My Headquarters Visit 2011, Part 2

Continued from Part 1.

On Friday, Sifu and I went to check out the site for the Sunday IAW Event in Bruchsal. It’s at a local school gymnasium.

I always get excited walking onto these indoor courts. Play is imminent and eminent. Brings me back to my fun pickup volleyball and junior varsity basketball days. In this case, let the WingChun games begin! Continue reading

Introduction to Self-Defense for Kids

It was a great class. I learned a lot and feel more confident!
— Sophie C.

A diverse assortment of kids from The Berkeley School (formerly, Berkeley Montessori) came to visit the Headquarters in Berkeley yesterday. I’ve given the WingChun download, so to speak, to a lot of different people and groups. It’s never the same. But I especially enjoyed educating this bright, engaged audience. Good questions, great energy!

I thought I wasn’t going to like this class, but I really enjoyed it! Thanks!
— Hazel M.

One of them had just been mugged the day before. I’m glad she escaped safely, though without her iPod. However, this incident woke them up to the reality and relevance of Self-Defense. They were motivated to more confidently confront such unpredictable situations. I made sure not to disappoint. Continue reading

Like Learning a Language


Sihing Paul Wang and Chris Bobek at Schloss Bruchsal.

It is commonly recognized that German is a notoriously challenging language to understand, let alone confidently express with a passing fluency. But as long as you keep an open ear, the keen brain can begin to tease out certain patterns. Words and even phrases start to crystallize their encoded meanings.

The comprehension of WingChun movement has a comparable learning progression with its diverse vocabulary of defined techniques which impart practical significance only with steady repetition over dedicated time. Obviously, active or, better, interactive exercise within a proven methodology of systematic programs such as articulated as the IAW curriculum is a much more efficient context of education than passive absorption.

The latter is akin to wishful proficiency of linguistic aptitude via eavesdropping chance conversations. Or, similarly, casually browsing random video clips as a hopelessly hopeful Self-Defense study. These are cheap pastimes compared to the value of a real education.