Though not strictly related to Wing Chun, with all the furore going on about the Ip Man movie, and with Donnie Yen taking the starring role as Ip Man, here are some details about the Donnie Yen Training Routine. Here is an impressive showcase of not just his training routine, but also his excellent all round martial arts skills. The first half comprises Donnie Yen's training, whereas the second half is more a showcase of his film roles (and obvious skill). There is also some behind the scenes footage.
As you can see, his training includes:
- ground fighting
- cardio work (obviously)
- bag work
Here is a very informative video that gives some background to Yen's childhood and introduction to the martial arts by his mother. His mother started his training when he was a mere four years old.
Here is some footage of Ip Chun practising chi sau with Donnie Yen. I'm sure like everyone else, I was trying to gauge Yen's Wing Chun skill from this footage. It's hard to do this though as the clip doesn't reveal much. It's clear to see that Yen has fast hands, but that must be due to his extensive martial arts experience.
It's amazing to think that this next clip is 20 years old now! Here Donnie Yen is leading a class on martial arts for the movies, and fight choreography.