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If you are in the beautiful City of Hong Kong, enjoy Kung Fu and want to find out what is Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun (Wing Chun) all about, this is the opportunity for you. This Wing Chun linage contains Chan/Zen, health/qigong and martial arts reality. Sifu Lin, the successor of the system, Sifu Meng (curator of the Ving Tsun Museum) and Sifu Sergio will be conducting the first historical HKB Wing Chun training in Hong Kong from 9/19/10 to 9/30/10.

If you want to meet, please contact Sifu Meng ( or Sifu Sergio (

PS Besides the training and seminar in Hong Kong/China this month, there will also be one in Brazil in Oct, and then Amsterdam in Dec.
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Joel Pryor

One of the most unique aspects of this system is the training methodology of
this system. Not that it can generate so much power but, because the way
this system is organizes power is a product of the training. It starts off
with the Micro Cosmos where you train the thoughts, muscle and breathing.
The core or the start of this training is Sam Cian Po. It is based on Chan
Buddhism and if done properly it teaches the student not to focus on the
form or the energy but to be mindful of the here and now. It also teaches
the body should be relaxed and light so that when you strike your arm can
act as a super conductor for the energy that is generated. Because there is
no tension in your arms to reduce the power or any recoil, this allows for
the use of maximum power. The system then moves on to the Macro Cosmos which
teaches the student the separation of time and space and how we must occupy
the time and become the space. But ultimately we must understand that that
both time and space is an illusion in Chan the past and the future is just a
distraction the only thing that truly exists is the present moment. Space
is also an illusion it is just energy flowing from one moment to the next.
So to understand this allows the student not to be attached to the change in
time and space so that they do not freeze in combat. Next comes the
training of emptiness. I believe that this express the unlimited potential
of the human being in both combat and in life. If you look close enough at a
sub atomic level everything is made up of space and from nothingness comes
the creation of everything. In emptiness there is no boundary just the
building blocks of the universe and you are only limited by your beliefs or
your imagination to use what the universe has provided you.


Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun Pai is a Shaolin martial art

By Sifu John Lambert

In the late 1600's the Southern Shaolin temple was destroyed. There were
many forms of martial arts being learned, trained, and developed in the
temple, and it is also believed that most of the Asian martial arts have
their origins in the Shaolin temple. The research of the Ving Chun Museum,
by Sifu Benny Meng, has traced many of the Wing Chun lineages back to the
temple. Some Wing Chun lineages have been taught in the public for decades.
However, a few Wing Chun lineages have kept their arts secret and have
continued their teaching within small groups of practitioners.

Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun Pai (HKBECP) is one of the lineages whose origin was in
the Southern Shaolin Temple has been kept secret. At the present time the
system is being practiced in Indonesia and has been brought to, and is being
instructed, by Su Hu Kenneth Lin in America.

The uniqueness of Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun, as compared to most martial arts
systems who require their practitioners to develop powerful muscles, harden
their bones, and increase their speed through physical attributes, is that
Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun develops its practitioners by teaching them how to
"de-link" their physical body, separate their breathing, and control their
thinking in a manner that is completely foreign to contemporary martial
arts. Further the practitioner is required to gain these skills at the very
onset of their training. It is so subtle that if a person simply observes
it being performed they will not be able to comprehend the depth of what
they are seeing.

The Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun practitioner is trained to keep their shoulder and
arm muscles relaxed, and use their tendons in lieu of their muscles, while
breathing as though they were relaxed and sitting in a chair. It is called
"de-linking" which is the complete separation of the physical connection of
the shoulders and the implementation of the tendons instead. It is based
upon the Eng Chun principles of maximum efficiency and minimum effort. All
of the standard Wing Chun techniques are present in Hek Ki Boen Wing Chun,
but the emphasis is not on generating physical power, but the transference
of "energy" through the limbs and creating the maximum impact from a relaxed
state of being.

In addition to "de-linking" there is the whipping motion, which requires the
practitioner to be in a relaxed state or the energy transference will not
occur. Also, in order to complete the energy transference there must be
"weight" in the hands at the end of the motion. All of these; de-linking,
whipping, and weight in the motion are unique to Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun.

As a Shaolin martial art Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun is based upon the Shaolin
principle of "No Illusions" and therefore the practitioner must remove all
attachments to things such as ego and self-promotion and humble themselves,
by having an open mind and seeking the truth in their practice.

All illusions of self must be disregarded through meditation and
introspection. It is a process of going through a stage of wandering,
enlightenment and finally illusion free.


Missy Pruden -- my thoughts on HKB Black Flag

HKB Black Flag is a very unique system for many reasons. HKB can be traced
all the way back to the 1600's, where after the destruction black flag was
one of the original division of secret societies that came out of the
Shaolin temple. The fact that at that era of time it was used for top secret
special operation missions proves that it is a quick, highly precise and
effective system because when you are on that type of mission you need to
have the skill to do what you have to do quickly and get out. So that left
little room for error. HKB Black Flag have formulated methods that are fast,
swift, powerful and precise but what also makes it unique is the separation.
HKB separates the MIND which is your thoughts, the BODY which is the muscle,
and BREATH which is the energy. This helps to detach from oneself, meaning
to free your mind from preconceived thoughts or beliefs and allowing your
mind to be open to all possibilities. By freeing yourself of attachments you
become aware of the constant change of time and space. By freeing your mind
and allowing your body to experience it you are giving your body a complete

Since HKB was hidden secret for a long period of time it maintained
its Shaolin WC identity and has not been personalized or watered down. It
has the 3 treasures Chan, health/fitness and kung-fu/martial arts as well as
the formula; this is the essence of Shaolin WC. This makes black flag
unique because the only society/system that has the true essence of Shaolin
WC that can be traced back to the 1600's is Black flag.

Another uniqueness of Black flag Eng Chun is how the power is
released through separation of limbs so that the energy and explosiveness
comes out at the tips/end of limbs( ex: fist) , which allows the rest of the
body to be detached and relaxed. This allows for a quicker ability to change
and adapt to what ever may be given to you at time of engagement. The normal
human reaction to for instance throwing a punch is to tense up the entire
body in order to generate power. The internal separation of breath helps to
direct energy to where it is needed and not wasted.

The key to some system's teaching is the technique, but with HKB Black
flag the key is you. By this I mean that some systems rely on a certain
technique or skill to showcase power, but with HKB the success of your
training relies on you internalizing it and making it your own by first
keeping an open mind and understanding your thoughts, your body and your
breathing. By doing this our body is not only generating power but focusing
on releasing power. To me I feel to generate is to stir up power whereas to
release is to send power out. This allows us to react/defend ourselves
without relying on brute muscle strength. When in human range with triangle
structure we use the kinetic energy flowing through our limbs rather than
brute force which in itself waste a lot of energy. HKB lacks wasted,
theatrical movements instead the movements are precise and to the point.
This system teaches you to do what you have to do efficiently with out
getting hurt.

There are many unique qualities of HKB Black flag that I am beginning to
experience, but I have not written about because I am still internalizing a
lot about this system, but over time my understanding and explanation will
be greater. I just know that this system is teaching me to become a better
person, a better martial artist both internally and externally by keeping my
mind free of expectations and styles by living through the true nature of
things and the essence of Shaolin WC.


My martial arts journey began in January of 2009. Under Sifu Lambert I
attained the rank of blue sash in Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun. This was the extent
of my training before starting in Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun. So far, in my
opinion, there are a few points that make Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun unique.

This system seems to emphasize footwork more than my previous system that
I learned. I can the see the logic behind this. Keeping contact with the
ground increases your stability. Since your legs and feet are your base, if
you not working from a strong base, all your other movements will break down
and be less effective.

Another key difference I have noticed is between Hung Fa Yi's idea of
controlling the space and Hek Ki Boen's idea of becoming the space. The
difference is subtle yet its impact on combat is profound. With controlling
the space you are mainly using your limbs to obstruct your opponents
movements. However in becoming the space, you use your body to obstruct your
opponents movements, freeing your limbs up to destroy your opponent. Thus it
is more efficient.

Hek Ki Boen's emphasis on the internal through its core form Saam Chian
Poh is yet another unique trait. Where as Hung Fa Yi's generation of power
came from structure and muscle tension, Hek Ki Boen teaches you to relax and
through its concept of delinking, reverse the tension, placing it in the
hands, allowing the tendons of your limbs to transfer your energy. Other
systems might teach the internal energy aspects at the end, Hek Ki Boen
teaches it from the beginning and potentially never has an ending. I am very
intrigued to see just how deep the well goes.


Christopher Conaway


From what I have seen of Yip Man WC, it does not have Chan /Zen . It does
not have Time/Space/Energy. It does not have the same preciseness that I
have seen with the WC Formula. All that is left is the Center Line Theory;
there are no 5 Lines, or Three Reference Points. I have heard people say
that there are 6 gates in YMWC, but I have not learned it as far as I am
aware. The expression of power can be good but since there is no Formula,
depending on your Sifu you may never be able to express good power because
of a bad structure, or because of a lack of understanding of T/S/E. I think
the power comes from the triangle structure in YMWC. As far as the mental
awareness goes most people in YMWC do not even get to the concept level much
less any ****her. From what I have seen of how people are teaching it.
YMWC is mostly technique based, and only coming from 1 range of combat
(Trapping Range).

All the movements in HFY had to be extremely precise. The whole focus was
on Time and Space. I personally believe that the energy was missing from
the equation. Although there is Qigong (Jaam Jong) training involved, I did
not see the expression of it used in any way. I think the way that power
was expressed was through the structure of the body, which provided the
strength to hit with. In turn I believe the punching power came from the
perfect structure and the muscles. I also did not see a lot of smoothness
going from one movement to another. It was very mechanical like a robot. It
seemed to me that the most important thing above anything else was having
the perfect structure at precisely the right time.

What I can derive from my experience with WC so far is that HKB Eng Chun is
different than anything I have studied thus far. I have never seen any WC
express Chan in such a deep manner. I have never seen Detachment expressed
in anything I have ever done before. I can clearly see the link between
Detachment in your Kung Fu, and Detachment in your life. I can see that by
learning how to detach the Body/Mind/Breath you start to learn about how to
detach from your attachments in life, which in turn creates a clearer mind
and helps free you of the clutter so that you can focus better. I see that
this is also the path to rid you of your ego which is very much Buddhist. I
see that Sam Chian Po is a key element in learning this. There is no Sam
Chian Po in any other WC System out there that I know of. Therefore, I do
not see how the other systems of WC can learn about Detachment in their
training. I believe this is honestly the true original information that was
taught in the Southern Shaolin Temple.

I see that Detachment of the body leads to the development of power which
can be delivered regardless of having "a perfect structure". Conventional
methods of punching are usually done with more of a pushing or swinging
force. This is either accomplished with the use of ****ing back for a big
swing, rotating the body to generate a bigger force, or by using the
structure to generate power. HKB uses Detachment to generate power by
"transferring power". This is done by making sure that none of the muscles
are tight except for that which is in the hand, in turn delivering a
crushing force with a Whip and Weight which are similar to a ball and chain.
All the force is at the end. Through conventional methods at least some
force will always come back into your body when you deliver a punch because
of the attachment throughout the arm. When the muscles are not tight, the
arm is not attached to the shock which would normally come back to you.

The first time I saw Master Lin express HKB, I saw a lot of things that I
have learned over the years from several other art forms. I am talking
about things coming from my experiences from internal and external arts. So
in turn when I look at HKB Eng Chun, I do not see only an internal art. I
do not see only an external art (which is the way most people view WC
today). I see a complete system which has not left anything out from the
internal or external world of martial arts. To me this is extremely rare.

Aaron McKillip


From my observations of HKB. The foot placement, torso crank, and whipping
energy of the punches remind me of a large Commercial Crane used to destroy
brick buildings. The shoulder width foot placement, much like the wide
tracks of the crane, allows for a stable base to direct the energy from.
(Pulling the energy up from the ground and sending out to the ball.) The
torso crank is like the turning of the crane as it swings the large ball
into area of impact. The whipping energy punches of HKB are like the metal
ball which swings and snaps into the building at proper time and place.
The whipping energy of the ball is very powerful but it becomes even more
powerful when the crane turns and swings into the direction of the impact.
This turning energy, combined with the whipping energy of the ball, and the
structurally strong base; all combine to make the blow very precise and very
powerful. The ball has enough energy transferred into the building to cause
destruction and eventually bring the building down to the ground. All these
must be combined in the correct manner to cause this burst of transferred
energy into the enemy/building. Most others systems rely on brute
force/muscle power for this power. This consumes much energy, and causes a
crashing of power which then transfers some of the energy back, instead of
forward into opponent. (Like hitting a wall with a baseball bat.) Also as a
person ages it is much more difficult to generate this brute force power.
With HKB a smaller or older person can continue to generate a powerful burst
of energy-transfer into the opponent, causing much damage in one precise

Since it was hidden for such a long period of time, it has maintained much
of its original Shaolin nature in its principles and techniques. Such as its
fighting applications and philosophies, this is a great separation from many
other martial arts, and makes the system very unique. HKB oral history,
state that it was created and used for special operation of traitors within
the Secret Societies: then hidden for political purposes. HKB was separate
from the other flag societies; thus creating another distinction. It has
techniques are built for quick and powerful blows within the Human Range.
By gathering heaviness in the hand and utilizing speed in its blows, it
allows for Kinetic Energy to be swiftly transferred into target. There is no
need for any additional distance, which make it very distinct. As other arts
may use only distance and brute force, HKB allows for the utilization of
both Kinetic Energy and stored Potential Energy. This is a great uniqueness
from other types of systems, as quick death blows are quite possible,
without space or distance. Done in a very quick and efficient manner, one
shot, one kill. HKB expression is without flowery movements or unneeded
wastes of energy, efficiency in action, as seen in nature.

The whipping snaps, at the end of the punch, it is like the weapon called a
"Blackjack." A leather wrapped piece of metal with a spring inside. When a
person uses this weapon, they hit the person in the back of head. The spring
allows for a quick snap/whip of energy, which pops quickly into the skull
and causes a fast knock out. These Blackjack are small and held in the hand,
but designed to use little energy and space to cause much damage and even
possible death by snapping the weight. I feel this is a concept unique to
HKB punches.

Scott Tharp


Hek Ki Boen has drawn my attention toward generating and releasing energy.
All matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration. Controlling and
disrupting vibrations is the essence of the art.

The structure and efficiency of a weapon are highly important but the energy
it releases is of equal if not greater value.

Detachment and relaxation of muscles seems to be the key in moving and
releasing energy.

I have much to learn but am fortunate of the knowledge that is being passed
to me.

With much gratitude,

Phil Holt


My training so far has brought me to a new understanding of dealing with
things in my life. Now that I am beginning to understand the nature of HKB I
see that the difference between HKB and other systems of WC is Separation
and detachment. This is the closest system that I have experienced that
truly expresses having the DNA of Shaolin. HKB is Qi gong, Internal and
external martial arts, and truly expressing Chan by practicality efficiency
and complete separation of body breath and mind. In these last few months I
have been able to grasp why this is such a treasure and am honored to be
blessed with this opportunity to show and teach this treasure to the world.
I believe that by training in HKB that anyone can make major improvements in
their life by achieving complete separation of body breath.

Kevin Foster

__________________________________________________ __________________________

Over the last year, I've experienced many revelations regarding my wing chun
since I began training in Hek Ki Boen. Unlike other styles & systems
(karate, tae kwon do and other wing chun systems), the energy that is used
to create a powerful strike is obtained through completely different

In most systems , for example, power is generated by classic means: mass
(muscle) x speed (acceleration) = Force. This kind of power is a basic
formula from physics: m x a=F. This form of power is enhanced through the
application of the wing chun formula and is taught in the beginning of the

Also in Hek Ki Boen , the first concept taught is the detachment of the
body, energy & mind. The wing chun formula is taught; however, muscle
strength is not required to obtain striking power. In fact, the use of
muscles to generate power actually slows down a HKB strike and diminishes
the energy transfer. This is because the muscles constrict the tendons,
prohibiting the energy from reaching the point of contact. By first learning
to detach the body, energy and mind, you learn to feel how to transfer the
weight and whip to the point of contact with the utmost efficiency. This is
the path to achieving Hoet Keng.

I'm looking forward to the progression of my training. I realize as I
develop my control and detachment, I will then be able to link the body back
into the whip & throw a technique from any position, regardless of the
time/space/energy or wing chun formula - true formlessness and emptiness.
Life is always about the journey, and not the destination.

Xan Smith


I must say that I have not trained much in other Wing Chun systems, so I can
not compare them to HKB. However, I have been in several other martial arts.
I must say that HKB is such a different way of generating power than other
martial art systems. In all other systems I have been in, the way to
generate power is often the boxer's way, in that you use the entire body to
generate power. With HKB, you do not need all of that movement in order to
create power. This allows you to strike much more efficiently and really,
much quicker. The trick, however, is getting used to such a different
system. I am still getting used to such a different way of thinking that
comes with training in HKB. I am still getting used to getting the whipping
motion correctly and to avoid the use of the entire body for power. But,
this is something just comes with time and effort.

I discovered that HKB is far different to any other martial art I have
practiced. We have discussed the issue of power generation, however there is
way more than that. The footwork gives us the balance between mobility and
stability. In other arts, a stance may give you great mobility or give you a
strong, stable stance, but they are never put together. It is always one or
the other. At first the stance we use looks as if it would never work, yet
when we practice we find that it is a remarkably efficient way to move. In
turn, that is exactly what makes HKB so great. I have found that HKB
techniques are often more about controlling the opponent rather than
exchanging blows. There is a greater care paid to getting a superior
position and taking away the opponent's energy, thus preventing him from
even fighting back.

This goes back to a military mind set. To win a war, one must control the
field and disrupt an enemy's movement. The basic formula is even different
from other arts. Many arts do not think about the value of the structure of
the body. This leaves a person off balance or in a position where they can
not respond quickly. Most significant, is that the HKB structure allows us
to fight with great energy, but use little physical strength. Arts such as
modern MMA can often place too much emphasis on muscle. I have heard people
say, "Oh that guy is stronger. So he will win. The bigger, stronger fighter
always wins and that is just how it is." But that is not true. Through the
HKB structure, our physical strength is not needed. There is so much to this
HKB system, I am sure there are areas I have not even thought of yet, but
right now I am making sure I understand the basics of the system.

Robert Whittaker


I believe the most important difference between HKB wing chun and the other
schools is the focus on detachment, detachment in the physical, mental and
spiritual areas. In the physical area you are able to generate power through
a relaxed whipping action separate from the rest of the body, as opposed to
generating power from the entire body structure as in the other arts. In the
mental area you must become detached from the sense of self in order to see
the reality of every situation clearly. In the spiritual sense you must
detach yourself from the limited physical vs. spiritual view of life and see
that in the end you are really a spiritual being that is one with the
greater spirit that created all of us.

With Respect, Gary Ray from Meng's Martial Arts of Cincinnati.


The HKB Experience

As I signed on as a todai of Sifu Lambert at a time when the school was
transitioning from Hung Fa Yi to Hek Ki Boen , I have had very limited
exposure to other Wing Chun systems first hand. We have discussed the
conceptual differences between the Ip Man, Hung Fa Yi, and Hek Ki Boen Siu
Nim Tau exercises in each system, and most of my understanding of the
idiosyncrasies comes from those discussions.

My personal experience thus far with HKB has been quite startling in the
amount of power and the efficiency of its usage within the system. With
correct application, the smallest of movements can produce incredible
amounts of power and forward energy.

I have not yet been able to achieve the whipping motion required to fully
appreciate the extent of HKB's power first hand. But even in the basic
movements, and learning the basic mechanics of the forms, I can easily
recognize a striking difference between the HKB system and other martial
arts methods - recognizable because of the level of difficulty I find in
'detaching' and training my limbs to relax, which seems somehow
counterintuitive to my body.

Generation of Power

Again, with somewhat limited exposure to the system, my understanding at
this point is that the generation of power in the HKB system comes from
visualizing your limbs as sort of wrecking balls - long, fluid chains with
heavy weights at the ends of each; along with honing the ability to turn
your energy on and off and knowing when to do so to produce the explosive
power that makes HKB so effective. HKB's way of conserving your power until
the precise moment during each movement that it is needed and truly
developing economy of motion with each breath and each movement.

Becky Mason


The Uniqueness of Hek Ki Boen

In my opinion, Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun (HKB) has many qualities that make it
unique among other martial arts and Wing Chun systems. Being effective
through efficiency/economy of motion and use of energy are all strived for
and talked about in other martial art systems, but the methodology and
philosophy is something that I have not heard of from other martial art

Concerning the efficiency, it seems some practitioners of fighting arts are
under the misconception that efficiency is gained through the muscle memory
attained by countless hours of drilling; the thinking being that if you are
used to doing something as second nature, this equals efficiency. Of
course drilling is important, but it seems to me HKB takes it to another
level with the concept of "de-linking", related to the Chan concept of
detachment. No fighter wants to attach themselves to a particular moment in
time and space, and HKB takes this further by proposing that you do not want
any attachment to energy in the body other than the energy that is generated
in the extremity that is striking during the moment of impact; not too long
before nor after. So you must de-link you hands, feet, fingertips or toes
from the rest of your body. Many martial arts promote using your whole body
to generate power; all the while never fully RELEASING it, while HKB
promotes the ability of using the individual parts of the body independently
to generate that same amount of power, then RELEASING all of it in the
execution of a technique.

Another concept that stands out for me is the fact that there are no
defensive techniques. In this case, "the best offense AND defense is a good
offense". Again this seems to me to go back to the Chan philosophy that
deals with living in reality. When someone attacks you, they are attempting
to impose their reality on to you by causing chaos. In my understanding,
HKB purports that if you take any kind of defensive posture, you are
accepting that reality. In order to restore harmony, you must assert your
reality. Hung Fa Yi had a similar concept. One example was four-gate
"blocking". Where a block is used to prevent a strike from reaching its
target by using a limb as a shield; these techniques were not blocks, as the
techniques were used to meet the striking limb with a strike; so you were
engaged in limb destruction. You could follow up this technique with a
strike or strike with your other hand simultaneously. In HKB techniques
like Tun Jiu, Tan Jiu, Im Jiu, Yang Jiu, actually go through the attacker's
offense in order to strike a vital area, imposing your reality on to the
attacker that you are neither a victim nor defender.

Paul Mason


When I first began learning Shaolin Kung-fu, we were studying the Hung Fa Yi
(HFY) Wing Chun (WC) system. Based upon my understanding, the HFY system
appeared to be built around the structure of the human body, such as
properly aligning the skeleton to allow for the correct usage of muscles in
a way to get the most from human mechanics. Since this was my first system,
I was very much focused on foundation level material such as learning the WC
formula, the 5 lines, the 10 points, footwork, kicks, punches, and the
accompanying forms that demonstrate various techniques and keep one healthy.
As well, I learned about the concepts of efficiency. As we have transitioned
to learning about HKB and being able to apply HKB skill, I have been able to
notice some differences that are physical and others mental. From the
physical perspective the formula is maintained, but the structure is not as
rigid due to using/releasing energy in place of the power generated from the
speed and strength of the muscles. As for the mental perspective, it is
important to be detached and finding emptiness. I view being detached as not
identifying oneself with style, also being able to flow and adapt to
situations without being repetitively predictable. I view emptiness as
finding that place inside yourself where you can never be mentally bothered
or shaken; you don't think back and forth, you only do. I could be wrong on
these ideas of mine, but with time my understanding will improve. As well,
being a newer student at the time, I maybe was not able to grasp or was not
introduced to more of the philosophical thinking involved with HFY.

When it comes to training, I am able to compare both the HFY and HKB "Little
Ideas". Both are good teachers of time and space. Both demonstrate
techniques within the two systems. Both allow the student to express the
techniques while applying the formula. However, the "Little Idea" in HKB
seems to be better at representing real combat situations and responses.
The HFY "Little Idea" seems to also demonstrate some real combat situations
and responses, but I feel it more so helped me gain an understanding of how
the perform the techniques along with finding the reference points of time
and space. Also, the HKB "Little Idea" allows me to work on turning the
energy on and off as I move from one technique to the. A significant
difference is that I have not seen a Saam Chin Po for HFY. Or at least the
intent was not properly conveyed. I was thinking about the HFY form where
you make a fist and flex until you arms tremble, then pull them back to a
crossed position and thrust downward, that's a little bit similar. But Saam
Chin Po is unique. It is a great teacher, and it forces one to be cognizant
of them-self and know how they are moving, which muscles are tensed or
relaxed and so forth. The Saam Chin also helps me apply the principal of
detachment because in order to develop the skill I must learn to exercise
the physical property of detachment which means separating the linking of
muscles and allowing them act independently being detached individuals'
themselves. These are some of my thoughts on the HKB training compared to my
previous martial arts training with Meng's. I must say there is a lot going
on with training, new thinking, new skills, and sometimes the message is
challenging to convey. I hope my depth of understanding grows and that my
skill grows too, and any correction I need will come. Thank you.

Mitchell Binford


If I understand correctly in the world of physics there is an
equation/formula to producing energy. The concept of body unity is also
impressed in the practice of modern day Wing Chun, in which the connection
of all major muscle groups along with joints and bone are aligned to deliver
the body's maximum power potential. This concept along with the formula of
mass/speed is not emphasized in HKB. But quite the opposite is impressed
upon the students of HKB in order to develop the proper energy for its
unique and explosive power. With relaxation and letting go, without using
one's own strength joined with muscle or grounded in body unity this
"engine" is developed. In the idea of letting go, it surpasses the physical
and invades into the mental and spiritual areas of a person's psyche. It
teaches me as a person that there are things I cannot control in life, one
being circumstances about me. People's tongue, actions, and attitudes are
not my responsibility and therefore I can release them back to their
originator and be free of all their negative attachment. Sometimes we as
human's are concerned whether we measure up to another man's standards or
spirituality, but through the idea of detachment I can free myself from the
snares and bondages that religion (man made) offers and be a true spiritual
being in touch with God and all that exist around me, including myself. So
the idea of relax, let go and just be is so unique to HKB that this idea has
become my life's motto. It doesn't interfere with my faith/belief, but
enhances. On the physical level I have been able to keep myself from injury
and began to see a change in my body and my approach to training. It does
not take away that one must still work hard and sweat in order to free
himself of his attachments and become detached. It means that in order to
get the "engine operating the proper way" you have to let go of all those
things that upset you, or hold you back, whether it be using muscle to try
to obtain the power, or down to a negative attitude. So the concept in
motion for me is to relax the muscle, release loosely but have a shape, move
with intent and explode the energy on a focused point not have aimless

Thank You,

Ray Crawford

HKB Wing Chun is the original Wing Chun containing the most complete
picture. Through historical evidence and research, HKB has been proven to be
a living artifact of the Southern Shaolin Temple. The Chan philosophy
permeates the entire system. Every element at this point has a deep
philosophical meaning.

The training method is very clear. The student has a clear objective. Each
training method logically connects to the particular skill. Each skill is
directly connected to the reality of combat. The approach to energy and the
releasing of power sets the HKB Wing Chun system apart. Other Wing Chun
systems work to generate power while HKB releases the power. The first
concepts in other Wing Chun systems work hard to teach the student to
connect the body and the breath while HKB teaches to separate the body and
the breath. HKB approach allows the student to use short range power almost
immediately while other systems teach more of a pushing power.

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