West Coast Wing Chun’s Chief Instructor, Sifu Bryan Talbot, is a fully documented Master Sifu of Wing Chun Kung Fu under the Ip Man Family lineage since 1989. This means the Wing Chun we will teach you comes from the most reliable and authentic source and has been passed to us from Ip Man to his two biological sons, Ip Ching and Ip Chun, as well as Sifu Talbot’s two Sifus Master Ron Heimberger and Grandmaster Samuel Kwok.
Please view the documentation of his path and learning with the Ip Man Family below. Please read the full biography of our Chief Instructor and Founder, Sifu Bryan Talbot. Documentation includes certifications in training, teacher training and photos. The path of his Ip Man Wing Chun training is easily traced back to 1989. His prior years of Wing Chun training were in a mixed Martial Art scenario from the late 1970’s through the 1980’s.
With the technological advances in one’s ability to access material online, the popularity of Wing Chun due to the Ip Man movies and the ability to manipulate or fabricate credentials, it is difficult to trust who is teaching legitimate Ip Man Wing Chun that has been passed down from an ethical and reputed source/s.
There is no overlying governing body that regulates who is able to teach Wing Chun and who is not. Too often organizations that offer registration or certification will give it to anyone paying for it.
Authentication is important for a few reasons:
The Well-Being of the Student
While no martial art or self-defense course is 100% effective 100% of the time, it is vitally important that a student is taught Ip Man Wing Chun by a teacher who who has had authentic training from a reputable Sifu who received their training from a reputable Sifu, etc. Wing Chun did not become the combat art that the Chinese army uses in hand to hand combat because it fails in realistic fighting scenarios. This art is highly effective in self-defense and combat scenarios when taught by a sincere Sifu from a reputable, authentic lineage.
The Preservation of Wing Chun
The survival of any skill can only be preserved through keeping an honest and ethical passing of the torch from teacher to student. Documentation helps keep the art of Wing Chun preserved, as well as the culture it comes from. Preserving Wing Chun culture is not dependent on birth status, but on the knowledge gained through proper teaching, through deep contemplation, and through proper respect.
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