Three Things About Movie Martial Arts Which Aren’t True in Real Life

It’s not unreasonable to say that martial arts movies have been one of the driving forces behind the arrival and spread of martial arts and kung fu in the United States. On one hand this has been great because it’s helped introduce generations of new people to many wonderful martial arts styles and families of kung fu.

On the downside, some movie martial arts may sometimes give some people misconceptions and misunderstandings about the realities of kung fu. This is problematic because when people are looking to study a martial art, all they may know is based on what they’ve seen in the movies.

Here’s three things people believe with enough frequency, that they walk into martial arts schools and ask about them:

1. You can fight 10 guys (or more) at once and win. Admittedly, this scene from the Ip Man movie is spectacular to watch but as the saying goes, “don’t try this at home.”ip-man-movie-poster-2008-1020698460

2. Flashy moves and fancy techniques are effective in a fight. Everyone loves Bruce Lee movies. They’ve started more than one martial arts career, mine included but they’re a veritable catalog of flashy and fancy.Bruce-Lee

3. You are unbeatable. The Matrix is an awesome movie. Love it. But Neo, sorry, no one is unbeatable.

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This leads to unrealistic expectations on numerous levels. There are better ways to approach figuring out what style might be right for you and then for finding a qualified school with a teacher and atmosphere that feels right for you too. But no matter the style you choose, three things will always be true:

1. No one will ever fight ten guys at the same time and win. We should all try to be smart and avoid situations that could lead to something like that. One thing any real martial art, any genuine Sifu should teach you is humility and good sense. Humble sensible folks don’t go around starting fights and avoid places where they’re likely to erupt.

2. Simple, direct, straightforward techniques will get the job done. Ving tsun (pronounced wing chun) kung fu is famous for it’s center line theory. While the other guy gets fancy you can just hit him. Or in life, find simple direct solutions for every day challenges.

3. No one is unbeatable. There’s always someone bigger or tougher; or someone who’s just trained more. Or someone who got more sleep that day. And anyway, the real winner is the person who avoids the fight in the first place. Being a peaceful person, now that’s really unbeatable.

If you’re looking for a martial art to learn, we’re happy to talk to you about what we do here. And we promise, nothing flashy, just real, traditional kung fu in a friendly, informal environment. Call us. We’re happy to answer your questions. 1-773-301-6257 Thanks so much for stopping by.

Meditation, Qigong and Kung Fu

Sifu Matt believes that to just train external Kung Fu is only half of the training. The other half is meditation and Chi Gung practice. At the academy we don’t just train Kung Fu, we also train the mind with meditation and the internal state of the body with the practice of Chi Gung or energy/breath work. Sifu Matt teaches sitting meditation help to relieve stress and helps us to live in mindfulness everyday. We must learn to keep our mind  balanced and calm. Not only is this important for Kung Fu practice, it is important for everyday life outside of the academy.

Chi Gung is the practice of gentle movement combined with breathing in order to exercise our internal energy, or “Chi”. It seeks to work the internal, whereas Kung Fu Training works the external. There are many different kinds of Chi Gung exercise, some are slower, more like Tai Chi Chuan, some are faster and use more power to strenghten the muscles and tendons. Contact the academy to learn more about learning these two practices.

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Advanced Fighting Training

 

 

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.

 

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Sifu means business. You can see it in his face.

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Matt Johnson Ving Tsun Association Gathering and Intensive Training Seminar

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Sifu Matt and the VTSDA Demo at U of I Champaign for Mid-Autumn Festival

The Ving Tsun Self Defense Academy was invited to the University of Illinois to share a demonstration of Ving Tsun kung fu as part of the Mid-Autumn Festival, September 2012.

Please enjoy the video.

Many thanks to:
Mathew Mario Digiovanni
Humberto Flores Jr.
Aaron Harper
Whitten Hau
Christian Tillich
Robert Veitch

All the disciples and students of Sifu Matt Johnson

The University of Illinois at
Champaign/Urbana

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Great Grandmaster Ip Man

The VTSDA is the only school in Chicago and one of the few in the United States with a direct link to the Ip Man lineage of the Ving Tsun/Wing Chun system.

To learn Ving Tsun in it’s purest form, come to the Ving Tsun Self Defense Academy.

We teach you to train your body and your mind for self defense, fitness and to help you find peace of mind in daily life.

The VTSDA is the only school in Chicago offering comprehensive mind/body training for development of your physical, mental and spiritual capacities.

Come visit the school.
773-301-6257
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Sifu Matt Featured in 2City News

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:

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.

You don’t want to miss this Ving Tsun Seminar!

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Regarding the upcoming seminar at the VTSDA, it’s all about building your ving tsun toolbox. In the morning, Sifu Matt Johnson will help you inventory the many tools available to us as outlined in the three empty-handed forms (siu lim tau, chum kiu, biu jee). In the afternoon, we’ll consider, in-depth, how to extract several of those tools from the form and put them into practical use for very serious self-defense and for use in chi sau tournaments. Space is limited so register now! https://mjvingtsun.org/pay-your-tuition/

New Student Begins Ving Tsun Journey

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?

2nd Saturdays intro class

The next intro to Ving Tsun class at the VTSDA will be held May 12th. We only accept four students for this class and there are only two places left for this class. If you are interested please fill out the form and contact us before all the spots are taken. This class is an excellent way to see what the system is all about, as well as see the academy and meet some of the other students. The cost is $25. If you like it and join the academy, the $25 will be taken off your first months tuition. Contact us today and come check out Chicago’s premier academy teaching the authentic art of Ving Tsun Kung Fu, with a fully certified, Hong Kong trained instructor.