No One Here but the Fighters

So, confession time, we are definitely stealing a line from the great David Mamet movie, “Red Belt,” which if you haven’t seen, we highly recommend. It’s a story about the struggles of a traditional martial artist to survive in the world which devalues tradition but who ultimately comes to prevail in the same way he teaches his students to prevail.

There’s a great scene in which the instructor is working with a woman who had been raped, teaching her how to successfully turn the knife on her attacker.  He says to her, to affirm her status as a fighter not a victim, “It’s alright. There’s no one here but the fighters.”

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This is Matt Johnson, the teacher at the Ving Tsun Self Defense Academy. He first started studying a martial art at a very young age as a solution to intense bullying he experienced at school.

When he found ving tsun, finally, he felt all his questions had been answered in looking for an art that was complete and comprehensive. He discovered what all serious traditional martial artists eventually do, that the art would refine not only one’s ability to prevail physically against external threats but also refine the inner person to be gentler, calmer, more patient, disciplined and determined. He learned we can prevail against the inner and outer enemies.

The practice or path of ving tsun is a Way, in which the whole person comes to be cultivated, following a code of conduct and martial ethics which guides all aspects of behavior. The idea is to be a better person in the world. Be of service. Do no harm.

Many people think training in a martial art is first of all about the fist. And yes of course, there are very practical applications for all that self defense training but more important is the inner work. The fist is the way in, the beginning, not the final destination.

All students who walk through the door here are fighting a variety of battles in their every day lives. It’s part of who we are as human beings. Everyone has stuff going on; struggles of all kinds professionally, personally, spiritually.

Here at the VTSDA Sifu Matt works hard to teach ving tsun in a way that helps each student learn to prevail not only physically but in all these other areas of life too; to be able to deal with whatever comes along the way with more grace, grit, determination and resilience.

So here too, it’s alright. There’s no one here but the fighters.

We will introducing you to more of the students from the school in this series, we call, “No One Here but the Fighters.”

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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.

Sifu Matt Johnson Brings Ving Tsun to Texas!

Sifu Matt is bringing Ving Tsun training to the Rio Grande Valley starting tomorrow.

Sifu Matt and Tim Santos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’ll be doing seminars and private lessons in McAllen (at Tim Santos’ new school).

he’ll also be visiting Mission, where Moses Flores teaches.

And last stop? Laredo, at Morales Martial Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll post news of the trip as it unfolds.

Get ready Texas!

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.

Covering Ving Tsun Basics

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Today at the VTSDA, everyone worked their basics of Matt Johnson Ving Tsun. It’s very important to review the basics, to keep a beginner’s mind for every form. This way, we build a strong foundation upon which to build our self defense. If you ever need it, this kind of practice means your Ving Tsun will be there for you. Definitely you know what you’re ving tsun to be “guess so.” Right?

Matt Johnson Ving Tsun: Forms and Chi Sau

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.

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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.