TRAIN WITHOUT CEASING: How To Tailor Your Wing Chun Practice to the Demands of the Day

To me, training time is “church time.” When your schedule is so hectic that training time becomes tight, what do you do? Have church all day.

Over the last 2 years or so I have been borderline obsessed with experimenting and trying to find various ways to “sneak” training into my day. Why?  It never fails: I plan on setting aside time to train, and suddenly something needs to be done.

This would frustrate me greatly, until I realized that by waiting until “X” time to train I was setting myself up for more frustration.

I remembered an old quote I read about old monks in a European monastery who sought to “pray without ceasing,” meaning letting each act of each day be a prayer or offering to God, rather than sitting around all day chanting.  Made sense to me – I mean, if that was the case, nothing would get done and people would eventually come, steal their crops and take all their shit away.

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Solo Training: 3 Steps To DOUBLING Your Wing Chun’s Effectiveness in HALF The Time

Scenarios like this can be experienced in the mind whenever we train-we just need to conjure up whatever makes us uncomfortable.

Wing Chun solo practice is to my hectic life what church is to the devout or what an open-air nature park is to a claustrophobic.

If my practice is in the evening it is my means to peace of mind and a mental “RESET” button after a long day.  If I choose to or my schedule forces me to instead train in the morning, my solo training sessions serve as a way to set my mind on the right track to approach the day ahead in the right way and in the proper mindset and mentality.

Either way, my training time is a sacred little chunk of each day that I am very protective of, chiefly because I know the value of solo training in terms of making my Wing Chun skills functional, practical and effective.

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Motivation vs. Habit: Applying Wing Chun For Self-Defense and Fighting

Once motivation wanes-as it will-all you have left is the HABIT of deliberate practice to gain you the skills you seek. Here I am drilling the lop sau entry with training partners Kevin Casey and Brad Liberio as Tai Chi Master Young H. Lee look on. Habit is what gets shit done, period.

In my never ending quest for tools, tips and techniques that will refine and improve my Wing Chun training routine for self-defense, fighting ability & combat sports I am always on the lookout for good quotes.  Now I don’t collect them just as a novelty or as a way to blow up my Twitter of Pinterest feeds; I remember ones that resonate with why I train the fighting art of Wing Chun and help me ingrain in my subconscious helpful reminders regarding self-defense and personal protection.  One of my all-time favorite quotes goes something like this:

“Motivation is what gets you started; habit is what keeps you going.”

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You Bet Your A.S.S. : The Shortcut To Increasing Wing Chun’s Effectiveness In Fighting and Self-Defense

In the heat of things, one thing is certain: NOTHING goes as easy as planned. You have to be able to edit and adapt on the fly or else you’re getting the short end of the stick. This is why Chi Sau training when done PROPERLY is so valuable!  Note the compound bows and pics of Bruce on the walls…sweet.

One of my favorite acronyms when teaching Wing Chun and for my personal training regimen goes like this:

Adaptation is the Shortcut to Success  (A.S.S.)

When discussing Wing Chun as an effective art for street self-defense or for combat sports, or when demonstrating how and why the Wing Chun system is ideally suited to all body types, from the combat athlete to the slenderly-built woman or the older individual who lacks the physical makeup to compete in pure strength with a young, muscly dude I always hammer home the Continue reading

Wing Chun Training for Simple, Effective and Practical Self Defense: The PHYSICAL Aspect


Wing Chun full contact training
Putting the work in at a demonstration of Wing Chun, self-defense and Chinese sanshou (full contact kickboxing) on a sweltering July day. Can you tell I’m channeling some “inner aggression” due to the triple digit heat and damn near 100% humidity? Good, I wasn’t trying to hide it.

The Physical factor is the most-often focused on aspect of self-defense and any system or style of martial arts.

Many might read the previous sentence and think to themselves, “no shit!” I agree that it sounds so obvious it’s insulting but just work with me for a second.

It is obvious that physical techniques are going to form the largest component of training, as one obviously needs to learn specific techniques and be able to execute them effectively. That’s like going to handyman school and learning how to hang a shelf by watching a power-point but not picking up a hammer or actually changing the head of a drill.

I am not implying that the Physical aspect of self-defense training is the least important – quite the contrary. What I am saying is that the Physical aspect of training is all too often done incorrectly or, at the very least, much less effectively than it could be.  At the end of the day, repetition really is the mother of skill – so long as the repetitions are done correctly. with the proper mindset and mentality and in the proper scenario or situation for self-defense and personal protection. Continue reading

How Bad Do You Want To Make Your Wing Chun Work? Deliberate Practice & Wing Chun Fighting Skill

Positive thinking, meditation and affirmations are great but the only thing that will develop a good punch is your fist in a glove. Here I am working on applying the Wing Chun vertical punch in a combat-sports oriented way, with the INTENTION of improving.

“If you’re not willing to fight for it, you don’t deserve it.”


I’ve always loved that quote because of it’s built-in gauntlet thrown down to the reader.  It doesn’t have the “inspirational poster” qualities of a mountain peak, the grand canyon or a majestic falcon sweeping across an orange and purple sky at dusk.  Nope, it in effect calls out the reader with the reality of any accomplishment: for all the “power of positivity” jargon that basically keeps the self-help industry afloat (which I’m not knocking by the way) I think too little is put forth in that honest manner- that you need to be willing to fight for what you want. Continue reading

How to Instantly DOUBLE Your Wing Chun Training Today

Applying Wing Chun against a fully padded and non-cooperative opponent in a real-world scenario boils down to one thing: FUNCTIONALIZATION.

Anyone who has become proficient at a certain skill, be it playing a musical instrument, perfecting a tennis serve or swinging a baseball bat, knows that repetition is the mother of skill. That is undeniably true, however, there is a world of difference between practicing the skill and pulling it off in a pressure scenario.

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