Derek Fung Wing Chun Online Course

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Sifu Derek Fung

Sifu Derek Fung is a Wing Chun master and a disciple of the legendary Grandmaster Yip Man, and a senior training brother of the late international martial arts star Bruce Lee.

Born in 1939 in Guangdong Province in China, he settled in Hong Kong in 1945. In 1954 at age 14, he was introduced by a relative to Grandmaster Yip Man and began learning Wing Chun. From this young age he was fascinated by Wing Chun and devoted himself to training the art from Grandmaster Yip Man, and in time was hailed by his Wing Chun brothers as ‘lightning hands’.

In 1958, he moved to Australia to study, and continued to train in Wing Chun and refine his ability. After sixty years of training, studying and verifying his research through real life experience, Derek has developed his ‘gung lik’ and skills to a deep and profound level.

Wing Chun originated from Southern China and has over 200 years of history. Wing Chun emphasises ‘soft overcoming hard’. It is a famous martial art around the world, so much so there is a saying “North has Taiji; South has Wing Chun”. Wing Chun trains both internal and external. Internal, ‘gung lik’; external, tendons and bones. The benefits include self-defence and strengthening of the body. Through long term training, ‘gung lik’ matures in control and power with time. It is suitable for all to train– both young and old, men and women.

Sifu Derek Fung now teaches in Sydney, at 18 Mary Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.

Who says Wing Chun has no kicking?

A well known phrase in Chinese martial arts is 南拳北腿 (naam4 kyun4 baak1 teoi2). Commonly translated as ‘Southern fists, Northern kicks’, it implies a clear division between Southern and Northern styles of Chinese martial arts. Southern styles are typically known for having stable low stances and powerful fist techniques, while Northern styles are renowned for their dynamic high stances with strong kicking techniques.

While classified as a Southern style, Wing Chun does not fit neatly into this categorisation. Alongside other martial arts created in the last 300 years, Wing Chun uses a medium height stance for the flexibility of both fist and kicking techniques. While the fist techniques of Wing Chun are well known throughout the world, inside the often underlooked kicking techniques is in fact, a jewel of the Wing Chun system.

8 kicks, 13 ways八腳十三法 (baat3 goek3 sap6 saam1 faat3)

There are eight kicks and thirteen ways of Wing Chun kicking. Passed down by Grandmaster Mr. Yip Man to Sifu Derek Fung in the 1950s, all of these are found within the wooden dummy form. The major eight kicks include:

  1. 提膝 tai6 sat1
  2. 前踢 cin4 tek3
  3. 挑踢 tiu1 tek3
  4. 抽踢 cau1 tek3
  5. 撐腳 caang1 goek3
  6. 踏腿 daap6 teoi2
  7. 扣腿 kau3 teoi2
  8. 掃腿 sou2 teoi2

Wing Chun kicks are characteristically known as 無影腳 (mou4 ying2 goek3), shadowless kicking. This means the kicks are non telegraphic, to be delivered without any visible warning, striking at lightning speed before the opponent has had time to react. A famed skill in Chinese folklore, it is very difficult to achieve, but based in sound principles and much hard training.

1. Single Leg Stance 獨立馬 (duk6 laap6 maa5)

The Single Leg Stance is the foundation for all kicking techniques. It cannot be stressed enough that the emphasis of kicking training is on the Stance of the non-kicking leg. This includes developing Torsion, Counteracting, Loose, and Coming Straight Back into Structure. Without these, there is no kicking power, nor aliveness in your kicking.

2. Non-telegraphic

Kicks must be delivered rapidly and without movement in body including the head, shoulders, trunk, and supporting leg. This demands a strong foundation in your Single Leg Stance and a supple, smooth movement in the kicking leg.

3. Quick and agile

Kicks should be delivered tightly and quickly in an instant. When kicking, your supporting leg is on the ground. Being able to kick at will demands that your footwork is agile.

4. Kicks against kicks 腳打腳 (goek3daa1 goek3)

Wing Chun uses kicks to deal with kicks, and not arms. This is for a number of reasons.

i. Humans have two arms and two legs. Using arms to deal with kicks can leave your arms occupied and vulnerable to follow up fist techniques.

ii. The maximum reach of the arms extend in a circle around the shoulder as a centre. Kicks are easily aimed at the lower sections of the body, where your arms cannot reach (unless you kneel). Where you cannot reach, you cannot protect.

iii. Legs are longer in reach and naturally more powerful than the arms. It is a clear disadvantage to use arms to deal with kicks, particularly against a larger and stronger opponent.

5. Peripheral vision

To be able to use kicks, your legs must be able to look after your own space, and your eyes must see this space. For your torso, your left hand looks after the left side, and the right hand looks after the right side. However with your legs, a single leg must look after both sides. This is why training your Single Leg Stance is so important. To be able to look after both sides, your peripheral vision must extend all the way down to the space in front of your feet. When this is developed and you are intimately familiar with your own space, like a seasoned army defending its homeland, no one can enter it without suffering damage.

 

Training and Hard Work

Understanding these principles is important; but intellectual knowledge without practice is not only useless, but dangerous. Sifu Derek Fung personally insists on training kicking daily, suggesting his students to work up to at least twenty five thousand repetitions to naturally create kicking power 腳法動力 (goek3 faat3 dung6 lik6). Even though he is in his mid seventies he continues to lead by example, training together with his students more than five hundred kicks a day. In the remaining half of this year (2014), he aims at reaching one hundred thousand repetitions himself! This is a true testament to his personal work ethic and attitude towards training – that no matter your level, there is always room for further improvement and development.

After one particularly difficult training session, Sifu reminded us of a training phrase.

柔軟之極後能堅 (yau4 jyun5 zi1 gik6 hau6 nang4 gin1)

自然之極後能靈 (zi6 jin4 zi1 gik6 hau6 nang4 ling4)

‘After the pinnacle of softness is reached there is strength; after the pinnacle of naturalness is reached, you will become alive.’ To my understanding, this is not an esoteric koan, but a simple reminder not to force progress or power in your training – to listen to your Sifu, diligently and consistently working – and over time, naturally, results will come.

 

Sifu Derek Fung has never openly taught kicking in public until now. Now with over sixty years of Wing Chun experience, he is detailing the incredible kicking techniques of Wing Chun as passed down by Grandmaster Mr. Yip Man. Sifu encourages us to ask any questions we have, generously explaining and demonstrating his knowledge. As his student, I am humbled to share in his knowledge and experience, and to be shown once again that kung fu (功夫) truly means hard work.

詠春拳葉問宗師嫡傳弟子及國際功夫巨星李小龍師兄—溤平波大師

詠春拳葉問宗師嫡傳弟子及國際功夫巨星李小龍師兄—溤平波大師

馮平波大師1939年出生於中國廣東省。1945年到香港定居。1954年,14歲時由親戚介紹跟從葉問宗師,為葉問宗師第一代詠春傳人。
馮大師自幼醉心於詠春拳,潜心研習葉問詠春拳,在同一代大師中有着「閃電手」的稱號。
1958年,馮大師赴澳留學,在澳洲生活至今一直拳法不離手。經過六十多年的鑽研及實踐,功力已非常深厚,對詠春拳有非常深切的領會。
詠春拳是中國南方著名拳種之一,距今已有二百多年歷史。詠春是一套以柔制剛的武術,早已聞名於世界各地,所以,有「北有太極;南有詠春」之稱。詠春拳主要 為:內修功力,外練筯骨,適合防身自衛,強身健體。同時,詠春拳會因長期練習,自身功力會越來越深厚。而且,不論男女老幼也適合練習詠春。

馮大師現已在18 Mary Street Surry Hills (洪門致公總堂)設館收徒,旨在將詠春拳發揚光大。

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Photography by Manatu Delgado of EyeLovePhotography — at Derek Fung Wing Chun in Sydney – 馮平波詠春拳澳洲悉尼.

 

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