“The Way of the Renegade”

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

I built the Renegade Wing Chun Academy  in 2012. It is a representation of myself and the Kung Fu that I have developed over the past 40 years. The facility is located on my property in Wisconsin USA. I'm in a pretty secluded location in the country - it's perfect for training.  ...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

Renegade Wing Chun Kung Fu DVD Collection

Renegade Wing ChunThis DVD collection was previously only available to Taganashi's select "Closed Door" students. Starting in Spring of 2017 Renegade Wing Chun will begin the public release of the entire 10 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

Renegade Wing Chun Todd Taganashi
Todd Taganashi's Renegade Wing Chun

"The seeds of our destiny are nurtured by the roots of our past." ~ Master Po

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Todd Taganashi, at the time of writing this I am 52 years old. I have spent the past 40 years of my life practicing the martial arts. There were many different teachers and life experiences that contributed to the development of my Kung Fu during this time. Notably, I would like to mention a three teachers because it was through knowing these men that I would go on to learn, practice, and teach Wing Chun Kung Fu.

In the early 1990s I was a student of Master Daniel K. Pai (Dr. Pai). Dr. Pai was master of the White Dragon Kung Fu System. His teachings changed over the years, at that time we were practicing a lot of very fast close range hand techniques. ...continue reading

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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 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.


Renegade Wing Chun Todd Taganashi

“Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm.
Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased.
Even when your spirit is calm do not let your body relax,
and when your body is relaxed do not let your spirit slacken.
Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, or your body be influenced by your spirit.”

~ Miyamoto Musashi