The Basics of WingChun Stance

Sihing Ayron Johnson guest posts his tips on correctly doing one of our fundamental stances in IAW WingChun.

I sometimes call the Jing San Ma (Frontal Body Stance) the “mother stance” from which the other stances are derived. The subtle adjustments you need to stabilize it seem easy, but the key is to find the feeling. Sihing Ayron details the main things you should consider to stand strong.

Enjoy the read, then train well!

Sifu Paul Wang



The Basics of WingChun Stance

by Sihing Ayron Johnson
Academy Leader of the Academy of WingChun Atlanta

The Jing San Ma (Frontal Body Stance) is the stance that we first learn in WingChun starting from the beginning form, Siu Nim Tau (Small Intention).  The stance looks simple, but its most basic function — proper alignment of the legs, hips, and torso for stability, tension, and power generation — is used in all of the other stances and footwork.  However, the stance may look awkward and can be difficult for most people to understand.    Continue reading

On Becoming WingChun

I am pleased to share a guest post by one of my students. Evan has been training for about a year and is currently preparing to test for the 5th Student Grade. I admire him for the consistency, attitude and intelligence he brings to our class. Read about his experience so far integrating the lessons of WingChun to his life in the new year.

— Sifu Paul Wang



On Becoming WingChun
by Evan Muzzall

As a WingChun practitioner entering intermediate levels of study, I have had moderate time to reflect on the significance of my training. I have started down the long, winding path to personal growth through “becoming” WingChun. There is no end to this road, no material rewards, and no easy answers. What it offers instead is the opportunity to “learn how to learn”, so to speak.

While the hundreds of thousands of arm and leg collisions have improved my capabilities for physical self-defense and altered the constitutions of my bones and muscles, they have also taught me an emotional intelligence that I would not have acquired anywhere else. Continue reading

Is IAW WingChun Traditional?

Is IAW WingChun Traditional?

Why and How WingChun Evolves


Being “traditional” in wing chun can be hard to define and is often subject to debate.

Must you allege a particular origin of wing chun?

Some invoke a 17th-century nun, Ng Mui, who developed a new style inspired by a crane and snake in battle. This art became a namesake of her first student, Yim Wing Chun.

Must you acknowledge a certain lineage of wing chun?

Many consider Yip Man (also spelled Ip Man) to be a traditional grandmaster of wing chun. Thus, wing chun taught by his disciples is more traditional than others less directly connected. Continue reading

Fall Event Series 2014

Sifu Klaus Brand, WingChun Grandmaster

Sifu Klaus Brand, WingChun Grandmaster

The United States Headquarters of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW) and Sifu Paul Wang presents:

2014 Fall Event Series

October 17-26 with IAW Founder & WingChun Grandmaster, Sifu Klaus Brand in Berkeley, California.


The fun of training is primarily in change, to meet your personal limits and exceed them.

— Sifu Klaus Brand

Who Should Attend? Join us if you:

  • Want to learn real self-defense skills
  • Want to feel physically empowered
  • Want to develop greater confidence
  • Are interested in functional martial arts
  • Are a curious student of any wing chun style
  • Are a current or former IAW Member
  • Would like meet a WingChun Grandmaster
  • Would like to interact with positive people
  • Would like more motivation to upgrade yourself

An accessible teacher and a consummate artist, Sifu Klaus Brand is the innovator of a dynamic and powerfully effective WingChun paradigm. Since 1998, his insight built upon tradition is infusing the advanced weapon techniques into all unarmed movements, this upgrading the entire system.

Technical skills, or proper control of our own bodies, supported by power and speed and altogether adapted to the particular situation, is the art of WingChun.

— Sifu Klaus Brand

With over four decades of research and practice in the field, Sifu Brand imparts a deeply informed and diverse experience in martial arts, self-defense, weapons and combat. As founding Grandmaster of the International Academy of WingChun in 2003, he personally represents and impeccably embodies the highest expression of WingChun quality available today.

To train you do not need an ideal weight or a special fitness. All you need is the will.

— Sifu Klaus Brand

Don’t miss this valuable occasion and rare chance to boost your abilities and inspire your progress by seeing, hearing and feeling the best in world-class, professional WingChun. Act now to claim a limited spot by contacting Sifu Paul Wang, US Chief Instructor of the IAW. There are a series of events available, but if you want to choose one:

WingChun Seminar with Grandmaster
Sunday, October 26, 1-5 pm, $80

  • Build a solid foundation of WingChun techniques
  • Gain a direct approach to effective self-defense
  • Learn the art, logic and flow of IAW WingChun
  • Train in a fun and diverse community of students
  • Access live teachings from a WingChun Grandmaster
  • No prior WingChun or martial arts experience required

Download full 2014 Fall Event Series Flyer.

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The History of IAW WingChun

Grandmaster of the International Academy of WingChun, Sifu Klaus Brand, shares the story of why and how he innovated a new system of WingChun.

WingChunRedThe History of IAW WingChun

How It All Began

45 years ago I started with martial arts and over 25 years ago with one of the styles of ‘wing-chun’. During all this time I could not avert the confrontation between myths and facts. The gap between wishful thinking and reality was quite vast in this area towards the end of the 80s. You were more able to defend yourself by not training it, because you simply remained realistic. That was why I eventually suggested a new way to finally make this art functional and interesting again. It was clear that this former ‘wing-chun’ could never be what the film world of the 80s and their followers made of it. Continue reading