Keith R. Kernspecht

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Keith R. Kernspecht
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BornKeith Ronald Graf von Rothenburg Kernspecht
(1945-06-28) 28 June 1945 (age 73)
Grömitz, Germany
ResidenceWiesenbach, Germany
StyleWing Tsun
Teacher(s)Leung Ting
Notable studentsEmin Boztepe, Salih Avci, Hans J. Remmel
WebsiteEuropean 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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