I came to Moy Tung Kung Fu Academy while searching for a self-defense class appropriate for an older adult female. I was struggling with some lasting effects from an abusive relationship, and a friend suggested Ving Tsun Kung Fu. I am not an athletic person, and had never even considered learning a martial art, so I was initially very nervous about trying it out. As it turned out, Ving Tsun Kung Fu was a perfect choice for me as it teaches skills that enable a physically smaller or weaker person to defend against or disable a larger or stronger person.
Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be studying the art of Wing Chun (yep, I still spell it the ‘Merican way). Marital arts was a tiny blip on my radar, except in the movies. But, my interest in martial arts grew - particularly in Wing Chun and its history, fact and lore. Feeling fat-n-frumpy at 51, I walked into the Georgetown school and met with BeeBee Hu, now my Simo.
As a woman living in the 21st century, it is an interesting time to live. The idea of female equality long ago emerged, and yet we struggle with how to implement these ideals in our lives or to even feel that we deserve it. There is a perception of the woman as being weak, physically and emotionally. In my own life, I have obtained a Bachelors degree in Nursing, worked in various stressful nursing environments, birthed two beautiful children at home (drug free), and stayed at home to raise them for nearly three years (probably the hardest thing I attempted).