Company: Unique Videos
Tape Name: Wing Chun Gung Fu, Structure and Footwork, Vol 1
Tape Cost: $39.95
Length of Tape/Time: 45 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques: 36
Return Policy: Refund on damaged or defective tapes only
Experiences in dealing with this company: Good
The Instructor: Randy Williams
Company’s Address: 4201 W. Vanowen Place, Burbank, CA., 91505
Company’s Phone Number: 800-332-3330
Web Page:

Primary Grading Criteria:

1. Production/Tape Quality: 9
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 9
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: 90 %

Secondary Grading Criteria:

1. Beginners benefit: Good
2. Intermediate benefit: Good
3. Advanced benefit: Good
4. Time to benefit: Immediate for most of the material
5. The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: The next videos on the
series are probably necessary for most people.

Written Summary:

Wing Chun is generally regarded as one of the more combat effective martial arts. In this video, Mr. Williams gives the viewer a very basic but important look at some of the fundamental components to learning wing chun. Mr. Williams states at the beginning of the video that not all wing chun instructors teach the same way or with the same emphasis. Because of this, there is not necessarily a right or wrong way to teach this art. Instead, there is only a difference in emphasis or interpretation between instructors.

Initially, we are given instructions on the basic training stance of wing chun called the goat restraining stance. This is the peculiar pigeon toed stance that many martial artists associate with this art. Mr. Williams states that this stance is more of a training stance than a fighting stance which I feel was an important point. A lot of martial artists who are unfamiliar with wing chun think that this pigeon toed stance is used for actual fighting which would obviously be very difficult to do.

We are given a look at the closed fist strikes of wing chun, blocks/deflections of wing chun, and the open palm strikes of wing chun. The elbow strikes are covered as well as a very in depth look at the basic moving stances of wing chun. Some of the rationale for these unorthodox ( by western standards ) techniques is given which includes the use of correct bone/body alignment to add stability and power to these blows. The wing chun way of striking with a closed fist is covered as well as the concept of simultaneous block and counter.

This video is exactly what it claims to be. This is a basic but thorough look at some of the essential components of a very complex martial art. While you probably will not be able to apply these concepts without viewing more of the videos in the series, it is an interesting video. Recommended for those with an interest in wing chun but without access to an instructor.

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