No matter how far you get in the system, it’s always important to return to the basics. It’s recommended to practice the first form every day. The true practice of the form is when you are by yourself and relaxed as you can reacquaint yourself with the mechanics of the core syllabus. It’s good to practice first thing in the morning or if you can’t sleep at night….Another implication is that grandmasters and beginners are both studying the same movements. The only difference is the depth of their understanding.
I like Nino Bernardo.
I don’t know him but I like his way of talking about our system. He reminds me of the toughness I admired in my older relatives, the guys with the rough hands on which you could strike a match.
They had a pragmatic viewpoint on life and were not easily fooled. They were tough New England “Yankees” from the back woods, children of the Depression.
Like them, Bernardo sounds like someone who has been to the school of hard knocks and he has that weary worldly wisdom. He doesn’t brag. He has lived a varied and interesting life, from Macao to Hong Kong to London to Ibiza, but he doesn’t really blow his own horn.
I think he was a little more of a show boat back in the day, as he say in the video below. Now he is kind of chill and does seminars and teaches but its not a big organization. Frankly, many of the best Wing Chun teachers out there you’ll find in schools with less than 15 students.
He learned Wing Chun from Wong Shun Leung in Hong Kong and he enjoys training with a small group of enthusiastic students.
Cool. Me too. Not the Hong Kong with Wong Shun Leung part, obviously. The training with a small group part.
Check out his videos on the next page.
I really enjoyed the Nino piece and love the Wing Chun journey.
Keep putting up all the great interviews and articles.
They are awesome!
Steven Moody says
I often wish I could have discovered “The Basement” (Nino’s Wing Chun school in London) back in 1984 – I was stationed there at the time and my martial arts trajectory would have been much different. But there was no internet then – everything was word of mouth or ads in Community Centers and small newspapers.