WingChun Quantum Physics 101: Intention and Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

Everything happens in the universe begins with intention. The classic quote known as the Upanishads dictates, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the potentials form of that which you aim to proceed. Our first WingChun form, Siu Nim Tao (小念頭), is translated as small intention.  It includes key techniques in WingChun and each small section has its own aim in practice, and various meanings in applications. Once you learn the movements of the form, it must be practiced repeatedly with technical accuracy, power, and speed. It also designed to focus your intention and power into a single technique.

Observation and intention are intimately related. Like Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, which states that we cannot observe something without changing what we are observing. According to Heisenberg, there is no such thing as an independent observer, who can sit on the sidelines watching nature run its course, without influencing it. In quantum physics, how we observe a particle in a subatomic system determines what it becomes.

In the same sense, within WingChun system, the way we observe ourselves and our opponents determines what becomes of both of these. So, then, how do we make our intentions manifest during the WingChun training?

These 3 things:  Your Will, your Plans/Thoughts, and your Focus.

Your will to train and executing the techniques precisely, and your plans for the the training, which broadly includes from adjusting your training schedule, to how your WingChun techniques aligns into sequences, based on your training partner’s motions. Focus has less to do with determination and more to do with observation, looking out for opportunities that our intention leads to us. Focusing your thought on what you want to achieve is called intention.

The ideas of daily matters, such as families, friends, relationships, works, studies, egos, hate, love, etc… decrease to as little as possible, or even none, so that the WingChun practitioner may centralize oneself, only upon practicing, once you initiate the practice.

Let’s close it with this quote by Bob Goff, “Embrace the Uncertainty, some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.”

Sije Yuka Yoshioka

WingChun Physics 101 – Intro to Izzac Newton’s Laws

May the force be with you! Remember Issac Newton’s First Law of Motions, “a body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.”

What, then, happens to a body when an external force is applied to it? That situation is described by Newton’s Second Law of Motion.

“Force is equal to the change in momentum per change in time. For a constant mass, force equals mass times acceleration.” This is written in mathematical form as F = ma.

F is force, m is mass and a is acceleration. The math behind this is quite simple.

Force is the power of punches, Pak Sao, Tan Sao, Bong Sao, and more. Yes, understanding the physics behind it would significantly help you toughing up and up!

a is the acceleration, change its velocity, at a constant rate. So, in order to get the most efficient acceleration at the impact, you need to know the optimum distance for your techniques, where your hands reaches to maximum speed.

In WingChun Physics, F and a are in vector quantities, which means they have both magnitude and direction. The force can be the combination of more than one force. In this case, we would write the equation as ∑F = ma.

Think about the mass of fists, combining with the different parts of your body and angles, with the strong stance, adding more power source from stance shift and steps, the possibility of maximizing the force by training is almost infinite.

Therefore, we emphasizes a lot in the proper preparation, timing, precise motions, and stances in WingChun.  And WingChun practitioners have tendency to progress and transform significantly faster, once he/she started to grab this feeling of flows and coordination.  Indeed, it is under the multiple phases and reaching each stage feels really great. Let’s Feel the Force!

Sije Yuka Yoshioka


Train Yourself to Thrive

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there”

Most people try to avoid stress, because it is uncomfortable.  Chronical stress is bad for you, but short bursts of stress are actually very good for you. In biology phenomenon, the term “hormesis” refers to beneficial effects to short-term exposure to a certain substance or stressor, such as improved health, stress tolerance, growth and/or longevity, whereas longer term exposure could prove toxic or lethal.

For most of our human history, we often needed to endure a variety of harsh environment, with little protection from destructive forces of nature. Fierce winters and burning summers, and if we don’t adapt to it, then we die.  From the genetic stand point, our body changed to adopt to the environment and stress.

However, what happens when we take those stressors away, and replace them with our warm clothes, and comfortable temperature controlled buildings?  Interestingly, living our lives in constant comfort and pleasure results in a decrease in our overall health and growth.

Have you ever felt better about yourself while training WingChun in a regular base?  Challenging cells and body systems by mild stress resulting in us not only becoming stronger but effecting on anti-aging and faster wound healing. Mild stress-induced physical stimulation can help you to overcome challenges and grow stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally, even outside the classes.

The year of 2017 coming to the end.  It was an eventful year, yet our future will always come with huge uncertainty. So, why don’t we reach out of our comfort zones a bit more.  Let’s look forward to encountering even more challenges, stress, and pressures, in 2018.  Eager to face your problems and eat them as breakfast. If it is too much to handle at once, maybe save some for lunch or dinner.  You can eventually digest and make them part of yourself, and tough up. Remember, we are the ones evolving!

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Sije Yuka Yoshioka

Commitment and the Paths

In each class that I teach in one way or another, I’m trying to recreate an experience that I had as a student of WingChun. But other than the talent of the instructors or that of the student’s, there is a path that the student has a choice to either partially go down or go down in totality. That is to say a practice in body, mind, and spirit. A lifestyle if you will.

I’ve heard it said that a good teacher, above transmitting information, creates an optimal learning environment. It is up to the instructor to invite you on a path. But it is the choice of the student; how far they would like to delve into the path. Now, before I make this sound like I’m trying to get you to join some cult and drink the Kool-aid, understand what I’m really talking about here is involvement and commitment to yourself.

In this digital age, I find that commitment to something, or commitment to a practice  is scarce. Kierkegaard had something to say about this. Busy people “fill up their time, always find things to do,” but they have no principle guiding their life. “Everything is important but nothing is important.” To be everywhere is to be nowhere. It’s my opinion that we have never  been  more busy, stifled by choices, and frankly never been more unhappy.

Having the platform, and making the choice, to commit oneself is a very special thing. Even if you feel frustrated or your arms hurt a little bit from practicing, you are forging your will and committing yourself to something. You are making a deposit into the bank account that is your martial ability and fortitude. There are no short cuts here. Being a good WingChun practitioner takes hard work as does anything in this world that has any value. ‘Kung Fu’ literally means “hard work.”

So I cordially invite you on this path. But I can’t do it without you. I am only one part of this ecosystem that is our school. And your fellow students are also a part of this ecosystem. The more that you attend, the more spirit/focus/power/technical ability you exemplify, the more you give to your classmates. And……. The more you get back! The rising tide lifts all the ships.

One So I encourage you and I invite you to go down this path. I pledge my commitment. Dare to commit yourself. You are worth it.

Sihing Tom Richards

Welcome to the Academy of WingChun Berkeley

It’s very exciting for all of us to announce the beginning of new chapter for the Academy of WingChun Berkeley. Huge thanks to Dai Sifu Klaus for his strong support, kind words, and believing in us. Of course, we really appreciate the invaluable supports from WingChun students in Berkeley, who train together, sharing and loving the arts, passions, energy, and excitement.

As instructors, we do really get inspired and re-charged by the energy and excitement from each one of you during the class. We will do more than our best to make sure our students are well trained, cared and supported here at Academy of WingChun Berkeley. We can all grow together and continue building the fantastic community, filled with respect, trust, and fun.

WingChun is an amazing art of self-defense. Along with learning the techniques, we would like to live a life like WingChun. WingChun is a life-style. Toughing up inside and outside. Get stronger and live a life in full.

Sihing Tom Richards
Sije Yuka Yoshioka

The WingChun Academy Berkeley is leaded by Sije Dr. Yuka Yoshioka (PG) and Sihing Tom Richards (4th TG) since March 1st 2017. Sifu Paul Wang (5th TG) handed over, the task of leading the Academy, to two of his best instructors. I was very happy about this step.

Sihing Tom started his training under me in the Bay Area of ​​San Francisco in 1998, at a time when I flew to California five times a year, to establish WingChun on the US West Coast. We had seminars and demos in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, San Francisco, San Rafael, Rohnert Park, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Cupertino and San Jose. Sihing Tom was always a support for Sifu Paul and me for the leading of the Headquarters (IAW-HQ US). He is an examplary for the WingChun scene in the USA and, together with Sihing Carl Hettiger (4th TG, Academy Leader Santa Cruz), one of the two highest WingChun Students of Sifu Paul Wang.

Sije Yuka started in 2009. At this time we had already well-established the IAW in the USA. Sije Yuka was an enthusiastic and above-average, diligent student from day one. She participated in a WingChun Combat Class, in Santa Cruz in October 2009, as a Tae Kwon Do Black Belt and she started to train WingChun directly after this Combat Class. She is a proud fighter and she lives WingChun. Since April 2016 she heads the IAW US Office and I must emphasize that she fulfills this task with excellence.

Sije Yuka and Sihing Tom are highly qualified instructors and well prepared for this task.

Dai Sifu Klaus Brand