DaiSifu Andreas Gross
DaiSifu Andreas Gross
8th Master degree
Co-director of the EWTO
Head of the Trainer Academy Heidelberg
Master of Sport Pedagogy
WingTsun for me is life management. You can learn with it how to cope with the forces that come at you in life from within and from outside.
Why did you start with WingTsun?
In my youth was the great time of the KungFu movies. They awakened my curiosity for martial arts. At that time, I made no distinction between self-defense and martial arts. Later, when I enlisted in the German Armed Forces, the aspect of self-defense became increasingly relevant. There I also met my later SiHing Hans-Georg. At that time he was already 9th student grade in a WT school in Saarland. Shortly after that I watched a WingTsun demo of Michael Fries. That was impressive, because Michael Fries was not exactly a giant and could nevertheless defend himself well. Afterwards I registered right there.
Why are you still doing WingTsun?
Because it has convinced me and shown me many ways to deal with forces in life. The principles of WingTsun can be implemented in many areas and help me to cope with different life situations. This applies to both professional and private life. Everywhere you have to deal with forces that affect you. And of course you also fight with forces from within yourself. Because you deal with yourself a lot in WingTsun, you are constantly working on yourself and your own abilities to question critically, to think reflectively. Because WingTsun is structured very principle-oriented, it can also be applied concretely to other situations. One learns in the most diverse areas to yield to greater forces if necessary.
WingTsun is so infinitely complex. Moving is infinitely complex. Fighting is infinitely complex. You can spend a lifetime with it.
Of course, I still do WingTsun not least because it became my profession.
What was your standout WT experience?
WingTsun influenced my whole life and still does in all areas of life. Therefore, it is difficult for me to pick out a single event. Because I went the way from student to manager, there are endless experiences. It is very difficult for me to single out one of them. Let me put it this way: The outstanding thing is the whole.
What changed for you when you received the 1st HG or 5th MG?
Something is a goal until you reach it. The achievement of a goal is always an important event in life. As a 1st HG, I was much more concerned with myself.
The training to become a master was considerably more than just a martial arts technical one. Of course, this also had to do with my role in the EWTO. I grew more and more into my profession, combined with more and more obligations.
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