I like "science"-based approaches to anything, particularly physics, as these are "laws" that are inviolable
"Thank you for your very informative web site and the unique service you are providing for practitioners of (it looks to be) several martial arts. Your school in China looks magnificent! Somewhat depressing, actually, as it is -- by far -- the best looking school and atmosphere one could possibly hope to learn martial art (particularly Chinese martial art) in, and I despair in that no such facility exists in Canada (where I reside). This being said, I'm intrigued by your scientific approach to Wing Chun. By way of background, I have edited several volume of the late Bruce Lee's surviving writings, when I was working with Mr. Lee's estate (which were published by the Charles Tuttle company out of Boston) back in the late 1990s. I have also produced two films on Lee ("Bruce Lee: In His Own Words" and "Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey," in which I put together -- with the help of his surviving choreography and script notes -- his last unfinished film, "The Game of Death."). Having seen all of Lee's surviving writings on martial art, I'm not as convinced as most seem to be that he merely remained a Wing Chun practitioner. Nevertheless, he retained a healthy respect for the art as being the one that "brought him to the dance," so to speak. I recently completed a film (more of a pilgrimage, really) on visiting the locales where Lee made his four completed films (Pak Chong, Thailand, Macau, Rome and Hong Kong). During this pilgrimage/travelogue I had the good fortune to interview Ip Chun at his school and my interest in martial art was renewed. By renewed I mean that never (shy of minor hockey) have I seen more politics than in martial arts (and this is particularly so in my experience in Lee's art and, from an observer's perspective from the outside looking in, with Wing Chun -- or ving tsun -- as well). I therefore like "science"-based approaches to anything, particularly physics, as these are "laws" that are inviolable, and, thus, "truths" that can be discerned, experienced and shared. I'm interested in your teaching skills and wish we could have met during my brief stay in Thailand. I'm a bad student when it comes to reading and applying but would be willing to give your approach a go. I am more interested in the art (as opposed to ass-kicking) and am approaching this the same way one might approach the art of glass blowing, piano or painting. Art for art's sake. Anyway, I would welcome an opportunity to correspond with you and see if you think your distance learning program (without local hands on instruction) would help me to become proficient in the art of Wing Chun. In any event, I was moved to write to you solely out of appreciation of your intellect and in the creation of a magnificent training establishment (your wooden dummy also looks worth acquiring -- very nice job on that one!). I believe even Shik Kien would be envious!"
Shifu Xuan is a fountain of knowledge
I first met Shifu Xuan 2014 in Germany and ever since I trained with him for one or two weeks every year. Shifu Xuan is a true teacher in every sense of the word. He teaches with ease, explains and demonstrates with skill and simplicity. He has devoted his life to cultivating and teaching the art of Wing Chun. I am glad that he started the online course, because you can learn a lot of new things, and you can repeat the lessons whenever you want. The lessons are clear and instructive, the explanations are very detailed and what he explains makes sense. Shifu Xuan is a fountain of knowledge. He eloquently explains the principles, concepts, and motions of Wing Chun. His theoretical knowledge of Wing Chun is huge, and I am fascinated of his scientific approach to Wing Chun and whenever he has the opportinity he proves what he explained, through scientific testing and experimentation. Shifu Xuan makes Wing Chun understandable to everyone, from the very first lessons and every movement and every technique can be questioned, to find the reason behind them. Nothing must be taken for granted, as it is in other schools. Shifu Xuan emphasizes the understanding of correct structure and grounding. His approach is based on the study of biomechanics, the effectiveness, the economy and the efficiency of the movements. He stresses the most direct path to the target. It is pure Wing Chun, stripped of all non-essentials and flashy gimmicks so many other martial arts schools rely on today. In the lessons you learn body alignment for best power generation, you learn to develop the mind and body in order to attain true power and skill, and you learn to put it into practice. I highly recommend anyone from any style of martial art to learn from Shifu Xuan the art of Wing Chun. I can tell you, that it will be a great and rewarding experience.
Wingchun in its true form is a methodology that trains your body to fight instinctively and naturally based on the universal principles of combat
I was born in good ole New Zealand but my travels allowed me to train with martial arts instructors around the world (including 3 Wing Chun schools that just weren’t cutting it), before I finally found Sifu Xuan tucked away in South East Asia. I was EXTREMELY lucky our paths crossed at all! At first I was not impressed. I expected a large school based on the profound teachings on his homemade website. But instead he chose to live humbly and not make a big deal of himself. He settled instead for hands-on quality instead of bigger classes. I could see the benefit in that, so, I put my prejudices aside … and found myself blown away. WHY? Well. many reasons, but what really got to me at first was that, at 60 years old, he was still training and fighting with his younger and stronger guys without breaking a sweat. It was stuff from the movies!!! I watched in awe as he LITERALLY: Dissolved attacks by sending force down his structure Delivered attacks by sending force UP his structure Fought blindfolded and knew our moves through touch Exploded with sharp, short and efficient power Controlled his opponent’s limbs and rendered them impotent Flowed from technique to technique seamlessly I almost couldn’t see what was happening! IT WAS LIKE FIGHTING RUBBER! Now, here I was ... a 2nd-Dan Blackbelt in Taekwondo; several tournament titles under my belt; learnt various martial arts since a child; almost 40 years younger, fitter, stronger, faster AND bigger than this guy. So, you can imagine I was eager to test him out this “kung fu master” myself and took him on in a sparring match. I found myself tangled up and on the floor in seconds! No matter how many times, no matter what attack I used, every attempt ended up the same. 15 years of my martial arts training was reduced to a puddle on the floor. What had I done wrong? How could this old geezer beat me no matter what I did? Noticing my puzzled look. Sifu explained that I had spent my life simply cramming techniques into a bag and dishing them out as I fought. As he received every one of my attacks and gave it back with interest It dawned on me that I had spent my life learning techniques that I had to recall rapidly one after the other, countering moves with different moves. But the problem with that approach is, there is a never-ending supply of moves! I was useless against someone who did not draw his attacks from set moves, but from adapting naturally; in other words … His whole body WAS the technique. Wingchun in its true form is a methodology that trains your body to fight instinctively and naturally based on the universal principles of combat. I had wasted my time by not training my body to adapt to ANY move or situation. All my other martial arts training had taught me simply the branches … but not the ROOTS. And that was just one of my problems. In several weeks of classes, I realised dozens of limitations of all the martial arts I had studied. Yep, I had been fooling myself all these years. Sifu Xuan’s teachings addressed the root of fighting itself. The universal physical laws of the world we live in. In fact I’ve applied his Kungfu to many aspects of my personal life with great results! I also realised I wasn’t alone in my admiration! Many others who had found him through the internet or head hunted him down knew his teachings were life changing stuff. A session with him was a mixture of Geometry, Physics, Biology and perhaps most heavily, his teachings drew from the ancient yet ever relevant battle strategies of the Great Generals: Sun Tzu’s Art of War and Miyamoto Musashi’s Book of 5 Rings. He showed me how the Wing Chun system had hidden concepts through its forms for your body structure to decipher. It was difficult for my ego to admit. but, it was powerful teachings that all my other teachers combined could not compare to.
It is pure Wing Chun
"I studied Wing Chun under Sifu Danny Xuan for just under 3 years. His theoretical knowledge of Wing Chun is huge and he can put it all into practice too. It is pure Wing Chun, stripped of all non-essentials, added bits that pervade other WC styles. Sifu Danny really emphasizes the understanding of correct structure, grounding and body mechanics. To say that he stresses the most direct path to the target is an understatement. After some time spent training with Sifu, one begins to grasp the real meaning of economy of movement. His approach favours real close-quarters combat, and allows no space for the opponent whatsoever. Training with Sifu Danny is good fun, thanks to his sense of humour and in-depth explanations of theory behind each movement. Having trained with him for this time, I know that I have a solid grounding in the art, and I hope to one day complete the whole system under his guidance."
From him, the forms, the indecipherable movements were given life and meaning.
Translated from Italian: I'm a fan of Wing Chun since the age of 32 years, the year that I started to practice it. After 1 year of practice, I changed my workplace, and my new family situation did not allow me to practice the art, although I continued studying WC from a theoretical point of view. During these years, when surfing the internet, I came across several sites of WC, but was particularly impressed by Master Danny Xuan's site. He had a bit free material on the SLT. From what little I read, I immediately realized that behind it was a great teacher, a great expert. But I could not, during those years, contact him. It was only 3 years ago when I started to practice the art again in my hometown that I decided to contact him. And I must say that the reality has exceeded expectations. Because, in addition to finding a great teacher, I also found a great friend. But beyond personal relationships, I would invite anyone to know Sifu Xuan. From him, the forms, the indecipherable movements were given life and meaning. His approach is based on the study of biomechanics, research on the effectiveness of the movement in combat. Maybe these are things that you have already heard that WC offered, but it becomes much clearer with him. Well, as it is difficult for a sports player to become great, he makes the WC understandable to everyone, from the very first lessons. With him every piece of the puzzle is solved. WC in reality has no secrets. It was time, fragmentation and hostility of the various schools of WC that made this art so indecipherable. WC is only about study and application. Those who are skeptical about WC courses on-line, I would say that they are right, because the risk is real. WC cannot be learned from books. You learn by practicing. But while practicing the effort would be futile unless you had a good teacher behind. That's why I recommend it to all practitioners to confront. This does not mean to betray his master, for whom there is still respect. But personal growth is just ... personal! And everybody at some point will have to make choices. And for those who would choose to meet, or just communicate with the master Xuan, I can testify: "It's worth it." In his lectures there are breaths of sincerity, friendliness and intrigue. It is a different breath of time from when WC was taught secretly only to descendants. Now the family has expanded and, with new technology, everyone can join, we can exchange our views, we can grow. I decided to go with Sifu Master Xuan, although I had a master already. Anyone can make that choice freely. I take this opportunity to greet Sifu Xuan and all those in the martial arts community.
I've learned a lot of useful things and secrets
"I've had some martial arts experiences (karate,aikido and wing chun) before finding Sifu Xuan's Wing Chun website. From his articles, videos and the one-on-one training during my visits to his schools in China and Thailand, I've learned many useful things and secrets!!! A lot of importance in his trainings is given on body balance and body alignment for best power generation, an open mind and a continuous awareness of the contact established with the partner during Chisao. Learning these things make me better fighter now. The most important thing I have learned from Sifu Xuan is to always question things/techniques that I was taking for granted just because big masters evangelized them. I guess his quest and thirst to explain and find the reasons behind all the movements,the best ways to utilize the body potential by correct alignment, and his easy-to-understand explanations and patience make Sifu Xuan a great teacher. Definitely I would recommend other people to learn or quest Sifu Xuan's teachings."
I realized that much of what I was taught before was simply a mindless transmission of generalizations.
"(Having been a student of wingchun for 10 years now)...I already knew that Wing Chun was a system based on efficiency, but Sifu Xuan laid it out in such a way that made perfect sense. I also realized that much of what I was taught before was not the most efficient and was simply a mindless transmission of generalizations...Sifu Xuan's explanations were so detailed that it allowed me to improve my technique dramatically in a very short time. I have not been able to ask him a question that he hasn't answered to my satisfaction, and he is more than happy to prove his ideas through scientific testing and experimentation whenever there is a challenge. I feel extremely blessed I was able to find him. Seriously, if you spend a few minutes talking to him, you will instantly know he is the real deal."