Dallas WingTsun™

Out of Town Guest

It’s always great to work out with our kung fu family members from other countries and last week was no different.  Ms. Jenny Fechner of Berlin (Sifu M. Banse), who visited us for the second time really enjoyed training with everyone.

“Thank you so much for your great lesson I was able to join. I learnt so much again. In addition I like the company in your class with all these great students!”

-Jenny Jeanette Fechner

Many thanks again to Jenny for visiting us and we look foward to seeing her this winter.  Best wishes, always,

Sifu Jason

 

San Antonio Visitor

It was great to be with my kung fu brother, Sifu Rick Briones (San Antonio WT), who visited us last week.  Everyone enjoyed working their basic reactions and applying techniques learned in the section one chi-sau exercise.  Many thanks again to Sifu Rick for visiting and best wishes, always.

-Sifu Jason

Humility

“He who regards his intellectual knowledge as ignorance has deep insight. He who overrates his intellectual achievement, as a definite truth is deeply sick”. (Lao Tzu)

I cannot recall who said it first, and I paraphrase, “If you really want to learn Leung Ting WingTsun®, it is best to leave your ego at the door”, but truer words were never spoken! This mentality is true for any real accomplishment.

In any worthwhile endeavor, there is always someone who possesses more knowledge, natural ability, and outright moxie, who can easily bring you back down to size. While this was probably not his/her intention, it is still an opportunity, if your desire for knowledge and personal growth prevails over your ego. God bless these people because they show us what is possible, and allows us the opportunity to take a realistic inventory of our own actual abilities. This is ground zero for future development in anything!

People have different levels of curiosity and satisfaction, and we should respect this and encourage our students according to their goals. The goals of the teacher and those of the student are often quite different, and the goals of the student should be priority #1!

If your interests extend beyond the average, I would suggest that a fair measure of humility and perseverance will serve you well. Over the years, I have learned two absolute truths: 1) most people sadly give up on something too quickly or retreat as soon as the first obstacle appears, and 2) in adults, the ego and its fully developed powers of rationalization and denial often sabotage their success. If you think I am being overly general or grandiose, you would be quite wrong, because I consider myself equally vulnerable to these pitfalls.

As a student and teacher of Leung Ting WingTsun® for many years now, I consider myself very fortunate to be able to continue to learn this system and receive correction and refinement directly from GM Leung Ting! I don’t count myself as a “know it all”, and I certainly don’t have the insecure compulsion to criticize others in an effort to build myself up! On the contrary, I can say without reservation, that this system of self-defense will keep me continually challenged both physically and mentally as long as I am involved. While I have learned a lot, I remain very happy to continue to learn and practice! THANK YOU SIFU!!

We all, by nature, instinctively gravitate towards the easy and “paved” road, yet real growth does not come without challenges and sacrifice! I haven’t found any short cuts, and I stopped looking for them many years ago.

Since I began learning Leung Ting WingTsun®, sometime around 1987, I have had the privilege to learn from many instructors under the IWTA umbrella, and I am eternally grateful to all of them. Each of them has given me a valuable perspective on what I needed to improve myself. My respect for all of them will never be forgotten or dismissed!

At a certain point, humility is the deciding factor between growth and development versus stagnation, degeneration and fantasy! For myself, I keep my “doors” open and remain willing to take the next lesson!

Best Wishes to all- Will

Dallas Seminar

It was great to be with my student, Sifu Jason Bolanz and the Dallas WingTsun branch this past weekend.

I was very impressed with the progress JB and his group are making, and I offer a special congratulations to both Hawky Nguyen and Simon Azan for passing their 10th and 9th student grade tests!

The seminar focused on Chum Kiu applications particular to the knee and elbow range.

Jason Is a hardworking student and Sifu, who visits me monthly to take private lessons and to participate in my regular classes.   It’s always a privilege to support and work with classy people like Jason.  Best Wishes to all!

International Youth Fellowship Demo

Recently Sifu Jason Bolanz, (Dallas, Texas) was asked to instruct a (3) day wing tsun kung fu workshop for the Good News Corps and International Youth Fellowship, a Christian-based, global youth organization active in almost 80 countries. Many national government representatives, including those of Paraguay, Peru, Malaysia, Kenya, South Korea and Rwanda were in attendance.
Sifu Jason conducted the Leung Ting WingTsun®” Kung Fu workshop at the Hotel Intercontinental Dallas along-side other academy instructors such as the former chef for President George W. Bush, and the former Director of Photography – National Geographic, plus many many more.
Below are a few highlights from the event:

New Promotions (SAWT)

Read about recent promotions at San Antonio WingTsun™ Academy.

2011 GGM Leung Ting San Antonio Seminar

We were pleased to have Great Grandmaster Leung Ting give a two day seminar in San Antonio.  It was great to see so many out of town students and instructors.  GGM Leung Ting was in San Antonio a week prior and a week after the seminar; which opened many opportunities for private instruction and training.