Recently I've had the pleasure of welcoming back to the school a few individuals who had studied at Ambrose Academy in the past. Returning after seven years are a father, daughter and son – now with the addition of the youngest son. One student trained as a child over twenty year ago and now has three children of his own. At that time, both he and his father attended classes. Another trained as an adult about nine years ago but, due to the demands of a busy life, had to take a hiatus. Yet another trained in the kid’s class during grammar school and informed me, during a recent visit, that she will join the adult class this summer after graduating high school. This is an uplifting phenomenon and it has happened many times in the past. It is gratifying to realize that Wing Chun Do, and more specifically Ambrose Academy, has made such an impression on them that they, as one put it, “always knew that, when I had the time, I would come back and train again.” Time and time again returning students remark, “Where else would I go?”
We also have many families who have been with us for eight, ten, fifteen, and even twenty years. When queried, the reasons given are many. Some mention the scientific nature of Wing Chun Do. Others are impressed with the well structured curriculum. All tend to credit the high quality of instruction characteristic of our school. But above all, I am told that it is the camaraderie – the warm family atmosphere – that touched them so deeply. Many students assert that Ambrose Academy is their escape; an oasis of positive energy in their hectic lives. Our school is a place where all can come to escape the stressful effects of their busy lives; a place where they can relax and regroup. In a way, this is what Sijo DeMile terms “indirect meditation” – a relaxing and therapeutic activity. When you walk in our door, you engage in activities that demand your complete attention, allowing you to detach from the worries, stress and distractions of the outside world. You are free to be yourself without being judged. Here you experience a feeling of personal growth and evolution. The only ego you have to contend with is your own and it is being nurtured to become strong, independent, confident and uniquely you. At Ambrose Academy we have four separate age-specific curricula, formulated to draw out and develop the best in each individual, regardless of age.
Over our twenty-five years of operation we have developed the ability to recognize the unique qualities and attributes in each student and help bring them to fruition. This is our mission and, what makes Ambrose Academy, as Ms. Liz puts it, a true “community” center.