My martial journey, like many others, started with Taekwondo, but about 3 years into my training I became interested in the current trend of making martial arts work “on the street,” spearheaded by Geoff Thompson and many others. Inevitably I became disillusioned with Taekwondo mainly due to it's sports based applications. This is not to take anything away from TKD as it is a fantastic Martial Art and one that will keep you very fit.
So I had a look around to see what other martial arts were available locally and came across Sifu Alan Gibson's Wing Chun Federation. I immediately went for my first private lesson with Alan and we hit it off straight away. I continued to receive private training for about 6 months and then joined Alan's class in Southampton. I totally fell in love with Ving Tsun (our preferred spelling) and trained twice a week, plus other seminars for the next 7 years until I had the opportunity to open my own school fully supported by the Wing Chun Fedration whom I still train with regularly.
My development in reality based martial arts continued when I found out that Urban Combatives Founder Lee Morrison was teaching a 4 hour workshop once a month in Southampton. I went along and found everyone there, especially Lee, to be absolutely amazing and it was a baptism of fire. To further my self protection knowledge I attended the workshops every month for about a year and also attended two seminars hosted by Lee. I also attended many other seminars with world class coaches such as Al Peasland, Matty Evans and Tony Somers.
In 2011 Mark Page and Alan Gibson organised the first UK visit of Hong Kong Sifu Cliff Au Yeung, luckily the Wing Chun Federation coaches also had the opportunity of spending time with Cliff during some closed door training. Simply put, I was blown away by Sibak Gungs skill and knowledge of the Wong Shun Leung method. It was like having massive pieces of my own Ving Tsun jigsaw filled in. He also introduced us to the internal skills of Ving Tsun, which have transformed the way I teach and train myself and my students. Sibak Gung Cliff came over again the next year and we learnt even more.
Then in November 2015 I had the honour of organised my first Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Workshop with Sifu Cliff Au Yeung accompanied by Sifu Asiatic from UFA Ving Tsun in Canada, the workshop was a complete success. During that time I was fortunate enough to receive private tuition from my Sibak Gung Cliff which gave me a new and deeper understanding of the Wong Shun Leung method. It was the start of a new journey for me with Sifu Cliff Au Yeung becoming my mentor for understanding the Ving Tsun way.
In 2016 it was time for Sifu Cliff and Sifu Asiatic to return! So I organised my second WSLVT Workshop. Again it was a massive success with everyone training hard and learning so much. Yet again I received many hours of private tuition from my Sifu Cliff with him checking my forms and understanding of his system. I now consider him a close friend and I am honoured to pass on what he has taught me. Sifu Asiatic was also on hand to help everyone improve their skills throughout and we thank him greatly.
So it wasn't long before 2017 was upon us and our visit from SifuCliff was arranged again! This time SifuAsiatic was unable to attend but the Workshop was still a huge, if not the best one yet. At the 2017 workshop we really began to dig deep into the Wong Shun Leung Cliff Au Yeung Ving Tsun method.
Again I spent many hours privately with Sifu Cliff fine tuning my forms and reaching a depth of understanding that transformed my way of thinking and cemented my belief in this wonderful method.
In October 2018 Sifu Cliff and Sifu Asiatic were again invited to the UK and I am now happy to be recognised as Sifu Cliff Au Yeung's UK representative. It is an honour and something I take very seriously. The 2018 Workshop was beyond amazing with Sifu Cliff delving even deeper into his method. The Wing Chun Federation were in attendance again and the event was a complete success.
My private training this year focused on Chi sau and the correct body methods and again I spent a whole day getting as much from my Sibak Gung as I could. 2018 was the year I decided to fully dedicate myself to the Sifu Cliff Method.
If you would like to come and begin your training in the Sifu Cliff Au Yeung method then please give me call and we can begine your journey.
The journey continues.......
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