May 2009 - Ted Wong Seminar
Ted came across to do his yearly seminar this May 2009. Before I even go into anything about the seminar, I can honestly tell you for a man of 70 something it's just amazing. Well, starting off Ted always makes sure than new and old students are reminded about the construction of the stance and how all the parts fit into the whole. How the feet are aligned and how the body fits into this; the triangle and how it's constructed for stability. After all these years doing this stuff it still interested me even though I have heard it again and again; pity other don't see this or understand it, but Ted explains it in great details. It's truly amazing how Bruce came up with all this stuff, he truly is one of the greats.
So, after that we usually start hitting the mitts. This time we were hitting on the one half beats and hitting twice while moving forward or going back two punches, going in different directions but one bit of footwork, amazing stuff. Ted tells us Bruce taught him this stuff in Hong king it's very difficult to explain but once you see it, it certainly makes a lot of sense and it's so efficient you cannot believe.
We went on to use our leads to attack and counter and also do the same with the left hand and the right hook punch working the three distances, long med and close. Not forgetting how to blend the kicking into this especially the hook kick; the hook kick is the most widely use kick in JKD because its so flexible and has such a wider range of movement, it has different angles that it can be thrown from. It's my favourite kick. When I was younger I used to try and always hit folk in the head with it and I remember knocking three guys out with it, not at the same time I may add; on different occasions. When I look back I was crazy to do this because now I see there more efficient ways to handle the situation; but, I guess this is the type of stuff you do as a kid. Twice I was in a real encounter the other was fighting with a friend of mine, but I may add he was trying to do the same to me, but I was faster.
Anyway, swiftly getting back to Ted seminar; yes an amazing guy for being in his 70's and being able to move so very fluid and with such ease. I am so happy to see him every year he comes over and I hope he has many years still in him to make the journey. Thanks Ted for a great seminar and for such an inspiration when we all see you.