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Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver Blog
Wednesday, 4 April 2007
Our new Wing Tsun blog, the Seminar Weekend on Vancouver Island
After I have been thinking for quite some time about starting my own blog, I finally uploaded the first entry on Tuesday, March 20th 2007. The blog has been since a mix of micro articles. school announcements, another source of information for our students on top of the monthly print-newsletter, news e-mails, the online 'members only' area, the different web sites and more.
Thanks for the feedback from our international visitors, who come back to read more little articles around and about Wing Tsun, like Traditional, Original, Modern, Modified? Which one is the right Wing Chun?, a mini three part series, or the recent entry ChiKung, CorePower in Motion, the never-ending challenge.
I will continue the mix of school information and small articles as food for thought. I'll just hope to always find the time and opportunity to write. Thanks for keeping me on my toes and allowing me to share my thoughts.
The Seminar Weekend
In the 90's I was used to following my Sifu and my Sigung to their seminars all over Europe, all the way from Italy up to Denmark. I visited my own schools in Germany on a regular basis, being every month in different cities.
Thanks to the effort of John Kaiser of the Wing Chun Club in Langford and Ray Van Raamsdonk (www.springtimesong.com/), a Wing Chun teacher in Victoria with a long history in martial arts, a seminar weekend was organized.
It reminded me of why I like to travel to seminars, why I enjoy teaching, why even after 23 years I still  get passionate about explaining the very basic details of Wing Tsun Kung Fu, as if it is my very first day. It is about meeting very dedicated, friendly people, who are open-minded, willing to accept new ideas and eager to train hard. It is about the exchange of opinions, sharing experiences, further encouraging the growth of students and instructors alike who share common goals.
Thanks to Ray and John for hosting the seminar, to your students for the very friendly welcome. It was a pleasure to spend quality time with you.
Thanks to our students from Vancouver, who came over for the seminar; ... Gary K., Ciprian, Rob G., Trevor, Edmond, Philip and Neal. Thanks to Steve McMinn (www.stevemcminn.com), who quickly switched from powerful Lat-Sau drills to the camera, to take many photos and is currently writing a report about the seminar weekend experience.
Many experienced Wing Chun practitioners participated in this Wing Tsun Core Concepts weekend, like Jason Siu from Victoria and Bill Reny of Surrey, head of the Pacific Coast Wing Chun Institute, just to name a few.
Thanks for an inspiring weekend, sharing common ground and new ideas for practitioners of various wing tsun kung fu, wingtsun, wing chun, ving tsun Wing Chun styles.
Many photos have been added to our Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver online photo album.

Posted by ralph haenel at 2:30 PM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 4 April 2007 3:23 PM PDT

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