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Inner peace through strength
Mornings in La Cañada Flintridge are about to get very interesting.
Alan Lamb, a Sifu (or Master Teacher) of Wing Chun Kung Fu, has launched 7 a.m. group classes in the martial art while also announcing his availability for private classes.
Wing Chun is unique because it was developed entirely by women — Buddhist nuns in 18th-century China — and is the one form of martial arts that relies on simultaneous attack and defense. Its principles allow a smaller, weaker person to protect themselves against a larger, stronger opponent. The art form also involves energy healing.
“Energy healing utilizes the body’s life force to remove physical, emotional and spiritual blockages to accelerate the healing process,” said Lamb. “People can learn to protect themselves with Wing Chun by feeling an attacker’s energy and then responding to it.”
Sifu Lamb proved that point by teaching blind students at the prestigious Royal National Institute for the Blind in London to successfully defend themselves. In 1974, he became the Western world’s first non-Asian master to be certified to teach Wing Chun and he’s been teaching it ever since in Europe, South America and the United States.
Wing Chun has drawn such diverse devotees as actor Robert Downey Jr., who has showcased the art in his Sherlock Holmes movies, and martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Lamb’s eclectic student base is similarly exciting, as he has taught British Special Air Service officers, Colombian security forces, native people living in the Andes, and police officers in New York and California.
Now Lamb wants to direct his attention to teaching doctors, lawyers, artists, musicians and average people interested in protecting themselves and their families. The group classes start at 7 a.m. because that is the hour of the living breath, according to Chinese custom, but private sessions in offices and homes can be flexibly scheduled.
Call Sifu Alan Lamb at (818) 841-4430 for more info and class locations.
Massage Envy, a national chain with locations all over California, is opening four new spas, one each in La Cañada Flintridge, Azusa, Monrovia and South Pasadena.
In 2009, the owners of Massage Envy set out to start a business that promoted healthy lifestyles by offering affordable massage and spa services. Two million facials and 50 million massages later, the company has held true to its mission.
The South Pasadena spa is set to open at 1136 Fair Oaks Ave. The La Cañada Flintridge location is at 659 Foothill Blvd., the Monrovia facility is at 123 W. Foothill Blvd., and the Azusa site is 160 W. Foothill Blvd.
Other local Massage Envy locations are at 345 S. Lake Ave., Suite 205, in Pasadena; 3707 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, in the city’s Hastings Ranch neighborhood; 333 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.
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