Plano Wing Chun And Escrima

Plano Wing Chun And Escrima

5.0 (6)

About this pro

Wing Chun and Escrima exist for practical self-defense. There are no high kicks or acrobatics.

Based on scientific principles for anyone's use. Every movement is dual purposed for defense and offense to maximize efficiency. Muscle memory is a critical piece of our training and is best demonstrated with a blindfold! Students describe our programs as 'chess for the body and the mind'.

Realistic scenarios and all ranges of a fight: Standing, Ground, Weapons.

We tailor an international curriculum for the individual.

Established in 1997, we are the longest running club for these styles in the metroplex!

For more information visit us online and on FaceBook:

planowingchun.com    facebook.com/planowingchunandescrima

I started this group in 1997 so that I could have training partners. I realized immediately that I enjoyed the teaching aspect as much or more than the training itself.

I love giving students the tools to feel safe and empowered. I have peace of mind in sharing concepts that are self-correcting, allowing students to continually seek refinement in their training in and out of class.

Lastly, I'm continually delighted at the personalities that start as student customers but become trusted friends.

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Credentials

Allen, TX 75013
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6 Reviews

5.0

  • Godfrey Chan

    I've done a couple of different martial arts/defensive systems over the years. When I moved to TX I wanted to continue training in Wing Chun/Kali. Sifu Graham Weeden provides excellent instruction in the EBMAS system of Wing Chun coupled with the Latosa system of escrima. The instruction is practical and based on surviving/dominating a violent confrontation. The class structure is relaxed, there are no colored belts, the other students are mature, professional and focused.

  • Eric

    Sifu Graham is a down to earth and skilled teacher. I find the Ebmas system of wing chun to be both simplistically practical and challenging at the same time. I've had the privilege of being able to train for 6+ years, now with him, and don't have any plans of stopping.

  • Travis

    I have trained with Sifu Graham for almost 16 years. He is a gifted teacher and has become a close friend. His technical material is first rate, and he is continually working to improve everything about the program.

  • Peter Yan

    Sifu Graham Weedon is an excellent, friendly, and highly skilled martial artist. He generously shares his decades of training and experience in Wing Chun and Escrima with his students. Sifu Graham teaches sophisticated, yet practical martial arts skills, interwoven with self-defense strategies, and makes the classes fun and enjoyable. Highly recommended for children and adults who want to learn self defense, martial arts, and get some exercise.


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

In the initial consultation, I ask students to share what their motivation for training is and if they have identified any training goals. I ask about prior martial arts experience and what they did and did not like about it. Lastly, I like to address any medical, emotional, or learning challenges the student may have so that I can tailor the lesson to their needs.  


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

From a Teaching / Coaching perspective, my military and civilian careers prepared me for working with all audiences and abilities. 

From a martial arts perspective, I have multiple teaching and testing certifications in the Emin Boztepe Martial Art System and was personally encouraged by our Global Chief Instructor to start teaching upon my relocation here. I was awarded the Sifu title in 2012 and received my Master title in the summer of 2019. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Group lesson rates are $149/mo for up to 3 classes each week, and $99/mo for 1 class a week. Drop-In fees are available at $30/class. 

Private and small group rates vary based on duration, quantity purchased, and headcount. For example, a 1 hour private lesson is $90, but gets cheaper in bulk or with additional participants.


How did you get started teaching?

I relocated to Plano, Tx upon separating from the US Army in 1997. At the time there was no Wing Chun or Escrima in the Dallas metroplex. Having no one to train under, my Sifu, GM Emin Boztepe, encouraged me to start a club. What began as a means to create training partners became a passion for sharing the art. 


What types of students have you worked with?

We prefer mature teens and adults but I've worked with ages 8 - 71, men and women, healthy and challenged. I've had students with learning disabilities, blindness, and cerebral palsy. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was asked to host our national organization's Annual Summer Camp in July 2017 and was honored to have guest participants from as far away as Vancouver and New York City.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Shop around, have conversations, try them out. You are a customer first, a student second. Titles and Rank mean less than the ability to work with you in a safe and trusting manner.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

"Am I really ready to learn something new." Too often people come in hoping to validate what they thought they knew, which makes it doubly hard when they reveal and realize they didn't know it after all.