Last year at the end of April i decided to recommence Wing Tsun that i trained from
2001-2003. So, i was looking for videos on youtube, when i accidentally saw your
footage on positiv and negativ circles. When i saw that movements, i was very astonished
and i somehow realized that there is deep understanding behind. Equally interesting for my self was the practice of the circles. I never feld anything like that, concerning body motion / mechanics, before – to put it simlpy, drawing circles is a pure joy.
On the same day, i discovered making circles up and down in the vertical plane via the pelvis. This led to a feeling of rootedness in the legs and a feeling of bouyancy in the center of the pelvis i never had before. After these
experiences, I can say in short, my live has changed. I became very interested in Philosophy,Daoism, Religion, Psychology, Yoga and meditation techniques in general.
So, in June last year i found a teacher on traditional chen style ( via the Chen Xiaowang,
Jan Silberstorf line) here in Göttingen. Before i tried Yang style in the university, but chen style was more attractive for me. At that time i wasn´t barely keen enough to even think of going to Daqingshan. In fact, i was learning the 19 form of CXW and the Yilu ( first 1,5).
The practical method yilu, i learned until 1-12. I hope to get it into my mind completly until June. On the quality of movements, you have to judge, but i can say, that i try to incorporate the above mentioned feelings into my movements.
Concerning push-hands, i have only few experience, most dating back to the time when i practiced Chi Sao in the Wing Tsun system.
I have no experience with weapons.
Alas, concerning my physiology i´am 1,87 m tall weighting 79 kg and 35 years old.
At the moment i find it difficult to describe or judge my achievements.
In one of your videos, you mentioned, that many people have problems to pull back the elbow in front of the sternum during positive circle. Here i can objectively say, that i don´t have this problem, thanks to movements learned in Wing Tsun.
Also, you mentioned to couple the rear leg to the elbow in the third phase of the positive cirlce, which i can also observe. But in generel, the feeling in the pelvis is super hilarious. My view is, that it is complex, i sometimes try to circle with the weight fully shifted to one leg and there is still some feeling of connection, so i´am not sure to operate in the right margins. Here, my tendency is to be too loose in generel, because i don´t want to manifest bad habbits. In the center possition for example, circling can be extremely exhausting, as if heavy weight is pulling the body in the ground.
I was born on 02.24.1975 in Bad Pyrmont, which is a small town quite famous for being a
health resort with lot of mineral springs. My parents ran a hotel in the town, so i grew up
in a relativ wealthy household. I have a passion for cooking and good food since the most
interesting place for me as a little boy was the hotel-kitchen.
My father passed away quite early when i was nine years old. He was a passionate hunter and
i spent a lot of time with him. Since he was the manager of a hunting ground, so to say, we
where out almost every day. He was a soldier in the 2nd WW and spent a few years in russian
captivity, so we often talked about the war and this influenced him to give me a russian
name, i think. I have two half-sisters, of which the older one also passed away quite early
and one half-brother.
My first encounters with Chinese culture was the local chinese restaurant and of course
Kung Fu. We got a VHS video recorder quite early in 1982 / 83 and the son of our
neighbours, who was ca. 20 years older than me, supplied me with tons of chinese Kunf fu
movies i really loved to watch with friends. unfortunately in our town it was only possible
to learn Judo and Karate; i tried Judo shortly but found it boring, likewise was Karate
because the movie Karate Kid was really boring compared to the movies i was used to.
After school i wanted to study medicine and so i choosed to do my civil service in the
local hospital. Afterwords, i knew that i don´t want to become a physician and i
immatriculated at the biological faculty in Göttingen. Here in Göttingen
i startet practicing Wing Tsun Kung Fu i already mentioned.
I finished my Diploma in 2004 and began a Ph.D. the same year which i did not finish for a
couple of reasons. So, i left the university 2007. Since then a made in training as quality
manager, and since one year a work for a kitchen that producess biological food for
April last year then, since i realized that something is missing in my live; i actually
wanted to recommence Wing Tsun and was looking for videos an youtube, when i came over your
videos. As i said earlier, this has triggered a profound change of my beeing.
Before the mail gets to long, here some thoughts of what i am currently thinking about the
future of my live. I career terms it is clear for my, that i want to teach Tai Chi and
Qigong. Additionally, i plan to supplement this by becoming an alternative practitioner
with focus on TCM and acupuncture. I think my scientific background, interest in medicine and the personal
experiences in Qigong and Tai Chi give me a good fundament for development.
I also expect, that our meeting and your teaching will greatly influence my personal
beeing. Since we haven´t met personally yet i am, honestly spoken, a little bit uncertain
of how to behave towards you. For example i am not sure to call you sifu, or if it is ok to
call you Joseph. Or to put it generell, i am not familiar with the etiquette in a Master
disciple relationship in martail arts. But i am confident you will get me on the right
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