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WingChun Focus

If you want to get anything done, you need to focus – from being the best in your field, to meeting a deadline on your job, to beating a level on a video game. But nowadays there are distractions all around. Our phones can easily disturb us from our tasks with constant notifications from emails and social media. It is so easy for time to slip by once we get on the internet. Time can also slip if you are just living for the weekend or late-night social activities. While all of this is not bad in moderation, it’s easy to stagnate or degrade if you are not careful. Before you know it, time passes by, and you never accomplish your goals in life.

If you are lacking focus then taking classes at Atlanta WingChun can help. Why? One of the archetypal qualities of a martial artist is laser focus. Everything in WingChun requires focus. You start by learning the basic movements. Perfecting each requires precise coordination of the arms, legs, and body. Then you learn how to combine the techniques and make them fluid. Of course, the obvious reason for focusing is not getting hurt. Training with a partner requires reacting to quick attacks coming at different angles. In a real fight, the consequences of a split-second lapse in focus can be devastating.

Now, not everyone who practices WingChun trains hardcore. Some just want to get fit, relieve stress, or have a social outlet. But the ability to harness the focus that you learn from WingChun fundamentals carries over to everything you do in life and can help accelerate your path to achieving what you really want. Because for a WingChun Warrior, the fight is both in combat and in life, therefore, we focus.

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WingChun Class vs Fitness Gym

Studies indicate that the majority of people who have gym memberships never really use them.  Instead, thousands prefer to take martial arts classes, like WingChun. Let’s cover some of the reasons why you should consider classes at Atlanta WingChun over going to the gym:

  1. Accountability
    One key to getting in-shape is consistency.  If you don’t train, you will not get gains. But working out alone every week takes self-discipline, and sometimes you need a little help.  At Atlanta WingChun, we will give you the direction and feedback that you need to improve. Also, both the instructors and classmates will push and motivate you.  
  2. Excitement
    Working out at the gym is extremely boring for a lot of people.  One reason is that they lack variation in their routine. WingChun is a highly engaging activity.  Your mind is constantly being stimulated with either learning new techniques or flowing with a partner.   For many students, it doesn’t even seem like they are working out because they are having so much fun.
  3. Community
    Our group classes require that you interact with people.  The comradery from training together forms a special bond among classmates. For some, the class becomes a second family.
  4. Functional
    Atlanta WingChun classes not only get you in shape, but you also learn something useful.  The knowledge and skills that you obtain can help if you happen to be in a self-defense situation.  In fact, every movement that you learn in Atlanta WingChun class has an application for self-defense.  

Interested in trying classes at Atlanta WingChun?  Schedule an Intro here.

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How to get stronger with WingChun

Let’s cover the topic of how WingChun training can improve your strength and the difference between physical strength and WingChun strength. WingChun specific training such as chi sao involves maintaining your position against pressure from your partner. Therefore, your partner provides the resistance, which is different from weight or body weight training. A typical scenario in WingChun training is when your partner presses inward from the outside of your arm to try to attack your body. You defend by making a tan sao movement with your arm to press to the outside in order to prevent your opponent’s arm from reaching its target. Of course, the scenario that was just described is only one of the positions that we train as they constantly change. Other positions would work different muscles. Also, holding pressure with the arms incorporates your leg muscles as well because you need a strong stance to keep your balance. The result is functional, total body resistance training. Training in this manner not only makes you physically stronger but also develops proper body alignment and leverage so that you can apply your physical strength more efficiently in fighting. For instance, there are optimal positions in which you are at your strongest. So, using good WingChun technique can even make you stronger than with just physical strength alone. Therefore, our training method not only makes your body toned and strong but WingChun strong.
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July 2019 event weekend with sifu paul wang

Sifu Paul Wang, US Chief Instructor of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW), is back in metro Atlanta offering three events (Escrima Class, Combat Class, WingChun Seminar) to both WingChun students and guests.  Below is an overview.

Event: Escrima Class
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd #200, Marietta, GA 30062
Member Fee: $35 (cash or check at-the-door)
Guest Fee: $50 (cash or check at-the-door)
Description: Escrima is the preferred weapons system of the IAW. Guests learn the basic stick techniques, stance, and footwork. Escrima stick required.

Event: Combat Class
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd #200, Marietta, GA 30062
Member Fee: $35 (cash or check at-the-door)
Guest Fee: $50 (cash or check at-the-door)
Description: The Combat Class trains a mix of applications from the entire WingChun system with more emphasis on common standing holds, takedowns, and ground situations.

Event: WingChun Seminar
Date: Sunday, July 14, 2019
Time: 2:00-6:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd #200, Marietta, GA 30062
Member Fee: $70 (cash or check at-the-door)
Testing Fee:
(Members Only)
$20 (Student Level 1-8) | $30 (Student Level 9-11) | $50 Practician Level
Guest Fee: $90 (cash or check at-the-door)
Description: The WingChun Seminar is for training the standard IAW curriculum (forms, applications, patterns)

Why should you attend the events?

  • Experience: Learn effective self-defense methods from a WingChun expert
  • Start: Get an introduction to the IAW WingChun and Escrima systems
  • Improve: Add knowledge and technique to your own martial arts experience
  • Testing: IAW Members who have fulfilled training requirements for Student Levels 1-11 may apply for graduation evaluation and certification at the Seminar.
  • Fun: Participate in a cool activity, experience something new and positive, meet new people

Sifu Wang is a long-time private student of IAW founder and WingChun Grandmaster, Dai Sifu Klaus Brand. Drawing upon his academic education in Human Biomechanics and Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley as well as graduate-level studies in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Physiology, Sifu Wang has taught the IAW system to hundreds of students since 1997 both domestic and abroad in Europe and Asia. In addition to the Sifu instructor title, he has the rank of Fifth Technician Grade,  Combat Escrima rank, and Combat WingChun Instructor certification.

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WingChun Seminar May 2019

Come see what our WingChun style is about, meet our crew, and learn something that you can use to defend yourself.  Open to all, no prior experience required.

Guests will:

  • Discover how WingChun works
  • Receive an overview of the key concepts and methodology
  • Learn simple, yet reliable techniques and practical applications
  • Train the basic movements & coordination exercises to build skill


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WingChun February Seminar 2019

Come see what our WingChun style is about, meet our crew, and learn something that you can use to defend yourself.  Open to all, no prior experience required.

Guests will:

  • Discover how WingChun works for self-defense
  • Receive an overview of the key concepts and methodology
  • Learn simple, yet reliable techniques and practical applications
  • Train the basic movements & coordination exercises to build skill


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WingChun November Seminar 2018

Have fun while feeling safe and confident with WingChun.  Come see what our WingChun style is about, meet our crew, and learn something that you can use to defend yourself.  Open to all, no prior experience required. Guests will:
  • Discover how WingChun works for self-defense
  • Receive an overview of the key concepts and methodology
  • Learn simple, yet reliable techniques and practical applications
  • Train the basic movements & coordination exercises to build skill
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August 2018 Event Weekend with Sifu Paul Wang

Sifu Paul Wang, US Chief Instructor of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW), is back in metro Atlanta offering three events (Escrima Class, Combat Class, WingChun Seminar) to both WingChun students and guests.  Below is an overview.  Check the Event Schedule page for more details.

Event: Escrima Class
Date: Saturday, Aug 25, 2018
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd #200, Marietta, GA 30062
Member Fee: $35 (cash or check at-the-door)
Guest Fee: $50 (cash or check at-the-door)
Description: Escrima is the preferred weapons system of the IAW. Guests learn the basic stick techniques, stance, and footwork. Escrima stick required.

Event: Combat Class
Date: Friday, Aug 25, 2018
Time: 8:30-10:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd #200, Marietta, GA 30062
Member Fee: $35 (cash or check at-the-door)
Guest Fee: $50 (cash or check at-the-door)
Description: The Combat Class trains a mix of applications from the entire WingChun system with more emphasis on common standing holds, takedowns, and ground situations.

Event: WingChun Seminar
Date: Sunday, Aug 26, 2018
Time: 2:00-6:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd #200, Marietta, GA 30062
Member Fee: $70 (cash or check at-the-door)
Testing Fee:
(Members Only)
$20 (Student Level 1-8) | $30 (Student Level 9-11) | $50 Practician Level
Guest Fee: $90 (cash or check at-the-door)
Description: The WingChun Seminar is for training the standard IAW curriculum (forms, applications, patterns)

Why should you attend the events?

  • Experience: Learn effective self-defense methods from a WingChun expert
  • Start: Get an introduction to the IAW WingChun and Escrima systems
  • Improve: Add knowledge and technique to your own martial arts experience
  • Testing: IAW Members who have fulfilled training requirements for Student Levels 1-11 may apply for graduation evaluation and certification at the Seminar.
  • Fun: Participate in a cool activity, experience something new and positive, meet new people

Sifu Wang is a long-time private student of IAW founder and WingChun Grandmaster, Dai Sifu Klaus Brand. Drawing upon his academic education in Human Biomechanics and Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley as well as graduate-level studies in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Physiology, Sifu Wang has taught the IAW system to hundreds of students since 1997 both domestic and abroad in Europe and Asia. In addition to the Sifu instructor title, he has the rank of Fifth Technician Grade,  Combat Escrima rank, and Combat WingChun Instructor certification.

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The Form is Not Just the Form

On the surface, a form is a routine of movements, which is included as a part of the curriculum for many Asian martial arts. Did you know that learning the sequence is just an introduction to the form?

A form in WingChun is not just a collection of techniques, an artsy performance piece, or an exercise routine. The first step is to learn the routine as a syllabus of movements. Before we even say that we have completed a form at a basic level, we must also learn the concepts, strategies, applications, and partner exercises for the techniques within the form. That way we can understand and use the form, which is the most important part after all.

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WingChun Seminar June 2018

The summer is heating up.  Have fun while feeling safe and confident with WingChun.  Come see what our WingChun style is about, meet our crew, and learn something that you can use to defend yourself.  Open to all, no prior experience required.

Guests will:

  • Discover how WingChun works for self-defense
  • Receive an overview of the key concepts and methodology
  • Learn simple, yet reliable techniques and practical applications
  • Train the basic movements & coordination exercises to build skill


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