Working on the 2nd edition of The Ip Man Question including an additional Prologue which I dubbed Prologue 2 :-
In 2013 the interest in Ip Man Wing Chun continues unabated with two more movies on Ip Man in the pipeline :-
a) Ip Man 3 starring Donnie Yen – no release date given at time of revising this eBook; this will be a 3D movie
Though more people know about Ip Man Wing Chun today it also means that the percentage of deviation from the standard of Wing Chun as played by the Grandmaster himself has deviated significantly today than it was during the years that he was still alive. Fortunately, we do not suffer from absence of evidence in this respect as to how Ip Man performed his Wing Chun.
For many years there have been in existence footage of Ip Man playing the Siu Nim Tao, Chum Kiu and Wooden Dummy forms. The early footage that I saw was blurry. In 2010 clear footage of this same film was released by Sifu Samuel Kwok who is a disciple of Grandmaster Ip Chun, the son of Ip Man.
Now we can see clearly that there is no evidence of absence at all in so far what I have written in The Ip Man Question is concerned. From page X – Y I have shown an example of Ip Man demonstrating various principles that are explained in this eBook.
I would challenge you to check if you observe these principles in your own practice of Wing Chun. If not, why not? Can you truly call what you do Ip Man Wing Chun if you lack these essential principles?
If you truly love the art of Wing Chun I would challenge you to examine closely what you do. You may be surprised by what you find. It is one thing to have confidence in what we do. Try referencing your practice against a gold standard such as Ip Man’s clip and see how it holds up. I know that this clip was shot when he was sick but the essential elements of his Wing Chun is evident if you but open your eyes to really see.
I end this prologue by pointing out to you the various principles which you will find in this eBook such as Path of Neutralization, Dan Jung Sum, Power Generation Process etc. as demonstrated by the man himself to show you that this is not something that I made up but comes down from the master himself via a particular lineage as I claimed elsewhere in this eBook.
<example from Ip Man clear footage>