Cambridge Wing Chun Kung Fu is led by Sifu Ken Marden and is part of Art of the Warrior – U.S. We follow the leadership and curriculum of Dai-Sifu Martin Hofmann’s Art of the Warrior school in Europe.
Sifu Ken Marden
Chief Instructor, Cambridge Wing Chun Kung Fu
I was first exposed to martial arts when I began studying Wing Chun (Moy Yat lineage) under Sifu Vingrove Thomas in 1991 while a member of the Kung Fu Club at Columbia University. While other students were still sleeping, I would meet with my fellow students before the sun was up and we’d practice forms and chain punches for hours. At the time, Sifu Thomas also taught me other kung fu styles such as Xing Yi, Hung Gar, and Chin Na.
After graduating and over the following years, I trained a variety of different styles, taking classes in Aikido (while living in Japan) and Shotokan Karate, as well as Wing Chun styles that were different from what I’d learned in college.
In 2004, I moved to San Francisco where I began training Wing Tsun (Leung Ting lineage) with Bay Mountain Kung Fu under Dai-Sifu Simon Mayer. It was then that I was exposed to the vast knowledge that was coming out of Germany from the development of the European Wing Tsun Organization. The EWTO has an incredible number of highly skilled Wing Chun masters as alumni, who have come out of the EWTO and started schools of their own. I was lucky enough to be able to train with a number of them, including my own Sifu Simon, as well as two of the greats: Sifu Bernd Wagner and Sifu Martin Hofmann.
I achieved the rank of instructor level in 2007 under Sifu Simon and in 2011, I moved back to the Boston area, where I started Cambridge Wing Chun Kung Fu in the dynamic Harvard Square area. In the summer of 2017, I was awarded the title of Sifu, after many years of training and teaching. I’m now continuing my training and teaching as a member of the Art of the Warrior – U.S. This new organization is made up of an incredible group of teachers — fellow students and friends — led by Sifu John Schroeder, all under the amazing guidance and leadership of Dai-Sifu Martin Hofmann.
My teaching revolves around a combination of physical training, intellectual engagement, and personal growth. I emphasize an open and friendly environment, where students are encouraged to ask questions and make discoveries, while advancing within the Wing Chun leveling program. I continue private lessons in a lifelong effort to grow as a student and teacher of Wing Chun.
Dai-Sifu Martin Hofmann
Founder, Art of the Warrior Wing Chun Academie
Hi. My name is Martin Hofmann. I was born in 1966. My first contact with martial arts began in 1981 with Karate. I changed to Wing Chun in 1986 and have practiced this art since then with enormous passion and enthusiasm. In 1989, I began to teach Wing Chun. In 1990, I added the weapons art “Escrima“, to our curriculum, under the tutelage of several grand masters of that art.
In 2004, while still a member of the EWTO (European Wing Tsun Organization), I passed the test for Master of Wing Chun. It was during that time when I realized that those who seek new discoveries and realizations must break their old chains, and so I left the EWTO in order to find the true path to “The Art of the Warrior.“
I now devote the vast majority of my life to practicing Wing Chun and Escrima, to the rediscovery of the forgotten secrets of the fighting arts, and to the question “What is the real core of all martial arts?“
If that core is really only about mere self defense, then even the purchase of a handgun or some other commonly used weapon, will achieve the desired increase in self-confidence. Why go through years of grueling training to get that effect? So maybe the true essence of martial arts training actually has something to do with The Way, of “Tao“?
Many of the ancient civilizations of the Far East produced practices that survive to this day. What almost all of these traditional arts share in common is that they point to something called “The Way“, in that their practitioners can experience deep truths and self-discovery after long years of persistent practice and devotion. In the process, little by little, the devotee discovers the laws of the finely woven forces that form the substance of life itself.
In doing so, he learns that the quality of his life’s work depends on the unfolding of his own qualities as a human being. His external workings and doings become the expression of profound internal change and improvement.
That is where the true Path begins. “The Art of the Warrior“, serves as the catalyst for a student‘s way to his inner self, taking him through the heights and the depths of his own perception.