Joachim Leis has been fighting quitely and with direct physical
contact. It was in 2009 when it already became obvious that this
will change in 2010, in a burst. Or rather a thrust. Ever since
Leis is having a blast - with a noise.
martial arts CV, in bullet points, as I'd like to put it as a
detective chief superintendent.
at TSV Ludwigsburg
at MTV Ludwigsburg
Operations instructor MEK LKA BW
for behaviour, attitude and self-defence, BKA
the WingTsun school Ludwigsburg
for Kids-WingTsun, instructor for women's assertiveness
12th SG WingTsun, Trainer 1
a student of Newman-Escrima at Master Bernd Hoyer's academy
1st TG WingTsun, Trainer 2
2nd SG Newman-Escrima
In the autumn
of 2005 I joined the EWTO, to learn the art of WingTsun self-defence
at the school of a friend of mine, Sihing Sifu Andreas Stahnke.
When his WingTsun school Ludwigsburg celebrated its 4th anniversary
in autumn 2009 combined with the opening of new premises at Steinbeißstraße
in Ludwigsburg, Sifu Andreas and I were really happy that besides
many other guests, a good friend of ours, Escrima Master Bernd
Hoyer (5th PG), payed us a visit.
three of us sat in late, after all other visitors had gone home,
having a lively discussion. The conversation was mostly about
Newman-Escrima, which Master Bernd practises, and the way he explained
the principles to us. Very fascinating. Sifu Andreas and I wanted
to see this in living colour. We kindly asked Master Bernd to
give a 5 hrs seminar in Ludwigsburg as soon as his schedule would
permit it. It happened to be in February, 2010.
On this Saturday,
February 6th, 2010, almost all full aged students of the WingTsun
school Ludwigsburg, participated in this seminar. It became a
5-hrs-experience in which Master Bernd Hoyer impressively demonstrated
to us the weapon system Newman-Escrima. Literally striking.
some handling excercises, we progressed through some basics on
to the five strikes, finally. After a short break we continued
with the 1st student grade's offlining excercise, in which you
have to yield an attack by applying proper footwork.
we started to make some noise. We were having a blast. In a partner
excercise, the five strikes had to be conducted with real power.
Obviously everyone had a great time. But it also became clear
to us that Newman-Escrima is not just waving about some sticks.
And this seminar was not over yet...
on the cake was a little demonstration using sword and buckler.
It showed impressively what "the art of using cutting weapons"
is about. After this rather mediaeval journey the rest of the
bonus demonstration showed what can be done with today's knives
and objects (e.g. an umbrella, CD covers, or spray cans) in the
hand of a trained Newman-Escrimador.
If it wasn't
already before the seminar, it was definitely afterwards, that
I knew for sure I need to learn this fascinating martial arts
with weapons. I asked Master Bernd for a trial lesson, which convinced
him to continue teaching me Newman-Escrima at his academy in Eppingen.
I am more than happy to be his student.
I was six years old, I'm practising martial arts simply for the
fun of it. All that time I was guided and instructed by very experienced
and professional trainers and instructors, likewise in wrestling,
Karate, kickboxing, Judo, or Jiu-Jitsu.
to my job I got involved in street fighting since I was 20: Ten
years being part of a mobile task force, two years as chief of
a personal security force and ten more years while being part
of a task force to fight organized crime.
I think that
qualifies me to some extent to know what martial arts / sports
and self-defence are really about. But since I came in contact
with Newman-Escrima, my overall knowlege and experience of strategy,
attitude and acting in fights, grew vastly, once more.
Since I am
a very diligent student, I got rewarded by Grandmaster Bill Newman
with the 2nd student grade, by now.
And I'm truly
looking forward to my next Escrima lessons, having fun - with
Kriminalhauptkommissar a.D./Diplom Verwaltungswirt
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