Keith R. Kernspecht

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Keith Ronald Kernspecht
Born (1945-06-28) 28 June 1945 (age 72)
Grömitz, Germany
Residence Wiesenbach, Germany
Style Wing Tsun
Teacher(s) Leung Ting
Notable students Emin Boztepe, Salih Avci, Hans J. Remmel
Website European WingTsun Organisation

Keith Ronald Graf von Rothenburg Kernspecht, better known as Keith R. Kernspecht (born 28 June 1945 in Grömitz), is a German martial artist and entrepreneur. Kernspecht is the chairman of EWTO (European WingTsun Organisation), the organisational niche for the company WingTsun GmbH & Co. KG based in Kiel, Germany.[1]

Kernspecht started his combat sports training with wrestling and worked as a professional wrestler, also becoming a pioneer of powerlifting in Germany.[2] He developed an interest in East Asian martial arts and, in 1967, founded the group Budo-Zirkel in Kiel.

Kernspecht invited Leung Ting to Germany in 1975 and had years of private instruction,[3] opening the first office of EWTO in 1979.[4] Today, EWTO incorporates a range of martial arts, most notably Wing Tsun under the International WingTsun Association of Leung Ting and also Newman-Escrima, the Eskrima interpretation of Bill Newman.[5]


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