The greatest masters of Wing Chun Kung Fu
Ip Man is on e the most influential representatives of Wing Chun. He dreamed that one day traditional Chinese martial art would be accepted in the world as one of the respected systems. It is said that Wing Chun originated from Ip Man and some claim they were his direct students. Ip man never considered his world so political because he only wanted the development of this art. He tried to preserve the system as he trained it, so he set his sons onto a film so that it would serve as a source and reference of his family system. With the help of this film he wished to teach how he practiced the forms and also the way he wanted his legacy to be remembered. It would be an undeniable evidence for future students. Even in his old ages he was able to preserve his skills, which shows that correct practice and full understanding of the forms will let you remain a practitioner till the end. This was the way the master wanted his students to continue the traditions. Samuel Kwok has played a great role in making this art one of the forefront systems as it is today. He is the author of several essential books of Wing Chun and he made many videos to help the learners all over the world to develop their skills. Many instructors in various schools across the world have been influenced by Samuel’s teaching style which led to a better understanding of Ip man’s style. Even now Samuel continues to spread the legacy of traditional Wing Chun in Europe. He has practiced with different masters across the world to make the art more practical and effective. That is why Samuel’s technique is considered as one of best forms with the high quality and practical.
Bruce lee was one the Ip man’s famous students. His practice of Wing Chun influenced his development greatly. He was only sixteen year old boy when he became Ip man’s students and started training Wing Chun because of the continuous fights he had with local gang members. There was no exact form during the classes as he gradually tried various techniques. His teacher encouraged him to perform in competitions instead of using his skills in the streets with gang members. However when other students learn about Lee’s origin they refused to study together with him as they were against the idea to teach this martial art to non-Asians. Lee had a great interest in Wing Chun so he kept on practicing in private with Ip Man. He differs with his quickness and accuracy and how correctly he delivers his kicks. He continuously developed his techniques all the time promoting the spread of Wing Chun.
Ip Chun specialized in Wing Chun was the eldest son of grandmaster Ip Man. Thought he works as an reporter and accountant in Hong Kong, he never stopped training and mastering his skills as his father had taught him. His father wanted him to take part in the event of Athletic Association and later he became one of the founders of when it officially opened. At first he was only a curator and later he became the chairman. He began training Wing Chun in Hong Kong and even now he continues teaching some of his former students. He is persistent and intense to keep his father’s legacy and he was chosen to present the system as the successor of the legacy of Wing Chun. He holds seminars and trainings in various cities across the world, in Australia, England and The United States.
Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift has forty years of experience in Wing Chun. He traveled around the world to learn exact and efficient techniques from the sons of the legend Ip Man and other respected masters. He practiced hard all the time to improve his art and now he is an iconic master not only for beginners but also for many instructors. Until he was seventeen he practiced a great number of arts but there was always missing something and soon he discovered for him Wing Chun and filled his curiosity. He needed the art desperately to win against his opponents. He was seeking for a quick and practical form to defend himself. So managed to find the one to save his life designed for self defense where you do not have to follow tournament rules to fight. This system kept him alive. So when he graduated in England he was eager to come back to Hong Kong to continue to learn the full system of Wing Chun. He had different masters and practiced under Simon Lau, Wong Shun and Yip Ching to complete his education. He became an instructor in Hong Kong and since then started running some of the greatest Wing Chun schools all over the world. Soon he established his own academy and started to develop the essential fundamentals to create the highest quality school in the world. Steve’s wish, one of the smartest and the quickest masters’, is to pass the legacy on with love to teach the generations the complex forms of Wing Chun. Steve made Ip Man’s desire true. The art of Wing Chun was taught to many young people in Chicago. The ones who practiced tougher with the master share the same feelings and encouragement to succeed anyway. Master Steve was honored in many articles and news reports as an influential representative of Wing Chun who saved a number of women and men. He promotes the art even now continuing the wish of his masters to teach with great heart and pass on the knowledge to younger ones, to show them the efficiency of Wing Chun as art.