10 Years of the International Academy of WingChun
The International Academy of WingChun (IAW) celebrated it's ten year anniverssary in 2013. Under the guidance of Grandmaster Sifu Klaus Brand, the academies continue to develop and flourish. We have academies across the world, our International Headquarters, based in Germany has many academies throughout the country, the UK is continuing to grow into a great success with further academies in France and Malaysia. The United States has a large number of locations which are headed up by Sifu Paul Wang. In the article below (Feeling the WingChun Flow) Sifu Wang explains his continued involvement and support of the IAW.
Feeling the WingChun Flow
As Chief Instructor, I have led the United States branch of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW) from our Headquarters in Berkeley, California. Since 1997, I've been honored to train as a continuous Private Student of Sifu Klaus Brand, IAW Founder and WingChun Grandmaster.
I'll admit I was fairly sure but not fully convinced by WingChun up to my first decade of practice. My nature is skeptical, or perhaps slow and stubborn. So my eyes and ears, body and mind drifted to research other styles - from Wing Tsun to Ving Tsun, from Taijiquan to Baguazhang, from East to West. However, these comparative studies eventually reinforced my belief in the logical basis and technical soundness of WingChun as Self-Defence. Resonating with the IAW community culture, I dedicated to specialise in, and someday master, the path of my Sifu.
My current certification in the IAW is:- WingChun
- Sifu of WingChun (2013)
- Fourth Technician Grade (2013)
- Combat Instructor (2010)
That makes me the most highly qualified IAW representative in North America, but I'm still very much learning. For 16 years, my passionate purpose has been professional teaching and personal practice of WingChun and Escrima. Thus, I'm always reinvesting my time, energy and resources to:- Optimize my embodiment and expression as a practitioner
- Maximize my empathy and effectiveness as a teacher
To do so, I draw upon my undergraduate work in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley including research experience in Bipedal Locomotion and Human Biodynamics (2000) as well as higher education in Chinese Medicine at FBU and ACTCM with clinical emphasis on Channel Diagnosis and Meridian Theory (2004).
I shape this diverse knowledge into an accessible presentation of WingChun as a practical art and physical science of Self-Defense. It is an evolving process which I hope to transmit to you via my articles, classes and events.Sifu Paul Wang