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  • First Class Back Tonight

    This evening we will be having our first class back after the shut down. Face masks will be rrquired. Classes will be at their normal, however, they will only last 45 minutes as we ease back into the swing of things. If you are ill, have recently been ill, have anyone in your household who is ill, have been in direct contact with anyone with Covid19 or symptoms of Covid19, please refrain from attending. At the conclusion of class, please make an effort to exit the building as quickly as possible so that we may get the school ready for the next class. Our training for the time being will be noncontact and we will focus on forms, footwork, and solo drilling. We are excited to get back in ....

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  • We Are Going Live on Zoom!

    We Are Going Live on Zoom!

    Tonight we will be hosting our first live broadcast virtual class. Students, please check our private groups for class time and directions to log on using Zoom! See you this evening! ....

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  • Members' Only Online Resource is HERE!

    Dear Members, During this time of the COVID19 Pandemic, training must still go on, even if we have to do it on our own. In light of this we are working on creating a Member's Only section to our website. This resource is not meant to be a resource for now, but a valuable resource when life returns back to normal. You will find various "goodies" on the page and they will be updated regulary to keep things interesting. Also, we have two active student resources avaiable for you on our adult and youth program facebook pages. If you are not a member of these resources, please take the time to send a facebook friend request to Sifu, Dale Steigerwald on facebook. From here you can be added to ....

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  • Opportunities and Challenges - It Doesn't Alway Have to be Easy

    Opportunities and Challenges - It Doesn't Alway Have to be Easy

    It happens several times per month. I get a call from a potential student who is interested in learning Ving Tsun exclusivly. They often tell me about how they have looked far and wide and suddenly they stumbled upon my school (which has been operating and open to the public for 13 years now) and there is only one problem- we are too far away. What consistutes "too far" is different for many. For some people it's an hour and half by car. For others its anything over a 10 minute drive. Part of me wants to laugh. The other part wants to just hang up. I want to laugh because if there is one thing we know about finding a quality martial art and a qualified teacher to teach it, the student ....

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  • Beaver County PA Wing Chun Reaction Time Drill

    "The average reaction time of a visual stimulus is 0.17 seconds. Plenty of time to take decisive action even in a worse case scenario." Not a knife defense demonstration, but a reaction time demonstration utilizing a training knife to illustrate the point that decisive action can always beat reaction even in a worse case scenario. In this drill we can learn that if we do not telegraph we can move at a rate that is impossible for a would be attacker to defend against in a static situation. Thank yo to Mike Z. for helping with the demonstration with Sifu Dale Steigerwald. If you're ready to get your training started sign up for your first class for free at ....

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  • Opportunities and Challenges - It Doesn't Alway Have to be Easy

    Opportunities and Challenges - It Doesn't Alway Have to be Easy

    It happens several times per month. I get a call from a potential student who is interested in learning Ving Tsun exclusivly. They often tell me about how they have looked far and wide and suddently the stumbled upon my school (which has been operating and open to the public for 13 years now) and there is only one problem. We are too far away. What consistutes "too far" is different for many. For some people its an hour and half by car. For others its anything over a 10 minute drive. Part of me wants to laugh. The other part wants to just hang up. I want to laugh because if there is one thing we know about finding a quality martial art and qualified teacher to teach it, the student should ....

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  • The Courage to Walk Through the Door

    The Courage to Walk Through the Door

    I still remember like it was yesterday, standing outside the door of the Ving Tsun Kung Fu Studio in Hatboro, PA. I had recently moved to the area to complete my formal training under Sr. Master Jay Hitchman and this was my first visit. Even though I had about six years of training under my belt at this point, I still couldn’t help but wonder what might lie on the other side of the door. I don’t know why I felt a sense of anxiety about entering what would soon feel like my second home. I don’t know why I was slightly intimidated. I don’t know why there was a piece of me that really felt like I might just be better off turning around and working on my ....

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  • Laminate Wooden Dummy vs. Natural Log

    Laminate Wooden Dummy vs. Natural Log

    I get asked from time to time why I don't build natural trunk wooden dummies and choose to build out laminated stock. Well the four pictures you see here illustrate why I choose to build out of laminated wood. As you can see in the pictures from a local country club built of oak timber frame, we have a post that is about 10 inches by 10 inches and a picture from each side of it. What do you notice? Cracks on all four sides. Now this is just fine for a timber framed country club, but a definite no go for a wooden dummy. You see with each crack a distortion (warp) also occurs in the wood. This distortion can and will result in a misalignment of the mortices (square holes) ... And there is ....

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  • Up Your Game with these 3 Exercises

    Up Your Game with these 3 Exercises

    Over the years as a martial artist, competitive athlete and certified personal fitness trainer I have been asked many times as to which exercises that I feel benefit performance the most in the weight room. This has alway been a very easy question to answer and has not changed over the last two decades. The short answer is squats, deadlifts and powercleans. From a very simple perspective we can see why. Squats help build leg strength and leg drive. This improvement helps the martial artist or athlete develop a stable stance, aids in nimble movement and helps develop powerful kicks. In addition to those benefits it helps build up strength throughout the entire body. There are a rare few ....

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  • But First Empty the Cup...

    But First Empty the Cup...

    "First, empty the cup." Understanding why in order to progress from a basic level of skill to a higher level of understanding and skill it is essential to get rid of the "I already know syndrome." Too many reach a level in their training where they become like over confident teenagers and believe they "know it all," when in fact their results show otherwise. It is important to recognize this state of mind setting in and stay free and open to learning in order to expand beyond the very basic level and continue improving, learning, and pushing the limits of potential. If not, it is far to easy to become complacent and hit a brick wall in development. It is not uncommon for a sifu or teacher ....

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