Recently I started studying Ving Tsun with Sifu Matt Johnson. Sifu Johnson was taught Wing Chun by Master Ip Ching, the youngest son of the late Grandmaster Ip Man.
I enjoyed my interview with Sifu Johnson and felt a definite pull towards studying with him. I was a bit worried that he might not accept me and I even hesitated asking him. But, I did and he accepted me as a student.
Sifu Johnson started me out on the first form Siu Lim Tao (小念頭) which translates to “Little Idea” or “Small Idea.” While this form may seem simple it contains much of the essence of Ving Tsun. Sifu Johnson told me to think of this form as the alphabet and with it I can build words, phrases and then a novel. So I hope my readers will follow along as I learn to write in this new language.
Below is an old film I found of Grandmaster Ip Man doing Ving Tsun forms.
Father of Forest
seeds of your knowledge bring forth
This Haiku was my present to Shibata Sensei on his 90th (or 91st) birthday. Sensei Onyumishi Kanjuro Shibata XX is a 20th generation master bowmaker and archer and 3rd generation “Bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan.” Shibata Sensei is retiring this year as our Sensei but has passed the tradition to his son Nobuhiro Sibata who holds the title Shibata Kanjuro XXI thus continuing the Zenko lineage. We at Fuko Iba look forward to training with our new Sensei soon.
Aikido Belt Test
many hours of practice
comes to fruition.
In honor of my daughter’s belt test. Good job honey.