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Four Phases of a Fight-- ACID

In Wing Chun there are four distinct phases in a fight: avoid, close, immobilize/stick, and disable (ACID) and pretty much in that order, though close and stick might not be necessary in all confrontations. A description of each is provided below:

1. Avoid: Wing Chun practitioners avoid violent confrontation whenever possible (this is yet another reason you will rarely see competent Wing Chun in a competitive match).[1] However, if forced into an altercation, the next three phases become applicable.


2. Close: Wing Chun techniques are very compact and efficient. In most cases Wing Chun will go after the first available target which will probably be an opponent’s limb. Consider all of Chum Kiu’s simultaneous movement and limb disabling and/or control techniques. – this may not be necessary if an opponent has already closed the distance and started an attack.

3. Immobilize/Stick: Once an opponent’s limb has been acquired a Wing Chun practitioner NEVER lets it go unless necessary to gain a better advantage. Even when striking an acquired limb is controlled by the forearm or elbow for the duration of the altercation. -- This may not be necessary if an opponent’s vital point is already exposed/unprotected. A Wing Chun practitioner will usually sink into an appropriate stance once contact is made or is imminent.

4. Disable: A competent Wing Chun practitioner will unleash 6+ techniques or attacks per second all directed at opening and/or striking vital points[2] on an adversary. A Wing Chun practitioner’s goal is avoiding conflict; however, when a conflict becomes unavoidable, they end it as quickly as possible with the least amount of force necessary.

[1] See “The Council”

[2] Most of these are considered illegal or low blows in competitive sport fighting

John M.

I highly recommend Sifu Michael's Wing Chun class to anyone serious about learning martial arts, self-defense, and gaining confidence in themselves. His classes are well run and the instruction is peerless. I am amazed at his prowess and level of skill in wing chun.


Sifu Michael is a masterful teacher. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the proper technique, and still able to break it down to the basics for the fresh beginners walking in off the street. He has endless patience, and will show me the same technique countless times, until I get it right.

While class is highly focused and can become intense, there is always an informal and lighthearted attitude shared among the students and teacher. We help each other out and get stronger every class.

I highly recommend coming to try out a class. He has an offer of the first month free which is unparalleled in any other martial arts studios in the area.

Mark B.

Sifu Michael Quist is an excellent instructor in the art of Wing Chun. A very knowledgeable and patient man, Sifu Quist makes very nuanced movements clear to the student and is never critical if time is required in order to learn. Additionally, Sifu Quist has a warm smile and a sense of humor. Please do not get me wrong, he is extremely focused during a lesson, but it is never a situation in which an "aura of seriousness" is required in order to convey mastery.

As I have not been to the studio, I cannot speak to its set-up more than the pictures you see on his website; I am a private student. What I can add is that Sifu Quist is always prepared for my lessons (before I arrive) and that his fees for teaching are EXTREMELY reasonable.

Sifu Michael Quist is worth visiting if you have any interest in Wing Chun for health and / or self protection, or you are just curious about martial arts in general. With a few lessons, I think anyone will realize the deep value of all Sifu Quist has to offer.

Sina G.

Michael Quist is a ROCK STAR! Before I started taking Wing Chun with him I was never satisfied with myself no matter how much I worked out or what I accomplished. Michael installed the basic fundamentals of Wing Chun through out his trainings, and in less than a year I had the self confidence and conscious power to control any situation mentally or physically. I can’t recommend Michael enough if you want to make leap frogs in your Wing Chun success.

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dude is a class act . he spent over two hours introducing me to wing chun at his dojo and was nice enough not to gouge me eye out in the process.

Sepideh K.

Sifu Michael is very knowledgeable and patient. He takes time to practice with each student and individually ensures correct technique . His classes are fast pace and never get boring. This is a great place for beginners and for advanced students looking to improve their skills.

Harold S.

Sifu Michael is a really patient and skillful person who has deep thought and clean techniques for wingchun. His explanation of the concept is clear, and will also demonstrate us about the application of each one. I have learned a lot from this wingchun martial arts school.

Mayer G.

Sifu Michael has shown me how to generate tremendous force in the minimum space and time. The concepts in Yuen Kay San Wing Chun are different in some fundamental ways from Yip Man Wing Chun, and similar in many others. Having trained several years in YMWC these are quite apparent. The system immediately shows that techniques are effective and efficient at realistic speed and power. Sifu's extensive (military) knife and gun training provides him the background to incorporate traditional knowledge with the practical application one could expect on the street. Classes focus on sticking to incoming attacks, speed, and timing as with traditional WC. I highly suggest checking out a class!

Michael R.

I practice and teach a very elegant form of Wing Chun and am directly part of the Yuen Kay San lineage.

Components of Martial Competency

Martial Competency[1] is the sum of your ability to apply wing chun or other martial skills during training/practice or real-world situations. It is collectively composed of six major elements; beginning with awareness and followed by any of the other elements in no order. Every mind works differently, and each element may manifest differently or unexpectedly from students/practitioners as innate capabilities allow. Each of these elements will also be refined and/or expanded upon with dedicated training, practice, and experience.

For example: A black sash would expectedly have a higher level of awareness concerning wing chun techniques; or even a basic technique; than a white sash.


"Awareness:" is knowing that something (such as a situation, condition, or problem) exists; or; feeling, experiencing, or noticing something (such as a sound, sensation, or emotion)[2].

Acknowledgement of persons and surroundings
Techniques are primarily or initially attained through lecture/discussion
Awareness of surroundings and techniques are refined by practice and other elements
Building block of both knowledge and understanding


"Knowledge:" is information or skill gained from experience or education.

Primarily attained through lecture/discussion, open air practice, and forms
Information related to the wing chun system and techniques
May result in understanding with devoted thought and introspection
Refined and expanded through study, by practice, and other elements
Inherently dependent on awareness and will deepen with diligent training and practice over time


"Sensitivity:" is the capacity of an organism (student/practitioner) to detect stimulation.

Primarily attained during “two-person set” and later in chi sao
Is fundamental to effectively apply wing chun techniques in both practice and real situations
Greatly enhances awareness, knowledge, and understanding


"Understanding:" a mental grasp or the power of comprehending; the capacity to apprehend general relations of the particulars; the power to make experience intelligible by applying concepts and categories

Primarily acquired through awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity
Allows the student/practitioner to execute, apply, and describe wing chun techniques appropriately
Necessary to instruct others or effectively apply techniques in modified or unorthodox ways
Makes use of intuition and enhanced by introspection


"Realization:" the state of understanding or accomplishing a level of skill[3]

Primarily acquired through awareness, knowledge, sensitivity and understanding
Represents your level, effectiveness, and confidence in yourself and techniques
Allows the student/practitioner to “be” wing chun and deepens with diligent training, practice, and mindful thought over time


"Structure:" coherent form of organization; elements of an entity in their relationship to each other; organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole.

Primarily acquired through open air practice, wooden dummy training, forms, and two-person set
Required and continually refined by mental and physical (static/dynamic) elements of your practice (stance, techniques, applications, and movement)
Includes your posture and "way of being"
Greatly influences the speed, power, precision, and overall effectiveness of your techniques and the perception of you by others
This is the application of evolving states of realization and your projected aura