History Of Wing Chun
The history of Wing Chun is a subject of much controversy, and since there are no written records of the early beginnings the truth may never be known. This being said, most historical evidence points to the legendary Shaolin Temple of Southern China as the birthplace of Wing Chun; indeed many of the techniques and philosophies of Wing Chun coincide with those of Shaolin. For the purpose of this thesis I will not delve into the legendary stories of Ng Mui, the Buddhist nun said to have created Wing Chun after watching a fight between a snake and crane ...continue reading
"A man doesn’t excel because of his style. It’s only when a man can go outside the bounds set by his system that he excels. If a martial artist can practice a style without being bound and limited to his particular school, then and only then can he be liberated to fit in with any type of opponent. A great majority of instructors, however, blind their practitioners and brainwash them into believing only their school of training is best.”
~ Dan Inosanto, 1972
The RWC Studio
The Renegade Wing Chun facility was originally built as a place for Master Taganashi to do his own personal training and to train his son in the ways of Kung Fu. Although officially listed as being in the "Greater Chicago Area" the facility is actually located on Master Taganashi's 5 acre property in Wisconsin about an hours drive from the City. We are proud to have one of the most traditional and picturesque martial art schools in the Mid-west area ...read more about the RWC Studio
Speed and Strategy
I have seen many Wing Chun Kung Fu demonstrations where through means of hasty speed and aggression the onlooker is meant to be impressed. Attackers are dispatched with a flurry of empty punches in the air. The Wing Chun man attacking like a maniac. And we are supposed to believe that if the punches had connected his opponent would have been easily defeated ...more blog posts
Taganashi's Wing Chun DVD Collection
This DVD collection was previously only available to Master Taganashi's select "Closed Door" students. Starting in Spring of 2017 Renegade Wing Chun will begin the public release of the entire 14 Volume DVD Series. Wing Chun Butterfly Swords Vol. 1, Wing Chun Butterfly Swords Vol. 2, and Wing Chun Ring Training are available NOW! Check back regularly for new releases ...visit our store
Taganashi sporting the RWC Student T-Shirt.
"When forced to live in tyranny and pushed to his limits, the warrior has no choice but to live as a renegade."
My name is Todd Taganashi and I am the Chief Instructor at Renegade Wing Chun. I have been involved in the martial arts since 1979 and began teaching in 1995. Although I have held advanced rank in several martial art styles currently I only teach Wing Chun Kung Fu. I am a third generation privately tutored Red Sash. Master of the Ip Man Lineage Wing Chun Kung Fu System. My teacher was Master Hing Fai Chan, who learned privately from his teacher Master Ip Ching, who learned privately from his father Grandmaster Ip Man.
Formerly registered with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice as a Private Investigator and a Personal Protection Specialist. Since 1992 I have attended three of this nation's top schools of Executive Protection ...more about Master Taganashi
Symbolism of the Skull
In the west most people associate the image of the skull with death or mortality. To many westerners just the mere thought of a skull conjures a scary almost demonic image. But this is not so in many other cultures. For instance, in Buddhism the skull does not represent death or loss, it represents emptiness or enlightenment. In the Celtic culture the skull represents power, strength, and protection. In many Native American cultures the skull represents oneness and our connection to the Great Spirit.
Whatever the meaning the skull has to others, it is your own unique interpretation of that meaning that is important. Like so many other archaic symbols it is your own personal power and life experience that will draw you to their imagery. The meaning of that symbol to you could be so profound and so deeply imbedded in your subconscious that you do not even know for yourself just why you are drawn to it.
The skull in the Renegade Wing Chun logo represents power, courage, and creativity. It also is symbolic of enlightenment and the ability to transcend all know techniques.