Wing Tzun instructors
Marco and Mary Ann are registered instructors for the organisation Ebmas, which teaches Wing Tzun as a form of self- defence. The concept- based Chinese martial art utilises striking and grappling while also focusing on close- range combat — basically every
MARCO thing one needs to stay safe on the streets. “I have a general interest in martial arts,
REEFMAN but what attracted me to Ebmas’ Wing Tzun is that it is practical and effective,” explains
AND Marco. “It is designed for the street where
MARY ANN you can be in potential conflict at any time. There are no rules, and usually your opponent
ACHARON is stronger than you. But Wing Tzun is not power- based, so it prepares you for that.”
Wing Tzun teaches punches and kicks as well as the proper use of elbows and knees, while focusing on relaxation, balance and stance. The moves are easy to learn, says Marco, and even a six year old can get the hang of it. It also gives one a boost in confidence, and that is important.
“Sometimes people are trained, but when it comes to a real fight, they panic,” explains Marco. “This is because fear comes from the unknown. When you train in a martial art, you get the confidence to handle the situation because you know what is coming. If you show confidence, the attacker might be more careful, and might not even attack because some guys are not really up for a fight.”
His wife, Mary Ann, got into the art in 2007, and what got her interested is the fact that Wing Tzun combines different techniques to ensure it is practical for what might happen on the street.
“We should all know how to defend ourselves,” she says. “When you are armed with knowledge, you can get out of danger. A good kick or punch can go a long way in saving your life. But it isn’t just about learning to fight — it is about learning to control the situation in a way that no one gets hurt. I believe that a fight shouldn’t always end in violence.”