Wing Tsun Kung Fu is a unique martial art system from Southern China and Hong Kong that specializes in extremely streamlined close range hand to hand self-defense skills. The focus is on close range crowding movements, body relaxation, economy, and efficiency of movement.
Wing Tsun Kung Fu differs from other martial arts in that the punches and kicks have a built in tight wedge defensive structure to them. This means that usually there are no blocks at all. The attack is also the defense and that makes Wing Tsun Kung Fu more efficient and twice as fast than most other traditional striking martial arts. The footwork is quick, agile and devised for swiftly advancing, uprooting, and unbalancing the opponent.
But Wing Tsun Kung Fu is so much more than just learning how to defend yourself. Wing Tsun Kung Fu is a Martial Art with a slew of other amazing benefits that will start having an immediate impact on your health and well being. One extremely important key to health is staying active, moving your body, and keeping body joints pliable. Wing Tsun movement sets and exercises are ideal for keeping your body moving and your mind sharp. The terms Mind, Body, Spirit certainly apply here. Wing Tsun Kung Fu can also help you to improve the following:
Plus you get the added benefits of meeting new people, having a lot of fun learning, and mastering a skill that will improve your way of life. A great way to unwind your day and work on yourself. Wing Tsun Kung Fu could also come in handy one day should you ever need to physically defend yourself or your loved ones.
LESS IS MORE.
The fewer the techniques you know,
The fewer the decisions you have to
make under stress during an attack.
The right concept and it's uncompromising
execution is more important
than a collection of unrelated techniques.
--Master K. Kernspecht--
Wing Tsun Kung Fu is featured in the highly entertaining, and recommended 2008 martial arts action movie titled Ip Man. The movie features Hong Kong action actor Donnie Yen and is loosely based on the life of Grandmaster Ip Man. Wing Tsun is also the Kung Fu system that Bruce Lee studied as a teenager and which was the basis for his Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do. The movie also has a sequel called Ip Man 2 and a prequel called Ip Man 3. For an idea of what Wing Tsun is all about watch the first movie!! Keep in mind that they are just movies and some exaggerated liberties were taken during the fight scenes and with the story line.
ANYBODY can learn Wing Tsun Kung Fu regardless of age or physical fitness level. Wing Tsun Kung Fu is ideal for teenagers and adults and is fun, easy, and safe to learn. Learning is progressive and incremental. Beginners get started slowly on basic stances, structure,footwork, and hand movements. Self-Defense tactics are introduced after the student has a basic grasp of the fundamental movements.
Chi Sau (sticky hands) training is typically taught soon after the student can perform the basic movements of Wing Tsun Kung Fu with reasonable competency.
With diligent practice and effort you will learn to use Wing Tsun Kung Fu skills in no time! Wing Tsun movements are natural and easy to learn. They do not require extreme limberness, strength, or the stamina of an athlete. Come give Wing Tsun Kung Fu a try! There is no pressure of obligation to sign up. We just ask that you come in with an open mind and be ready to learn.
I am currently accepting a limited amount of young adults and adult students. No children under 12 at this time. Serious inquiries only please. Come try a FREE NO OBLIGATION introductory lesson to find out if Wing Tsun Kung Fu is right for you! Please fill out the form or call the number below to schedule an appointment.
We meet for classes twice a week. Classes are small and purposely kept that way so that everybody gets personalized individual one on one semi private instruction. Classes are held in SOUTH Austin (Wm. Cannon & S. 1st area).
I am also available for one on one private lessons. Why private lessons? Jump start and hone your Wing Tsun skills for quicker results. Private lessons also enable the instructor to correct small details that might be missed during regular classes.
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I have been training in the Leung Ting lineage of Wing Tsun Kung Fu since 1990. I have had the privilege and honor to learn from several high profile Wing Tsun Masters and Sifu's (instructors) via regular classes or intensive training seminars. Some of those include Grand Master Leung Ting, Master Emin Boztepe, Master Carson Lau, Sifu David Lesser, Sifu Michael Casey. More recently I have attended intensive training seminars in San Antonio with Sifu Alex Richter and his excellent team of instructors from City Wing Tsun in NYC. I'm currently receiving monthly private and group instruction from Sifu Glenn Tillman at Alamo City Wing Tsun and Tai Chi school in San Antonio, Texas.
Previous to Wing Tsun I trained in Escrima, Kickboxing (Jeet Kune Do style), Silat, Grappling, Muay Thai, and Kali.
I am presently honing my advanced skills with private and group classes under the tutelage of Senior Sifu Glenn Tillman and Alamo City Wing Tsun in San Antonio, Texas.
My deepest respect and gratitude to Sifu Glenn Tillman for his philosophy of constructive sharing and open generosity.
"If someone grabs your arm, go for their throat. Don't try to break the grip. They want your arm? Fine. Let them have your arm because your going for their throat. The conflict here is with the brain, not the limb. You've got to shut down the brain."
Whoa. That's a little intense for a school night. I'm talking to Robert, Senior instructor for the Austin chapter of Wing Tsun. There are about eight members out on Clark Field tonight, and they're standing toe-to-toe, their hands a blur; like they're playing ancient Chinese version of Patty-cake.
Robert is telling me the basics of Wing Tsun, like the fact that Bruce Lee studied it in developing his own style. The first principle, economy of motion, Robert just covered. All the stuff about shutting down the brain. It does make sense, though. You don't shut off a fan by sticking your hand in the blades.
The second, speed of reaction, is a related topic. Once you contact, you don't stop until one of you isn't moving. No spin kicks, or fancy moves, just a continuous stream of punches and kicks until there's no resistance.
The last is sensitivity. This doesn't mean trying to get in touch with your feelings while you pummel someone into unconsciousness. In this case, it means keeping in contact with your attacker until they are incapacitated. It doesn't sound rational, but it works. As you feel the slightest pressure from your attacker, you flow around the attack and keep pummeling. If they pull a gun, you'll need negotiation skills; but if they touch you it's all over for them.
The thing that strikes me (not literally) about Robert and the rest of the members, is that they are all relaxed, friendly, joking and having a great time. There are no egos here, no posturing. Wing Tsun has no tournaments, no demonstrations, no screams or jumps. They don't even make a fist when they punch - you close your hand but not tightly, like you're holding one of those really big highlighters. The force is coming from your stance and your elbow. And that's enough force to knock someone back, even if they're are bigger than you. Trust me on this one.
Wing Tsun was developed by a woman who fought men much larger, much stronger than she was. And she realized that fighting would only get harder as she got older. Her name was Ng Mui, and she was a Shaolin Buddhist monk (yes, like Kane on Kung Fu). Around the time George Washington and the boys were kicking some British butt for independence, Manchu government troops were laying siege at the Shaolin Monastery. Naturally, Mui, the grand mistress of Spring Plum Flower fist technique, escaped and disappeared into the misty crags of Mt. Sung.
Well now, it all would have ended there if Mui hadn't met a young woman named Yim Wing Tsun (hence, the title), who seemed destined to marry a man she didn't love. Mui took Tsun under her wing and told her to basically agree to marry the evil thug, if he could wait a year. He agreed and in twelve months, Tsun has become a lean, mean, glorious spring time flower fighting machine. Now she added another condition to the marriage. She would not marry a man who could not beat her in battle. You can see the happy ending a mile off.
Of course, none of this helps me to try to hold the fighting stance. "Turn your right foot 45 degrees. O.K., good. Now lean back more". If I lean back more, I'll be sitting. "Now turn your left knee in. See. Now it's impossible for anyone to kick you in the groin". Hey, there's some useful information. " Now, pull your elbows in. More. More. Your elbow should be at the center of your body. This is the hardest part of Wing Tsun. All of us work on it constantly. If your elbow is centered, all attacks come from the outside. You can control the attack and you have a straight shot at the throat. Remember that the shortest distance between two points is the throat."
I tell Robert that I'm ready for sparring now. The other guys look at each other and hold back a chuckle. Puig, as always, is diplomatic. "Well, probably, the best thing for a beginner to work on is the punch. It's actually a cycle of three punches. In a real fight , of course, you wouldn't stop. You keep moving forward, punching, kicking knee or back leg until you shut down the brain".
"Loosen your fist. You've go to relax. If you really want to relax, Wing Tsun is great. It forces you to relax. We don't encourage lifting weights because it makes you inflexible. You can do it, but you'll really have to stretch." As he's talking, I feel my muscles starting to cramp. This is the most uncomfortable thing I've done since my last accounting homework, and he wants me to relax.
"It takes time, but you can do it." He calls over someone who's been doing this for only three months and sets up a mock fight. There's a flurry of motion - hands flying, bodies weaving like snakes, short powerful kicks- and it's over. The three monther is on the ground, laughing. His opponent helps him back up and they talk intensely about what happened.
Robert tells me, "and that's after only three months. Imagine if he fought someone who just tried to punch or grab. There would be no competition."
I better check into this new concealed weapons law.
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