WCK UK | Wing Chun Kuen United Kingdom Organisation
I started training Wing Chun over 18 years ago, it’s continued to be one of my main passions in life. I’ve been lucky enough to have trained with a number of Masters and Grandmasters from all over the world, who I would like to personally thank for all the knowledge and wisdom they passed on. 8 years ago I decided to only teach private lessons, at first I only taught a few hours a week, and now I get to teach and train over 8 hours every day and give other people the chance to gain the positive attributes Wing Chun has given me.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of people that enjoy training and teaching Wing Chun as much as I do. I’m very proud to have such a dedicated team of talented instructors that share the same goals that I do. We will continue to grow as an Organisation with one goal in mind, passing on the true art of Wing Chun.
Growing up I was always fascinated in martial arts, and was a keen admirer of Kung Fu and its many great exponents, and in 2003 took my first Wing Chun Kung Fu class. I was extremely impressed with its speed, effectiveness and non-reliance on strength. I studied in a public class for 7 years, and was lucky enough to see some truly inspirational masters of Wing Chun, and I am thankful for the effort and input I received in those years. In 2010, I felt I was not progressing towards my full potential and left to find a more fulfilling learning experience.
I started training with the WCK UK Organisation Chief Instructor Sifu Wes Hussey a few months later on a private student basis, and very quickly started to reap the rewards of expert tuition. Not only did my technical ability rise exponentially, but I discovered the theoretical aspect, that truly allows the practitioner to apply its full effectiveness. Learning Wing Chun has been a hugely rewarding experience so far, and in 2013 I took the decision to start teaching on a private student basis with the WCK UK Organisation, and my desire is to help provide the same life-changing journey for others.
I first started Wing Chun in 2003 after many years of interest in Kung Fu. Prior to this I had boxed for 4 years, but it was the completeness of the Wing Chun system that made me change and has kept me training and trying to master the system since. Being a physiotherapist I am always fascinated in how the body moves and this knowledge has helped me understand how Wing Chun is so effective as a fighting system as well as helping me develop my skills. In my time learning Wing Chun I have had a few instructors but found my recent Sifu, WCK UK Chief Instructor Sifu Wes Hussey to be exceptional at taking the complexities of the system and putting them in a more simple logical way to understand. In my physiotherapy job I have to teach people everyday how to move better and it's these skills I carry over to my Wing Chun teaching to help my students gain the knowledge I too have gained.
I started training martial arts in 1992, in traditional Yip Man Wing Chun under my Dad, and later under his Sifu, a formidable fighter who specialised in the deadly art of Tai Chi Chuan. Together, they taught me their fusion of ‘Wing Tai Chun’, until I took a break in 2005. I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for me. Within that time I also did private training under some other well known Wing Chun instructors, and competition fighters of various martial backgrounds. To compliment my training, I competed in school gymnastics and got my first experience in teaching Wing Tai Chun during my time as a Senior N.C.O. for the Army Cadets in secondary school, which included demonstrations to pupils, teachers and high ranking officers in the British Army.
My training restarted in 2007 under the Wing Tsun system, which I eventually started teaching at a basic level. Since late 2010 I have trained exclusively under WCK UK Purley with my instructors Sifu Wayne and Sifu Alan, and now I also am a part if the WCK UK children’s division; Kung Fu Kids for 1 year. Some of my earliest memories are of training Wing Chun, having been raised into it from the age of 4 it remains to be one of my main passions in life. With its continually growing popularity, it became progressively more important to train the most effective Wing Chun available in the south of England; to train the Wing Chun which makes the most sense to me. I have found this with the WCK UK Organisation. I have also worked in feature films, most notably a short fight scene in ‘Kick-Ass 2’.
I got into martial arts quite late in life, after being fairly active with Royal Marine Cadets, running cross country and playing American football for a few years, I went to a demonstration in Wing Chun and was hooked. I trained with another organisation and become assistant instructor after gaining my brown sash, and then went on to teach a small Wing Chun class in Burgess Hill.
Over the last 17 years, I have trained with a couple of Wing Chun schools but was introduced to Sifu Wes Hussey and I could not be happier by being associated, and training with WCK UK Organisation. I have been training with Sifu Wes Hussey privately now for some time and after achieving my 2nd TG black Sash I decided to open Crawley Wing Chun under the WCKUK Organisation banner.
I run a full-time Martial Arts venue in Tilgate, Crawley, which is fully matted out, has a Wing Chun Wooden Dummy, wall bags, punch bags and all the other equipment needed for good training. I hope to see you in one of my classes very soon!
My journey started in 2012 when I started learning Wing Chun from my two Sifus, Steve Poskitt and Chris Connah. Before that I had learned Taekwondo as a child and spent some time learning Pak Mei. What started as something to do as a side activity has now become ingrained into my life. The first 3 years or so I was learning the Wing Chun system from my Sifu however I was offered the chance by my Sifu to train with Sifu Wes Hussey (my Si Gung) and then through Si Gung, the rest of his WCKUK students (my Si Baks and Si Suks). From that moment I have found my knowledge in Wing Chun expand at an amazing pace. Training with such a variety of skilled Wing Chun practitioners has really developed my own understanding and application of Wing Chun to a point where I have the great honour of being invited into the teaching fold.
I find Wing Chun is a fascinating fighting system which is easy to pick up but difficult to master. The ability to defend oneself even against larger opponents utilising body mechanics, economy of motion, and inch power can be truly devastating. Every fight and every opponent is different, it is important to make sure you train hard and be open to varying training partners. I have found that since training opposite different people (and also against different styles), has really advanced my skillset. I intend to pass on the discipline and entire fighting system to as many people as possible. If you are willing to learn, I am willing to teach.
I started training Wing Chun in late November 2000, coming from a kickboxing background I wanted to find a more internal system that produced devastating results. I started to teach Wing Chun to concrete what I had absorbed as a student and to pass on what I had learnt, to think that one day what I had taught them could possibly save their life! Teaching Wing Chun for me has become a way of life, to pass the art on to others has given me great pleasure, watching the student understand and apply a technique for the first time and gain complete control of the situation is priceless and always brings a smile to my face. Since training Wing Chun with the WCKUK and Sifu Wes Hussey there isn’t a day that doesn’t go by that I’m not surprised what the human body is actually capable of, its got me hooked!!
My introduction to martial arts came when I took a job as a Door Supervisor (bouncer) while I was at university. I worked as a bouncer for extra cash and also to pay off my loans post university. There was limited self-defence training given to me and I wanted to be able to safely diffuse aggressive night clubbers. My colleague Nick introduced me to something called Wing Chun, which I had never heard of before. I gave it a try and after a couple of sessions I was hooked. I was heavily into power lifting at the time and was totally intrigued as to how I could be so strong but be manipulated like a small child by only using my own strength against me.
As I progressed I found I was able to incorporate my training into the more practical aspects of my work. After 8 years as a Door Supervisor I was responsible for managing 14 Supervisors in one of the largest nightclubs (2000 capacity) in the South. Wing Chun training made me more confident in my own abilities and got me out of hundreds of sticky situations, a few potentially life changing. Not only did Wing Chun make me safer, but it also enabled me to efficiently manage difficult patrons who had been asked to leave the nightclub, this dramatically reduced the risk of injury for all involved.
I no longer work in a nightclub but I have continued with my training and it has now been 14 years since my first lesson. My focus has now changed from pure self-defence to understanding the mathematical use of angles, levers, moments and body mechanics in Wing Chun (I studied Mechanical Engineering at university), a modern ethic in a very traditional system. This theory actually makes the system easier to learn as it makes use of the tools everyone has without the need to be a gymnast or hours spent conditioning yourself. I have spent the last 5 years training under Sifu Wes Hussey, and knew it was the right time to share the Art with others. My style of teaching is relaxed and practical and I believe in being humble and friendly. This I believe is the best way to develop my students.