• At the beginning, I guide you through the movements of the first part of the Siu Nim Tau form.
  • I then show you the movements of the form as they are used.
  • The training will help build your leg strength, calm and confidence in your own ability to learn different kinds of actions related to self-defense.
  • You are required to practice the movements between classes, usually on two or three occasions, 10 repetitions each. Only then can I tell if you are ready move on to the next movements.

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Wooden dummies in Chinese martial arts have a long history. Some think the idea goes back to the Shaolin monastery where they designed a series of spring-loaded dummies for the “Shaolin wooden dummy hall.” This was the final graduation site for a “fighting monk.” The person being tested was to move through a hall with the dummies hidden in the walls. Steps on the floor would cause the spring-loaded dummies to fly out with limbs attacking the person being tested. Nice story. Who knows the truth, however?

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Phased reopening of Wing Tsun Arizona

Wing Tsun Arizona will start in-person classes on Labor Day week. The government agency dealing with this (see below) is permitting 25% capacity to gyms. The scheduler limits attendance and is pay-by-the-class*. The one and only class for the next two weeks will be Wednesdays at 7:00 – 7:45 pm. These classes and future classes during this pandemic will operate with temperature checks at the door, six-foot social distancing, upping the ventilation, and masks. There will be no contact drills such as chi sau or lat sau at these classes for now. We hope that the county and the state can keep safe and maintain and improve to the “minimal” stage at least, soon.

The class will be great way to keep in shape, stay sharp, maintain muscle memory for Wing Tsun techniques.

Group lesson enrollment:

Trial lessons for new students and continuing private training will continue to be virtual, online. See https://www.wingtsunaz.com/trial-lesson/ for enrollment.

 

 

The state agency, Arizona Department of Health Services is now the department that determines business closures due to COVID-19. Last week the agency issued an OK to open for certain businesses such as gyms on a limited basis. Gyms are at 25% capacity. Maricopa county is in the “moderate” range for COVID-19 community spread. Businesses have had to sign an “Attestation” to affirm that they are following the rules.

Learn a form of kung fu – Wing Tsun – that is involved with the mind and body connection and inserting natural reactions into your body for self-defense. Once you are shown, you insert these natural reactions by repeating the exercises over and over. Usually you will have to do the exercises a few sessions over a period of weeks before it becomes natural.

In Wing Tsun kung fu training, you learn to “unlock” your body to move more freely and respond instantly. At the same time, you learn pathways of movement that are more efficient than others. You learn body structure that allows you to stand, maintain balance, turn quickly, and move efficiently. You get rid of bad movement habits that allow you to avoid problems with balance and posture.

All the body’s muscles, bones, and tendons are involved. Posture is improved. This is because the same ideas for self-defense movements are self-improvements for daily life, turning, standing, arm movement, leg extending, head position.

Wing Tsun training is a body strengthener. Body movement improves circulation, muscle tone, and alertness in your mental state. The mind involved with body movement improves coordination and you gain a new relationship and appreciation with your body’s abilities. You will learn a lot about yourself.

Si-fu Keith Sonnenberg

In order to learn physical structure and, so as not to be too influenced by the attributes of another beginner when learning new material, a new student should get in a good amount of solo practice time.

As with many other martial arts, training by oneself in learning new material is encouraged in the Wing Tsun system. Body structure is very important, as is concentration and taking the time to get one’s mind into a relaxed enough state to experience progress. In order to do this, you must find a quiet place alone with all electronics turned off or placed in a way so as not be heard or seen. A good technique is to get away from home or other too familiar surroundings so that you cannot easily run back to an easy chair! Specify a certain time period for this practice. It could be 20 minutes or 40 minutes or longer.

Solo training does not have to be a sprint or a physical marathon. Part of the training will be mental. You may not be productive for the first 20 minutes while you clear your head from our hectic life.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that intermediate or advanced students do not ignore solo training. It is easy to lose sight of the original techniques and structure that one learned a few years ago and yet remains as important to your current progress. Also if you find yourself ‘stuck’ or stalled, it is important to renew your solo training in earnest. It behooves you to read this article to the end.

It is suggested that students develop their OWN drills and think through them in sequence. Once the sequence has been remembered, walk through the movements slowly like a T’ai Chi student.

Students at these grades must be able to do this kind of self-developed drill over and over, perhaps 6 or 8 times, or more. This will help you get rid of complete dependence on other people to learn about yourself. Your instructor can guide you and explain theories and practice with you but your instructor cannot get inside of you. Solo practice is about you learning about you and what makes you tick. Can you even stand to be alone in a room with just you and your techniques? If you try this solo practice, you will find out.

Intermediate and advanced students should move slowly through self-developed drills. The movements should be slow and relaxed. Anytime you practice by yourself, your practice should be thoughtful but your mind must not be busy. It must be present. It may take a half an hour to get into that mental state. However if you rationally consider that you have spent a certain number of years to get to this point and you do not allow yourself this much, you are then probably wasting your time. Mindless moving through techniques is wasting your time and intelligence. Movement must have a present state of mind – in the moment. This kind of mental state will be needed as you get into more challenging techniques.

 

Your instructor can guide you to the water but only you can drink of it.

 

  • Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

 

You can get a taste for Wing Tsun by taking a virtual Trial Lesson, then continue with our virtual group lessons.

To get your 30 minute online trial lesson, the best way is to use your lap top to download Zoom software at https://zoom.us/download and make sure your built in microphone and web cam are working. You can also use a cell phone although it will be hard to see your instructor, me, demonstrate the positions. Availability is currently limited to two evenings per week. Go to the Application & Waiver and fill it out first, then go to the Trial Lesson page to sign up!

See you at your virtual lesson!

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

We check the COVID-19 Arizona infection rate often with the Arizona Department of Health Services web site.
When we open, we will have a few procedures in place.
Since early this month, some trends are downward.
Since Arizona just started weekend-only mass testing a short while ago, the statistics from the news media are confusing. Sometimes their fine print is clarifying. The AZDHC site is a better reference.

  • One is social distancing – six feet.
  • We will have the optional use of masks.
  • Another is the use of additional fans at one end of the training area.
  • We will be taking no-touch temperatures for new students and one time only for people starting back.
  • We will have a no-touch policy for this phase of re-opening with areas marked off for a student limit of seven people on the floor. There will be no sticky hands or fighting drills at first that involve a partner. Solo drills only.

Thank you,
-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg


I am offering private training for busy professionals by appointment. I understand that some busy people cannot get training in groups. Nor can they make our group class times.

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      Most schools are taking steps to ward off any possible illness with antiseptic wipes, hand-sanitizers, sprays, and attention to simple measures like cleaning door knobs, handles, faucets, etc. We cannot know if a student has picked up a virus on a surface and so I have asked my students to use the hand-sanitizer at the entrance when you come into the school on your arms and hands. There is also one on my desk and another in the rest room. We have and use the antiseptic wipes to clean surfaces, doorknobs, etc. We need everybody’s help. even guests. Thank you for your attention!

Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

Maybe you have worked to get ahead in learning another martial art and maybe you regularly passed rank tests and moved up the ladder. However, maybe you had an uneasy feeling that you have not learned the fundamentals of the art. There may not be a self-defense application. Perhaps you cannot conceive of how these movements can work in a surprise attack, in an enclosed space, or with obstructions.

None of this is true in learning Leung Ting Wing Tsun.

A long time ago, Leung Ting took his training in the Yip Man lineage and created a teaching program that would be a step-by-step, repeatable program, one step building on the last. This program has spread around the world in over 60 countries. Wing Tsun is a true martial art, not a sport. You will learn to coordinate hands and feet, posture, strengthen and stretch body and mind, and build your confidence. At the same time, your individuality is addressed. Not everybody is built the same. Not everybody has the same experience or background. This is taken into consideration as well.

Leung Ting’s Wing Tsun is the only self-defense martial art I have seen that has a tangible method to use an attacker’s force and a tangible way to learn it. This broadens its application for weaker, smaller individuals. At the same time, we have traditional training for exertion of power and balance the training for individual skills.

Thank you for reading…

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg