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Spring 2018 Event Weekend With Sifu Klaus Brand

WingChun is translated as Praising Spring symbolizing renewal and rebirth.  Sifu Klaus Brand, founder of the International Academy of WingChun® makes his return to Atlanta during this important season to teach three incredible seminars.

Instructor and Technician Seminar

Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:30 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd #200, Marietta, GA 30062
Member Fee: $80 (cash or check at-the-door)
Guest Fee: Students Only (SL2+)
Description: This is a training course for those who want to obtain an IAW instructor certification and those who training in the Technician Levels

Special Applications Training (S.A.T.)

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts
2145 Roswell Rd #200
Marietta, GA 30062
Fee: $85 (cash or check)
Prerequisite: None, open to all

Special Applications Training (S.A.T.) is the combined essence of decades of Sifu Klaus Brand’s formal martial arts and German special forces ‘Lone Fighter’ military experience.  It derives from the most functional unarmed aspects of the four IAW WingChun Forms, the stick and knife weapon concepts of IAW Escrima, practical IAW Combat training, and control skills to stop and hold a subject.

 

This seminar is open to all members of the general public, students who are at least 14 years of age, law enforcement officers and current members of the IAW interested in an integrated and effective Self-Defense method.

Make sure you prepare to bring the following equipment required for S.A.T training:

  • Stick (Rattan, 24.5 inch)
  • Training Knife
  • Palm Stick
  • Tonfa
  • Knee, Elbow, and Shin Protection

WingChun Seminar

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 2:00-6:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts
2145 Roswell Rd #200
Marietta, GA 30062
Fees: (cash or check)
Guest: $120
Member: $80
Testing: $20 (Student Level 1-8) | $30 (Student Level 9-11) | $50 (Practician)

Learn from the head of the International Academy of WingChun himself.  Sifu Klaus Brand will demonstrate his expert skill and explain what makes his WingChun system the top-tier martial art in the world.

 

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The Meaning of Collision and Tension in WingChun

Many people put martial arts into the two categories – hard (external) style and soft (internal) style.  But what does hard and soft really mean?  For some, a soft style means avoiding or reducing physical impact, cultivation of chi energy, relaxation of the muscles, and/or using technique instead of speed and strength.  Attributes of a hard style are opposite like conditioning the body, training speed, and strength, etc.  Using those criteria, WingChun is both.  However, the description of hard and soft is a bit too general in terms of the physics of a real-world encounter and may be misleading if taken too literally.

In WingChun, much emphasis is spent on how to defend against pressure (pushing) and striking.  There is little to no impact when someone pushes, however, defending a strike results in a collision with your arms because of the speed and distance.  You might feel a little pain or get a bruise on your arm, but at least the target was protected.  Of course, you can do things to avoid or reduce the impact on the arms such as positioning and timing, but we cannot ignore that collisions happen.  Therefore, we must prepare for collisions because we don’t know if someone will hit, push, or grapple with us.

Whether you use your arms to defend a push or strike, they need a strong frame to keep the attack from reaching its target.  What holds the frame together is muscle tension.  Of course, you don’t want to strain, but the arms will be useless and collapse if they are too relaxed.  Therefore, good technique requires proper coordination of the muscles as well as arm, body, and stance alignment.

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The Basics of WingChun Stance

One of the first-world problems that we experience today is neck and back strain.  Many times it is caused by an accumulation of prolonged daily sitting in bad postures and looking down at your phone.  Your muscles get used to the positions when you stay in them after a while.  Eventually, muscles such as those in the hips, back, and neck will tighten, and the discs in the spine will compress creating an unnatural shape.

In WingChun, we learn proper alignment of the spine in the first stance, Jing San Ma (frontal body stance), which is done at the beginning of each form.  The stance looks simple, but its most basic function (proper alignment of the legs, hips, and torso for stability, tension, and power generation) is used in all of the other stances and footwork.  However, the stance may look awkward and can be difficult for most people to understand.  

Here we will explain the basic concepts of the stance and their function:

Stand naturally with your feet about shoulder-width apart.  Lower your body slightly then raise up by pushing off of the ground with your legs.  (You do this naturally anyway when you are pushing something.)  Don’t lock your legs keeping a slight bend in the knees so that you have some play to push or ground yourself if pulled forward.

At the same time, rotate the heels slightly outward to connect the legs to the hip joint.   You don’t have to overturn the feet too far or squeeze in the knees, which would be uncomfortable.  Not rotating the heels makes it easier for you to get pushed back without compensating by leaning forward.

Now, push your chest slightly up and forward from about the solar plexus.  This creates tension in the upper body and keeps proper straight alignment.  Pushing too much or letting the chest sink in is bad posture.  

Once the chest is pushed forward, your body will try to relax the lower back and stick out the buttocks.  So, you must keep tension in the hips and engage your core a little to maintain a straight lower back.  Pushing the hips too far forward or letting your butt stick out is also bad posture.  The former leads to lower back and hip pain and the later makes it easier to get pushed back.

Why is alignment important?  Because leaning forward or backward makes it easier for you to lose balance.   Also, good posture reduces back pain.  You can try the same posture in your daily life when you are standing or sitting if you have back issues.

Why is tension important?  Just like the arms, your body’s alignment creates a frame.  Tension keeps both from collapsing when something pushes you.  The holistic frame involves the legs, body, and arm as one piece.  Please do not tense your muscles too much to a point that you are straining them.  Tense just enough to maintain the frame.  

If all of this information is too abstract, you can learn each concept by just getting into the stance and push against a partner’s arms.  For example, try pushing with your toes turned out then see the difference versus the proper positioning.  

In WingChun, good posture and mechanics are critical for optimal performance.  Hopefully, this information will help you understand the concepts of the basic stance a little better so that you can apply good posture in your life.

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New Year 2018 Event Weekend with Sifu Paul Wang

Start the New Year right by learning from the highest ranking US Instructor of the International Academy of WingChun, Sifu Paul Wang.

Event: Escrima Class
Date: Saturday, Jan 20, 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: Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
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, Jan ,21 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)

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 11-12-17

Event: WingChun Seminar
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd Ste 200, Marietta, Georgia 30062
Fees:
  • Member Attendance: $30
  • Member Attendance + Testing: $50 (Student Levels 1-6)
  • Guest Attendance: $40
Description: The WingChun Seminar is for training the IAW curriculum (forms, exercises, applications) according to rank and testing for the next rank.

Get official training in the International Academy of WingChun from our certified local IAW Instructors and see how our success system can help you become confident and capable for self-defense and other areas of your life. Open to all. No prior experience required.

Guest Registration

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September 2017 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: Combat Class
Date: Friday, Sept 15, 2017
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: Escrima Class
Date: Saturday, Sept 16, 2017
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: Instructor Seminar
Date: Saturday, Sept 16, 2017
Time: 7:30-10:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd #200, Marietta, GA 30062
Member Fee: $55 (cash or check at-the-door)
Guest Fee: Students Only (SL2+)
Description: This is a training course for those who want to obtain an IAW instructor certification.

Event: WingChun Seminar
Date: Sunday, Sept 17, 2017
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 7-16-17

Event: WingChun Seminar
Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd Ste 200, Marietta, Georgia 30062
Fees:
  • Member Attendance: $30
  • Member Attendance + Testing: $50 (Student Levels 1-6)
  • Guest Attendance: $40
Description: The WingChun Seminar is for training the IAW curriculum (forms, exercises, applications) according to rank and testing for the next rank.

Get official training in the International Academy of WingChun from our certified local IAW Instructors and see how our success system can help you become confident and capable for self-defense and other areas of your life. Open to all. No prior experience required.

Guest Registration

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2017 Event Weekend With Sifu Paul Wang

Fresh from the 2017 Spring Camp in beautiful Kaua’i, Sifu Paul Wang, US Chief Instructor of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW), is back in metro Atlanta to offer another event series.  See the schedule below.

Event: Escrima Class
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts at Lower Roswell, 4970 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068
Member Fee: $35 (cash or check at-the-door)
Guest Fee: $50 (cash or check at-the-door)
Description: Be a weapon.  Upgrade your personal security. Integrate weapon skills into your body.  Escrima is a perfect complement to WingChun. Coordinate footwork alignments, body dynamics and arm movements into striking, slashing and stabbing with sticks, swords and staffs. Through partner drills that directly lead to combat functionality, you will build explosive speed, extensive balance and expansive power.

Event: Combat Class
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 4:00-5:30 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts at Lower Roswell, 4970 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068
Member Fee: $35 (cash or check at-the-door)
Guest Fee: $50 (cash or check at-the-door)
Description: Flight or Fight?  Develop greater self-trust. Prepare your mind and body for unexpected violence.  Combat training makes your WingChun techniques more fluid, decisive, and spontaneous. You face attacks that come from any direction while in standing, falling, kneeling, or lying positions. These include clear, strong, rapid responses against various kicks, throws, holds, and locks.

Event: WingChun Seminar
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 2:00-6:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts at Lower Roswell, 4970 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068
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.  We will also have a special Facebook Live video feed from 2:00-2:30 pm

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 Paul Wang is the US Chief Instructor of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW). Drawing upon his academic education in Human Biomechanics and Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley as well as graduate studies in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Physiology, Sifu Wang has taught the IAW system of WingChun to hundreds of students since 1997.

Besides various cities in the United States, he has travelled to teach in England, France, Germany, the Philippines and Taiwan. Because of this extensive career, he was conferred two of the highest distinctions in the IAW — the Sifu of WingChun and the Fifth Technician Grade.  He also has the Espada y Daga rank in Escrima and Combat Instructor certification.

His well-rounded instruction enables students from all backgrounds to access a detailed and effective path of WingChun theory and practice. By presenting knowledge and skills through verbal explanations, active demonstrations and direct contact, you will feel the art come alive.

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WingChun Seminar 3-19-17

Event: WingChun Seminar
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts 2145 Roswell Rd Ste 200, Marietta, Georgia 30062
Fees:
  • Member Attendance: $30
  • Member Attendance + Testing: $50 (Student Levels 1-6)
  • Guest Attendance: $40
Description: The WingChun Seminar is for training the IAW curriculum (forms, exercises, applications) according to rank and testing for the next rank.

Get official training in the International Academy of WingChun from our certified local IAW Instructors and see how our success system can help you become confident and capable for self-defense and other areas of your life. Open to all. No prior experience required.

Guests will:

  • Learn how WingChun works for self-defense
  • Receive an introduction to the fundamentals and an overview of the concepts
  • Learn reliable techniques and practical applications
  • Train exercises for building skill
  • See other students of different levels and local Instructors in action
  • As a bonus, guests will receive 10% off of the sign up fee for regular classes.
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January 2017 Event Weekend with Sifu Klaus Brand

Learn WingChun from a true Master!  Sifu Klaus Brand, founder of the International Academy of WingChun® makes his annual visit to Atlanta to teach two incredible seminars.

Special Applications Training (S.A.T.)

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts
2145 Roswell Rd #200
Marietta, GA 30062
Fee: $85 (cash or check)
Prerequisite: None, open to all

Special Applications Training (S.A.T.) is the combined essence of decades of Sifu Klaus Brand’s formal martial arts and German special forces ‘Lone Fighter’ military experience.  It derives from the most functional unarmed aspects of the four IAW WingChun Forms, the stick and knife weapon concepts of IAW Escrima, practical IAW Combat training, and control skills to stop and hold a subject.

 

This seminar is open to all members of the general public, students who are at least 14 years of age, law enforcement officers and current members of the IAW interested in an integrated and effective Self-Defense method.

Make sure you prepare to bring the following equipment required for S.A.T training:

  • Stick (Rattan, 24.5 inch)
  • Training Knife
  • Palm Stick
  • Knee, Elbow, and Shin Protection

WingChun Seminar

Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 2:00-6:00 PM
Location: Marietta Martial Arts
2145 Roswell Rd #200
Marietta, GA 30062
Fees: (cash or check)
Guest: $120
Member: $80
Testing: $20 (Student Level 1-8) | $30 (Student Level 9-11) | $50 (Practician)

Learn from the head of the International Academy of WingChun himself.  Sifu Klaus Brand will demonstrate his expert skill and explain what makes his WingChun system the top-tier martial art in the world.

 

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