We would like to let everyone know that we have two schedules for your convenience of on going Wing Chun Kuen Classes at Hagen Park in Wilton Manors.
Tuesday & Thursday
5:30 - 7:00 PM & 7:00 - 8:30 PM.
We are looking forward in having lots of new Students in this Kung Fu style made famous by the legendary "Bruce Lee" as his first studies in Martial Arts taught by none other the Legendary "Ip Man". Also by "Robert Dawney Jr." In his "Sherlock Holmes" movie role, and "Stephen Amell" in The CW TV Show "Arrow" in Modern Arnis (Philippine Stick Fighting).
Please check out our Martial Arts Linage... You will be surprised!
Last, we will also bring our Seminar Series "The First 15 Seconds for all the Residents of Wilton Manors.
Our top Martial Artist has over 40 years in the making. Master Tim Snedeker holds different black belts under various Martial Arts styles and a lifetime dedicated in learning directly from the Great Martial Artist and Martial Artist Hall of Famer of our time like Grand Master George Dillman (Ryukyu Kempo), the late Grand Master Wally Jay (Small Circle Jujitsu), & the late Grand Master Remi Presas (Modern Arnis), as well as Sifu Augustine Fong (Gung Fu Wing Chun), and Grand Master Will Higgingbotham (Kyusho Jitsu).
Master Snedeker relies on Master Joe Alexander to handle the everyday teachings. Master Alexander has been his "Close Door Deshi" since the early 90's. His first passion was Judo in which he started at an early age of seven. He has been exposed to Master Snedeker's Martial Arts of Ryukyu Kempo, Small Circle Jujitsu & Modern Arnis teachings, and the application of Pressure Point Secrets. He's also a Wing Chun Kuen Instructor with Master Snedeker.
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In the past the chain of island located between China & Japan were known as the "The Ryukyu Islands", and Okinawa is located on this chain of island. They were independent from Japan. They were merchants & fishermen, and traded goods among the Chineses & the Japanese, in addition had a great Martial Art tradition.
The Empire of The Sun (Japan) was known to be a very aggressive conquering people. They invaded the main land China as far as what is known today as Korea. In the process they subjugated the Okinawan people of the Ryukyu Islands.
After Okinawa was integrated into Japan all Samurais were absorbed into the Japanese culture, and prohibited to wear their topknot by decree.
Chinese Kempo as it was orinally called was practiced on the three main locations of Naha, Shuri & Tamari of the Ryukyu Islands. But because of pride the Japanese changed its name. Originally the Okinawan Martial Art was called "To" (pronounced: toe). Gichin Funakoshi (1968-1957) was a low rank samurai is known as the "father of the modern karate" today, was a student of both Azato & Itosu from the Anko Family. The "Te" was the suffix. So Funakoshi learned "To-Te Jitsu".
Funakoshi was forced to cut his topknot which meant a great dishonor in order to have access to his medical education, and started to teach clandestinely because, it was prohibited by Japanese law. Years later his Dojo was burned down and his Deshis (students) rebuilt it, and they named it "Shoto Kan" after his nickname. He was also a calligraphist, and he would sign with his pen name "Shoto". He liked the name so much that he adopted it naming the art Shotokan. Later in his life he renamed it again to "Karate" (empty hand) in the early 1920's.
Modern Ryukyu Kempo cannot be mentioned without calling a few names like Seiyu Oyata, Hohan Soken (1889-1982) & George Dillman.
Dillman was in stationed in Okinawa during his initial serving in the Military. But he didn't do any Martial Arts but, he fought as a Boxer with an undisputed record.
WING CHUN KUEN
Most of the history beginnings of Wing Chun has be passed down verbally. What is known by YIP-MAN (1900-1972) is the NG-MUI was expert martial artist daughter of one of the eight generals that helped the third Emperor YEUNG-JING-WONG during the Ching Dynasty ascend to the throne. Her true name was LUI-SAI-LEUNG, and was the granddaughter of the famous martial art hero LUI-LOU-LEUNG.
Soon after the Emperor betrayed his own father, and the eight general with their death. NG-MUI spent the next 30 years training and honing her martial arts skills until in 1735 she beheaded the Emperor and went into hiding in the SIL-LUM-TEMPLE, and adopted the name she was known for NG-MUI. She was already an accomplished martial artist she continued her studies under Si-Fu GUM-FUNG-CHI, as well as her Grandfather, and became on of the number elder in the Temple.
During this time NG-MUI met a merchant that made bean cakes at the market located afoot of the temple with his 15 year old daughter YIM-WING-CHUN in the CANTON FON-KIN province. She was promised to wed LEUNG-BOK-CHAU, but WONG a town bully that wanted YIM-WING-CHUN for himself, and wanted to force her to matrimony. He shortly returned with men after being turned down by her, and her father. But NG-MUI was able to teach her to defend herself and badly injure WONG. YUM-WING-CHUN married LEUNG-BOK-CHAU.
YUM-WING-CHUN continued her studies under NG-MUI, she named her teachings WING-CHUN.
This Philippine Art was revamped by Remy Amador Presas (December 19, 1936 – August 28, 2001). Master Presas learned the art from a very early age of six taught by his father, grandfather, as well as his uncle. He held black belts in Shotokan & Judo. He is know as the "Father of Morden Arnis", and also called "The Professor" since he held a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. His studies are the base of Eskrima (stick fighting), and hand to hand combat with a fluidity. He was inducted in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1982 & 1994.