Sunday, March 14, 2010

Do You REALLY Want to Learn Wing Tsun?

Houston's Wing Tsun Backyard is open to anyone - but not everyone will make it through the door. You can apply to join, but whether or not you are accepted as a students is up to you.

A very wise Sifu recently told me that "students do not choose Wing Tsun, Wing Tsun chooses them". That opened my eyes. Wing Tsun is not for everyone. Whether it is for you is for you to find out.

As before, anyone can come and watch a class or participate in a free introductory class. After that, if you decide to start, you will be on perpetual "probation".

I have decided to stop trying to convince students to take their training seriously. Now, it is the other way around. If you want to train here - and continue to train here, you have to convince me - and yourself, of course - that you are serious.

If I notice that you do not practice at home what I teach you in class, you will have a chance to correct that - but if you don't, I suggest looking for another Wing Tsun school that considers itself to be a service provider. This one is not. You don't pay for a "service" here. You pay for the right to learn and practice. Nothing else.

If you still want to schedule a free intro lesson, feel free to call me at 832-452-9966. Classes are held at 4341 Polk St., Houston, TX 77023 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

All the Best,
Alex Wallenwein
Owner, Instructor
Houston's 'Backyard' Wing Tsun School

PS: If you want to know about my background in Wing Tsun, I have practiced WT since 1981. My Sifu is EWTO founder and Grandmaster Keith Kernspecht in Germany, but I only met him twice in my WT career. My first teacher was Si-Hing Curtis Dittrich. I learned directly from GGM Leung Ting and from my Dai-Sihings, Sifu Thomas Dolnitzki (who sadly recently died) and Sifu Emin Boztepe. I have the certificate for only a "Primary Level Technician" under the Leung Ting system (since 1985), but I know more than that. I'm just not interested in titles and certificates. If you are, this may not be the right place for you. How much more I know is for you to find out. I also am no longer a member of any Wing Tsun organization. I left the Leung Ting organization in 2005. If you want to know more, just ask me. I am not secretive - but I also don't embellish the truth.

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