"Once you move on from the requirement to defend yourself, you look introspectively, examining the details of Wing Chun more profoundly. At age 20, people were trying to hit me, so my priority was always my safety. 25 years later, I enjoy the refinement of the art, the detailed focus on the concepts, theories and Chinese traditions. Looking back, I would say that my experiences have shaped my thinking. Perhaps I’ve evolved toward the common attributes of all fighting arts—good timing, mobility, and distance control. Some say I move like a boxer, but I disagree. In essence, these attributes are the hallmark and the basis in which martial arts skills can be compared. The ability to move fluidly is the key to mastery, regardless of the style of martial art that you practise."
-- Spread of our cover interview with Sifu Mark Phillips from the upcoming Issue No. 25. New issue on sale August 21. #WingChunIllustrated #WingChun #MarkPhillips #londonwingchun