About Me

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.



17 Responses to About Me

  1. The Pinoy Herbalist says:

    Nice Blog, and good to see you on MartialTalk!

  2. wcman1976 says:

    Thanks! Good to know I am having a good impact on people. What is your user name on MartialTalk?

  3. You appear to be very skilled within the way you write.::’~*

  4. Michael Ng says:

    Hi, I have a question. I have been doing Asylum for 6 months and recently i had stopped because i like start taking up Wing Chun for the last 3 months. I want to start doing Asylum again. Do you think that doing beach body Asylum as a work out on my off days from Wing Chun classes is a good idea?

    • wcman1976 says:


      I have yet to do Asylum myself, although I know it has a 6 day per week workout schedule. In other words, it would run into some days where you have wing chun class. Does your school already do a workout to warm up before you actually get into wing chun? If not, then I think it would be okay to do Asylum the same day as class. And not for nothing, but wing chun isn’t the most aerobically-taxing martial art out there. As long as you aren’t pushing yourself too hard, you can still do both on the same day. The only wild card here is that I don’t know if your school does a warm-up workout.

      Tell you what: drop me an email, and we can discuss this more in depth. Watch for one from me too: WCman1976@yahoo.com

  5. Thank you for following our blog. We sincerely appreciate your support.

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    • wcman1976 says:

      Thank YOU for visiting me and liking my blog! If you are interested in anything further, I am available to respond either here or via email. Just visit my “contact me” page.

  6. I just had a rapid look at your blog and I see there is plenty of very interesting info. It seems you have been developing an articulated idea about what a complete martial training should be, based on your own direct experience: that is to say, the most reliable proof that you are seriously engaged in your own research. I will visit your blog again!

  7. what can you pick or which u think is better curves or Weight Watchers?

  8. wcman1976 says:

    I would say join Weight Watchers for two reasons: (1) With Curves, the only way you get any fitness gains is if you go on a consistent basis. I can’t tell you how many people I know have gym memberships that aren’t used. (2) When it comes to Weight Watchers, you may not be able to make every meeting, but you CAN take what you learn there and apply it by yourself on a daily basis.

    My advice: go with Weight Watchers for help with eating, and join up with me for a home-based exercise routine!

  9. musingsofkb says:

    Excellent communications with this guy, a pleasure to chat to 🙂

    A very insightful blog – I could be on your site for hours making my way through all your articles!

    Thanks again Steve

  10. wcman1976 says:

    Thanks! Don’t you have a blog here on WordPress too? I can’t seem to find your link.

    As for making your way through my articles, I hope you do! I enjoy all the comments I have been seeing lately, but it makes me wish people had gotten on board with me sooner and commented on some of the earlier stuff. 🙂

  11. jacquiegum says:

    What great content! WOW…there is so much here to read about. I work out with a trainer, but mostly strength stuff.I’ll be winding my way through all this….thanks!

  12. Will definitely be checking back!

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