Keith R. Kernspecht
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|Keith R. Kernspecht|
|Born||Keith Ronald Graf von Rothenburg Kernspecht|
28 June 1945
|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.
Kernspecht started his combat sports training with wrestling and worked as a professional wrestler, also becoming a pioneer of powerlifting in Germany. 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, opening the first office of EWTO in 1979. 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.