Matthew Plewes, 45 year practitioner of real-world defense. 1976-1982 Seikukan Karate-do under Master Terumasa Ogawa, 1982-1985 Fundamental Wing Chun and JKD, (J.Wong), 1984 to 2001 Five Animal Kung fu and Chin’na under Samuel Cheeks, (Received Jr. Instructor after 5 years and Master Teacher Certification after 17 years. From 1996-1999 Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong under Master Li Sun, member of Shanghai Tai Chi Association. From 2001 to present residing in Japan teaching, researching fighting tactics of non-sport Asian martial arts.

1. 大切な人と自分を守るための武術教室: 静岡市で中国武術と護身術を学んでいる春天アカデミーのご紹介サイトへようこそ。
私たちの先生は、アメリカの警察や軍隊の技法を武術に融合した護身術のエキスパートです。教室では、子供から大人まで習得しやすい実用的な護身術をご指導いただいています。

2. 先生のご紹介: ご指導いただいている(範士-Sifu) マット・プルーエス先生をご紹介させていただきます。
先生は長い武術経歴をお持ちのため、詳細は先生のホームページをご参照いただきたいのですが、アメリカという犯罪の多いお国柄、実践的な護身術と中国武術を鍛錬されてきた先生です。
先生の先生には、元ネイビーシールズ(アメリカ海軍特殊部隊)の方がおられるため、軍隊の技法にも詳しいです。
アメリカで中国武術なんて習えるのかな?と思う方もいらっしゃるかもしれません。アメリカには中国から移民した人がたくさんいることは良く知られていますが、その中には中国武術各流派の著名な方々も数多く含まれています。
そのため、アメリカには様々な流派の中国武術教室や道場があります。さらに、アメリカでは犯罪率が高いことから、進んで護身術を身に着けようという人が多く、これがまた、中国武術を盛んにしている一因でもあります。
中国武術界では中国人にしか伝承してはいけないといった慣習や仕来たりがあったそうですが、アメリカではブルース・リーの影響によって、それらが少しずつ取り払われていったといわれています。
先生もこういった中で、中国武術を学んでこられました。ブルース・リーが世に広めたジークンドーや詠春拳に関しては、マット先生も学んでおられるため、当アカデミーでも練習に取り入れられています。
武術を習っている環境ですから礼節は守りますが、体育会系のような行き過ぎた練習や厳しい上下関係はありません。

3.トレーニング – CAI-防衛に焦点を当てた技法は自己防衛の科学的な研究です。その自己防衛は反射神経と力の要らない自然な身体の動きに焦点を当て、瞬時に暴力を回避することが狙いです。これは、古代の武術の技法と、現代の世の中に適した機能的な警察や軍隊の手法に由来しています。
CAIの防衛プログラムは、あらゆる暴力や攻撃を対処するための実用的に防ぐ方法を教えます。その技法には、現実のシナリオに近い条件で戦闘態勢に入ってトレーニングをしていくが大切です。独特で総合的な教示および方法で、他者を守るスキルだけでなく戦うスキルを習得していきます。社会や日常生活(パブ、街路、公園、車、トイレ、大量輸送、家、バス、旅客機)の中で、実際に起こることを想定し、自己防衛を主体として立ち向えるスキルを教えています。C.A.I.の方法は、自己防衛の実用的なシステムです。すべての角度や位置は、急激な攻撃にでも最高速度で最良の制御方法を簡単にこなせるように考えられています。

4.即興日常自衛隊の武器:多くの伝統的な武術は、古い伝統的な武器を使用して訓練します。例えば、剣、ヌンチャク、トンファー、槍、弓などです。このトレーニングは趣味としては結構ですが、護身術ではありません。これらの武器はどれも日常的に持ち歩くものではありませんし、多くは道場外に持ち出すことが許されていません。ナイフでさえ、旅行する際に機内になどに持ち込みすることはできません。
しかし実は、自己防衛のための武器は常備している場合があります。そしてそれは違法ではありません。例えば、インクペン、雑誌、鍵、傘や杖、靴、椅子などです。私たちが教えることは、そのような日常品を用いて、どう機能的に自分の身を守るかということです。これらの物は、「即興自己防衛の武器」と言われています。

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About: Based in Shizuoka, Japan, American Matt Plewes has more than 43 years in martial arts study. Training under real masters, diligent practicing and researching, and now teaching.

A total of 25 years in America and 21 years in Asia (Japan).

Matt founded Chuntian Academy in 1985 as a senior student under the supervision of his Master-teacher Samuel Cheeks.

Training – CAI-Defense-focused techniques are scientific research on self-defense. Its self-defense focuses on reflexes and natural body movements that do not require power and aims to avoid violence instantly. This stems from ancient martial arts techniques and functional police and military techniques suitable for the modern world.
CAI’s defense program teaches practical ways to prevent all violence and attacks. For that technique, it is important to enter a battle posture and train under conditions that are close to the actual scenario. With unique and comprehensive teaching and methods, you will acquire not only the skills to protect others but also the skills to fight. We teach the skills to confront self-defense, assuming what actually happens in society and everyday life (pubs, streets, parks, cars, toilets, mass transit, homes, buses, passenger planes). The C.A.I. method is a practical system of self-defense. All angles and positions are designed to make it easy to perform the best control method at the highest speed even for a sudden attack.

Improvisational Self Protection Weapons: Many traditional martial arts are trained using old traditional weapons. For example, sword, nunchaku, tonfa, spear, bow. This training is fine as a hobby, but not a self-defense technique. None of these weapons are carried around on a daily basis, and many are not allowed outside the dojo. Even knives cannot be taken onboard when traveling.
However, in fact, there are cases where weapons for self-defense are always available. And that is not illegal. For example, ink pens, magazines, keys, umbrellas and canes, shoes, and chairs. What we teach is how to use these everyday items to protect yourself functionally. These things are said to be “improvised self-defense weapons.

Matt’s Chronology:

1976-1982 – Seikukan Karate
1982-1983 – Tried Different Schools
1983-1988 – 5-Animal Kung Fu (Man-o-War)
1988 – Ass’t Instructor/1st Rank (Cheeks-Plewes Martial Arts Club)
1990 – Junior Instructor/2nd Rank (Chuntian Academy)
1992 – Instructor/3rd Rank
1994 – Teacher/4th Rank (Also studied FDC/ Jeet Kune Do)
1998 – Teacher/5th Rank (Also studied Wing Chun Basics)
2001 – Master Teacher/6th Rank (CAI Japan Open)
2005 – Master/7th Rank/Generational Promotion
2012 – Grand Master/8th Rank/Generational

Chuntian Academy only does practical, smart and street functional non-sport, kung fu-based self defense. A fusion of proven ancient martial arts, perfected close-range Hong Kong Gung fu, and Modern Defense Concepts.

Ranking System
Our ranking system is for our organization and based on completed training levels, attitude, maturity and other factors.
Our ranking system serves as both a reward and marker of prgress for the student, but also a training level indicator for instructors in large classes.
The colored belt/sashes are nature based metaphors for the students progress.
Each belt has 5 stripes/levels within the level. These level are symbolized by stripes on the belt. (i.e 3rd degree/stripe Green Sash/Belt.

In each class- All long program students do warm-ups, Temple Exercises, Tai Chi, Qi gong, 8-Brocades and punch, block, kick and two-man reaction-response drills during the first 20 minutes of the class.

New Student: White Sash – White symbolizes the snow of winter freezing the new seeds.
A progressive system of basic self defense. Escape and run focused. Seminar and workshop based. A must for everyone. Basic Escapes a Run (BEAR).
Long term students learn Lohan Shiba Shou – Shaolin 18 fist form.
Reward: Yellow Sash B.E.A.R. Patch.

Second Level:Yellow Sash – Yellow symbolizes the sun of the early spring, melting away the snow and the first warmth to the new seeds.
Training: Wu Bu Quan Stance and mobility form.
Also, Intercepting, seize/lock and controlling techniques. Significant self defense knowledge for all people, but essential for law enforcement and security professionals. Control based and non letal. Not over-kill like Krav Maga and other extreme defense systems.

Third Level: Blue Sash- Blue symbolizes water and the Spring showers giving nourishment to the new seed.
Training:16 Changs Form and Techniques and skills for those troublesome and fast punches and kicks that are difficult to catch. (LOOSER) A series of techniques in which you protect your head and duck and focus only on the opponent foot position and then attack and escape never looking up. This level reviews and breaks down all the Quans/Katas techniques and motions and the student with drills and repetitions will be able to apply with skill and understanding.

Fourth Level: Green Sash – Green symbolizes Growing of the new plant (student) Also included at this level is the S.A.C.T. Program and Patch (Seize and Control Tactics).
Training: Force taking. Violently seizing a dangerous opponent and controlling or neutralizing the threat.
The student will be skillful in all the Jishu or Waza techniques as well as pressure point and body point and reflex manipulation of the opponent. The student will start to understand the idea of simplicity and refinement.

Fifth Level: Brown Sash – Brown symbolizes the beginning of fall, falling of dead leaves symbolizes disregarding unneeded or useless techniques, ego and poor attitude. It is also the ending of the season cycle of the year. The student will start getting instructorship training (the new plant preparing winter new seeds.
Training: Dealing with life or death situations, weapons and multiple attackers.
The student will practice, practice, practice and learn the advanced 5 animal sets of the ways of the Dragon, Tiger, Snake, Crane and Leopard. After the knowledge of these forms, the prior sets and techniques will become clear.

Sixth Level: Black Sash – Apprentice, no stripes.
Teaching: Practice and constant review via teaching the first levels including diligent physical training and spiritual and mental training. Qigong, Taichi, Meditation included.
Training: Consist of teaching the student to become a balanced and knowledgeable teacher themselves and sending them on the right personal path to Master-ship, continued research and teaching.

Seventh Level: Black Sash-1 Stripe.
Training consists of gaining knowledge in 80 of the 108 techniques and maturing as a teacher and human being.
Promotion determined by Master of the program.

Eighth Level: Black Sash-2 Stripes.
Training consist of gaining good skill in 100 of 108 techniques and maturing as a teacher and human being.
Promotion determined by Master of the program.

Ninth Level: Black Sash-3 Stripes.
Training consist of gaining good skill in all 108 techniques and maturing as a teacher and human being.
Promotion determined by Master of the program.

Tenth Level: Black Sash-4 Stripes.
Training consist of gaining expertise in all 108 techniques and maturing as a teacher and human being. Promotion determined by Master of the program.
Completion of this level is the reward of the 5th and final student stripe from the senior most master. This is the completion of the technical requirements. The person is considered a FULL Teacher.
The new teacher must continue to improve and teach as they grow and mature in the way of martial arts which is also a way of life. Symbolizing teaching and time are the honorary Master Stripes.

HONORARY MASTER LEVELS
(After legitimate completion of 5th Stripe Black, the new Full teacher takes in his own class. (Family)
Black – 6-Stripes (Master Teacher) Minimum 10 years. The teacher honestly and legitimately takes a new student from white to black belt.

Black – 7-Stripes (Assoc. Master)-After the first student achieves teacher-status. The master teacher takes another student honestly and legitimately from white to black. A new generation.

Black – 8-Stripes (Grandmaster)-Only One. After the first student achieves teacher-status. The master teacher takes another student honestly and legitimately from white to black. A new generation.

Black – 9-Stripes (Sr.Grandmaster) Only one. This is an generational and organizational position granted only one year after the death of the current 9th striped blackbelt or if the 10th degree blackbelt dies and the 9th degree is moved to the 10th degree spot. There is a one year waiting period after the death.
10th degree is the highest living level.
11th and up indicates a deceased master.

As of March 2022 Our organization top leaders have moved up due to the death of Master Banks in February 2021, and are as follows.

8th Degree – Matthew Plewes (President)
9th Degree – Samuel Cheeks (Retired)
10th Degree (Retired per Masters Plewes and Cheeks)
11th Degree – Nicholas Banks(Deceased)
12th Degree – Ho Lee (Deceased)

List of Wing Chun Terms

Kuen – Boxing or Fist
Hoi Ma – Opening the stance
Yee Jee Kim Yeung Ma – Neutral/Centered Stance (See the Wing Chun stance)
Do Ma – Knife stance (Forward Stance)
Kwan Ma – Pole stance (Wide Horse)
Doi Gok Ma – Side/Turned stance
Juen Ma – Turning stance
Bil Ma – Advancing stance
Joan Sien – Centerline
Sifu – Teacher
Sigung – Teacher’s Teacher
Sihing – Elder student
Sidai – Junior student
Kung Fu (Gung Fu) – Skill developed through hard work
Mook Yan Jong – Wooden Dummy
Hong Jong – Air dummy
Sao – Hand or Arm
Gerk – Foot or Leg
Chi Sao – Sticky Hands
Don Chi Sao – Single sticky hands
Seong Chi Sao – Double sticky hands
Poon Sao – Rolling Arms
Chi Gerk – Sticky Legs
Tan Gerk – Knee Turned Out Leg
Bong Gerk – Knee Turned In Leg
Goang Gerk / Gaan Gerk – Splitting Leg
Pak Gerk – Slapping Leg
Chung Choi – Chain Punches (Lin Wah Kuen)
Chung Kuen – Sun Fist Vertical Punch
Tan Sao – Palm up hand (Dispersing hand)
Goang Sao – Splitting Arm
Fook Sao – Controlling Arm
Bong Sao – Wing Arm / Elbow out arm
Dai Bong Sao – Low Wing Arm
Wrong Bong Sao – Crossing Bong Sao
Jow Sao – Inside- to outside-line hand
Man Sao – Inquisitive Hand / Jamming Hand
Wu Sao – Protective Hand
Pak Sao – Slapping Hand
Fak Sao – Whisking/Swinging Arm
Toy Sao (Tok Sao) – Lifting Hand
Jum Sao – Sinking hand
Mut Sao – Lowering hand
Huen Sao – Circling Hand
Bil Sao – Knife Arm / (Type of Palm Strike)
Gum Sao – Pinning Hand
Chin Gum Sao – Front Gum
How Gum Sao – Back Gum
Ju Gum Sao – Side Gum
Lan Sao – Barring Arm
Jut Sao – Jerking Arm
Lop Sao – Grabbing Hand
Chang Sao – Spade Hand
Mang Geng Sao – Neck Pulling Hand
Shat Geng Sao – Throat Cutting Hand
Scissors Goang Sao – Upper and Lower Goang Sao
Kwan Sao – Rotating Arms (low bong sao and tan sao)
Powl Sao – Turning Bong Sao
Kao Sao – Zoning Hand
Phon Sao – Trapping Hands
Jeet Sao – Intercepting Hands
Chin-Na – Locking, seizing, and controlling
Kwai Jeong – Butting Elbow
Pie Jeong – Hacking Elbow
Butt Doan Jeong – Immovable Elbow
Luk Sao – Flowing drill (Element of Sparring)
Nuk Sao – Free Sparring
Gow Sao / Gwo Sao – Sparring out of from Seong Chi Sao (Poon Sao) / (aka Fighting practice)
Lat Sao – Free form training
Pa Da – Fear of being hit
Dwai Da – Fear of hitting
Tom Da – Greedy to hit
Kwan – Pole
Do – Knife
Luk Dim Boon Kwan – Dragon Pole
Baat Jam Do – Butterfly Knives
Sam Pie Fut – “Three Prayers to Buddha” (from Sil Lim Tao form)
Sam Sing Sao – Hitting the 3 stars hands (drill)
Huen Ma – Circling Steps (Horse)
Huen Got Sao – Circling cut (turning Huen Sao)
Po Pie – Embracing the Edges
Gnoy – Outside
Gnoy Pak Sao – Outside Pak Sao
Gnau – Wrist
Jee – Finger
Jeong – Elbow
Mai Jeong – Elbow Position
Jung Dao – Head up, chin tucked
Ting Yiu – Straight lower back (Spine anchored to the ground (pelvis tilted, coccyx tucked under)
Kim Sut – Pinching the Knees (Constant pulling together of the thighs)
Lok Ma – Lowering the stance (Connecting to the ground)
Lik – Power, Force, or Energy
Mok Lik – Targeting your gaze
Lower Tan Tien – Energy storage place in lower belly

Kung Fu Terminology

Many of Wing Chun’s terms are general Kung Fu terms used in many other types of Chinese martial arts. Here are some of these Kung Fu terms.

Founder: Si-Jo: Lee-Banks-Cheeks-Plewes
Teacher’s teacher: Si-Gung (Sam Cheeks)
Older Gung Fu Uncle: Si-Baak (Grant, Washington)
Teacher: Sifu * Matthew Plewes
Teacher’s Wife: Si-Mou * Juli
Older Brother: Si-Hing, Si-Go
Younger Brother: Si-Dai
Student: Dai-Ji, Tou-Dai (Man,Wonan)
Student’s wife: Tou-Sik
Student’s Student: Tou-Syun
In Door Student: Yap-Sat-Dai-Ji
Lineage Holder: Jeung-Mun, Jeung-Mun-Yan (
Kung Fu School: Kwoon

CHILDREN’s BELOW

1986-2009 History Below

Photos

Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief with Bruce “The Dragon” Lee (Top), Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief with Chuntian Academy Founder Matthew Plewes.
https://www.blackdragonfan.com (Fan Site)

Matt Plewes and wife visiting the Bruce Lee statue in Hong Kong..

 

 

 

Celebrating 45 Years! (1976-2021)