London Wing Chun Article: The Customer Services Cuong-Fu Master
Find out why Sifu Cuong Trinh first started learning Wing Chun and why he believes Wing Chun is the most effective form of self-defence. Sifu Cuong also reveals the importance of Chi cultivation and Wooden Dummy training for all Wing Chun students.
The Customer Services Cuong-Fu Master
CUONG Trinh is a Customer Services Partner with a hidden talent - he’s a qualified instructor in Wing Chun Kung Fu. “I was 15 years old when I first
got into martial arts,” said Cuong, who works in Customer Services. “I watched Bruce Lee in a film called ‘The Big Boss’ and just loved the way he moved.
After that I investigated the styles Bruce Lee used and found that Wing Chun Kung Fu really worked for me as I’m a little guy. But it wasn’t until I turned 20 that I found a good Wing Chun teacher who lived in my area and I started training with him once a week on a Monday, and practiced all week at home.”Wing Chun originated in China and translates as ‘Forever Spring’ in the Cantonese language.
“It’s a close-range combat system that is designed to help a smaller and weaker person fight against a stronger, bigger person,” said Cuong. Wing Chun uses a person’s ‘Chi’, which is the internal energy believed to be within every human being. “Without Chi, Wing Chun is useless,” said Cuong.
“You channel your Chi through movements to block and strike.” Like any skill, patience is a virtue, especially when learning the detailed process of a martial art. Cuong said: “My instructor tested me every six months and, once I’d learned the basic moves and styles, I moved on to the intermediate and advanced stages. It took me a long time but when I’d completed the advanced stage I got to study the highest level within Wing Chun, a series of deadly moves.
It was tough, as I had to practice every night using a wooden dummy called a Muk Yan Jong that represents a standing opponent. It improved my speed, power and timing.”
It’s now 15 years since Cuong first started learning the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu, and he’s proud to say he’s now considered a master of the ancient martial art. “I’m teaching students Wing Chun Kung Fu once a week,” said Cuong, who reveals he uses a ‘belt’ system as in many other martial arts. “My students are graded by giving them different coloured sashes to wear that act as a strong visual reminder of what level they are at within the training structure.
At the moment I’m working in a small group with two students, but I’d like to take on more students as I find it really fulfiling to teach and pass on what I’ve learned over the years. “I train people from the age of 12 upwards and anyone can learn, you don’t need any special skill.
If you would like to train with Sifu Cuong Trinh you can call him on: 07515 833 855
Alternatively you can visit his website www.cuongtrinh-wingchun.com