9146 Centaurus Circle
I have been studying Wing Chun for about 8 years; and previously trained in Shaolin Kun Tao for about 7 years.
Wing Chun is a great and rewarding martial art that is open to all who present themselves!
It teaches you to move to center, enter space and connect with another. My teaching places an emphasis on the use of time, space, position and placment to feel and make adjustments to another (or your training partner). I use a cognitive-behavioural approach to teach Wing Chun that is largely based on you, your needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses.
Wing Chun places an emphasis on “simplicity” so on the surface it is very easy to learn. But, it becomes increasingly difficult as you are asked to “do less” or (move smaller and use less force) to deal with another.
Behaving this way goes against the very nature of what it is to be a human being because often we feel that “powering up” or strengthening and expanding oneself is the way to deal with aggression. But, most of these movements are postural like two cats arching their backs before a fight. The movements having nothing to do with fighting. It’s instinctual and only helpful if the other (animal) observes it and chooses to walk away.
Wing Chun uses chi sao as an essential part of its training method. In chi sao, you are taught to connect with another individual. The proximity pulls at your root source code (or DNA), which is naturally to push or escape the other.
Through chi sao, you learn to feel what is happening and adjust in a way that provides you with the best position using small (sometimes undetectable adjustments) that give you an advantage on both the left and right side of your body. Because we train you to be nearly ambidextrous, once you become skilled at it, the other feels powerless like a small child playfighting with their father.
I have my own professional career. But, I can make time for people who want to learn the art and who do not have a desire to harm others. I continue to study with my teacher because the art, in my opinion, is infinite in terms of what is possible. I am open to meeting people from any style because “regardless of what you know, you have to make contact and connect to do anything.” I can feel what is happening.
Practicing Chi Sao with a kung fu brother.
Wing Chun is the primary art of Bruce Lee. He was taught by Yip Man who is the founder of this style of Chinese kung fu.
I hope that you enjoy Wing Chun as much as I do.
Paul Williams, B.A, M.Sc, M.A., RCIC, CIM
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$50 / hour
$160 / month (4 lessons)
|Here is a great litle video from a school of Wing Chun Kung Fu in Portland, Oregon. The video does a good job of capturing the experience of new students. There is some discussion from female students at the end. Actually, the video for women interested in learning Wing Chun is located here.|