasty (dynasty duration: 1644 to 1911). He first resided in Au Wu Hamlet and later shifted to the adjoining Wang Hung Tau Village in Guangdong Pak Wan San (White Cloud Mountain) Yan Woh Chan sub-district, Southern China. He learnt martial arts from four masters.

1. From Sifu Soo Kai Ming, Yip Kin learnt the Wing Choon Kuen we practice today.

2. From Sifu Yip Hung Seng of the Yip clan memorial hall, Yip Kin learnt Yum Yeung Ba Gua Kuan (陰陽八卦棍).

3. Sifu Cho Fei Hoong taught Yip Kin the intricacies to master 5 weapons, viz:

  • Plum Flower Staff ()
  • Rope and Weight (飛鉈)
  • 3 Section Staff (三節棍)
  • Twin Willow Leaf Broadswords (柳葉)
  • Bench (黄頭櫈)

4. During the Red Boat era when Yip Kin was a member of and traveling with the Chinese Opera Group, Sifu Yik Kam passed on his skills to enable Yip Kin to master the following weapons:
  • 5, 7 and 9 section iron whip (五、七、九節鞭 - Not a Wing Choon weapon and is not taught in the current syllabus)
  • Kwan Dao (春秋大刀)
  • Spear (梅花槍)
  • Subdue the Tiger Trident (伏虎大耙)
  • Broadsword and Rattan Shield(单刀籐牌)

Grandmaster Yip Kin also learned various other forms from other Wing Choon Kuen masters and various other martial arts in his travels across China.

Seven Years from the fall of the Qing Dynasty, in 1918, Yip Kin migrated to Malaya (now Malaysia) at the age of 35. He settled in Selangor State, Kuala Lumpur town (now City) and stayed there for the rest of his life.

During this period, he became famous for his fighting skills, helping people at the mines where he worked, at the tea houses, food stalls and restaurants where he ate and the area around his house where he lived.

In 1926, at age 43, he started his martial arts school and began imparting his knowledge of martial arts, specifically Wing Choon, to his students. After a teaching career spanning 43 years, Yip Kin passed away in 1968 at age 85. Yip Kin had 4 children, 3 boys and a girl; all learned Wing Choon Kuen from him. The youngest of the sons, Yip Koon, is the father of the current patriach of Yip Kin Wing Choon Kuen system, Grandmaster Yip Fook Choy.


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Oral History of Yip Kin Wing Chun

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Wing Choon Kuen originally was part and parcel of Shaolin’s Buddhist theoretical studies. It stressed mainly the formation of one’s personal character and ethics. Kuen Faat (martial techniques) was initially human’s imitation of the movements of animals and birds. After a long period of in-depth study and trails, those movements were arranged into a series of movements we call forms.
The original founder of the series of Wing Choon Kuen was an intelligent, innovative female disciple of Shaolin called Ng Mui Shi Tai. She studied diligently and humbly at Shaolin and eventually became one of the top Kungfu masters. The objectives of her martial techniques were not only to inculcate the high morality of the learner, but also to provide ample physical exercise for fitness and health, through a series of nimble movements. In addition to building up a strong and tough body physically, it also aimed to prevent diseases and defend oneself against any attack from wild animals.
Fighting Oppressive Regime
During the Qing Dynasty, Ng Mui Shi Tai created and founded this series of martial techniques. At that time, China was ruled by Manchuria from the north, i.e. Qing Dynasty. The Emperor of Qing used all sorts of barbaric means to suppress the people of China. All those who dared to oppose the regime were cruelly massacred. The people of China had suffered miserably due to political suppression as well as shortage of food.
It was indeed timely that Ng Mui Shi Tai appeared on the scene during that critical period. Though the martial techniques founded by her was not yet properly named, it was already widely learned by people as a means to fight the Qing oppressors.
In order to stem any sign of uprisings against the regime, Qing Dynasty banned all forms of martial arts practices throughout the country. They even resorted to setting fire to the famous Shaolin Temple and banishing all the learners of martial arts. Ng Mui Shi Tai also had to evade arrest by the Qing’s secret squads by constantly moving from one place to another. Finally she settled down in Guangdong Province where she recruited students and taught them her . Meanwhile, they planned collectively to overthrow the Qing and restore the Ming.
During that time Ng Mui Shi Tai’s martial techniques was not known as Wing Choon Kuen, but just as Shaolin Martial Art. In Guangdong, she came across a gifted disciple called Yim Sei who became Ng Mui Shi Tai’s favourite student. Ng Mui Shi Tai instructed and trained him until he mastered all that she had acquired in her life.
After inheriting everything from Ng Mui Shi Tai, Yim Sei did not make his great mentor disappointed for he continued her work in uniting all the anti-Qing forces, vowing to fight the oppressive regime of Qing to the end. He recruited many capable people and became the spiritual symbol of patriotism and nationalism in an effort to oust the Qing and restore the Ming.
Master Yim Sei, once a Red Boat coach, trained and taught his disciples in a temple. It was there that his daughter Yim Wing Choon was born.
Naming of Wing Chun Kuen
Yim Wing Chun took martial arts lessons from her father at an early age and became very competent in it. But she realized that Shaolin Kungfu emphasized on rough and tough combat techniques which were not suitable for the weaker ladies to practice. Being a lady herself, she tried to find ways and means to ‘soften’ Shaolin Kungfu so that it would be more suitable for the fairer sex. She began to change the tough and rough movements into tender and graceful movements. She eliminated rough combat techniques, made use of the opponent’s force to fight back, and initiated the so-called” tough and soft combination” of martial art.
The new series included such changes and improvements. It had the good effect of making the learner’s body and limbs soft, elastic, nimble and agile after a round of practice. Its main combat method uses the opponent’s own force to strike against him. Yim Wing Chun had surpassed her father’s achievement in wushu. This series of martial techniques, from the time of Ng Mui Shi Tai to Yim Sei, had never had a proper name. After the improvements and refinements by Yim Wing Chun, Ng Mui Shi Tai decided to name this series of martial techniques after her, to commemorate her tireless efforts and contribution to the development of this branch of martial art.
As a result, a complete series of “ hard - and- soft” Wing Chun Kuen" was ‘handed’ down from generation to generation, from Guangdong to Fatshan and then to Fujian and Yunnan Provinces.
The Spread of Wing Choon Kuen
Wing Choon Kuen was formally named. Then, there lived a man by the name of Soo Kai Ming in Pak Wan San (White Clouds Mountain) in Poon Yue county. Being a martial arts master himself, he took an active part in the campaign to topple the Qing and restore the Ming. His love and devotion to martial arts propelled him to practice very hard and became an expert in Wing Choon. The spread of Wing Choon Kuen in Poon Yue county fell on his shoulders. He was very competent in martial arts and was reputed to be the best martial arts master among the older folks.
However, due to the changes of political situation, this old master decided not to move around too much. He preferred to lie low and settle down to set up school to train students, rather than involving deeply in external affairs. He actively taught and spread the martial arts of the early founders. At that time, a lot of people came to him to learn wushu because of his great reputation. He had indeed trained a lot of capable and competent disciples who then spread Wing Choon Kuen throughout China.
Among Soo Kai Ming's students was one Yip Kin. Yip Kin was tutored by this old master in Wing Choon Kuen. Besides, Yip Kin had also learned Ying-Yang Ba Kua Stick from Master Yip Hong Seng of the Yip Clan Memorial Hall. He also acquired the Five Weapons skills from Master Cho Fei Hoong.
In addition to this, he learned more about Wing Choon and many different martial arts under Master Yik Kam who was a master of a Chinese Opera group during the Red Boat era. When Yip Kin left China to immigrate to the south sea known as Nanyang, he chose to settle down in Kuala Lumpur and began his legendary life history there.
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