Posted On:6/19/2004 9:02am
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Shadowhand Wing Chun Kung Fu School
Contact: Dustan Carroll
Notes: lineage: Yip Man - Duncan S.H. Leung - Doc Savage.
Houston Wing Chun Association
Tel: (713) 867-7934
Contact: Stephen Hanson
Notes: affiliated with Leung Sheung Family
747 North Shepherd (held at Discover Gymnastics), Houston, TX 77007
Contact: Sifu Jeff Webb (4th level technician) and Glen Fichardt (1st level techncian)
Notes: Houston WingTsun is a part of the Austin WingTsun Academy and an affiliate of GGM Leung Ting's International WingTsun Association. Sihing Glen Fichardt teaches group and private lessons. Sifu Jeff Webb regularly visits to conduct seminars, small group training, and advanced instruction. Visit our website for class times and directions to the school.
Posted On:6/19/2004 12:18pm
For the BJJ, I also second Eric Williams of Elite Martial Arts / Pedro Alberto BJJ. He's got a great brown belt Hai Nguyen who works with him. I didn't cite him earlier because none of the school locations were inside the 610 loop. If traveling outside the loop isn't too much of a problem, you should definitely check him out.
Posted On:6/19/2004 12:27pm
I could swear there's a BJJ purple belt named Stephen Hanson who works with Eric Williams. Small, wiry white guy with a nearly shaved noggin. Same guy as your Wing Chun guy?
Banished to Fort Worth
Posted On:6/19/2004 2:34pm
Style: Muay Thai, BJJ
Yes, Steven works with Eric, and lately he's been at Dave's as well.
Yes, it's the same Steve Hanson that was with the Houston Wing Chun Association, but he just told me that hasn't done Wing Chun in 10 years (since he started BJJ).
Posted On:6/19/2004 3:58pm
Style: Muay Thai
Thanks for the info. I'll definitely be checking some of those places out. Gyms outside the loop are going to be a bit of a problem, though. Any more suggestions would be appreciated.
Posted On:6/19/2004 5:35pm
Yeah, all three of Eric's schools are outside the loop.
If location is an issue, then you might consider going to see Dave Phillips when he's teaching at E & Co. They're on the corner of Holcomb and Greenbriar, which is just inside the loop. IIRC, he has an 11:30 am class on Tuesday and Thursday and a 7:30pm on Mon, Tues and Thurs.
Posted On:6/19/2004 6:00pm
i am stephen. btw, the old contact info invalid. i have not been in touch with the wing chun guys since about 1995. if you are looking for a good cma, there is po yee. he is a southern mantis lineage holder and is legit. he is also very old school and the first few years are spent developing basics. he also teaches chi gung on saturdays. i know that one of the houston wing chun teachers, humphry wong, takes chi gung from him on saturdays sometimes. you still might be able to find the wing chun group if you go to ken cheung's web page and search from there. ken is also very legit and very good. i can not comment about the state of the houston wing chun association though.
i left wing chun because i felt something was missing, i had just learned the twenties on the wooden dummy. it was fun but to be honest it was not much of a workout compared to bjj. after watching the ufc, i realized that the training was not useful as i thought it could be. don't get me wrong, it is good but it was not for me anymore.
if you are looking for bjj in the center of town, dave's location is the best. he is very good and i doubt there are few in houston or texas that can hang with him. dave's experience is pretty broad and he knows how to fight. sdave's info is slightly off, the classes are no longer on mondays, we added a saturday class at 11:30. the gym is located in the shadows of the medical center and is very nice, clean and has showers for people interested in training during lunch time but who have to return to work afterwards. the gym is about 5 minutes from Rice and west university. if you are interested let me know, dave is happy to let you come try the class for free to decide it is for you.
both eric or dave are great teachers and you can learn a lot, the atmosphere is very friendly and it both guys are very focused on their student's development and the rate of injury is pretty low.
Posted On:6/19/2004 6:18pm
i forgot to mention, many of eric's guys as well as dave's cross train with kru pong. both places also integrate stand up training so if you want to continue training stand up, it is no problem.
Posted On:6/19/2004 6:44pm
Thanks for the correction Steve. I forgot about the Saturday class.
Posted On:6/19/2004 6:56pm
Thanks, Stephen and Dave. I'll probably check out Dave Phillip's place first, since it's right around the area I'm looking for.
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