Every week, we spend time making sure the more advanced students get the chance to dig into their training and really see where the rubber meets the road. How do they apply techniques under increasing levels of pressure. Before anyone dons protective gear, they try things out slow and gradually build up speed. Everything is analyzed and examined. What works? Why does it work? What didn’t work and why not? Take it apart. Break it down. Make your ving tsun your own.
Sifu means business. You can see it in his face.
Robert and Chris
Some schools are all about regimentation.
Not here. A typical night at the VTSDA looks a lot like one of Sifu Ip Ching’s classes at the VTAA in Hong Kong. Lots of different things happening all at the same time. We all train together too. Men, women, kinds, adults. It’s a varied and rich experience.
Here are some pics from tonight’s class.
To start with, Ryan is working with some of the intermediate students on chi sau.
Also, Sifu Matt was working with a brand new student, having her very first class. So, what is a punch anyway and how do we do that in ving tsun? Then she lays it down. There was serious punching noise.
Oh yes, also some gan da and tan da practice…
And over all, here’s what it looks like from here:
Come to Chicago for a chance to pick the brain of Sifu Matt Johnson: a sifu with a deep understanding of Ving Tsun, 25 years of experience, total dedication to the system and who travels year after year, to learn directly from Ip Ching. This is also your chance to hang out and chi sau with your Ving Tsun brothers and sisters from all over the coutry.
Sifu Matt is offering an 8 hour seminar specially designed for this once a year event! All aspects of the system will be covered. This will be a hands-on, intensive training seminar addressing all three empty hand forms, Mook Yan Jong techniques, and Chi Sao.
The atmosphere will be rather informal with LOTS of hands-on training. There will be several question and answer sessions for you to ask any questions about any part of the system. One of the key elements to Sifu Matt’s teaching is that there are never any secrets held back in the closed fist of the teacher. So, come and bring those questions and notebooks.
This is an oppourtunity to make a real sea change in your understanding of the system, get lots of hands on training and have a great time with the whole association.
$65 for VTSDA Members (students of the academy who are not yet members of the MJVTA)
$50 for Association Members
$100 for all others.
Lunch included. Please bring your own refillable water bottles.
Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can plan for food and other details. We want you to have a great time here in Chicago!
Not yet a member of the Matt Johnson Ving Tsun Association? This might be a great time to join! $50/year
Sifu Matt Johnson and the Ving Tsun Self Defense Academy is in the news!
Recently, the local news group 2City News conducted a three-part interview with Sifu Matt Johnson. Here is part one, in which Sifu gives the audience a basic grounding in what ving tsun is and why it’s so effective for self defense.
The article focuses as well on the problem of understaffed, under-served urban areas in which residents often feel they must fend for themselves:
In Chicago, residents have been targeted in a series of strong arm robberies. With an understaffed police force, some victims have been left with no choice but to chase down their attackers. In most cases, they have been successful. However, a very dangerous situation can arise if one approaches a criminal without proper training.
For those seeking a safer alternative, a self-defense art known as Ving Tsun (pronounced “wing chun”) has become a viable way to protect themselves.
Check out the rest of the article and the first video segment. And of course, stay tuned for part two, tomorrow!
Thanks to Zack Isaacs and the whole 2City crew for focusing on the academy and such an urgent set of security and self defense issues. As one of the very few U.S. schools with direct links to the Ip Man lineage of Ving Tsun/Wing Chun, we are dedicated to teaching ving tsun in it’s purest form to those who wish to defend themselves and their loved ones. We extend an invitation to anyone who may be interested to come in for an interview, watch a class and if interested, attend up to a week of classes free of charge, to make sure the school is a good fit for you and your self defense goals.
So, yesterday, we were talking about your ving tsun tool box. You might feel like, I’ve been in ving tsun awhile, I already have a couple of good tools. Why do I need to add more?
Let me ask you this…what will you do, if someone really attacks you – where ever – at home, on the street, outside your local sandwich or burger joint…and that technique you always use, which seems to work so well, doesn’t work this time and the guy’s still coming at you?
Or, maybe, you’re going to be in a chi sao tournament soon and you could have the same problem. Maybe that pak sao just isn’t going to do all the heavy lifting for you. Maybe you already experienced this – if so speak up now! Tell us about it.
Whether you want to save your life or prevail in a tournament, you need more than one tool in your box and ready to use. That way, when one thing doesn’t work, you stil have an answer and live to tell the tale another day.
Local students, take a clear, honest look at your own chi sao and ask yourself a few questions…
Do I do the same techniques over and over again in my chi sao just out of habit? (We all do sometimes, but it’s up to us to bust ourselves on our own ineffective habits.)
Do I have all I need to be really sure that if the chips were down I could handle it? Do you do the same techniques over and over again in your chi sao just out of habit?
If you answer yes to any of those, then this seminar is your chance to create more effective tools for yourself. RSVP now, and click the link to formally reserve your spot and pay the tuition.
It’s always fun and exciting when a new student begins their study of Ving Tsun.
This was especially true this evening when Donald got started this evening. Donald’s uncle is the owner of the Chi Cafe in Chinatown, one of our very favorite spots to eat. They have terrific Hong Kong style food and are open till all hours. That means you can get late night congee any time you want!
Donald said he’s wanted to study for a while but between work and school, he had to wait until today.
Here’s what his first lesson looked like. (Pretty relaxed and friendly atmosphere, just like at the VTAA in Hong Kong.
First Sifu Matt taught him the opening to Siu Lim Tau…
Step by step, making little adjustments along the way.
Donald was focused all night and worked really hard.
It was easy to see how much he was enjoying learning at last.
The other students were glad to help of course. Humberto worked on punching with him.
Finally! Time to relax before heading out. Welcome to Ving Tsun, Donald! Glad to have you in the Matt Johnson Ving Tsun family.
Maybe you might want to try Ving Tsun too?
Tonight at the VTSDA, we were a little all over the place. We started with forms and went to chi sau.
Had a visitor, who’d heard about us from this month’s 2nd Friday events.
Here’s what it looked like.
Like what you see, get in touch with us to come for an interview and see if this might be the school for you. Still just dipping your toe in the water, join other nice folks and subscribe to stay current with self defense at the VTSDA.
- Stop Cell Phone Attacks with Ving Tsun (mjvingtsun.org)