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"Direct, efficient, and simple--that is the heart of Wing Chun. It also best describes Greg LeBlanc (and what I will try to be with this review).
It has been my experience with several kung fu systems, that there are a lot of people who claim to teach authentic kung fu, but many, perhaps most, fail. They simply don't have the skills, communication, and authenticity to do so, Greg LeBlanc has all of these. Wing Chun, when done right, is not flashy, but is highly effective and extremely powerful. LeBlanc Wing Chun Kwoon has a very inviting atmosphere, utilizing a "Hong Kong" style of teaching. This allows each individual direct attention, and individualized rate of growth. There are no fancy uniforms, titles, no long contracts, and the facilities are clean and practical. Greg LeBlanc is always open to answering questions, and encourages students to "Make Wing Chun work for you, not for you to work for Wing Chun".
-Cliff R. Oakland CA.
Less is more - Wing Chun starts here
By Greg LeBlanc
Any martial art I have studied eventually gave the same advice for application, that you have to pick a few techniques and train them until they are pure instinct. Most traditional martial art systems preserved more actions than what is needed for self-protection, they are safeguarding the history of that system and how it developed over hundreds of years. The fact is only a few actions can be really trained into muscle memory that will function under pressure in an adrenalized state. The other point to be made is that to become truly proficient at any action it needs to be practiced thousands of times, eventually the punch you thought you knew becomes something else. Kung Fu means to do something many times until you can do it without thought or hesitation. In this line of thinking the most simple, direct and efficient actions are not only the faster road to this goal, but also tend to be the hardest to deal with by anyone who does not practice this same approach. Wing Chun starts here. It's development was based on the experience of seasoned Chinese martial artist who pooled their collective know-how into what was considered most essential, all things being equal. Wing Chun is simple by design, anything other than this and it loses what makes it a significant counter to other approaches that are less direct or more complex. The training is much more about the attributes, concepts and qualities of balance, position, speed, power, mobility, structure and accuracy than learning so-called techniques. The true technique of Wing Chun is to preempt any aggression with a uniform response that intercepts, bypasses and dominates position and center of mass. Using this method properly offers the fastest response under pressure from a situation that lacks preparation and is unprovoked. Rather than prolonging an altercation which can increase the danger and fatigue of the fight with each second, Wing Chun is focused on how to quickly end the fight. To this end it takes the fight back to the aggressor, it switches the relationship of who is attacking who, it trains to attack the attack; or as my teacher would say “to go inside the house to fight the fire.”
LeBlanc Wing Chun is the first and only Wing Chun school to offer full contact self-defense training using the Predator Armour. The results provide immediate feedback on what is proven by the system and gives the student the clearest and safest path to full contact muscle memory reactions for self-defense.
A few thoughts on what defines Wing Chun
By Greg LeBlanc
The function of the Chi Sau drill is to build automatic reactions at close range. In the application of Wing Chun the advancing attacker is met using the primary preemptive tactic called Jeet. If your attack becomes obstructed, Chi Sau skills take over. The drill is training us to skillfully react from being tangled up. In thinking about what we are preparing for, the attacker on the street is not going to hit in a predictable manner, but will be a moving target either to you or moving away from you, may very likely land hits on you, and will be hitting in combinations (skilled or wild). If Chi Sau trains us for something else than the above, then that training becomes more about the drill and less about what the drill is preparing us for. Meaning it is possible to become very skilled at the Chi Sau game, but only under conditions that take place in the drill itself (sometimes called the Chi Sau bubble). Chi Sau is a drill intended for training at the elbow range (where an obstruction takes place), if we break the distance of the drill (leaving the elbow range) then we have effectively ended the drill.
If we step out the the Chi Sau/Gwoh Sau drill we are now are playing at San Sau range (distance fighting range); this distinction is something I try and make very clear when I am coaching. The application being, if someone wants to Chi Sau/Gwoh Sau but then jumps out of the elbow range, I know that the play has now switched to San Sau. One option I employ for clarification is to use the Predator Armor, which allows for a safe way to test the above statements. To see if in fact a live attacker can be intercepted (regardless of the types of attack), hit with accurate and full power punches, skillfully using assistant hands as needed and all done in a way that doesn't easily allow for retreat or the trading of punches. If Wing Chun doesn't meet an attack with an intercepting attack, if it doesn't take position and control centerline; what then is the meaning of the Chi Sau drill? In other words Chi Sau as the soul of the system is outlining and defining the way Wing Chun was designed to be used. If we are not taking position and attacking the attack, but instead are moving in and out (stepping back), how does Wing Chun then differ from any other punching system?