About the Blog and how I teach.



When people first approach me to teach them I enquire why they wish to embark on training, very few say “I wish to be a more effective fighter”, mostly it is some strange mix of T.V. Hippy Culture and Kung Fu Hero Worship, so I tell them “I am the wrong Teacher for you, I teach people how to become more effective fighters, Wing Chun is the just vehicle I choose because it works, I do not teach Culture”.

Some leave there and then some stay for a week or 2 but leave soon after, it is not that Me and my People train hard physically, I teach like most Wing Chun teachers, but mentally and emotionally we are very tough, we do not let ourselves slip into denial about the very real dangers that encouraged us to seek training in the first place.  We do not play the  “I think it is good to have some skill IF I ever need it, but I hope I don’t” game, we play the “Training to be ready for WHEN I need it because I know I will need it someday” game.

This dichotomy exists in most Martial Arts, but it appears to be more common in Wing Chun than any of the other styles I have trained in, students would rather spend years doing Forms than learning how to really hurt someone, they are in denial that they will need it.

Gavin de Becker puts it like this in his book Fear Less.

“..denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn’t so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling. Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level.”

Lt. Col.Dave Grossman writes ..

“Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: You didn’t bring your gun; you didn’t train. Your only defence was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by fear, helplessness, horror and shame at your moment of truth”.

Denial is not just about thinking the Brown will not become Airborne, it is also in the delusion that what you do in training in and of itself will be enough to save the day, usually it will not be.

Denial is really just not being honest.


We are Martial Artists, it is what we do.

ABOUT THE “D” MAN;   Derek has been training in the Martial Arts since 1960, he started with Boxing as a Junior and then Judo as a teenager and young Man and specialising in Wing Chun since 1992 training with the late Jim Fung Chuen Keung  until his passing in 2007 and then with his own Group.  Sifu Jim Fung was a long time student of the Great Grand Master Chu Shong Tin and to a very large degree we teach the C.S.T. Body method here at Wing Chun Sydney.


ABOUT THE GROUP; We are quite a small and friendly group that fluctuates between 8 and 16 Students, Wing Chun needs to be taught “Hands On” so running a large School is counter productive.

Here are a few satisfied Students that have been with me from before the beginning when I taught for my Sifu’s School.


2 thoughts on “About the Blog and how I teach.”

  1. Congratulations on the article and wise words.
    It is true that the real criteria and principles of this discipline should not be lost.

    From my personal experience it is the most effective and realistic system. In addition, not only as a personal defense, but also at a personal and self-esteem level,
    It has helped me a lot.
    I started this system in Germany, after having had a rather negative personal experience. They told me about him and I had my doubts.
    I was invited to a class to get to know him better and I decided to learn it even though the beginnings were very difficult for me because I was “badly used” to other doctrines.
    Today I am lucky that my Sifu of continue with my private classes.

    I recommend this book, (en amazon.de) “Meine ganz persönliche Erfahrung”, It is a somewhat personal story, but it is very interesting.
    I hope it helps more people like it has helped me.


  2. Hi William, our new venue will be in Liverpool, Sydney, at Liverpool Public School, just opposite the Railway Station, I will post clearer details on our Web Site http://www.wingchuninc.com.au/training.html as soon as everything is finalised, the date of opening is from Monday February 3rd so look for details around Jan 27th to Feb.1st, I hope you get a chance to come and train with us, in the mean time thank you for visiting the Blog. You can also sign up at the Web site to receive updates and Newsletters.


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