Certified Wing Chun Kung Fu Instructor and
studying Wing Chun since 1996
Antonella is a Certified Wing Chun Kung Fu Instructor and has been training Wing Chun since 1996. She regularly travels to Hong Kong for further training under Grand Master Ip Chun and his senior students from Hong Kong and around the world.
An instructor, mediator, business consultant, coach and mentor and visiting expert on Soul TV, Antonella brings a holistic and feminine aspect to the teachings of Wing Chun. She believes in breaking down the stereotypes that suggest you need to be tough, physically strong and masculine to take up or benefit from martial arts training. She teaches the benefits of Wing Chun Kung Fu to groups and individuals who are seeking alternative ways to become empowered and educated using a holistic framework that includes training the physical, emotional and mental and connecting with the true self.
Professionally, Antonella holds a Degree in Psychology and works as a Mediator in Conflict Resolution. She has facilitated over 1000 mediations between disputing parties. She uses her insights and communication skills in this role as well as in teaching kung fu and mindset coaching/mentoring programs. The skills and philosophies learned through Wing Chun inform and support her development in the professional and personal aspects of her life.
Antonella also runs workshops with business partner Brett Robb from Modern Wisdom. Known as the Dynamic Duo, Brett and Antonella work with small to medium sized businesses training, coaching and consulting based on the principles of structures and patterns and changing core beliefs that hinder individuals and teams from making high level decisions to deepen and broaden their understanding of self and others. For more informations click here; www.modernwisdomtcc.com
Antonella’s family immigrated to Australia from Sicily when she was seven years old. Although she’d always had a fascination for martial arts and was enthralled to see Chinatown in Brisbane, it was not until she turned 18 that she was able to attend her first Kung Fu class. She says:
“That was in 1996 and until today I have not trained in any other martial arts. I always found Wing Chun to give me all I need. As the legend goes Wing Chun was developed by a Buddhist nun, Wing Chun is graceful, fun, relaxed, effective and develops confidence. The physical aspect of learning Wing Chun can help you in grounding yourself and learning to use your core for stabilising and using your body structure.
“Learning Wing Chun teaches you to appreciate how your body can generate a lot of power using minimal movement. For some people including me martial arts and self development complement each other. Everyone is different and depending who you are developing the mind takes precedent over developing your body. Developing however, is a win win. And this is how I approach my practice and how I impart my knowledge.
Learning Wing Chun does not automatically make you invincible nor a hero. Spending time meditating through your Siu Nim Tao connects all the different elements of your being and gives you a sense of inner awareness that humbles you and ironically makes you realise how much you still have to have to learn. This should enhance your hunger to improve your Wing Chun and yourself.
I have learnt that when you confront challenges or set backs instead of speaking badly of yourself and convincing yourself why you knew you weren’t good enough, instead use this as a learning opportunity to self reflect and grow. If you are willing to be honest with yourself you’ll realise what could have been done differently in hindsight.
Wing Chun training gives you an awareness of how we can leverage from our natural body structures to give us optimum outputs and to become calm and move with grace and ease. I liken it to phenomenon in nature called murmuration, when we are connected within ourselves we emit a certain frequency, aura or energy that others can feel if they’re also in tune with their self. It’s not just developed purely through martial arts. Someone who spends hundreds of hours honing a skill base, wether it’s music, arts, dance, sports or anything that allows creative expression can talk to you about when they are in a state of near trance and they let their body do the talking.
In self defence it’s vital that you trust these feelings/intuition/gut feels if confronted and not try to analyse and apply logic to it, otherwise thoughts of self doubt and fear will take away the essence of the the fluidity and connection that’s within you. For example if you become intimidated by someones size or how scary someone looks you have lost the fight before you even begun.
If you’re reading this and you can’t relate to what I’m saying then think of moments in your life when you were in flow, you felt good, ht wasn’t hard, confident and things were just working out. That’s because you were in alignment with your purpose and you were achieving your goals.
This is where we want to be as opposed to feeling angry, resentful or jealous. Investing time learning Wing Chun gives you a sense of control and confidence that cultivates self respect and self worth. From this you become clear on your boundaries and making better conscious decisions without feeling guilty.
If you feel like you’re being attacked, physically, mentally or emotionally at home, the workplace or with friends the time spent on training will manifest in ways felt and many martial artist develop this as they tune into that can only be felt, I see it all the time.
For me, my Wing Chun practice can be likened to yoga practice. It is the yin, the feminine, soft, personal and private training that develops my inner self but there there is also the mirror. The part of the Wing Chun practice that is yang. The masculine, strong, extroverted that needs to be developed to defend against external force. You can’t have one without the other.
The yin and yang off Wing Chun is not about balance but harmony. Knowing and feeling when you have to draw from these dichotomies at different times whilst never compromising your integrity and honouring your uniqueness.
For example, being soft and graceful when my students need to share and all they want is a nonjudgmental ear to be listened to or being hard and focused when we are training and I throw a left roundhouse punch as hard as I can so they can learn how to use their stance and technique to stop being hit.
Most people don’t understand my dedication, love and respect for Wing Chun and that’s ok, it’s not up to me to try and convince or justify why Wing Chun can be so important for them. As long as I am fully present, authentic and genuine in my interaction and my intent is to always to come from a space of non judgement and acceptance I can walk away knowing I have been true to myself”.