I just got mine in the mail. I already have an English one – so why have this one?
For one, I like it. I think it looks good. But really, its the connection to this martial art’s heritage in the Foshan area that I like.
On that note, I have been adding bits of class conduct that I experienced in San Francisco with Sifu Joseph Mah and also parts from my experience in Hong Kong last year with Sijo Leung Ting and his senior instructors. At the beginning of class we bow to Sijo Leung Ting – I tell students it is our way of showing respect to him and those that came before us. Frankly, a thank you for passing along this wonderful system. We then bow to each other in a similar though less reverent form of respect and thanks. I think this connects us to our past and cultural root. I am adding a photo of Sifu Joseph & Late Grandmaster Yip Man for the same reason.
I also like the familial terms used in Wing Tsun: older brother, older sister, uncle, etc. Rather than rank related they are respecting our elders. It is certainly plausible for a younger sibling to be better skilled than their Sihing/Sije. I think these bring us closer as a group and discourage intra class rivalry.