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Sunday, 8 August 2010
Part 4 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 4 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.

Beginning at 1:10

Host:  Welcome back.  We have additional guests.  Tsang Sifu (male).   Ming Sifu (female).  Both are LT’s “toe soon”.  Please call our station with some questions.  We already got a lot of questions from the audience.

One person wants to know if WT training will build big muscles.

LT:  You can become stronger from WT training but you do not gain big muscles.  If you want big muscles then just lift weights.

Host:  All three of you look very healthy. (She rambles further about asking people to phone in with questions) …  We have another question.   Is it possible to train Yoga and WT together?

LT:  You certain can train both at the same time, but I don’t think it is necessary to train Yoga because of WT.  Although WT is a combat art (activity), but practicing WT can also improve your health as well.  Our first form, the Sil Nim Tau.  Let me show you a little bit.   The first form can also help train our internal kungfu (nei gong).  On the mainland, they call it Qi Gong. Look at my palm and how it changes.

Host:  This is Qi Gong?

LT: Now look at the changes to my palm.

Host: Look at here or there?

LT:  Look at my whole palm.

Host: What am I supposed to look for?

LT:  Look at the colour.  It is getting darker and darker.

Host: Woah!  It is really happening. How can this be possible?  Very mysterious.

LT: Touch here.  Does it feel cold?   Look into the monitor screen.  You can see it, right?

Host: It was pale before.

LT: Right.  Then I take it back (he does the huen sau).

Host: Wow!  It is pale again.  Very mysterious. How is that done?

LT:  This is what is called internal power (nei gong) or Qi Gong.  More over….(cut off by host)

Host: I see you are very relaxed. You are transferring your energy (Yun Qi)

LT: My yunqi is very relaxed.  Under certain circumstances, the yunqi is very natural.

Host: How long do you need to practice in order to be able to change the colour of your palm?

LT: It depends if your XXXX is sufficient. (I could not make out that word).  It depends on…(cut off by host)

Host: What will it take for those of us who are “not too dumb and not too bright” to learn this (laughing).

LT:  In WT, there are two important words “Yi Li” (intelligence) and “Heng Xin” (perserverance).  If you understand the meaning of each then you’ve got it.

Host: I have grasped half of each.

LT: Well, then you’re an expert already.

Host:  I will practice daily for an hour.

LT: I will point you to a Sifu who can teach you how to raise you….(interrupted by host)

Host: That sifu must be you.  After the show I am going to sign up.

LT: Thank you. (laughing). He is going to teach you how to raise your fuqi or gongli. How to do that exercise.

Host: To learn how to change the colour of my palm, how many years of practice is necessary?

LT:  For most people to be able to blacken the palm like me is not easy to achieve but to change the palm to a red color takes a week.

Host: Wow. Looks like there is hope for me. I thought it is very complicated but if one can get the palm to turn red after a week….(interrupted by LT).

LT:  Because in China, we have had the concept of nei gong over 1000 years ago. Back then, we did not call it nei gong or qi gong.  We called it “Dao Ying”.

       (LT goes on to explain in detail the meaning of Dao Ying from 7:09 to 7:51.  Too complicated to translate).

LT: Chinese people describe Qi as energy. It is not air.  But energy is not like rays or beams that shoot out from your body. If we can exert beams of energy then why waste our time practicing on the sand bag every day?  It is a health exercise.

Host: It is also a type of Qi Gong?

LT: Yes.

Host: So it don’t matter if it is male or female…

LT: Both can practice it.  More over, if only I can do it but you can’t, that would be useless, right?   But if I can do it and teach you how to do it then it is real (?)

Host: Here is another audience question.  Can WT enable one person to fight off ten attackers?  This must be a question related to the Yip Man movie.

LT:  Let me tell you… (interrupted by host)

Host: It depends on the quality of those 10 attackers.  If they all are like me who don’t know kungfu, then I am sure you can take on 1000 attackers.

LT:  1000 attackers is impossible.  Let me tell you, in many movies….which I have said before… movies are movies.  You said to fight 10 at once, who are these 10?  If you fight ten 10 year olds, the of course!

       I think it is impossible.   We have new students come to sign up and they ask, “Sifu, after half a year of lessons, how many attackers will I be able to fight off”?

Host:  Who asks you this?

LT: Many people do not understand.   If you really study hard during six months…..(clip cut off)

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