My Life and Training
I started my martial art journey as a child growing up in the 1980’s watching Bruce Lee movies, and other martial arts movie stars at the time. I joined the local Karate school and started training. The Karate consumed me and all I wanted to do was train, luckily, I had a friend that had joined the Karate school as well and he was as keen as I was. Soon we were meeting up at weekends and weeknights to train. We were obsessed with it, we would research different martial arts moves through books, and from the movies we were watching. We started to compete in national competitions and we both did very well. Until one day, the Karate school closed down and my martial arts training secede for a number of years. Then something happened that changed my life and changed what I perceived as martial arts. I was a young man by this stage and another friend of mine called John had without announcing it to anyone been training at the Wing Chun school in the city.
My friend John is a placid type of person and has never been in a fight. One evening we were hanging out as usual and he just unexpectedly asked me to attack him. I said, “Are you sure?” thinking of myself as the big and tough one. He replied, “Go for it.” I launched a punch towards him but as soon as I did I found myself flying through the air right over the couch, I landed on my back 1O feet away from John. I said, “What was that?” John calmly replied “that was Wing Chun.”
Ever since that experience I systematically sought out Wing Chun and started training in it firstly in 1998 in New Zealand when I was traveling and then back in the U.K. Then one day I was reading Combat Magazine and came across a tiny add in black and white stating Learn Wing Chun Kung Fu Full Time with Master Jim Fung in Australia. Within weeks my bags were packed and I enrolled in the full time course on the Gold Coast Australia and I’ve been training Wing Chun ever since.