The "Four Corners"
The "Concepts of O.N.E." system encompasses our "four corners" of training. The four corners are: Wing Chun Kung Fu, Kali, Shuai Jiao (Chinese Fast Wrestling), and Traditional Shaolin Chin Na (Qin Na).
Wing Chun was created by Buddhist Nun, Ng Mui, roughly 400 years ago, and it was the final art to be accepted by the Shaolin Temple. Wing Chun was designed to be a close quarters combative system in which an individual is able to overcome larger opponents or multiple opponents without expending too much energy in the process. It incorporates techniques referred to as "Full Cycle" meaning blocking and striking simultaneously. It is low to no impact, slow paced, and very simplistic in its design.
The traditional Wing Chun hand placement shows a readiness to fight with hands occluding the centerline, but with our hand placement, we are showing a desire not to fight, with our hands on our shoulder lines (the universal sign for “stop”), while remaining prepared if need be. While the traditional hand placement invites the opponent to engage via the outside lines, our hand placement gives the opponent the option of inside or outside attack. Initially, this may seem to place us at a disadvantage, however, when we consider that our body position and engagement protocol is designed to shut down an attack from any angle, this apparent disadvantage doesn’t seem as worrisome. When we can relax, and show a desire not to fight, we can effectively control what our opponent’s think and how they view us; this gives us the psychological edge.
Depending on which system of Wing Chun is practiced, the stance will vary. Regardless of which stance is used, comfort and balance are key. Our system, named after Great Grand Master Dr. John Wing Lok Ng, traditionally uses a “Natural Stance,” having both feet parallel with one another, and a "bladed" stance with a 70/30 weight distribution. However, we have altered our “bladed” stance to incorporate a 50/50 weight displacement, in stead of a 70/30, as well as lifting the rear heel off of the floor. The hope is that these changes will allow students to feel more confident in their footwork as well as engaging their opponent(s).
Kali, translated into English as, "Art of Blade," incorporates long range, middle range, and short range combative techniques that are taught with sticks to begin. Once the student has a firm grasp of the stick regimen, they graduate to blades, then to empty hand techniques. This system is not about how many hours the student trains, but the amount of reps the student can get in. We use the abbreviation, AMRAP, meaning “As Many Reps As Possible” to critique the students’ progress. The training will consist of the student learning the Double Stick (DS), Single Stick (SS), Blade, & Empty Hand techniques that are included, as well as meshing these techniques with their Wing Chun techniques to create more seamless transitions.
Shuai Jiao, or Chinese Fast Wrestling, is the Grandfather art to both Judo & Jiu Jitsu. The Chinese adapted this system after being defeated by it during the Mongol invasion into Northern China by Genghis Khan. This system incorporates throws, breaks, chokes, & strangles to disable opponents quickly & decisively with, or without, causing irreparable damage.
Traditional Shaolin Chin Na (Qin Na)
Our Chin Na (Qin Na) system, taught to Master Gaw by Great Grand Master Bruce Linville, involves joint, as well as some pressure point, manipulation. Students will be trained how to effectively disable or distract an opponent by using these tactics. In this system, students will learn about Chi (internal bodily energy) flow, Anatomy & Physiology, and the fundamentals of the Chinese elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Wood, & Metal).