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Scouting Film Locations

Renegade Wing Chun

I have been scouting out new locations to do some outdoor filming. This footage may be include in our next movies. Look for three new video releases in our Wing Chun instructional series coming this winter. All new productions!

These videos will be:

  1. Wing Chun Sil Lim Tao Form and Solo Drills
  2. Wing Chun Chum Kiu Form and Solo Drills
  3. Wing Chun Bil Jee Form and Solo Drills

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Fate

Todd Taganashi

“I am already given to the power that rules my fate. And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend. I have no thoughts, so I will see. I fear nothing, so I will remember myself. Detached and at ease, I will dart past the Eagle to be free.”

~ Carlos Castaneda

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The Must Make a Choice

Renegade Wing Chun“In Kung Fu as in life, you must choose your way and dedicate yourself to that way. Believe in it and pour all your time and resources into it. In this way you can maximize the benefits of your actions. If you choose to spread yourself over too wide a range your efforts will not bring about the maximum results, like giving a dime to 10,000 charities. You must find a cause you believe in. You must choose but you my choose wisely.”

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Self Awareness and Ego

Renegade Wing Chun

The difference between self-awareness and an over inflated ego is defined by the character of the individual and their own internal dialog. Self-truth is easily hidden from others but not from ourselves. As warriors it is vitally important that we understand ourselves, both strengths and weaknesses. In that way we can find true confidence in who we are. This self-awareness is also vital, and a key element to self-improvement.

True self-awareness becomes self-confidence, and when projected outwardly it will become evident to all who we encounter. It could be described as a sort of an easy going happy-go-lucky feeling. The false ego is also very evident and disturbing. We have all been around those people who just don’t seem right. We feel it – we feel uncomfortable around these people. Their false truth is projected outwardly to hide their fears and inner conflict. If this false truth is not tempered, these lost individuals will slowly but surely lose touch with not only the world around them, but the world within themselves.

The tragedy of todays man is not his social condition, it is the delusion of self, and the lack of will to change himself.

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Focus of the Eyes in Personal Combat

Renegade Wing Chun

I have heard of a strategy of combat in where you stare ferociously into your opponent’s eyes, as if to show your indomitable fighting spirit. But this is not my way. First off, I have never been very worried about my opponent’s eyes hurting me. If you focus your attention towards the eyes, you are apt to miss the movements of the real weapons that can (and will) actually hurt you. Additionally, although I have never experienced this, by staring into the opponent’s eyes you run the chance of being drawn into the opponent. The term used to describe this is “the opponent steals your spirit.” In laymen’s terms your strategy backfires and it is you who gets psyched out. Some would argue – I’m a “Badass” and it is I who will psych my opponent out with this tactic. For my part I would rather concentrate on my opponent’s real weapons and leave the eye staring to all of the “Psyop” warriors out there. While they are attempting to psych me out by trying to stare into my eyes, I will be ignoring them. After all they are nothing but an obstacle to me. I choose the tactic of concealing my spirit and my intent.

I prefer directing my gaze at the opponent’s torso, about three or four inches over the solar plexus. The gaze is loose and almost hazy, relying on the peripheral vision (which is much faster than a direct stare) to pick up on any movement from the opponent. Much the same way as we keep our hands in a central guarded position in Wing Chun Kung Fu, focusing the eyes in this way we can react to a low, mid-level, or high attack with optimal combat efficiency.

Focusing the eyes at the opponent’s torso is not without its psychological advantages. I have tested this method not only in sparring situations but in real life close combat. Although I can’t attest to how my real world opponents psyche was affected, many of my students have told me that the way I gaze at their torso and ignore their attempts to make eye contact is unnerving and makes them wonder what I am thinking. They have descried it as if I was “staring straight through them.” Yes, that is what I want.

So in conclusion, there might be times when I would stare directly into my opponent’s eyes. Maybe it would be just as I deliver that final knockout or killing blow. In which case the gaze could be described as the wild man’s “Gaze of Death.” But otherwise I think that I will save my eye gazing techniques for the more intimate times in life that I share with my lady friend.

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