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Sunday, 8 August 2010
Part 3 of 9 - Interview with WingTsun grandmaster Leung Ting

Interview with WingTsun grandmaster Leung Ting

Health & Lifestyle Channel
Hostess Zhao Ling
Hong Kong Cable TV Channel # 27

Interview part 3 of 9 - Translation by Tony Leung* of Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver

*The opinions and views expressed are those of the authors and participants of the TV show and do not necessarily state or reflect the views of the trainer team at Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver.

Host:  Everyone is welcome to phone in and field questions.

          Ting Boguang writes, today’s guest sifu is amazing.  Can he demonstrate a few moves?

Host:   In a few moments I will invite Sifu to demonstrate. Do we need to bring out a wooden dummy?

LT:  A wooden dummy is not required.

Host:  We are going to keep the audience interest alive. Later we will have Sifu LT demonstrate a few moves. Don’t go away.

          Siji ask, “Does it take a long time to learn WT to become a good fighter”?

LT: No, because I have taught military Special Forces overseas using five days classes. But each class is five to six hours long.

Host: After 30 hours they can grasp the basics?

LT: Yes.  More over, it depends on what is the topic because many traditional sifus stretch out their teachings. Teaching the Sil Nim Tau over and over again.  That is not right.   In WT, it depends on how you teach. So who is the Sifu is important.

Host:  Hmmm… teaching the skills.

LT: Skills is only one aspect.  The other is theory.  Why do I punch this way?  Why do I block this way?  Why do I not block this way?  Why should I not strike this way?  This is the most important.  This is at an intermediate level.

Advanced level we begin to see that I can’t hit this way but I can get thru to hit this way.

Host:  Do you WT people focus only on using the hands but not any footwork?

LT: At the primary level, we focus on the hands.  Footwork/techniques are at the advanced level.  At the time, why did Bruce Lee claim that WT is only focused on the hands but not any footwork?  (I think here, LT throws in a Chinese proverb –He described Bruce’s WT education as “ San Nian Er Yi”, which probably means that Bruce Lee only went half way in his training).   I am sorry Miss…. (interrupted by host)

Host: He only studied for three years?

LT: Just look at this man’s education history.   He started studying under Yip Man when he was little.  But he studied less than half a year before running off to his kungfu brothers for…(cut off by the host)

Host: He studied in Foshan or in Hong Kong?

LT: He studied in Hong Kong. He went to his Kungfu brothers for sparing practice.  So later, some say he was 15 or 18 years old when he went to America.  Of course, he did not get to learn WT’s footwork.

Host: It seems Bruce Lee’s kungfu was different from Wing Chun, is that right?

LT: Yes.

Host: He created his own martial arts, right?

LT: He created his own thing because he believed WT was focused only on the hand work but forgot about the footwork.

  Actually WT covers the “Shi peng gong fu” (not sure what this phrase means):  footwork (bu fa), body work (shen fa), stance work (ma fa), leg work (jiao fa).  All this is very high level theory.  University level … professor level stuff so to speak.

Host: So the basic defensive kungfu is taken care of thru hand work, right?

LT: Traditional WT only teaches the handwork but don’t teach the “Shi peng gong fu”.  So even today, many people think WT hand work is good but the foot work is not good. They misunderstand.

Host: Because so few people are able to demonstrate foot work.  All show hand work.

LT: It is like saying that most that you run into among the crowd are at high school level.   How many doctors or professors have you seen (met)?

Program takes a commercial break starting at 4:28  (move to the next clip).

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