Rare footage of Ip Man’s sons training Wing Chun techniques

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Due to the recent popularity of Ip Man film franchise starring Donnie Yen, as well has the incomparable influence of the legendary Bruce Lee, the martial art of Wing Chun is more popular than ever.

In the following archival footage, UK based Wing Chun practitioner Sifu Martin discusses the ‘Ethics of Self-Defense Martial Arts’ and all the different aspects he feels one should have when practicing a martial art, in this case, the physical, mental and spiritual.

But the most interesting part of this documentary is the rare training footage between Sifu Martin and Grandmasters Ip Chun and Ip Ching; the two sons of the legendary Ip Man.

During their sessions, Sifu Martin is seen practicing his Chi Sau (sticky hands), which is a sensitivity drill used for the development of automatic reflexes upon contact and training to protect your centerline while simultaneously attacking your opponent’s center line. The two practitioners maintain contact with each other’s forearms while executing techniques, thereby training each other to sense changes in body mechanics, pressure, momentum and “feel”.

Interestingly despite his size and age advantage, the two elder Grandmasters have no problem out maneuvering Martin with their technique while showing off incredible speed at their age.

Check out the footage below.

Wing Chun is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilizing both striking and grappling while specializing in close-range combat. Wing Chun is practiced globally in over 64 countries and is the world’s most popular form of Southern Kung Fu. [Source: Wiki]

Ip Chun, also known as Yip Chun or Yip Jun, is a Chinese martial artist specializing in Wing Chun. He is the eldest of two sons. Ip’s father Yip Man was the Wing Chun teacher of late movie star Bruce Lee. [Source: Wiki]

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