Wing Tzun in­struc­tors

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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.”

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