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Donald Mak - Willow in the Wind

 
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Sifu Donald Mak explains the benefits and effectiveness of Wing Chun's soft approach. One aspect of Wing Chun's soft approach that is often underestimated, or simply not taught, is the role of footwork, together with Wing Chun's shadowless kick. Learn More >>
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Donald Mak - Willow in the Wind

In Willow in the Wind, Sifu Donald Mak explains the benefits and effectiveness of Wing Chun's soft approach. A senior student of Master Chow Tze-chuen, one of Grandmaster Yip Man's most advanced elder disciples, he has been teaching and practicing Wing Chun for almost 40 years in both Hong Kong and around the world.

One aspect of Wing Chun's soft approach that is often underestimated, or simply not taught, is the role of footwork, together with Wing Chun's shadowless kick. Willow in the Wind devotes two entire chapters to these unique aspects of Wing Chun, teachings that also mark an important return to its fighting origins. Grandmaster Yip Man was also known to have trained just as hard on his footwork and kicking as he did his hand fighting.

With the paucity of good English language books available on Wing Chun, Willow in the Wind makes an important contribution to martial arts literature. Both instructional and inspirational, the book is a must for any martial artist looking to explore kung fu's softer side.

The book is printed in Italy which is of very high quality and with the following specification:

- 209 quality photos
- 2 color pages
- 100 pages
- 2mm thickness hard cover with soft paper wrapped.

Table of Contents:
Willow in the Wind. Wing Chun's Soft Approach
Foreword .........................................5
Updated Foreword, Donald Mak
Chow Tze Chuen, Sifu
- Original Handwritten Foreword
- Typewritten
- English Translation
Introduction ...................................15
Checkley Sin - Producer of Ip Man movie, Chairman of Wing Chun Union
Y. Wu - Nanyang Wing Chun Singapore
Juan M. Manzaneque, Ph.D, Association Espanola de Wing Chun Clasico, Spain
Sifu Darrell Jordan, Lee Gar Lin Ving Tsun Athletic Association, USA
Preface ..........................................23
Donald Mak, Sifu, Hong Kong Wing Chun
Institute, Hong Kong SAR
Chapter 1 .......................................27
The Way of the Willow
1.1 Why Use Soft Approach
1.2 The Wing Chun Soft Approach
1.3 Structure Neutralizes, Footwork Dissolves
1.4 How to Use this Book
Chapter 2 .......................................31
Seeds of Wing Chun
2.1 Relaxation
2.2 Centerline
2.3 Static Elbow
2.4 Body Squaring
2.5 Simultaneous Defense & Attack
2.6 Stances
Chapter 3 .......................................45
Neutralizing with Structure
3.1 Importance of Good Structure
3.2 Structure & Combat Strategy
3.3 Developing Good Structure
3.4 Neutralizing with Structure
3.5 Yielding Like Willow
3.6 Leading to Emptiness with Shoulder Path
3.7 Structure & Footwork
Chapter 4 .......................................52
Dissolving using Footwork
4.1 Role of Footwork
4.2 Type of Footwork
4.3 Footwork in Forms
4.4 Soft Approach & Footwork
4.5 Practice of Footwork
Chapter 5 .......................................62
Shadowless Kicks
5.1 Misconception on Wing Chun Kicks Dispelled
5.2 What is Wing Chun Kicking Skill?
5.3 Why Use Kicks?
5.4 Shadowless Kicking Method
5.5 Principles of Kicking Techniques in Wing Chun
5.6 The Kicks of Wing Chun
5.7 Essentials of Leg Training
5.8 Summary of Wing Chun Kicking Skill
Chapter 6 .......................................74
Conclusion
6.1 Way of the Willow Revisited
6.2 A conceptual Approach
6.3 Limited Approach, Unlimited Application
Appendix 1 .....................................75
Examples of Applications
Appendix 2 .....................................89
Roots of Wing Chun
Early Developments
Fatshan Leung Jan
Chan Wah Shun
Pivotal Role of Leung Bik
Wing Chun in Hong Kong
Legacy of Yip Man
Family Tree