We follow the Arizona Department of Health Service guidelines. We use several big fans and open the rear door with a blower expelling air to boost ventilation. We require masks for all instructors, students, and guests. We are cleaning all surfaces such as door knobs, handles, faucets, regularly, and have hand sanitizer available at several place in the school. Cleaners and cleaning wipes are there too. We take all persons’ temperatures on entry. The student training floor is marked off to insure social distancing.

Classes emphasize fitness, solo technical skills such as exclusive punching, footwork, kicking, and coordination between hand and foot, forms, joint health, bag hitting and similar exercises. You can enroll for virtual lessons to prepare on our web site at CLASS.

Si-fu Keith Sonnenberg

 

 

  • 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.
  • Four private lessons is the minimum before you may start the in-person classes.

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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

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