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Tai Chi heals


I highly recommend this. The teacher is excellent.

Calm Chicago

Check out the results fo this study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This is new work, published in 2012 shows (again) that Yang tai chi and it’s soft gentle movements help people suffering terrible pain feel better. 

I am happy to say, this is the exact form I teach at the center. So, please come in and try it. One of the things I love best aout treating pain with tai chi, no icky side effects as you’d experience from medication. And if you become addicted to tai chi as a form of exercise, you’ll just live a healthier life with less pain and more peace of mind.

Please know that if you have restricted or limited mobility, I can adapt the exercises for you. Anyone can learn this.Image

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Learning Wing Chun with Sifu Johnson

Learning Wing Chun with Sifu Johnson

Recently I started studying Ving Tsun with Sifu Matt Johnson. Sifu Johnson was taught Wing Chun by Master Ip Ching, the youngest son of the late Grandmaster Ip Man.
I enjoyed my interview with Sifu Johnson and felt a definite pull towards studying with him. I was a bit worried that he might not accept me and I even hesitated asking him. But, I did and he accepted me as a student.
Sifu Johnson started me out on the first form Siu Lim Tao (小念頭) which translates to “Little Idea” or “Small Idea.” While this form may seem simple it contains much of the essence of Ving Tsun. Sifu Johnson told me to think of this form as the alphabet and with it I can build words, phrases and then a novel. So I hope my readers will follow along as I learn to write in this new language.

Below is an old film I found of Grandmaster Ip Man doing Ving Tsun forms.

Ving Tsun


If you are in Chicago stop in and join us.

Matt Johnson Ving Tsun/Chicago

Tonight at the VTSDA, we were a little all over the place. We started with forms and went to chi sau.

Had a visitor, who’d heard about us from this month’s 2nd Friday events.

Here’s what it looked like.

Like what you see, get in touch with us to come for an interview and see if this might be the school for you. Still just dipping your toe in the water, join other nice folks and subscribe to stay current with self defense at the VTSDA.


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Father of the Forest


Father of Forest
seeds of your knowledge bring forth
Kyudoka saplings

This Haiku was my present to Shibata Sensei on his 90th (or 91st) birthday. Sensei Onyumishi Kanjuro Shibata XX is a 20th generation master bowmaker and archer and 3rd generation “Bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan.” Shibata Sensei is retiring this year as our Sensei but has passed the tradition to his son Nobuhiro Sibata who holds the title Shibata Kanjuro XXI thus continuing the Zenko lineage. We at Fuko Iba look forward to training with our new Sensei soon.

Aikido Belt Test


Aikido Belt Test
many hours of practice
comes to fruition.

In honor of my daughter’s belt test. Good job honey.