Renegade Wing Chun Martial Art Academy
The Renegade Wing Chun facility was originally built as a place for Chief Instructor Taganashi to do his own personal training and to train his son in the ways of Kung Fu. Although officially listed as being in the "Greater Chicago Area" the facility is actually located on Taganashi's 5 acre property in Wisconsin about an hours drive from the City. We are proud to have one of the most traditional and picturesque martial art schools in the Mid-west area. It includes a 700 square foot main training hall, a Wing Chun Wooden Dummy room, a study (martial art library), and a traditional outdoor training area. The academy is small by US standards, just large enough to train a small group of students (3 or 4 at the most) . But Taganashi likes it this way. You see, Kung Fu training is an intensely person journey that requires years of hard work , sacrifice, and discipline to acquire even a moderate level of skill and the student teacher relationship in Kung Fu tradition is a very special one. The larger the class the less direct knowledge that can be transmitted from teacher to student and the less likely for the student and teacher to form that special relationship. Furthermore Sifu does not believe that Kung Fu can or should be taught to just anyone and he refuses to open a full public school.
Wing Chun's Great Grandmaster Ip Man had a saying;
" It is difficult for a student to find a good Sifu, but even more difficult for a Sifu to find a good student."
What is a Sifu?
The word Sifu is written with the Chinese characters 師傅 and 師父. The character 師 means "teacher", while the meaning of 傅 is "tutor" and the meaning of 父 is "father". A teacher is a role model; his words and actions represent not only himself and his school, they represent his teacher, and his teacher's teacher. He is not overbearing or feared by any man nor does he fear any man. His training and understanding brings a peace of mind which can be felt when you are in his presence. In the west most will think that they pay their teacher for Kung Fu lessons with money and tribute; it is an investment. But the true investment is made by the teacher in his student.
What is Kung Fu?
In Chinese, Kung fu ( 功夫) is a compound of two words, combining 功 (gōng) meaning "work", "achievement", or "merit", and 夫 ( fū) which is alternately treated as being a word for "man" or as a particle or nominal suffix with diverse meanings (the same character is used to write both). A literal rendering of the first interpretation would be "achievement of man", while the second is often described as "work and time/effort". Its connotation is that of an accomplishment arrived at by great effort of time and energy.
Notice the word fighting is not mentioned. This is why when people ask us if we teach fighting, we are quick to answer - NO, we teach Kung Fu.
True mastery of the martial arts is not an accumulation of hundreds of techniques or special tactics. Rather it is total mastery of a few basic movements through hard work and rigorous training. Further more an individual who has mastered his or her craft should have the ability to express those movements on a very personal level.
There are three elements crucial to any form of martial arts training;
1. Technical Skill Training
2. Physical Conditioning
3. Practical Applications
In the beginning most of the training focuses on the physical elements of Kung Fu. But true Kung Fu training is geared towards inner discipline and the perfection of character. Through rigorous training the body is developed first which in turn develops the mind by exercise the will and personal commitment. Then the human spirit is affected and by this intellectual awakening. Finally the process of becoming a truly virtuous being who seeks only to live in harmony with the world should be the ultimate goal.