Wing Tsun Parramatta
To be honest, what motivated me to join Wing Tsun at first was because I stumbled across this website, where everyone was bashing Wing Tsun and BJJ nut riding. At the time I knew next to nothing about martial arts and decided to play the Devil’s Advocate like I always do, I found a school. And my Wing Tsun adventures began.
The gym is built on top of a Sicilian Restaurant. The head instructor is Si-Hing Otto Heutling, trained by Si-Fu Stefan Fischer, the Australian Chief Instructor for Wing Tsun.
This is an example of a typical training session at Parramatta Wing Tsun.
Warm-up – 10 minutes of forms
Technique – 20 minutes of air punching/blocking
Sparring Drills – 20 minutes of complaint partner drills
Fitness – 10 minutes of burpees, chain punches etc
Well, the first problem with the school is forms… need I say more? Techniques we were told to practice lesson after lesson were highly unrealistic, ie. a punch and block combo with a quick step forward using the Wing Tsun stance. The footwork made me feel highly immobile.
The sparring drills were horrible, months of doing this could cause you brain damage. Blocking set kicks and punches over and over turns you into retarded homo LARPtastic robot. “Blitz defence” drills we were taught are basically a flashy way of sucker punching someone who is trying to attack you, well a sucker punch followed by a barrage of punches with no shoulder/hip movement or power while the other guy freezes up on you.
Anti-Grapple! There was the only thing I took from 6 months of training. The Sprawl. We practiced anti-crapple every now and then, the only effective technique was the sprawl, but we drilled it with complaint opponents that didn’t have a clue how to do a shoot/takedown. After witnessing a spar between two seniors where to fight was brought to the ground, yeah, their advanced anti-crappling didn’t work. They looked like 2 guys having a seizure.
The warmups of my current school are 10x more harder than the fitness part in Wing Tsun.
There was one instructor to about 10-20 students, the instructor would tell us to do a specific drill and leave us to it. He spent a lot of class time in his office.
Grading cost $300 dollars, as I recall, full uniform was required, T-shirt, pants and KUNG FU Slippers (lucky for me, I never graded or bought their gear). There are 12 Student grades, so you are looking at $3600 if you want to be a Wing Tsun “Black Belt”.
In conclusion, I wasted 6months of training time, I wasted nearly a grand and now I know why so many of you bashed Wing Tsun.
I may be a little biased in my ratings due to the fact the instructor charged me 2 months tuition after I told him repeatedly I was quiting.