Ian Protheroe – Wing Chun Weapons


Wing Chun Weapons: Butterfly Swords and Dragon Pole by Sifu Ian Protheroe

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Wing Chun Weapons: Butterfly Swords and Dragon Pole by Sifu Ian Protheroe

Wing Chun Weapons is Sifu Protheroe’s third major work and covers in detail the traditional weapons of the Wing Chun system.

It is the most complete book on this topic ever published and covers a host of training methods, forms and technical details of the weapons.

Protheroe outlines his personal development with the pole and swords and how his fencing methods have developed over 2 decades.

The book basically covers a complete syllabus for learning both weapons; it includes training drills with predetermined attacks and defenses, short training sets to familiarize the practitioner with the weapons and much more.

His approach is systematic and leaves no area untouched. Conditioning methods for both weapons are included, as are specific Jongs for both weapons.

The pole section includes drills for Chi Kwun (sticky poles), basics and footwork, power techniques and the Look Dim Book Kwun form.

The presentation of the book is first class, as you would expect, sporting a gold embossed, hard cover and quality paper, and containing 192 pages.

It is a must for all serious students of Wing Chun weaponry.

This book is HAND MADE by Sifu Protheroe.

After the the printing is done, each book is separated, hand sewn and the spine glued by hand.

First, Sifu Protheroe buys a bolt of cloth for the covers, then he cuts the cases to size, glues on the cloth to make the basic cover.

Next the wording must be typed, and the base metal template for the imprints made in reverse. They are then set individually in to a press, the covers are then laid down one at a time.

Gold leaf sheet is then laid over the cover and the press comes down to imprint the text and/or picture onto the cover… that’s just for one cover. It all takes about 30 minutes per book once the jig is finalized.

Then the process is started again.

As a collector and a lover of books Sifu Protheroe is happy to continue to hand make every book – it is very time consuming but the quality is there forever. He actually only makes AUS$10 on Eternal Springtime Boxing at present, which is hardly worth the effort.

Prices for raw materials keep going up and so he cannot hold the handmade prices for much longer. Grab these hand-made collector’s items while you can!


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