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Monday, December 30, 2013

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Fight Scenes

Looks like Captain America knows Wing Chun. I'm a big Captain America fan and had to share this still from Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

Is it just me or is that a wu sau?

-Sifu Todd Shawn Tei

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Anderson Silva Breaks Leg on Chris Weidman Leg Check

Bad news from UFC 168: Anderson Silva has broken his left leg in a likely career-ending injury. The break occurred when Silva fired off a left hook or round kick and Weidman reacted with a classic leg check, lifting his knee in a move popular in Wing Chun. Silva's leg snapped, ending the fight immediately and leaving fans horrified and shaken.

Warning: this video of Anderson Silva breaking his leg is a little disturbing.

Wing Chun Kung Fu does not use hook or round kicks because they are slower and less efficient than straight-line attacks such as the front kick Silva used to knock out Vitor Belfort at UFC 126. They are also easily defended by straight-line defenses such as Weidman's leg check or closing in on the opponent; if your opponent has mastered defending their centerline using a round kick will rarely end well for you.

Note that this is not the first time a circular kick has led to a broken shin in the Octagon: there are other videos like this one out there.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Is Ip Man Alive? And Other FAQs

The Ip Man movies have reignited interest in Bruce Lee’s martial arts master, the late Grandmaster of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Let’s take a moment to answer some of the most commonly searched “Is Ip Man?” discussion questions according to Google:

  • Is Ip Man still alive? No, he died in 1972 at the age of 79.
  • Is Ip Man a real person? Yes, he was a real person best known as Bruce Lee’s teacher.
  • Is Ip Man in English? The American version of the Ip Man Blu-Ray has English dubbing, but we prefer to watch it with subtitles.
  • Is Ip Man a true story? The movie’s loosely autobiographical.
  • Is Ip Man a good movie? It’s fantastic. Easily one of the best martial arts movies of all time.
  • How is Ip Man pronounced? Yip Man.
  • How does Ip Man punch so fast? Wing Chun’s straight punch is incredibly fast because it uses economy of motion to cut out unnecessary movement.

Did we miss any? Sound off in the comments.

-Sifu Todd Shawn Tei

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tips for Multiple Attackers

It's time for some self-defense tips for facing multiple attackers. If you haven't seen it yet, here's video of the NYC Motorcycle-SUV brawl in which one biker was paralyzed and a Manhattan husband and father was brutally beaten and slashed:

The fight video is chaotic, so let's review the chain of events:
  • A swarm of bikers surround a moving SUV. (The SUV contains Alexian Lien, his wife and their toddler.) One of the bikers intentionally slows down while staring at the SUV, a dangerous move called "brake checking" that forces the SUV to stop. The SUV bumps the biker. The biker is later charged, rightfully, with reckless driving.
  • Some 30 bikers now surround the SUV, slash its tires and break a window. Fearing for his family's life, Lien accelerates, running over one of the bikers in the process. This biker is now said to be paralyzed. 
  • Lien's wife calls 911 3 times as they attempt to speed away. Unfortunately, the SUV runs into traffic before the police arrive on the scene. The bikers smash in the windows, including the rear window adjacent to the toddler's carseat. They drag Lien out of the car, beat and slash him. 
  • Side note: an undercover police officer was with the motorcycle rally, but didn't intervene and in fact was also aggressive toward the car (though not its occupants). 
  • Not shown on the video is that a good Samaritan begged the attackers to let Lien and his wife go. They drove off as police arrived.
As a martial artist, the question is, what do you do when faced with an insurmountable number of assailants in a seemingly hopeless situation?

Some simple fighting tips for women and men alike:
  1. Try to get away, as Lien did, unless standing your ground is the better option. Whether driving or running, head toward a public place. You might try parking and dashing inside a busy store, for example. Whatever you do, don't move toward isolated areas such as alleys or side streets. You need witnesses, security cameras and good Samaritans. 
  2. If you cannot get away or your attackers catch up to you, you must find something you can use as a weapon. In your car, you may use pens or your keys to jab your attackers' eyes and throat.
  3. Whatever you do, do not let yourself get taken to the ground. You cannot grapple your way out of an attack by multiple opponents, unless you think getting stomped on would be helpful to you. 
I hope you never find yourself in this situation, but if so, remember: a clear mind is your best weapon.

-Sifu Nancy, Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Women's Self Defense for Grabs

For women everywhere who want to learn self-defense...

Here's an instructional YouTube video of Sifu Todd Shawn Tei and Sifu Nancy covering women's self-defense against grabs from attackers. Using Bruce Lee's Wing Chun fighting style tactics, this video will teach you how to "Attack the Attack" in a few easy steps.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Monday, August 19, 2013

Tai Chi Classes in Los Angeles

Are you interested in learning Tai Chi in Los Angeles? 

Private Tai Chi classes at California Academy of Martial Arts are available: 

Fridays - 6:30pm 
Saturdays - 1:30pm and 2:30pm 
Sundays - 12:30pm, 2pm, and 2:30pm

We are also offering group Tai Chi classes on Saturdays at 11:30 am during the months of September through December. 

P.S. - California Academy of Martial Arts offers both the Yang and Chen Tai Chi forms. 2014's group Tai Chi lessons will focus on the Chen style. Here is a clip of Sifu Nancy demonstrating the Chen form.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

What is "Passive" Bullying?

This article from Sifu Nancy's "Community Issues" series in The Tolucan Times covers the difference between active and passive bullying. Los Angeles Parents, this is something you may want to share with your children if teaching compassion to kids is as important to you as it is to us. Check it out: http://tolucantimes.info/section/inside-this-issue/what-is-passive-bullying/.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Donnie Yen Out of Ip Man 3?

Following the success of the Ip Man and Ip Man 2 movies, will Donnie Yen reprise his role as the eponymous grandmaster in Ip Man 3 in 3D? We feel like we've been waiting for news on this one awhile now.

The news isn't good: Yen is said to have withdrawn from the film. According to sources he will not make a third Ip Man film.

More info here.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Monday, July 1, 2013

Tujunga Kidnapping Frightens Parents

Summer is a popular time for kids play outdoors, often with less supervision than during the school year.

Sifu Nancy penned an article for the Tolucan Times in early June on a high-profile attempted kidnapping in Tujunga, California. The article includes tips on how parents can prevent attacks and teach their children to defend themselves from attackers. Check it out here: http://tolucantimes.info/section/inside-this-issue/tujunga-kidnapping-frightens-parents/.

There has been no news updates to suggest that police have identified or arrested any suspects, so this man will likely still be on the loose come September when children head back to school.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Brutal Home Invasion Attack Caught on Nanny Cam

In the peaceful and affluent neighborhood of Millburn, New Jersey, an unsuspecting woman was brutally beaten by an attacker who broke into her home in the early morning. The victim was viciously beaten for 2 minutes while her three year-old watched. However, neither mother nor daughter made any noise during the attack because the mother's main concern was to not traumatize or endanger her children. In addition to her toddler, her 18 month-old child was sleeping upstairs.

The victim suffered several traumas resulting from being kicked in the head, flung down basement stairs, and punched repeatedly. Luckily, a "nanny cam" camera caught the whole beating and the victim has released the tape in hopes of catching her attacker and encouraging others to take safety measures. One can only wish that the victim had self-defense skills to fight off the attacker and protect her family.

Next-door neighbors were shocked to find out about the break-in given the quiet neighborhood they live in. Most residents in Millburn don't even lock their front doors.

Note: the following link contains the graphic tape of victim being attacked in front of her 3-year-old.
Nanny Cam Tape

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Camp Safety Tips for Children

The forecast this weekend predicts temperatures above 100 in Los Angeles! That reminds us -- Sifu Nancy's article in The Tolucan Times covers very important safety tips for kids in summer camp. Check out the article here: http://tolucantimes.info/section/inside-this-issue/five-summer-camp-safety-tips-for-children/.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wing Chun Takedowns

Check out this how-to instructional clip of Sifu Todd Shawn Tei using basic Wing Chun techniques to take down an attacker.

Note that in practice, he uses the "fak sau" striking technique against his partner's shoulders for the takedown, but in street combat application the strike would likely be applied across the throat/neck.

For more videos visit our YouTube.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Monday, June 17, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Stranger Danger Debunked

When it comes to stranger danger, are you sharing the right information with your children? Sifu Nancy covers this topic in her latest Tolucan Times "Community Issues" article. Read here: http://tolucantimes.info/section/inside-this-issue/dont-talk-to-strangers-the-wrong-message/.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Monday, May 27, 2013

Self Defense: Everyday Weapons for Women

Sifu Nancy's latest Community Issues article in The Tolucan Times covers simple and small weapons women can carry for everyday defense. Check it out here: http://tolucantimes.info/section/inside-this-issue/self-defense-everyday-weapons-for-women/.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2013 Burbank Kung Fu Mother's Day Event

Mother's Day was extra special this year at California Academy of Martial Arts in Burbank. Parents of students and their guests were invited to participate in a family class. It was full of smiles, laughter, and a whole lot of fun! Check out the pics below -- you can find more through Facebook at Family Day 2013.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, April 29, 2013

Wing Chun Sparring - Do I Need To Spar?

Sometimes we encounter students that attend the Wing Chun class regularly but never want to attend the sparring classes. When I ask them why, they say “I’m not ready" or "I’m scared I might get hurt".

Some students have medical issues that prevent them from sparring, but generally all students about ages 6 and up should aim to spar at least once per week. Attending the sparring class is very important if you want to be able to use your skills outside of a drill setting. Remember, in the real world, an attacker will move unpredictably. For this reason, while drills and exercises such as chi sau (sticky hands) have their place, nothing compares to sparring for building the instincts and reflexes necessary for successful self-defense.

There's another reason sparring is very important: humility. In martial arts it's not enough to learn how to hit. We must learn how to get hit and accept these hits with patience and humility.

When practicing your fighting techniques in the sparring class, you’re building fighting instincts so you don’t have to think about what you’re doing. Over time, it all comes naturally to you. If you have to think about how to handle an attack when one comes, there’s no way you’ll survive it!

Or as Bruce Lee put it in Enter the Dragon: "Don't think! Feel!"

-Sifu Todd Shawn Tei

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Martial Arts Memorial Day Camp - Los Angeles

Memorial Day is an official school holiday for our kids, and the unofficial start of summer for all. Get your child's summer off to the right start by sending them to our MEMORIAL DAY CAMP on Monday, May 27th from 9 am - 3 pm.

We're playing kung fu games, watching martial arts movies, and a foam sword workshop, too!

The cost of the camp is $50 and includes lunch and a trip to Menchie's.

To RSVP - by Monday, May 20th. Space is limited to 20 campers - call us at 818-843-7916 or e-mail info@kungfuwingchun.com.

RSVP by Monday, May 13th for a $5 discount!

Hope to see you there!

Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Man of Tai Chi Trailer!

The highly-anticipated martial arts film, Man of Tai Chi, has just released its trailer! Filmed in the United States as well as Bejing, this movie is sure to be a hit (it's also Keanu Reeve's directorial debut.) Check out the trailer below!

Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Saturday, April 13, 2013

What Is Jeet Kune Do?

(This is Sifu Todd Shawn Tei's article from Inside Karate's November 1995 issue, reprinted here by popular demand. Enjoy! -Kung Fu Los Angeles staff)

"Jeet Kune Do" on Trial. Is it Guilty or Innocent of Being a Martial Arts Style?

Many people believe Jeet Kune Do is actually a style and not just a concept. This is a debate that can go on for hours with many different points of views. It's been going on longer than many readers have been alive. Let's explore the Founder's point of view and see if we can find any evidence that can prove if Jeet Kune Do is a martial arts style or a concept.

Bruce Lee once said that calling his invention "Jeet Kune Do" was something that would typecast it as a certain system and he shouldn't have even given it a name. He explained repeatedly about his views on having "no way as way." Thus, you will not be limited or confined in a set Style of System of techniques.

When Bruce Lee was interviewed or talked about Jeet Kune Do he made it obvious to the Martial Arts community that his "style" was indeed not a style but a mixture of many different styles and elements, as well as training strategies. When Brandon Lee was interviewed he also stated that Jeet Kune Do was not a style but merely a concept of using elements from many different styles and taking what is most effective from these styles and combining them into a method of fighting that would never limit your moves.

Many contend that by adding a different technique to a Traditional style you've learned for years no longer makes that style Traditional, but taints the style and offends the "Masters." So combining many different Martial Arts techniques and using them simultaneously makes your style a sort of "Free Style" Martial Art. Aside from the fact that most modern styles are combinations or variations of previously existing styles, the ultimate goal of any style is to develop your own free fighting, instinctive pattern. So it is with JKD. No two people could possibly have the same style of Jeet Kune Do because each person would have his very own specialized style of it that would suit their own needs. Their likes and dislikes would exclusively be decided by the practitioner.

But How Can I Be Like the Dragon?

You can't. This would defeat the whole purpose of Jeet Kune Do. Merely following and imitating the unique patterns of Bruce Lee would be rigid adherence to a style. However, if you like Bruce Lee's fighting method and you want your style to be similar to his then you would have to follow an identical path of development.

The Verdict

With all the evidence of Bruce's training and books he has written we can safely come to the conclusion that Jeet Kune Do is Innocent of being a style, and that Jeet Kune Do is definitely conceptual in nature. This is not to say that it is unlimited, and that any old hodge-podge of techniques is JKD.

-- By Sifu Todd Shawn Tei
Inside Karate, November 1995

Monday, April 8, 2013

Valley View Elementary Spring Fling 2013

Stop by North Weddington Park in Studio City on Sunday, April 21st for Valley View Elementary's 2013 Spring Fling! There will be great food, lots of fun games, and a performance by California Academy of Martial Arts. We're on at noon.

The address and directions to the event are listed below. Can't wait to see you there!

Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Friday, April 5, 2013

Kung Fu Grandpa Video Goes Viral

Have you seen this viral video yet? We don't know what's better: the nunchaku action or the hilarious commentary provided by the YouTube poster. Definitely worth a watch with the audio on!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

10 Year-Old Northridge Girl Kidnapped, Found

Earlier today we shared on our Facebook page that a 10 year-old girl was reported missing from her Northridge home by her frantic parents. Thankfully, the girl has been found. Authorities report she was kidnapped by two men unknown to her (strangers), then dropped off at a local hospital. She wandered to a nearby Starbucks in a state of shock with numerous bruises and lacerations. Thankfully, she was assisted by an unknown citizen who recognized her from news coverage.

Although photos of her and her full name are available online, we will decline to share them here as she is being treated as a victim of kidnapping and sexual assault.


-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

UPDATE: Authorities have confirmed that the girl was kidnapped at knifepoint from her home and sexually assaulted. They have arrested a secondary suspect, Daniel Martinez, charged with assisting the kidnapping but not participating in the assault. They are hunting for parolee and prime suspect Tobias Summers, pictured below. If you see this man, please contact authorities immediately.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wing Chun First Form Video

Our newest Kung Fu YouTube offering features a Wing Chun First Form video. The pace is quite slow because many guests were snapping pictures, so you should be able to practice with it if you've started learning at your Wing Chun kwoon. It was filmed during our annual field trip to Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, CA.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hsi Lai Temple Photos - 2013 Field Trip

On Saturday, March 9th our Kung Fu students headed to Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights once more. We enjoyed learning about Buddhism, Chinese culture, and wandering the picturesque grounds.

Enjoy some of the photos and head over to our California Academy of Martial Arts Facebook page for more:

-Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Friday, March 8, 2013

Whittier Kidnappings: Victims Escape, Flee

In nearby Whittier, California, there has been a recent string of related kidnappings specifically targeting young women and children:
  • A group of Good Samaritans held down 41 year-old registered sex offender David Polanco after he allegedly tried to kidnap an 18 year old girl. The group of people waited for police to arrive where he was later booked on suspicion of kidnapping. Once detained, police asked locals for any information if they have been in suspicious contact with Polanco. (Source with video)
  • A 12 year-old boy playing in a park when a man snuck up and put his hand over his mouth, ordering him to keep quiet as he tried to pull the boy off a swing set. Luckily, the boy ignored him and was able to catch the attention of his brothers nearby. They assisted in fighting off the suspect until he ran off.
  • Last month, an 11 year-old girl was walking alone near a park when she was abducted by someone and thrown into the back of a car. She found another girl of about 7 crying in the back of the seat. The girls teamed up to escape the car and contact police.
  • In the same month, a 17 year-old girl reported walking home when a man attempted to lure her into his car. She was also able to run away and contact police before the man could reach her.
  • That same day in the same neighborhood, two high school girls were in the middle of an argument when a man interrupted and told them to get in his car. Witnesses report that the suspect fled soon after. 
Polanco and suspects were unable to successfully kidnap any of the above mentioned victims due to their observance of the most important anti-kidnapping rule: always try to get away and attract attention to yourself, even if the kidnapper is threatening you.

Our martial arts program in Los Angeles focuses specifically on giving young children and women the confidence to defend themselves, and as demonstrated by the incidents in this article, you may be able to protect yourself and your children with the right attitude and education.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lantern Festival Los Angeles 2013: Demo Video Footage

On Saturday, March 2nd, our Martial Arts Demo Team was invited to perform at Chinese American Museum's 12th annual Lantern Festival in the Chinatown area of downtown Los Angeles.

Chi sau (meaning sticky hands) is one of Wing Chun's most famous exercises. The drill is designed to teach trapping, quick reflexes, simultaneous attack & defense and fearless fighting at close range.

Some video of Sifu Tei's chi sau demonstration:

Our California Academy of Martial Arts Demo Team after the show:

From top left: Patty, Adam, Sifu Tei, Adonai, Jen & Chris. From bottom left: Jr. Si-heng Roman & Jr. Sifu Brian 
We'd love to post video of the rest of our set, but we don't have any. If you took any, please Contact Us!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Should I Resist A Violent Attack?

Should I resist a violent attack? Should I fight back against an attacker? People often dream up all kinds of hypothetical scenarios such as muggings and worse, and ask me what I think they should do.

Obviously my answer is a matter of personal opinion, but here it is:

Every situation is different, but I believe that anyone who pulls a gun or a knife on you probably plans to use it. You can’t trust that if you give the person what they want -- your money or your body, usually -- that they’ll be satisfied and leave you alone.

Consider this from your attacker's point of view: You can probably identify them unless they thought to wear a mask, and this is probably not their first offense.

Many criminals are also under the influence of drugs or alcohol and not thinking rationally. Why would you trust this person when they say "If you do what I ask I won't hurt you?"

Think of the common TV show plot: the criminal promises to release you if you just cooperate, then takes you to a secluded place and kills you. You can’t let it get that far. Fight and try and get away before you’re in a situation that you can’t get away from. 

When we practice defense against street weapons in class on Wednesdays and Saturdays, we practice it to give students the instincts and confidence to defend themselves in these types of situations. 

-Sifu Todd Shawn Tei, Chief Instructor of California Academy of Martial Arts

P.S. Besides escaping harm, there are psychological benefits to resistance I look forward to exploring in a future post.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ip Man: The Musical

To our surprise, coming to a theater near you: "Ip Man the Musical". 

Produced by Robert Vicencio and Hongming Wang, the inspiration for the musical comes directly from the Ip Man movie and the martial arts movement it sparked. Ip Man's son, Ip Ching, has joined the musical's creative team. Auditions will be held all over Asia towards the fall. Casting, however, will be a bit tricky as actors should both be able to dance and perform martial arts before live audiences. Rumor has it the casting process may even involve a reality show.

Grandmaster Ip Ching is Third from Left
For more Ip Man-inspired projects, see our post: The Ip Man Movies List

-Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bullied Boy in Coma After Attack By Classmates

Bailey O'Neill, an 11 year-old boy from Darby Township, Pennsylvania, is in a medically induced coma following a schoolyard fight. The boy's parents claim several classmates were bullying him.

O'Neill was struck several times in the face. The blows fractured his nose and caused him to fall to the ground. He was initially diagnosed with a concussion but was treated and released. Following the incident, he developed seizures so serious that his doctors induced a coma for his safety.

This incident highlights the need for all children to engage in regular, comprehensive anti-bullying training. Wing Chun is an ideal style for this purpose due to its focus on defense against multiple attackers.

For more information on our self-defense programs, please contact us.

--Sifu Nancy, Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

(Source: IBT)

Girls Doing Kung Fu: Chen Tai Chi Edition

Here's Sifu Nancy Tei performing a modified Chen Tai Chi form. (Like her husband Sifu Todd Shawn Tei, Nancy's focus is Wing Chun Kung Fu, but she also enjoys practicing forms from Tai Chi and Shaolin.)

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Wing Chun Stop Kick

Wing Chun has many "stop" kicks, thus named because they are used primarily to stop an advancing opponent. 

There’s the Wing Chun side kick, with the toes in the natural "Pik Bo" fighting stance position:
Bruce Lee's Side Kick
Or the kick most commonly known simply as the "stop kick", which resembles a back kick but is executed with the front leg, with the toes turned toward the opponent's groin: 

Ip Man on Wooden Dummy
The fighting stance stop kick, aka the side kick as demonstrated by Bruce Lee above, works best most of the time in realistic scenarios. In Wing Chun it is normally executed against the knee or groin, depending on the practitioner's height. (We never kick above our own waist level so as to avoid losing balance and speed.)

The turned toe stop kick is more effective if your opponent advances into you and you shift to the side into your Chum Kil stance, which places you behind your opponent. In that position, your foot is already turned with the toe to the side, so the kick is more natural and powerful. 

Many students are initially confused about which to use and when to use it. However, as with all things, with practice the answer is usually quite apparent to those who understand Wing Chun's economy of motion principles.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Congratulations Leila and Roman - Kung Fu Burbank News

We're pleased to congratulate our longtime students, Leila Murphy and Roman Romero, on achieving the highest sash (a.k.a. belt) rank in the Tigers Kung Fu system: the rank of Junior Si-Heng!

Leila, Sifu Tei, and Roman
Jr. Si-Heng is only achieved by the most diligent and committed Tigers (ages 5.5 - 7). Leila and Roman both began studying with us in 2009 as Little Pandas, graduating to Tigers in 2011.

Here's a photo of Roman several months into his Pandas training back in 2010, posing with Sifu Tei at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo:

Here's Leila back in April 2011, showing off her martial arts graduation trophy for progressing from Pandas into Tigers:

The sashes help teachers keep track of what the student has already learned, should currently be learning, and is preparing to learn in the near future. It is also a source of motivation for students, especially children, who seek to commemorate their hard work and earn the privilege of learning more advanced material after mastering the basics.

I'm so proud of these two. They were both quiet and shy when they started -- Roman memorably sobbed through his first few classes -- but have since blossomed into confident leaders who love assisting with the Little Pandas classes and are exceptionally patient with newer Tigers who are learning the ropes.

-Sifu Nancy, Program Director & Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The One Inch Punch and Wing Chun

Ip Chun on the Wooden Dummy
I am often asked to share little-known stories from the Wing Chun world. Here's one of my favorites:

On a visit to Kung Fu Magazine, one day the Editor told me a story about Ip Chun (Ip Man's eldest son) and the one-inch punch. He said he was on a flight to a Martial Arts Expo and happened to sit next to Ip Chun. Naturally, he asked Ip Chun about Bruce Lee and wanted to talk about the one-inch punch.

Ip Chun said the punch is from Wing Chun and teaches the student how to build explosive power in a small area. The Editor continued to ask for a more detailed explanation and Ip Chun finally said “ Let me show you, so you can understand."

The Editor and Ip Chun stood up in the aisle when the seat belt sign blinked off. Ip Chun grounded himself in the Wing Chun stance. He placed his hand against the man’s chest with his fingers extended and asked “Are you ready?" He then shifted his power into the punch...

The Editor went flying back through the aisle and smashed into the bathroom doorknob. The incident caused him a very painful back injury that lingered for several months.

-Sifu Todd Shawn Tei

Monday, January 14, 2013

Chinese New Year Kids Party

More details to come! We're excited for a fun night with our kung fu kids.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff