London Wing Chun Teachers: Sifu Tomorr Shala
Sifu Tomorr Shala Head Instructor of the National Wing Chun Academy
On this page you will find all the information you need about Sifu Tomorr Shala including:
- Sifu Shala's Interpretation of Wing Chun
- Sifu Shala's Wing Chun Training System
- Sifu Shala's Wing Chun Syllabus
- Sifu Shala Wing Chun Class Times and Locations
- Student Comments About Sifu Shala's Wing Chun Classes
Sifu Tomorr ShalA's interpretation of Wing Chun
Logic, Speed and Sensitivity
Wing Chun (also known as Wing Tsun, WT or Ving Tsun) is a complete logical self-defence system with unique techniques based upon Taoistic laws and principles. Since a Wing Chun martial artist does not rely on muscular strength or stamina, but rather on fast, simple and explosive counter attacks, the weak and small can overcome the strong and big. This makes it ideal for womens' self-defence.
Physical contact with the opponent automatically releases trained reflexes (which are developed using Lat Sao, Chi Sao and Chi Gerk). In this way a Wing Chun practitioner can redirect the opponent's power and turn it against him.
The practical use of Wing Chun of course depends on one's emotional state, and that is why in our Central London Academy from day one we teach our students how to win a fight using simple, effective self-defence techniques rather than focusing on sparring (sparring is part of the advanced level, after the right reflexes and reactions are already implanted). In this way we teach the ability to control the physical and mental reactions that can occur in a high tension, high stress self-defence situation. This leads to an overall sense of confidence and wellbeing. This ability to calmly control one's body is also the key ingredient for good health. Just a few months Wing Chun training will contribute to the developement of new levels of awareness, confidence and self-belief. This in turn leads to reduced stress, a better quality of life and no longer seeing oneself as a "victim".
Sifu Shala's Wing chun Training system
Sifu Shala's Wing Chun classes in Central London are based on forms, hand and leg techniques, footwork, pad work, partner training and we always finish off with a nice full body stretch. All this contributes to correct body posture, coordination, mental focus, rhythm, timing, speed, explosive power, balance, visual and kinesthetic reflexes and flexibility. When combined together these individual skills enable you to:
- Develop an awareness of body language and how to inerpret it.
- Manage your fears and bad habits.
- Increase your resistance to stress
- Build your confidence
- Apply real self-defence skills in real situations
Sifu Shala's classes aim to balance hard training with relaxed enviroment, thus creating a dynamic and enjoyable atmosphere in which to learn. He understands that learning is about experience as well as information.
Through experience we uncover what is inside us, who we really are and at the same time discover our own abilities and our own potential to enlarge our lives.
Sifu Shala's Wing chun Syllabus
There are 12 Student grades split into three levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. After the 12th student grade, the equivalent of Black Belt , we have the Technician level.
Basic Level (student grade 1-4)
You will learn how to defend against and execute the most common atacks(straight punches to the face and body, diagonal atacks and swings) and kicks. You will also learn how to deal with pre-fight emotions and the psychology of fight, both of which play an important role at this stage.The 1st and 2nd forms and single arm Chi Sao (dan chi) complete this programme.
Intermediate Level (student grade 5-8)
At this level you will gain an understanding of the short range atacks (ellbows, knees, hooks and uppercuts). Anti-grappling, anti-throwing and anti-ground-fighting, Chi Gerk, double arm Chi Sao and its 1st section are also taught at this level.
In Chi Sao or Chi Gerk training you use the "sticking" to defend by redirecting the energy, while the your partner wants to loose or get rid of the "stick" in order to attack using the perfect Wing Chun techniques and shapes and the right energy.
Advanced Level (student grade 9-12)
This level is designed to teach you how to deal with the long range attacks. It focuses upon counter kicks, weapons (sharp or blunt) and multiple assailants (any attack, armed or unarmed).
At this level you will also learn the blindfolded Chi Sao
At this stage you study the Wing Chun system in a more technical depth. Using the understanding of body mechanics you learn to restrain the opponent without causing serious injury, techniques frequently used by Police forces. Arm dislocating and breaking techniques are also studied at this level. You will also encounter the 3rd form (thrusting fingers), the Wooden Dummy form, Advance Chi Sao, Chi Gerk and weapons (long pole and butterfly knives).
Apart from the Basic and Advanced Training courses Sifu Shala offers the Instructor Training Course for those students who want to become Certified Instructors.
If you are thinking to become a Wing Chun Certified Instructor then do not hesitate to speak to Sifu Shala.
Private Lessons - Personal Trainer
If you want to add more hours to your training, progress faster or simply can not attend the classes then Sifu Shala offers private lessons. Please book the private lessons in advance.
Sifu Shala does not require time based contracts or binding agreements he offers discounts on prepay options.
Sifu Shala Wing Chun Class Times and Locations
Sifu Shala's Wing Chun Classes in London:
Wing Chun Classes in London Location 1:
London Studio Centre, studio 6, 42-50 York Way, London, N1 9AB within walking distance from King's Cross St Pancras train station.:
Times: Mondays 6:30-8:00 -all levels
Wing Chun Classes in London Location 2:
The St Mary at Hill Church, 6-7 St Mary at Hill , London, EC3R 8EE within walking distance from Monument,Tower hill, London bridge, Bank, St Pauls and Cannon Street tube stations.
Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 basic level, 7:30-8:30 intermediate and advanced level
Thursdays 6:30-8:00 basic level, 7:30-8:30 intermediate and advanced level
Email Sifu Shala at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a FREE introduction and a FREE first month of lessons and Call Sifu Shala on 0788 695 4009 now and quote: Londonwingchun.com
Student Comments About Sifu Shala's Wing Chun Classes
Paul Cluskey, 37, IT Consultant
What's your background in Martial Arts? - Jiu Jitsu, Wing Tsun (achieved the technician level) and little Aikido whilst at University.
Why did you start training Wing Chun? - I was looking for something effective against a bigger attacker and my childhood fascination with Bruce Lee naturally led to the art that he started with...
What do you love about the art? - It's simple, but can be very elegant- there is always something to learn!
What do you love about the classes? - The realism, the informal atmosphere and the element of cooperation- there are no egos in the classes.
What do you like about the Instructor? - Tomorr is a natural Instructor and a gifted martial artist. He injects enthusiasm into everything, and is also true martial artist- not like so many Instructors or organisations these days concerned only with making money. I like the way he's evolving the art as well- if something new works he'll use it- if something doesn't work he'll discard it.
What are some of the early benefits you have noticed? - Physically it has kept me reasonable fit into my 30's, but more importantly, mentally its given me confidence.
What are your training goals? - To get a little fiter through regular classes and to continue to see the art develop alongside my instructor.
Why you would recomend it? - Its addictive, interesting, a good form of exercise and good social outlet outside of work.
Felicite Robertson, Energy analyst
What's your backround in Martial Arts? - 3 years Karate, 2 years Wing Tsun
Why did you start training Wing Chun? - The class was next to home and I was corious about a martial art that did not require such force as Karate did.
What do you love about the classes? - I love the team spirit, I love the fact that black belts will take time to train with lower grades. I like the energy.
What do you like about the Instructor? - Tom never shouts, never gets angry. He is funny and allways takes the time to explain properly.
What are some of the early benefits you have noticed? - My levels of stress have gone down. I feel fit. I do not think about danger the same way anymore. I do not see people in the street the same way I used to: for example, if I were walking in the street on my own and I crossed a man, I would be nervous, now, in a second, I look at him and imagine how I would defend myself should he attack me.
What are your training goals? - I would like to fully understand the moves we learn and reach a level where these moves come to me naturally.
Why you would recommend it? - I would definitely recommend the class for all the above reasons.
Jason Joe, 29, IT worker
What's your backround in Martial Arts? - Various Kung Fu systems, Tai Chi, Aikido, Kickboxing, Karate, Taekwondo, Capoeira and Wing Tsun (achieved the technician level).
What do you love about the art? - Making the system work for me.
What do you love about the classes? - Seeing what works.
What do you like about the Instructor? - Constantly trying to refine a system.
What are some of the early benefits you have noticed? - More attention to practical body mechanics and structure.
What are your training goals? - To reach the point where my techniques as Bruce Lee once said about his fighting abilty "I do not hit...it hits all by itself"
Why you would recommend it? - It is a system that is simple to understand but hard to master, so that it can work for any ages, size, strength and level of fitness. It teaches you no matter your physicality you can overcome obstacles by using common sense, timing, speed,positioning etc..
Anja Rauch,31, Head of operations
What's your backround in Martial Arts? - The only Martial Art I tried and sticked with since 1998 is Wing Tsun (achieved the technician level) and now Wing Chun.
Why did you start training Win Chun? - I was looking for something that keeps me fit and at the same time gave me the skills of self-defence.
What do you love about the art? - Wing Chun is a simple and effective Martial Art which consists of a few principlesthat can be applied in many different ways and that are easy to learn. the most exciting bit for me is to learn about the body mechanics of people and the way reflexes get trained. Wing Chun really can be learnt by anyone, regardless of sex and age.
What do you love about the classes? - The classes -very nice crowd of people, usually there is zero arrogance amongst students, everyone wants to learn and is having fun together, in the class as well during the occasional pint together after the class. Also one meets people from all kinds of (proffesional) backrounds which makes it very interesting and easy to meet new friends or mates. At last all share the same interest- Wing Chun.
What do you like about the Instructor? - The Instructor supports you on your way and helps you making progress. It is great to be taught by someone who simply takes pleasure from seeing people making progress without any own ego or arrogance (I had different experience in other schools during my Wing Chun way). Also he is interested in his students, what they are up to, he is listening and very understanding in his way with dealing with his students. Therefore I consider this as an extra benefit of this school in particular.
What are some of the early benefits you have noticed? - Wing Chun helped me relax by taking my mind of things, be it an upcoming exam or just a stressfull day at work. Also with a lot of time spent at the desk it is good to get your body moving a couple of times per week- great for me as I am not very good at getting my jogging shoes on...
What are your training goals? - My training goals are to definitely keep up with it and progress further, even after having achived the Technician level in slightly different system (Wing Tsun) before. Wing chun allways evolves and there are still so many ways of doing things to discover that I definitely won't get bored.
Why you would recommend it? - The great benefit especially for women is the gained confidence. Wing Chun gives me that bit of freedom that does not let me worry about getting home by myself late night after a party. Just by having that confidence and getting the awareness for what is going on around you I find you are safer as you appear not to be the perfect victim for someone up to nothing good- which is rather good feeling, living in a big city like London. Although I never tried anything else but Wing Chun as a Martial Art - I also never felt tempted to try anything else either.
Gregory Cline, 39, Global Business Analyst
What's your backround in Martial Arts? - I have taken various self-defence classes and martial arts programmes over the years. However , I had never found a martial art that I had desire to continue training with until I began studying Wing Chun.
What do you love about the art? - Wing Chun does not rely on brute strength to be successful. It trains you to respond in a natural way to offensive attacks.There is also an interesting story as to the origin of the art, one of the only I am aware of that was formed by a woman as a method of personal defence.
What do you love about the classes? - The class structure provides a way to increase fitness, learn an art and have some fun at the same time.
What do you like about the Instructor? - Tom could not hide his enthusiasm for teaching the art if he tried. He is truely commited to teaching the most efficient and applicable form of Wing Chun. Tom is flexible in his aproach to teaching and is willing to adjust to the needs of the students.
What are some of the early benefits you have noticed? - I have achived a more acute awareness of my body and my physical reactions. I began using the forms as a way to relax and reduce stress from the very beginning.
What are your training goals? - My goal is to obtain my 12th level (black belt). Long term goals include further training and possibly assisting in teaching should my work/life balance allow. Overall, I simply want to feel more confident in my ability to protect friends my family and myself.
Why you would recommend it? - Wing Chun is an art that can provide some very quick results. This can give the immediate gratification that many people need to continue with a martial arts program. The art does not rely upon physical strength but on your natural reactions. Lastly, it can provide you with a greater level of confidence, not only in self-defence but also in life.
Christoph Morbitzer, 37, Engineer
What's your backround in Martial Arts? - I did abit of Karate, for around a year, and Wing Tsun Kung Fu for a bit more than a year.
Why did you start training Wing Chun? - I had intended to do Karate for self-defence purposes, but prefer Wing Chun to Karate.
What do you love about the art? - Its linked to Taoism,and everything that comes with it. The fact that it works against bigger opponents (although so far I did not have to try this out), and how the philosophy can be transferred into life in general.
What do you love about the classes? - There is no secrecy, which I found in other Kung Fu organisations (something that I never I understood!). Tom breaks the Art down into simple basic concepts, which he still explains in the context of the "bigger picture".
What do you love about the Instructor? - Tom is great. He is fun to be with, a nice guy, and a very motivated Instructor. He puts the students first , and finds it important that they progress quickly whilst still learning all the important "basics".
What are some of the early benefits you have noticed? - The moves get more natural, and I get the "softer" when I apply them. A feeling "softness" about things that bothered me in the past. That can be anything stress related, really.
What are your training goals? - Make sure the moves are a natural reaction if I ever need them.
Why you would recommend it? - For all of the above reasons.