This past weekend we hosted a workshop with Sifu Timmy Lee from Hong Kong. Sifu Lee is my si-bak, or elder kung-fu uncle as he one of the few remaining active si-hing (elder brother) of my si-fu (wow, that was a mouthful). This was the first time he taught a seminar outside of Hong Kong, and I must say that he did a fantastic job - well above expectations. It was arguably a bit of a hard sell to get my students to go to a seminar with a Chinese instructor as the past experience with a certain Chinese instructor has been mixed. Although Hong Kong is the source of Wing Tsun, the HK teaching style is sometimes a bit inconsistent and sometimes Chinese instructors don’t teach very exciting workshops, especially for beginners.
But this seminar was much different.
Sifu Lee broke down the three forms of siu nim tau, chum kiu and biu tze for their respective leveled groups. Afterwards he went into detail about proper force generation in the forms and how this applies to fighting. He then started to teach the applications of the forms step by step with special emphasis and practicality and generation of force. The students were very happy to learn these very practical fighting applications. The biu tze level instructors were learning how to apply the biu tze sau in both fighting and in chi sau. Sifu Lee also imparted many details on how to use techniques such as palm strikes to counter chain-punching and many other gems as well.
Sifu Lee took the time to work with all of the students and patiently imparted his knowledge to all. I’m convinced that based on the fantastic feedback from this year’s workshop, next year's will be much, much bigger.