I am 40 years old and a father of four kids. I have lived most of my life in upstate New York, in a small city called Troy, which is about 15 minutes from Albany. Many people mock my hometown, but I absolutely love it.
I started practicing wing chun kung fu in January 1995. I was real dedicated for the first two years. Then, life happened. I have been more off than on in the twenty years since I joined the school. In the summer of 2014 I finally got committed to it once again. Then in early 2016 I moved in with my girlfriend. The bills of life (rent, food, etc.) were too high to justify me going to wing chun anymore. Unfortunately, the Sifu was unable to process this. There were some things said that, while I may one day forgive them, I will never forget. Luckily I found another teacher whose eye is focused more on the art than the profit.
What’s my goal with my wing chun training? One day I would like to open my own school. For those who want to truly pursue the style and develop their skill set, I would teach that as private lessons. The public classes would be geared more toward self-defense training. I would like to teach wing chun to downtrodden folks: people who are bullied, whether it is a child in school or a woman in a domestic abuse situation. These people need something to build their confidence so that they can stand on their own two feet and say, “Hey, I don’t deserve to be treated like that!” I hope to guide them along this path.
Aside from that, I will also be writing about other aspects of my training. This will include workouts and nutrition notes. Nothing I say here is intended to be gospel that ANYONE else should follow. However, if you are inspired by something that works for me and think it might work for you, then by all means give it a try. Whether it works or not, I would like to hear about it via the comments section of this blog.
I’m not writing this in an attempt to say it should be anyone else’s journey. However, it IS mine, and I felt like sharing it.