Wing Tsun seminars wiht Sifu Simon Mayer are a blast - and unlike at so many other seminars, you will actually learn a lot.
Sifu Simon is the most successful Wing Tsun instructor in the United States (not counting some who only travel here occasionally to teach). He came here in 1995, fresh out of the famous 'Wing Tsun Castle' in Germany (see picture below), with only a few thousand dollars in his pocket. He barely knew English, had no connections in the US other than yours truly, and did not know how to drive a car - so he bought himself a used Honda.
After practicing his driving for only a few days in the back streets behind my house, he took off, all that way across the country, and drove himself to Marin County near San Francisco, where he started to teach small classes and began to ceaselessly promote Wing Tsun.
Today, he owns Bay Mountain Martial Arts, has over 350 students, of which over 50 are black-shirt assistant instructor levels and higher (with several 3rd Level Technicians), who run nearly twenty separate schools and training groups under him throughout California.
Sifu Simon has been able to catapult himself to the forefront of Wing Tsun in the United States by leveraging close relationships with some of the best and highest-ranking Wing Tsun masters in Europe, the place where the art has developed into the most realistic and most advanced form in its 300-plus year history.
Our school has been officially affiliated with his organization, Bay Mountain Martial Arts, since the beginning of 2011. Sifu Simon holds a 4th Level Technician Grade in Wing Tsun Kung Fu.
Seminars with Sifu Simon take place at Houston's Backyard Wing Tsun four time a year. The next scheduled Seminar will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at our school location. Please call for further details and requirements. The Seminars cost only $80.00. Call the number in the lower right corner of the top banner of this page.
Sifu Martin Hoffmann (Germany)
Sifu Simon is currently working together with Dai-Sifu Martin Hoffmann from Germany to expand Sifu Martin's Wing personal brand Chun/WingTsun in the United States.
As to Dai-Sifu Martin's ability in Wing Tsun, Sifu Simon has the following to say (courtesy of the Fit4KungFu website):
Dai-Sifu Martin Hofmann
"Instead of just writing some bio text about this special martial artist, I thought it may be best if I write something about him and why I am working together with such a great teacher.
I met Dai-Sifu Martin a long time ago, in 1993. We both trained the art of Wing Tsun/ Wing Chun, but to work with Sifu Martin was special. This peaceful martial artist has a great warrior within him, who is very passionate about his art. His skill demonstrates, with great fluidity, power and amazing precision, how masterful a fighter can be. His presentation is poetry in motion.
Dai-Sifu Martin is very astute about the body, fitness and well being. His knowledge goes well beyond understanding a physical constitution.
His mission in life is to help people reach their potential in life. He is a very compassionate person and will use his ability to improve the human being as a whole.
Dai-Sifu Martin is a master like a master should be.
I enjoy his teachings a lot and so will you!!
You need to consider this endorsement in light of the enormous knowledge and the deep and longstanding personal connections Sifu Simon has with the best of the best of the Wing Tsun masters in Germany. It really says a lot.
Here is a short video of the type of Wing Tsun Dai-Sifu Martin Hoffman teaches both in Germany and here in the US:
And here is a link to an English translation of Dai-Sifu Martin's German website. Please read it. It is highly informative and says a lot about the kind of teacher (and human being) Dai-Sifu Martin is. If we grow fast enough as a school, we may be able to bring him here to Houston for one of our Seminars, one day ... :)