Actually, it’s better than OK here in the UK. As the English might say, it’s been quite lovely. Or, I dare say, brilliant.
Every day we’ve trained for an average of 3 hours. That’s just trying to look the right (literally, rather than left) way before crossing traffic. Not to mention figuring out the coin denominations (bigger is not really better) and improving beer metabolism (as easy as for the locals as digesting water).
As for WingChun itself, we spent another 3 hours each day. Our art is the consistent worldwide, no matter what side of the street cars are driven on. On that note, it’s great to see more of our IAW-UK family. There are those I met in Germany during the 2008 IAW Event in Stuttgart. As well as many more fresh faces and new names. What is the same is the standard of quality, the passion for practice, and the gratitude in learning. The consistency of these values in the UK, Germany, and the US is just lovely.
Upon arriving in Tunbridge Wells on Thursday evening (after upon my arrival in Frankfurt on Thursday morning), we promptly quenched our thirst at a local pub, a converted opera house. That was an introduction to real Guinness, at least closer to the source than you can get in American supermarket aisles. Sifu was right about the tasty difference, but the cheery atmosphere also helped. Friday was a dynamic Technician Workshop for Pre-Primary Levels and above during which we covered main points of the Third and Fifth Section. Saturday we had a Technician Testing to check performance in Basics, Form, and Lat Sao for the the Technician aspirants. Sunday continued with a full four-hour WingChun Seminar for all students. Sifu introduced his latest Dan Chi methodology as well as many powerful applications for Student Levels 2-6. Besides the Technicians, everyone else attended not to test but just to train. It was great to see that kind of motivation.
We, including Sihing Ralph Dahl who I hadn’t seen since 2001 in California, will be here a couple more days to work with Sifu Ed and Sifu Tony, IAW-UK National Instructors. Then it’s back to Deutschland.
So see soon you there back here on this blog!
Take Care and Train Well,
A little slow in I know in responding to Sihing Paul’s blog but what an absolute pleasure it was to meet, train and drink guiness with Paul. It is so reassuring to see that every student of Sifu Klaus has the same enthusiasm, determination and passion for WingChun. Looking forward very much to training with Sihing Paul again in the near future.
Throughout Germany and England (and here in the US as well) I find the same “enthusiasm, determination and passion for WingChun” that Sihing Steve mentioned. Rather than some abstract ideal, this shared intention and mutual inspiration in actual training is the basis of IAW growth. In this vein, we welcome and appreciate all dedicated practitioners, new and old, wherever you are.
Not the least, those of you working hard in Sihing Steve’s new group, WingChun Meopham!