QUEENS SELF DEFENSE
My name is Paul Matthews. Over the years, I have studied many different Martial Arts, but since 2005 have concentrated on Wing Tsun Kung Fu. This Blog is intended to discuss various martial arts systems which I believe to be practical for real world self defense. I also teach Self Defense to a limited number of private and semi-private students.
-About Wing Tsun
Wing Tsun was invented by a woman around 300 years ago. It is designed to allow a smaller person to defeat a bigger and/or stronger opponent. In Hong Kong Wing Tsun is called “Gangster Fist” because local gangsters favor it as the most practical style of Kung Fu and the easiest to learn. But the “good guys” i.e. elite law enforcement units, SWAT and Hostage Recovery Teams around the world, including the FBI, SEK (Germany), RAID (France), etc., have learned it. Why? Because it works, its deadly, and because the basics can be learned very quickly. But Wing Tsun is also tremendously fun to learn and practice. A class is like a “mini-vacation” from the stress of modern life.
-Benefits of Training in Martial Arts
Martial Arts Training can help you lose weight.
Let’s face it, exercise can be boring which is why most people quit. But practicing Self Defense techniques using Wing Tsun and other arts is so much fun that, before you know it, you will notice that your body has changed. You will find that you have lost weight, your muscle tone is improved, and your energy level has also gone up. If you keep at it, you will get the tight beach body that everyone wants and admires.
Wing Tsun can improve your mind
“Remain Calm in the Midst of Motion”
(Wing Tsun proverb)
“I Don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. Training is so much fun”
Wing Tsun is based upon the Taoist principles of simplicity, spontaneity, and harmony with nature. After you have been practicing for a few months you will notice that your reflexes and concentration have greatly improved. You may also notice a new sense of calm pervading your life.
Wing Tsun can help you defend yourself in a real world situation
The Wing Tsun expert uses devastatingly effective techniques to attack the opponent’s most vulnerable points with the goal of finishing the fight as quickly as possible. There is a saying in Wing Tsun that a fight should last no longer than 3 seconds, otherwise it is considered lost. Using the principle of economy of motion, the Wing Tsun expert or advanced student can deliver 7 or more hand strikes in a second, and his tactile sensitivity can become so great that he can actually beat his opponent while blindfolded.
For most of Wing Tsun’s 250 to 300 year history it was taught exclusively by private lessons held in secret. Even today in some Hong Kong schools “group classes” are taught which last 4 hours because the instructor will call each student up one at a time to get private instruction.
It is well known that private lessons greatly accelerate the learning process. It takes on average three times as long to correct a mistake or incorrect movement than it takes to learn the movement or technique correctly in the first place. Private instruction allows the correct movements to be drilled into your muscle memory, which avoids your performing many repetitions of an incorrect movement. It would be impossible for an instructor to observe and correct all the students’ mistakes in a class setting. Also Wing Tsun is above all a concepts based style. This means that understanding and applying the concepts is more important than learning techniques. Private lessons facilitate teaching the concepts of the Art. Finally private lessons allow you to learn in the safest way possible. Although Martial Arts training is much safer than practically all other sports, there are occasional injuries which are mostly caused by untrained students being left to practice without constant supervision. A good Wing Tsun instructor is very skilled in controlling his force so injuries of any kind are extremely rare during private lessons.
-Semi-Private instruction is an even more affordable option. I currently offer semi-private instruction from 10:00 to 11:30 every Sunday. This “class” will be for no more than 2 students allowing plenty of individualized attention and you will have the option of paying by the month. The advantage of this type of training is that you will be able to practice later outside of class with your practice partner.
Other effective Arts:
In addition to Wing Chun I believe that Western Boxing, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Kyokushinkai Karate, Savate and Wrestling are all arts which are practical and effective for real world self defense. Although I have studied some of these arts, I have not studied any for any long period of time, and certainly do not consider myself to be in any way qualified as an instructor in any of these. I do intend to explore learning more about each of these arts, and to the extent that they include extremely practical techniques, I will include at least a few of the very best techniques from other arts in my classes.