As promised, the video for our demo at the Air Canada Centre is now available for your viewing pleasure. This took a little longer than expected, but seeing the quality of the editing, it’s definitely worth the wait! Enjoy!
April 12th, 2013 will be an unforgettable day in the history of CWTA, as we have been asked to give a Wing Tsun Performance at Air Canada Centre during a Raptor’s Game pre-game show when the Toronto Raptors hosted the Chicago Bulls.
Our Wing Tsun School’s 6th annual dinner took place on March 30th. It started off with a blast, playing an extremely entertaining homemade video clip of various WT members performing Gangnam Style Dance. This generated much laughter from the audience, and everybody enjoyed the video. Without laughter, this dinner would be meaningless. Learning Wing Tsun is not only about hard work and training, but it is also about making friends and enjoying yourselves when our hard training sessions are over.
SIFU Lau, who has 30 years of Wing Tsun teaching experience, has been teaching Wing Tsun in the Richmond Hill location for 6 years. Many changes have occurred during these 6 years. Students will come and go, and it was indeed a pleasure to see former Wing Tsun members joining for this dinner event. They may not be able to continue taking Wing Tsun, but in their heart, they are still part of our Wing Tsun family.
Many of the dinner attendees were able to take home fabulous prizes from the dinner raffle draw. Some of them were required to correctly answer a Wing Tsun knowledge question before being eligible to claim their prizes, and they learnt something new about Wing Tsun in the process.
Thank you SIFU for organizing this dinner event. Sponsors have also provided many gifts for this party, and their generosity is greatly appreciated. We certainly would like to give our special thanks to them hope that they will be able sponsor us again for the party next year.
2013 is the year of the water snake begins on February 10th. Carson Wing Tsun Academy celebrated this joyful occasion with two events.
On Sunday Feb. 10th, we had the pleasure of Master Jimmy Chan (陳志尚師傅) and his Lion Dance performance team putting on a spectacular show at our gym. We had a lot of spectators this year and we all enjoyed the show very much. For those who missed it, be sure to check it out next time.
All CWTA students and family members who attended enjoyed the show very much. Many of us had brought our friends, children, and co- workers to watch this show. We were all amazed at the loud drum music, high jumping action to catch the vegetables and liveliness of the Lion dancing.
The next day, Feb 11th, we gathered as a big family and celebrate with delicious food. We all had a great time to meet and mingle.
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
In welcoming the arrival of the Chinese New Year, the year of Snake, Carson Wing Tsun Academy wishes you an abundant, healthy and prosperous Year!
May all your dreams come true!
On January 27th, 2013, CWTA was invited by ‘Canadian Chinese Radio – 多倫多華語電台’ to put on a Wing Tsun demonstration during a Chinese New Year show at New Kennedy Square 新旺角廣場. This demonstration has five parts which show how effective on ladies self-defense, Siu Nim Tao form, Chum Kiu form, Chi Sau form and some street fight defense scenarios.
(Photo: left to right Samson Wong, Daniel Cheung, Kathleen Wong, Chapman Fu, Sifu Carson Lau, Manda Choi, Eugene Lai, Michael Lau)
I am very proud to announce that we have three new 2nd level instructors after a very tough test on 5th Jan, 2013. I think they really deserved this promotion after having witnessed the hard work they have put in over the years. I am especially happy that they were able to perform many different Wing Tsun skillful movements in sparring sessions of the test, and not only chain punching. I would also like to note that one of the tester was sick but still did not give up to the very end. I hope their success can motivate them to train harder towards achieving their next goal. Congratulations again!
All three newly 2nd level technicians would like to share some feelings and reflections after the examination. Below are their personal testimonials:
Gloria Wong (2nd level Technician)
I can still remember almost 3 years ago when I was ecstatic about passing the test to become a Primary Technician in Wing Tsun. I realized that my learning of Wing Tsun has just begun. But in my mind, setting a goal such as being a Second Level Technician would be so unrealistic I should probably just forget about it. For a period of time, my fear of failure and the businesses of life had taken me away from Wing Tsun, and my training has become sporadic. It was only through encouragement of Sifu Lau and the Wing Tsun family that I decided to train regularly. Preparing for the test was tough. There were many nights when I tried to convince myself that I wasn’t good enough. On the week of the test, I also had to battle with minor injury and flu. But that only made me realize that nothing in life comes easy, and no timing can be perfect. I just have to give my best and get through it. Becoming a Second Level Technician is a humbling experience. I still have many flaws and weaknesses, but with my Wing Tsun family I will grow. And I don’t think I can be here without the love and support of everyone who gave me cut lips, bruises, and gruelling sparring sessions. To everyone at CWTA, a big “thank you” from the bottom of my heart!
Edwin Lau (2nd level technician)
In my first ever Wing Tsun class, I was taught that in additional to learning about this martial arts, we will also be trained on how to develop respect for each other. As time goes by, the reason for this becomes much clearer. In the past 5 years where I have been learning, practising, and teaching Wing Tsun, I felt the happiness when I see other students in our gym improve as a result of their hard work. I felt the sense of accomplishment when I have become more fluent with my forms and applications after spending hours and hours, both inside and outside of class, practising my forms, circles steps, chain punches, and random punches. I felt the gratitude when various members of the Wing Tsun family are taking their time to spar with me to help with my training. During this time, I thoroughly understand that in additional to having receiving guidance from SIFU and various instructors, having the opportunity to practise with so many different people in class – regardless of their experience in Wing Tsun – is a key reason for our improvements. Someone may not have been training as long as you have been, but there are still many things that you can learn from them help too, such as professional medical knowledge on how to cure injuries received from training, how to do strength and fitness training outside of class to supplement your training, how to balance between rest and training so that we don’t over train and get injured, how to relax and reduce nervousness before taking a test, giving you the chance practise your sparring skills against people who are physically much more more bigger and stronger than you, etc. Not only have I developed a huge respect for SIFU and various instructors, but also I have developed a huge respect towards so many people in class too, regardless of their experience in Wing Tsun. Having the chance to practise Wing Tsun with so many different people in class is one of the reasons why I was prepared for the 2nd Level Instructor test. Without everybody’s willingness to help me train for this test, I would not have been able to be as well prepared for it. Hopefully, we will all understand the better you become in Wing Tsun, the more humble you should be because your accomplishment is only possible with the help of all others. On paper, others may not be as highly ranked as you are, but there are so much you can learn from them too.
Alex Lee (2nd level technician)
Thanks for all the help from Sifu Lau, my Wing Tsun brothers and sisters. Without you all, I would not be making it to level two instructor. The test has few parts, forms, random punches, sweep and fall, and three sparring. Everything happened so fast on that day, I couldn’t really remember what I did, but I can only remember the happiness when Sifu Lau said “PASS” and ……. the beers afterwards. After practicing Wing Tsun for many years, it has become part of life. Last year, Sifu Lau provided me a chance to go to San Antonio to help on his seminar. It was another wonderful experience since we were warmly welcomed by Sifu Gilbert and his students. Also Sifu Steve and Sifu Chris and their students visited Toronto few times, it provided me a great opportunity to improve my skill. Remember “iron sharpens iron, as one man sharpens another”. Thanks again for everyone who came to support three of us in the test. Congrats to Si-Suk Gloria and Si-Hing Edwin! And most importantly, thanks to Sifu Lau for his teaching.
Time flies, one year has passed. Hope all is well on you and your family,
Due to the Christmas and New Year, our gym will be closed on 24th , 25th and 31st of Dec , 2012 AND 1st of Jan, 2013.
There are no DAY class and NIGHT class in Richmond Hill gym.
For downtown class, there is no class on 25th Dec, 2012.
Many of you may be interested about this miniature wooden dummy which was shown during the demonstration for wooden dummy by Sifu Lau. This is 100% Hand crafted solid wood made with dimensions 6.5″ height, 3″ width, and 4″ length. It is very rare and a seldom crafted wing tsun collection item. It will make an ideal decoration for your table, shelve and office space. There is also a business card holder style available. Better yet, it is a perfect match with your kung fu figurines. Make your purchase at Carson Wing Tsun Academy.