Hi! My name is Evan Tate. I am a professional jazz saxophonist and instructor from New York City, but I currently live in Munich, Germany.
Martial Arts have been a part of life since the age of 10 or 11. Before I even started playing an instrument!
I first learned some Karate from a kid in our clique who was a neighbor of mine. We and three other friends were afraid of going into our neighborhood Junior High School because of gangs. We wanted to do something to defend ourselves against the older kids on the block. One of us had a lot of experience in fighting (he got into a lot of fights, and won them all), and the rest of just wanted to know how to fight.
It wasn’t until I was in college that I “officially” began learning a martial art. Through a friend of my big sister, I was brought to the Alan Lee Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association. There I began to study Le Lan Wu Shu (Tan Tui Kung Fu and basis of many other Kung Fu styles). I studied there nearly four years and had started training as a junior instructor (assistant) by the time I graduated college. I then discontinued training due to being called to go on tour through Europe.
Many years have past since then. I migrated to Austria, then Germany. Started a family and advanced my career. All the while, I practiced my martial art when I could and also dabbled in Ba Gua Chuan, Choy Lay Fat, Tai Chi, Jiu Jitsu and Aikido. But always in the back of my mind, I wanted to learn Wing Chun.
I noticed I was good when it came to fighting within kicking distance (I’m a tall guy, and have long legs!), but I was pretty miserable at close range fighting. I knew that Wing Chun was the answer.
I finally started training Wing Chun about five years ago and have now become a Sihing (trainer).
For those who may not be familiar with the term, Sihing really means “older (Kung Fu) brother”. It is a type of prerequisite to Sifu (fatherly instructor, or instructor).
This blog is planned just to spread some information, research I’m doing, personal experiences teaching, and ideas about and around this beautifully amazing martial art of Wing Chun.
I do not intend to present myself as an expert! I am a student of the art and will remain a student, no matter how high my rank within the system.
I hope you enjoy it.
Please add your comments, questions and opinions!