San Francisco Grand Opening

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The first class at the Academy of WingChun® San Francisco.

Thanks to all who attended the Grand Opening of the Academy of WingChun® San Francisco. Your participation was essential to making it a great time and fun success. We were very happy to meet each and every newcomer to our IAW family. It was a joy to work with such a friendly and engaging group that demonstrated obvious WingChun potential.

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A great start to our San Francisco family.

Sihing Gerald and Sihing Charlie presented a clear, simple introduction to our Self-Defense system. Everyone demonstrated both sustained interest and quick skill. So we’d like to extend a warm welcome to our San Francisco members. And look forward to their contribution to the growth, strength, and diversity of our community of practitioners.

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Sihing Gerald teaches enthusiastic beginners.

After the class, a small celebration was in order. Thus, we headed to a local eatery to digest the evening and plan the future. The bright vision of what will unfold in the years to come includes you and us. Will you please join in a toast? To the happy and healthy attainment of our mutual goals as individuals in training and partners in practice.

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A toast to a wonderful beginning and upcoming success.

A Heartfelt Thanks

Dear Friends, Family and Students:

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended our Grand Opening. Your support for our goal – sharing the holistic benefits of WingChun Self-Defense for all – means a lot to us. In this spirit, it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. The food was nice, but hopefully you found our demo and presentation worthwhile too!

If you or anyone you know is interested in greater security, better health, more peace – plus some fun – feel free to visit one of our ongoing classes. As a specific gift, mention that you came to our Grand Opening for 50% off your first month until 2/28/09. The new year is a great time to start a new hobby that just might become a passion.

We offer you a practical way to learn to defend yourself: from both physical threats and psychological stress. Look forward to seeing you soon.

sihingpaulSincerely,
Sihing Paul Wang
IAW-US Leader

Grand Opening Recap

wingchun grand openingThe new year is well along. And already we’ve done a lot. We started off by officially inaugurating the United States Headquarters of the International Academy of WingChun in Berkeley on January 9-10, 2009. Six months of tough work culminated in a celebration of this next chapter with so many of you.

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Opening night featured fun, family, friends, and food. As well as a raffle for special prizes like a WingChun hoodie, clock, poster, and gift certificate. Sharing the movement and meaning of our art during the intro demo was a nice treat. Several key points were touched upon, including the broader import and deeper significance of our name “WingChun” (literally “Praising Springtime, which I interpreted as “Loving Life”) and the classical saying “拳由心發” (transliterated as Kuen Yau Sum Fut and translated as “Art Starts from Heart”). The framework of physical, psychological, and philosophical scales of Self-Defense was presented as primarily practical. Then for the first time in the US, attendees witnessed the IAW Wooden Dummy (Mok Yan Jang 木人樁) set. With the rush of last minute preparations there was no time for a test run, so what you saw was really the initial performance. Luckily, the wood stayed on the wall!

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On January 10, we held a series of three sessions, each focusing on one aspect of the WingChun training methodology. The Form Class covered the unique way we develop mind-body coordination, especially in terms of concentration of intent and control of relaxation. The Flow Class focused on using Lat Sao and Puen Sao to develop calm skillful interaction of speed, power, and energy between partners. The Function Class showcased simple, natural, and effective responses to a variety of neck, arm, and body grabs. Because the day flew by so fast, we must have, by definition, been enjoying ourselves!

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Things continued to unfold with the start of WingChun Tigers children’s classes on January 17, the addition of Wednesday evening classes on January 21, my first WingChun Seminar at the Academy of WingChun Atlanta on January 17, and our first WingChun Seminar at the new IAW-US HQ on January 25. So on we go!