Sifu Andreas Petke
Sifu Andreas Petke
6th Master degree
School(s) in: Lindau/Lake Constance
School Owner since: 1995
WingTsun is for me relaxation, departure from everyday life, SV skill, but above all personal development. I decide who I let into my immediate environment.
Why did you start with WingTsun?
In the beginning, the self-defense thought, the martial art was certainly the sole thought. WingTsun seemed more logical to me than other styles and I didn’t want to do martial arts or compete.
I am someone who does not like to be the center of attention. Therefore, big public tournaments or competitions were out of the question for me. Also, WingTsun
didn’t seem to me to be as burdened with meaningless traditions as some other martial arts.
Why are you still doing WingTsun?
Because it’s an outstanding personal development medium and rewards the hardworking, regardless of whether they’re particularly talented for it or not. Permanence and lasting values have always been my thing. Also, that you can work on yourself to a very high degree. All of my teachers at the time are no longer active today, and they were in some cases more talented or quicker to understand, but just more unstable in terms of permanence.
They all had their time and characteristics, but understood WingTsun not as a way of life or passion, but just as a “style”, as something that never changes.
Since I have been allowed to learn
directly from GM Kernspecht, my WT image has become very solid. I have understood that WingTsun is something alive and reflects the personality.
What was your standout WT experience?
Of course, at that time the appointment as an instructor and thus the entry into the teaching activity. Then the passing of the 1st TG and the appointment as Sifu.
What changed for you when you received the 1st HG or 5th MG?
Looking back, I can say that with the 1st HG you know nothing at all, at best made his WingTsun self-defense.
Just at that time the expiry euphoria was very big. Sections and programs or sequences of them seemed to cause the progress automatically, which turned out to be wrong.
Only when all programs except the double knives had been played through, the alternatives became smaller and stagnated.
I received the 5th MG in 2012, and it is only now, when the lessons with GM Kernspecht have settled a bit and calm has returned, that a picture of the WT is emerging more and more. For me, this is also the difference between a 1st HG and the 5th MG. The 1st HG has something like a technical drawing in his mind. The 5th MG should ideally not want to realize certain, dear movements, which seems to be a very high, lifelong ideal. WT starts from the 5th MG – not automatically with graduation, but with understanding.
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