Wing Chun Kuen
Wing Chun at Authentic Kung-Fu follows the traditional path maintained
and proven through the centuries: that of precise repetition and practical
application. Students learn how to perform movements solo, with a partner
then in relationship to changing combat environment The school also
follows the maxim of Yip Man that "Without Chi-Sao there is no Wing Chun."
However in both application and Chi Sao training Authentic Kung-Fu is, at
the same time, on the cutting edge of development. This is, in part
because of both the combat experience and the advanced educational
background of Sifu Steve Cottrell.
In Chi Sao training, Sifu Cottrell has innovated the "training progression
method". This pedagogical method enables students to develop Chi Sao
reactions faster and with greater precision. The method consists of a
closed loop of techniques which first practiced until that combination
becomes automatic. Then new techniques are inserted into the drill at
precise points. This "closed universe" of techniques is expanded over
time until cross referencing of techniques takes place and a free exchange
becomes unavoidable. However this free exchange is different from many
other schools in that the precision of technique is maintained.
Additionally most of the time doing Chi Sao at Authentic Kung-Fu is spend
in exchange of combat movements, instead of mostly rolling arms as in many
schools. As Sifu Cottrell often says, "You cannot control who is stronger
in a confrontation. You cannot control who is faster or how many of them
there are. The only thing you can control is the precision and depth of
your own technique."
In application Sifu Cottrell stresses practical training drills adapted
from his time in the military, law enforcement and as a trainer for
special operations units. Multiple attacker, fighting in limited or
obstructed areas, against weapons, standing and on the ground is daily
fare for the students at Authentic Kung-Fu.
These methods combined with regular training with renown Sifu such as Sifu
Alan Lamb provides increasingly depth of insight into the profound art of
Wing Chun. Sifu Cottrell's school and association combines the best of
traditional training and modern combat application.