What is Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu?
Kung Fu is a general term that people today use to describe any Chinese martial arts style. Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu is the style of martial arts passed down by Great Grandmaster Ip Man. Its proper name is Ip Man Wing Chun Kuen (Wing Chun Fist) and this is a famous Southern style of Chinese Kung fu. It is said to have been created over 400 years ago by a nun from the Shaolin Temple named, Ng Mui. Her first student was a young girl named, Yim Wing Chun and it is after her that the style takes it name. The story goes that a local bandit was forcing himself on Yim Wing Chun. Seeing what was going on, Ng Mui took pity on the young girl and decided to teach her Kung Fu. After training very hard, Yim Wing Chun challenged the bandit to a fight which she convincingly won.
Grandmaster Ip Chun & Master Michael Tse
Though there is a great deal of debate as to the accuracy of this story, what is agreed is that today Wing Chun is one of the most popular and effective forms of Kung Fu. This popularity is due to the teaching of late Great Grandmaster Ip Man who bought the skill from China to Hong Kong and from there it has spread all over the world. Great Grandmaster Ip Man’s most famous student was the legendary Bruce Lee. Since Great Grandmaster Ip Man passed away his eldest son Grandmaster Ip Chun has taken over his father role. He has spent many years teaching all over the world. Even though he is now 92 year old his skill is unsurpassed.
This skill was passed on to Master Michael Tse, who is Grandmaster Ip Chun’s most senior student teaching in Europe. Master Tse in turn passed this skill to his senior student Darryl Moy.
Master Darryl Moy
Master Moy has over 25 years experience in Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu and has been taught by Grandmaster Michael Tse. He also enjoys a very close relationship with his Grandteacher Grandmaster Ip Chun, who is the eldest son of Ip Man.
Master Moy is also the Chief Instructor of the Tse Qigong Centre and so has a great wealth of experience of not only Wing Chun Kung Fu, but of other Chinese Martial Arts, Qigong and Chinese Philosophy. He has brought a great many students to a high level of skill. he has students of all levels from new students just starting out on their Wing Chun journey to those who have been studying with him for 20 years.
Sifu Laurie is a senior instructor with the Tse Qigong Centre and has been training with Master Moy for over 13 years. He is lucky to enjoy a close relationship with his teacher, attends regular seminars and residential courses with Grandmaster Tse and has visited China on several occasions to train with Grandmaster Ip Chun.