Hi. I'm recuperating from a shoulder injury (rotate cuff tear). These take months to heal. So I'm not teaching at the moment. Apologies. (May, 2016)
Hi, I'm Nick Veitch in Taipei and I teach MMA-ready Wing Chun kung fu.
What I don't teach: Yip Man style Wing Chun. Instead, I'm inventing something much better suited for MMA and the UFC: ambidextrous three-limb fighting always striving to move forward. That means fighting with your arms and legs simultaneously, all the time.
Background: Yip Man lineage Wing Chun, plus Tai Chi, some Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, western boxing, and formal body-movement training (rather like Ido Portal).
Fee: NT$2000/month. Or one free month for every time you bring someone new to my class for an introduction to my martial art.
Teaching System: No forms (unless you request). No standing still. Everything is hands on and moving physically forward from day one. My teaching system starts with elementary modified boxing and quickly moves to ambidextrous chi-shou hands with and without boxing gloves on. Later, we add legs. Then knives too if you want. Empty hand Wing Chun kung fu is knife-fighting without the knives. At the end, knife-fighting will be an amazingly easy extension of what you already know.
Small classes and/or one-to-one instruction: What I teach is unique and ongoing, so it helps to focus on teaching just a few people. In fact, I often teach just one-to-one. That's what you want. A big class and you don't get individual training. Plus I work out of my home and train nearby at NTU so scheduling individual or small group meetups around the clock via Facebook is easy.
Why don't I teach Yip Man style Wing Chun?
Because I eventually realized there are two radically different types of Wing Chun. One for fighting on boats (Yip Man's Pearl River delta style) with the other for fighting on land (the original Wing Chun from Yunnan Province which seems to be virtually extinct). I teach the latter.
Here’s how the journey into kung fu heresy began: The final weapon taught in contemporary wing chun kung fu is the long pole, a barge pole, the same enormous staff wielded by Venetian gondoliers. The gondoliers in China were Tanka boat people who lived full-time on the water by the tens of thousands in the Pearl River delta during the Ming and Qing dynasties. They lived on overgrown dinghies with a partial roof and the whole family and property was all crowded aboard. So not much open space for fighting. They adapted Wing Chun kung fu from an MMA type scenario on land where you have lots of space and adjusted it to work in their tiny cramped dinghies. Hence the boat pole is a Yip Man Wing Chun weapon. Hence Yip Man Wing Chun, which was adapted for standing room only boats, has not been found to work in MMA or the UFC, both of which presume ample space for bobbing and weaving, pacing, running, leaping, wrestling, and other space-hungry body movement.
Back when I was helping John Kang open a school in California, I realized the Wing Chun I was taught was not working for me in fight situations. (Ignore all the excuses about MMA competition limitations and how wearing gloves impedes Wing Chun in MMA competition. I can chi shou just fine wearing regulation boxing gloves. Gloves are not the problem. The needed solutions lie in body movement training). I’ve spent several years rebuilding Wing Chun around new ideas and along the way realized I must have inadvertently recreated the original Yunnan version because now everything in Wing Chun works the way it is supposed to, without requiring superior speed or strength or getting timing right.
Learning Time-frame: Having 25 years of teaching experience, I've learned how to inculcate concepts really fast. If you train 6 days a week, in three months you're competent with the fundamentals of fighting ambidextrously with all three limbs. Train three days a week, and in five months the same.
I also stress teaching you how to attack whatever current weakness I have and beat me. I can't learn from you unless I make you better than me. So I share everything I know and hide nothing.
Bio: grew up in the UK, equatorial Africa, and North America. Been on the ROC for 25 years. Self-taught Mandarin speaker, professional translator, Opium War era historian (politically incorrect history of course... ha...). Am married.
First video is me on local TV. My Chinese is self-taught. Point being, if I can figure out on my own how to speak Mandarin better than most people who go to school to learn it, imagine what I can do with kung fu. Second video is teaching Brian (Xingyi & Bagua background) some elementary hands. Notice how hard he's pushing me. He's not cooperating. He's testing me. So this is not some "pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker's man" exercise. This is dealing with real power.
地点：我开了两门课 （白天于晚上在台大不同的地点）： 请参考 这网站的'G: Schedule and Location' 页或大电话来问。
目標:讓您能够快速打败歹徒。關於这网页的照片: 最上面的那張是我上電視節目“關鍵時刻”而介紹詠春拳.下面的那張是1996拍的.有師父盧文錦(葉問的外孫),我(穿紫色的上衣),與師父John Kang(現在在美國教學)與師父Bradley Temple(現在在美國教學). 下面的影片是从初年关键时刻电视节目，当天我来示范一些永春拳观念，还有我台大的一门可的学生。