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.

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Just the WingTsun™ basics

Just the WingTsun™ basics

If you want better health and fitness, you can practice just the WingTsun™ basics by repeating the “Little Idea Form,” the single punches with wrist circle, the turning stance, the advancing steps and basic drills from Student Grade One.  Also included in this are the circle step drills and the wrist circles- fook sau to wu sau- multiple times, 10-20 each day.  In a few weeks or a few months, you will see the difference in your joint mobility and energy levels in your daily life!  It’s a big payoff for such a gentle, low impact effort!

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The WingTsun™ Stance

The WingTsun™ Stance

The story of simplicity in the Leung Ting WingTsun® system continues with the adduction stance also referred to as the Character Two Adduction Stance.  It is so-named because if you draw a line between the toes and another line between the heels in this stance, this formation is the Chinese character for the number “2.”  In WingTsun, we have just one basic stance compared to some other systems that have as many as eight different stances.  If a practitioner is suddenly attacked on the street, how does one mentally choose which stance to use when a knife or a fist is on its way to your body?  Answer:  You do not.  You might have a micro-second to decide.

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