The Lone Warrior: A Guide to Home-Based Wing Chun Training

Do you study Wing Chun Kung Fu? Do you love it more than anything? Do you talk about Wing Chun so much that your family, friends, loved ones, coworkers, and people who wait in line for the bus are sick of hearing about it?

If you answered an emphatic “YES” to any of the above, then I want you to know that you are not alone. I used to be the exact same way. I even had Wing Chun pajamas! Well, I’m kidding about that last part, but the rest is true.

“But wait a minute, Steve,” you say. “You USED to be the exact same way? What do you mean by that?”

Well, my friends, what I mean is simply this:

I got discouraged.

What knocked me off my Wing Chun throne? There were a couple factors: (1) Life happened (full-time job, wife, kids, etc.), and I couldn’t make it to class much. (2) On the nights I DID make it to class, the other students were all beginners, so I wasn't able to advance my skills much.

However, I rediscovered my faith courtesy of a saying I heard a long time ago. Some might call it a cliché, but that doesn't make it any less true, and the saying is:

"Where there's a will, there's a way!"

I wanted to get back into Wing Chun so bad, but I could no longer afford the tuition at my old school. I mentioned my problem to my Sifu, and he allowed me to do odd jobs around the school to “pay” my way.

Then I moved, and that school was no longer conveniently located for me. Not to be deterred, I found another one that was close. Oh, and bonus: it was free! Unfortunately, class was held only once a week.

Damn, how was I going to get better?

I asked Sifu #2 for some guidance, and he made some great suggestions. However, after a while, I became disenchanted (not to mention bored) with my training routine.

Why?

Because I was alone.

Don’t get me wrong: I was getting better at my punches, kicks, and blocks. I was also developing my imagination when it came to things like Shadow Boxing and freestyling on the Wooden Dummy, but all these activities lacked one major thing:

I had no partner to do Chi Sao, to spar with, or to do self-defense scenarios.

I tried getting together with my Wing Chun brothers and sisters outside of class, but schedules never lined up right. After that, I tried finding students of my own in the hopes that they’d get to a level where they could do Chi Sao and/or spar.

Then that failed too.

Ugh!!! What was I going to do?

I’ll tell you what I did: I got online and did some research. Google was my friend. I typed questions like, “How can I develop Wing Chun skills on my own? What if I want to practice Chi Sao, but no one around me knows what that is?”

And you know what? After a lot of research, trial, and error, I developed a way to train at home. Yes, that includes being able to develop my Chi Sao skills, even when I was surrounded by people who had no idea what Chi Sao was!

However, my research had one other unexpected result.

I discovered I was not alone in my frustration.

On discussion boards and in Facebook groups, I learned that a lot of other people had problems like mine. They wanted to get better, but there were no classes near them, or they weren’t affordable, or they were far away.

There was no question in my mind that I had to do something about it. I felt I owed it to everyone to share my knowledge. That is how The Lone Warrior was conceived.

My only hope is that these ideas help you as much as they helped me. You might not follow my schedule to a tee, but that’s okay; I don’t want you to do that. After all, you are YOU, and you might have different things you want to work on. (Besides, odds are that I have probably adjusted my schedule since I wrote this, so I might not even be doing what you see in the book anymore!)

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So what does THE LONE WARRIOR cover?

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The Lone Warrior will help you build a day-by-day training routine that accommodates YOUR schedule. By giving the activities I picked and going a little bit into my life, I show you how even a full-time working father of four can fit 30-60 minutes of training into each day, even on work days!

The activities are broken into several categories:

  • Solo activities (Forms, Shadow Boxing, etc.)
  • Activities that require gear (Wooden Dummy work)
  • Activities that require partners (Chi Sao)
  • Activities that require partners AND gear (Sparring)

Each Category section features a description of all activities. As you read these, you should notate which ones sound most appealing and/or address areas where you need improvement.

***And in case you are wondering: yes, this book even gives you a solution to that one persistent, pesky question, “How do I get better at Chi Sao if no one in my life even knows how to do it?”***

Once each activity has been described, you get to the section the describes how I personally organize each day. Again, this is the way *I* do things according to MY life. Yours might look completely different, and that’s okay. The whole point here is to give you a blueprint to follow. It’s a catalyst to inspire you to find your own path toward Wing Chun mastery!

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TESTIMONIALS: What are other people saying about THE LONE WARRIOR?

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"The gung fu art of Wing Chun Kuen is a concise and deadly form of self defense that requires thought and devoted serious practice. Learning this art in the studio, from a knowledgeable teacher as in any training, you advance as you learn. The serious student will think of it often, as well as practce on their own. Steve Grogan's THE LONE WARRIOR is an illuminating guide and perspective on personal Wing Chun development."

~~~Sifu Larry London

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"For the passionate Wing Chun student I was asked to read through the book THE LONE WARRIOR by Steve Grogan.

The book is catered for beginners although I can safely say it would be useful for instructors or advanced students.  I believe the objective of this book provided with photos and adequate descriptions is useful for the student who is either the beginner but more importantly for the student who can't find the time to attend classes regularly…

The book doesnt proclaim to be a substitute for a teacher but I feel it has the potential to help people how to train effectively and learning how to use ‘Time’ to our adavantage.

There are many valid points to consider and helps you organise your life and time to get the maximum results in a shorter time frame.

The only point I found that may be conflicting is the methodology of different Wing Chun Lineages. It is obvious you cannot copy everything that Steve suggests as he relates to his own lineage. HOWEVER, this is not that much of a problem. It’s a matter of using a bit of intelligence and convert the methodology to suit your family tree. I studied 3 different lineages of Wing Chun so it is safe to say anyone can adopt this method.

I feel that the book THE LONE WARRIOR is a great tool to help people in the Wing Chun community regardless of lineage."

~~~Sifu R Fernandez

Founder of the Wing Tchun Do System

http://www.wingtchundo.com

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"Steve asked me to review his book THE LONE WARRIOR, which is a guide to training for the martial art of Wing Chun when at home or when the practitioner is unable to access their club, gym or kwoon.

What struck me about the book was how easy it was to read and for anyone with basic Wing Chun knowledge how easily the training exercises could be adapted for any of the many lineages. THE LONE WARRIOR is not an instructional book to teach the art but more of a guide on how to keep training when there are no classes available; this could simply be to supplement regular formal training or for those times when classes are just not an option. The book helps to motivate and guide the practitioner in innovative and practical ways to stay sharp.

I would recommend THE LONE WARRIOR to any Wing Chun practitioner who wishes to train more often or is struggling to attend or find classes, it is a well thought out and interesting read."

~~~Sifu David Blackley

Chief Coach,

University of Notthingham Wing Chun Society

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"Steve Grogan's book THE LONE WARRIOR serves as an important reminder of "where there's a will, there's a way". Mastery takes time, a commodity we don't always have in abundance. Using Steve Grogan's approach, you are sure to make great strides in reaching your goals, whatever they may be!"

~~~Lucas Geller,

The Chinese Martial Arts Academy

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"Hey Steve,

I read THE LONE WARRIOR, and you definitely know your target audience and your heart is in the right place. You care about your reader. They are definitely got to appreciate the guidance and detail."

~~~Jason Van Veldhuysen,

Precision Striking

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By this point, I have a question of my own:

“WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???”

Click the “Add to Cart” button and start developing your own Wing Chun training schedule today!

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One Final Note: There is also a LONE WARRIOR app, available for both Android and iPhones, to help you keep better track of your routine and keep you accountable. Follow the links and download it now!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jassi.thelonewarrior&hl=en_US


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-lone-warrior/id1462030563?ls=1&mt=8