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This year's camp will focus on the Mook Yan Jong form and its applications. Seminars will be taught by Master Mark Beardsell,
who is a third generation Ip Man lineage Wing Chun instructor and a disciple of GM Samuel Kwok. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity and value to advance your Wing Chun skills or learn something new.
If you wish to camp, camping will be onsite. There are 20 spots for camping, some by the river. Shower and bathroom facility is in host's house. You will need to bring your own camping gear if you are camping, otherwise there are hotels nearby. Contact the host, Sifu Kristian Gordon, for more info.
All training will be outside at the campsite / training area. The training starts in the morning and ends in the evening but for those who are camping, there is an opportunity to train in the evening. Each day there will be eight hours of training and time in the evening to train again. This is a great opportunity, so don't miss out on this great price to camp.
People who are tent camping will arrive to set up tents if they wish. Otherwise, you set up your tent on Friday when the camp starts.
The 116 techniques that comprise the dummy form as taught by the late Grandmaster Ip Man make up and important part of the Wing Chun learning curve. The "dummy form" is often said to contain the fighting techniques of the Wing Chun system. This does not mean to say that the techniques learned in the three empty forms are not for fighting or combat, the difference is application.
The empty hand forms have to be applied to a situation and cannot always be performed exactly as they appear in the form whereas the techniques in the Dummy form are performed against the ”Jong” or dummy, and therefore are being practiced in a way that applies them directly. This is because the techniques are performed against the physical arms, legs and body of the wooden dummy.
The wooden dummy itself represents a physical opponent; its arms can represent attacks that have to be blocked or obstacles for the practitioner to overcome in order to attack the trunk of the dummy. The leg of the dummy has to be maneuvered around and attacked by the practitioner during the form.
The advantages of training on a wooden dummy are, that it can be hit as hard as the practitioner wishes, it can be trained on for long hours whereas a live partner might get bored and as the Dummy does not move much, the practitioner learns mobility while circling around the dummy in conjunction with blocking and striking hand techniques.
Along with some additional techniques like the neck pull and some additional kicks, and the angle and structure of the dummy, the student is naturally drawn to execute his/her techniques with correct positioning. Because the dummy is a solid object any mistakes in the practitioner’s technique, like incorrect angle and position of block or wrong use of energy is easily identifiable. Mainly because it will result in a loss of balance or a clash of force causing pain and one mistake in the positioning on a block in the dummy form will often lead to the next move being harder to perform so eventually the positioning and use of energy becomes perfect from training on the dummy.
Mark will be the instructor during this training.
The training is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. All of the training is outside and the venue is fully equipped.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in price and you will have vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Please notify Yin Wing Chun about any food allergies or any dietary needs.
Breakfast will consist of eggs, sausage, and more. For lunch and dinner, there will be regular camp food. Meals will be served at campsite and breakfast will be served at the campsite and/or the host's house. Each night, you will have a campfire at one of our two fire rings and do smores, roast hot dogs, etc.
Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) and drive from the airport to the camp. If you are driving from a nearby state or need directions, please contact Yin Wing Chun. There are rental cars available through the airport, so are Ubers. Prices will vary, but please note that Yin Wing Chun does not pay for your transportation