Time has flown so quickly and Sung Wing Chun is now a year old. Mark, Jon and I decided to open the club so we could find like minded people to train with, to share our passion with and to spread what we know about this unique branch of wing chun. All we hoped for was a few regular students, probably local to the area, so we could cover the cost of a training hall. Although we are still only small we are holding our own with 20 regular students attending, the interesting thing being how far they travel; Bradford, Leeds, Ripon, Barnsley, Rotherham, Chesterfield, London, Holland etc. Knowing that my 5 minute drive home at the end of a class is eclipsed by the hour and a half plus journey being made by some students is very humbling and something we appreciate greatly.
What I think attracts our students is our link to Chu Shong Tin and the honest approach to passing on his teaching. We ask a lot from students but we give a lot back in return. The videos we have uploaded to Youtube have had 43,000 hits and our website has had 23,000 page views from 40 countries so I believe we are spreading Sigung's message well.
For this next year we hope to build the class further, invest in more training equipment and hopefully attract some of our friends to visit us who lived in Hong Kong and trained with Chu Shong Tin. We have already been lucky in this regard in having Mark Allanson visit us for a week and do some teaching. Ideally we would have our own training venue where we could store a dummy and punch bags, but for us the people are more important than the place we train.
I want to thank Mark and Jon for coming on the journey with me, and also those students who make the effort to train in what can be a difficult art to comprehend. The true jewel of wing chun is that it helps us understand our bodies better and in fact our whole selves better by the pursuit of optimal efficiency of movement. After 13 years I am more fascinated by this than ever, and I hope that is something Sung can spread further.
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