i’d like to ask all martial arts practioners out there, regardless of your skill level, where exactly do you train.
the problem with asking such a question is that sometimes the conversation shifts towards which martial art is better, or why certain styles of a particular martial art might be “incorrect”.
but i truely believe, its not the martial art. its the martial artist that makes the difference.
i myself have been doing wing chun for 2 years now (1 year at 2 different clubs), with no prior martial arts experience. i started when i first came to melbourne. and just within wing chun itself there’s so much variations and styles. its almost inevitable that certain people feel that their own style represents “true” wing chun.
i will avoid that entire debate by just simply asking all your melbournians out there, where you train, what you train, and why do you train at THAT place. (however i do want to mention that i spent 1 year at a certain club which i now know for certain to be a complete and utter fraud and waste of time. so do be a little cautious of where you go!)
i will start the ball rolling by telling you of the place i train at, the Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts Club. i’m doing wing chun there under sifu David Peterson. why do i go there? well for 1 thing, david peterson is the genuine article. he is an official student of Wong Shun Leung, who was, and still is, a very well respected wing chun sifu in hong kong.
but lineage aside, he is one of the most friendly, approachable and down to earth martial arts teachers you will ever meet. always approachable and answers any question, no matter how dumb ( and believe me some people can ask the dumbest questions when it comes to fighting ). he never puts you down. always eager to teach and repeat himself, even if he JUST explained an entire concept to someone else. he’s dedicated and self sacrificing, and he comes down himself to EVERY training. so you actually train with him, not one of his instructors (although he does have an instructor there to help with the class). and he doesn’t believe in charging exuberrant rates for training.
for caucasions, he’s one of you guys! for asians, he can speak chinese and cantonese (his day job is a chinese teacher at a high school).
i promise you i’m not getting commission for this. when you meet him, he’ll instantly gain your respect.
so tell me, where do you guys get your fight club on?