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A Journey . . .

Many laypeople believe that a martial art is just for self defense. Others say “If you are so worried about somebody attacking you, why not carry a gun or stay out of bad neighborhoods.” Others believe that martial arts are some kind of cult, or “fight club.” Until you begin the training at a true martial arts school, you may not understand the personal benefits of WingTsun™ training that go beyond self defense. Many believe that if you start martial arts training, you must think you are tough. Surely it must be the opposite. By starting martial arts training, you must think you need some toughening! “Tough guys” usually do not last with an instructor who was properly taught by an instructor with a traditional attitude. The traditional societal attitude was that martial arts were for personal and family protection, not for bullying others and so bullies are screened out in a good martial arts school.

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Wing Tsun Kuen

Here is a cover picture of the 1978 edition of the book Wing Tsun Kuen by Leung Ting, 10th Level M.O.C., Grandmaster of WingTsun. This is the book that got me and thousands of others around the world interested in his system!

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Thank you

Thank you

I would like to thank all those that have clicked “like” on our Facebook Like button and have expressed confidence in our school.  I would also like to thank the great many who have contacted us recently with their interest in joining!  – Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

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Beginner workshop

Beginner workshop

Sign up for the free Wing-Tsun-Arizona Meetup Group and keep posted for periodic workshops.

      For this two-hour workshop, I will assume you have had no experience in martial arts.  We will cover the concept of this martial art, punching, upper and lower defenses, stance, footwork, concept of simultaneous defense and offense, breathing method, some very basic anti-grappling and more.

Sign up in advance on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:10 pm – 8:30 pm at Jeanne’s School of Dance 1337 S. Gilbert, Mesa, AZ 85204.  Authorized to accept payments, check or cash: Keith Sonnenberg or John Brusstar.  If for any reason you cannot come in at this time to pay in advance, let me know.

– Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

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DEFENSE, OFFENSE

DEFENSE, OFFENSE

Traditional martial arts by definition, stick to a time honored method to convey the full learning experience to a student.  Defending (blocking) is taught first.  This is the most frustrating aspect for a beginner.  This is not the glamorous thing he or she imagined. This kind of practice does not release the frustrations of everyday life.  Times change. Of course in ancient times, this was the way that instructors weeded out the student that would be a trouble maker and misuse the knowledge.  Such trouble-maker personalities normally would not do blocking techniques for several months and so they would leave the training.

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Dynamic book

Dynamic book

I recommend the book Dynamic WingTsun Kung Fu by Grandmaster Leung Ting as a good beginner book, especially for those who want to see where the basic training leads, even beyond the famous chi sau techniques.  There are many photos, basic diagrams for hand technique and floor diagrams for footwork, drawings, mottos and principals explained that help reinforce true WingTsun™ principals and your training at classes. Read more

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Time and Place

Time and Place

It is said that WingTsun™ can be used at “any time and any place.”  It is true. WingTsun techniques or its principals can be used at any time or any place. One does not have to get into a low stance first or even draw the hand back for a full long bridge punch. The adduction of the character-two stance allows a defender to maintain balance, even on slippery surfaces without sacrificing mobility. Moving forward in a WingTsun advancing step does not require one foot to be placed in front of the other.

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Wing Tsun Kuen

Wing Tsun Kuen

The 324 page hard cover book “Wing Tsun Kuen” by Leung Ting, 10th Level M.O.C. is probably what helped make Leung Ting WingTsun® so famous world-wide. Its author had to follow-up by teaching in countries all over the world! It has been published in English, Traditional Chinese, Simple Chinese, German, Slavonic, Hungarian, Italian, and Spanish. The Korean language is translating and will be coming soon. First published in 1978, it was part of the first world-wide use by Leung Ting of the ‘Wing Tsun’ spelling of the art of the late great Grandmaster Ip Man (Yip Man).

Right now the latest edition is the 22nd Edition published in Dec 2009.

Available at Wing Lam Ent.

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Learning Chinese Culture

Learning Chinese Culture

One fact that is not often brought up in martial arts circles is that many traditional people from the martial art country of origin believe that western people cannot truly learn the martial arts from their country because they do not understand their culture.  It is believed by them particularly because western people were not raised in that culture.  The practitioners of Chinese martial arts believe that their arts are too interwoven with their culture to be expressed properly or in the same way.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Photo: Sifu Keith Sonnenberg presenting Sifu John Brusstar with a Dragon calligraphy scroll on his birthday in the Year of the Dragon, 2012.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! Today, January 23, 2012, starts the Year of the Dragon.  The most famous martial artist born in the year of the Dragon is Bruce Lee.  In China and other Asian countries, the Year of the Dragon has a very special optimism associated. Persons born in the Year of the Dragon are supposed to have a higher probability of success and be more intelligent. Among the twelve animals in Chinese Zodiac calendar, the dragon is the only animal that is not real.