I’m really looking forward to my WingChun teacher’s upcoming visit for our Spring Event Series! Who is he? Founder and Grandmaster of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW), Sifu Klaus Brand.
Have fun, learn lots!
Twice a year, we host Sifu here at the US Headquarters in Berkeley. Once a year, we escape with him into the local beauty of Northern California for our Spring Camp. On April 16-17, we’ll be returning to one of the most inspiring spots in the San Francisco Bay Area — the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Recreational Area.
Life is fleetingly short, with rare moments during which we are illuminated by true passion. This is one of them! Be literally ignited to the bone by an authentic embodiment of actualized human potential. Will you take the chance that otherwise passes forever? Continue reading
Tennessee Beach in Marin Headlands.
It’s set. Ready to go? Many of you said that last year’s Spring Camp was the best ever. They’ve all been memorable weekends of unique experiences. But, due to your feedback, we’ll be heading back into the sun and surf of the Marin Headlands!
Some of you really regretted missing the opportunity in 2010. It wasn’t just because of the compelling WingChun knowledge that Sifu Klaus Brand imparted, but also the inspiring setting in the world-renown Golden Gate Recreational Area. Continue reading
Our biggest WingChun event of this year is coming very soon.
The 2010 Spring Event Series features the 3rd Annual Spring Camp which will be held over the weekend of April 17-18, 2010 in the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). The IAW-US is privileged to host Sifu Klaus Brand, IAW Founder and WingChun Grandmaster, for this exceptional training intensive. Additionally, his most accomplished private student, Sifu Alexander Lemuth, will also be participating as a special guest. This is a rare experience not to be missed for anyone interested in the art of WingChun.
Due to lodging constraints, there will be a limited number of spaces.
To guarantee your spot, please send in the Spring Camp tuition of $250 (or a 50% deposit with the remainder due on April 10) as soon as possible. Checks can be written to Sifu (“Klaus Brand”) and sent to the IAW-US Headquarters. The final deadline to register is April 1, 2010, but availability is expected to go quickly, so don’t hesitate if you are interested. Early payment secures your attendance to this unique opportunity that only happens once a year.
Enjoy two days of memorable fun in Nature with your WingChun family.
Contact: IAW-US Headquarters
Address: 1380 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Download: Flyer | Schedule
“It was an impressive time with all those April events.”
– Sifu Klaus Brand
Spring in California is usually sunny and pleasant. All the more so when Sifu Brand visits. After the success of our Spring Camp last year, we decided to make it an ongoing annual tradition. So on the weekend of April 18-19, we headed out to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Not only was the weather perfect as we trained under the clear blue sky and in the warm ocean breeze, but the material Sifu Brand revealed to us was equally inspiring.
What could beat two days of pure WingChun? Saturday was devoted to improving Dan Chi and Basic Exercises. On Sunday, we covered aspects of Chi Sao, Puen Sao, Lat Sao, and Kicking Applications. That is not to mention all the joy, laughter, and stories we shared while cooking, eating, and chatting together. Upon our return, it was easy to recognize those who experienced Spring Camp 2009. This wasn’t just because of lingering smirks of satisfaction or displays of suntanned skin.
Many Spring Campers noted realization of insights only possible through the intensive retreat format. Perhaps through sheer work or utter magic, something shifts when you focus intently long enough. You see things and make connections not otherwise easily achieved in less sustained contexts. So besides eight hours of technical corrections and theoretical refinements, this overall integration of what you know and do is a great and rare reward. Now we look forward to Spring Camp 2010.
Obviously, this Spring Event Series also included a variety of additional occasions to access Sifu Brand’s ideas. Here is a short outline of what was presented:
Technician Workshop | Section Entrances
Combat Class | Falls and Throws
Escrima Workshop | Serrada Patterns
WingChun Seminar | Curriculum Testing
That list conveys nothing of the dynamic energy and serious fun we all enjoyed. So it’s another one of those situations where you just had to be there to fully appreciate. But don’t be dismayed. Instead, pull up your calendar and plan for the Fall Event Series coming October 16-25, 2009.
Three generous anonymous donors have offered two scholarships for Spring Camp 2009.
1. Two full scholarships available
2. Applicable to Spring Camp 2009
3. Awarded based on financial need
1. Write a personal essay
2. Attend Testing on April 26
3. Be an active IAW-US Member
1. In 500 words, answer: “Why I do WingChun”
2. Submission due by noon on April 17 via email
3. Scholarship recipients will be informed by 6 pm
For more information, please contact the IAW-US Headquarters.