Company: ESPY-TV
Tape Name: Wing Chun Combat Applications
Tape Cost: $29.95
Length of Tape/Time: 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 40 plus Wing Chun concepts
Return Policy: Return On Defective Or Damaged Merchandise Only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Chung Chow
Company’s Address: 611 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y., 10012
Company’s Phone Number: 212-673-0899
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 9
5. Score on delivery vs hype: 9
6. Degree to which we would recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time ( The higher the number, the less “ fluff” /repetition ): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching if over-and-over again: 9
9. Would I purchase more of this company’s products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. Value: 9

Grand Total: 91% ( Good = 2.75 Stars ) Original Grade = 93%

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Immediate for most people
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None

Written Summary:

Wing Chun kung fu is generally regarded as one of the more combat effective martial arts of China. Mr. Chow makes several key points as he discusses some of the basic fighting concepts of Wing Chun. The use of powerful, non telegrahic blows, fast execution of techniques, finishing the fight as quickly and efficiently as possible, and the use of quick reflexes and hand coordination are mentioned by Mr. Chow as integral to using Wing Chun as a martial art. Mr Chow initially covers the basic hand strikes, blocks, and kicks of Wing Chun and moves into a brief demonstration of shuffling footwork that is so characteristic of Wing Chun fighters. There is a demonstration of chi sao, the classical sensitivity drill, and also a demonstration of “sticky legs “, the low line equivalent of chi sao with the hands. There is no involved study of any of the three major forms of Wing Chun on this video.

From here, Mr. Chow moves into various punching and deflecting combinations of Wing Chun combining slapping hand, grabbing hand, jerking hand, and elbow deflections with the various Wing Chun hand strikes. Mr. Chow then finishes the tape with a large number of self defense techniques from a Wing Chun perspective. All in all, this tape covers a large amount of material and is quite effective at presenting an overview of Wing Chun as a martial art. While I do not personally agree with all of the combat assumptions that are made by practitioners of this art, this video is still a very informative and entertaining look at Wing Chun.


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