“Wing Chun University ® offers the best video lessons from world-renowned Masters of Wing Chun.”
We are very selective when we choose Sifus to teach at the Wing Chun University ®. Anyone can make a DVD, but not everyone can teach well. Our goal is to make sure you learn the material in the best possible way. To that end we search out some of the best teachers in each lineage to develop courses at the WCU. Now you no longer have to wonder which of 50+ Sifus is the best for you to learn from. If they have a course here, then be assured they are one of the best in the business.
We currently have a number of Sifus in various stages of making video courses for the University. As their videos are released we will give you more info on them here. Below is some information on our first few teachers with courses in the WCU:
Our Premiere Sifu is Wayne Belonoha. Wayne’s course teaches you the complete Moy Yat/Sunny Tang Ving Tsun system. This is the most in-depth curriculum ever put on video.
Lineage: Ip Man -> Moy Yat -> Sunny Tang -> Wayne Belonoha -> You
Wayne Belonoha is internationally recognized as a seasoned and sought after Ving Tsun instructor. He has been involved in numerous performances, television appearances, demonstrations, interviews and published articles, including performances for Queen Elizabeth and the grand opening of the Ip Man Hall, Foshan, China. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has recognized Wayne as an individual with extraordinary ability and has authorized an EB1 permanent resident visa (green card). Wayne runs the Atlanta and Canada branches of his school Wai’s Kung Fu.
He is a multiple gold medalist at national and international level competitions. Sifu Wayne is well known for his Wing Chun Compendium series of books, which are widely recognized as the modern text-books on Ving Tsun.
Other notable accomplishments include:
– Staff Writer, Wing Chun Illustrated Magazine
– Founder, Wai’s Kung Fu (WaisKungFu.com), Atlanta and Calgary branches
– Member, Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations
– Judge, International Friendship Demonstration, Foshan, China
– Judge, Pan American Kung Fu (Wushu) Championships Pan-American triple gold medalist
– Recipient of the 2004 CCWO Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to the martial arts
– Organizer and judge, and senior official national and international Kung Fu competitions
– Accomplished professional instructor and speaker
Wayne Belonoha knows how to teach – with a professional background in the corporate world delivering project management education, Wayne has honed all the skills that make for a successful, informative, and enjoyable learning experience.
Sifu Belonoha has also released a 9 disk Blu-Ray disk course that also covers the 108 steps in the system as it is taught in his schools! We feel it is the highest quality Ving Tsun video set ever made. (and we’ve seen over 700 Wing Chun DVDs!) If you demand high-quality video and instruction, there is simply no other choice for a teacher.
Your teacher/Sifu for the WingTchunDo Course will be Sifu Fernandez – an experienced instructor, renowned bouncer and body guard. His street fighting experience has helped him formulate and further evolve his studies in combat and martial arts – bringing you the best experience and knowledge he has to offer. He began training Wing Chun in 1972 under the lineage of Chu Shong Tin (Ip Man -> Chu Shong Tin -> Jim Fung -> Sifu Fernandez) and has mastered the WingTsun system as a private student of Grandmaster Leung Ting (Ip Man -> Leung Ting -> Sifu Fernandez). In addition, Fernandez also excelled in other arts such as boxing, kick boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, Doce Pares, Filipino escrima and various lineages of Wing Chun Kung Fu. These WCU lessons are very precise and informative. Sifu Fernandez gives you detailed and realistic views on Wing Chun as an art and as a street fighting system. He breaks away from many myths, taboos and hocus pocus misinformation found in the art today. His broad-minded view on many fighting systems shows in the evolution of classical Wing Chun to WingTchunDo (which is a global application of the Wing Chun and Wing Tsun systems). WingTchunDo was officially founded in 2005.
1) Ip Man -> Chu Shong Tin -> Jim Fung -> Sifu Fernandez -> You 2) Ip Man -> Leung Ting -> Sifu Fernandez -> You 3) Ip Man -> Ip Chun -> Felix Leong -> Sifu Fernandez -> You
Your teacher for Applied Wing Chun will be the man who has trained harder and longer than anyone else in the system, Sifu Larry Saccoia.
Applied Wing Chun Lineage: Ip Man -> Duncan Leung -> Larry Saccoia -> You
At one time Wing Chun was a very obscure relatively unknown martial art. For many centuries it was only passed down from the Sifu to a few select students. In 1949 that all changed. That was the year Yip Man fled from communist controlled China to Hong Kong. It was then he was forced to teach Wing Chun to the public in order to support himself and his family. He had no idea at that time the seeds he planted there on the rooftops of Hong Kong would blossom into millions of practitioners being influenced by this art. If he had, he might have been more careful in selecting and teaching those who have represented Wing Chun to future generations. When one brash, but exceptional, young student shocked the world with fighting skill no one had ever seen before the seeds of Wing Chun were fertilized and the tree started to grow big, but unfortunately the root was not strong. Wing Chun is not a martial art that can be taught to a mass number of students at the same time. A Sifu has to pay attention and guide his student through the many steps along the road to true mastery, and that can not be done if his attention is divided among hundreds of students…
In the early 1950’s Duncan Leung was introduced to Wing Chun by his friend and classmate Bruce Lee. Both Duncan and Bruce learned Wing Chun in the same class under Yip Man for a couple of years, when one day Duncan came up to Yip Man and told him he was thinking of quitting the class. When Yip Man asked him why, Duncan replied, we are always learning the same old stuff….is that all there is? Yip Man looked at Duncan and said, “Do you have 300 dollars a month”? Duncan asked, “why”? “Because that’s what it would cost for me to teach you Wing Chun”, replied Yip Man. This is not an offer that Yip Man made to just anyone. First, not many people could afford that kind of money. By way of comparison, all of the other classmates were paying Yip Man only 8HKD a month for class (including Bruce Lee and many other now-famous sifus) – 300/mo was 37.5 times more than anyone else was paying! Back then 300 Hong Kong dollars was equivalent to a police detectives monthly salary, but Duncan came from a wealthy family and his mother was able and willing to pay that amount to keep her son occupied and out of trouble. But also Yip Man saw some thing in Duncan that inspired him to want to teach him not just Wing Chun, but how to fight with it and apply it. So from that time on between 1955-59 Duncan never trained in the regular class. He trained privately with Yip Man and had his undivided attention. It was during that time he fully mastered the system and its application. Yip Man forced Duncan to fight in order to learn how to use the techniques and he is a veteran of literally hundreds and hundreds of savage fights. He earned the nickname of the Wing Chun Warrior and it is doubtful that any other student of Yip Man has as much fighting experience as Sifu Duncan Leung – even famed fighter Wong Shun Leung.
Larry Saccoia started learning Wing Chun from Duncan Leung in 1977 while he was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia serving in the U. S. Navy. During those days the students in Duncan’s class trained no less than 4 hours a day 6 days a week and the training was so brutal that only the most dedicated of students survived more than a year. By 1981 in just 4 short years Larry became the most skilled student in the school and was acting as Sifu Leung’s assistant instructor until 1985 when his wife, who then was his fiancée was accepted to Medical School in Richmond, Virginia to study dentistry. Larry moved to Richmond to be close to her and he opened his own Kung Fu studio and remained in Richmond teaching until his wife graduated from dental school. In 1991 he and his wife returned to Virginia Beach and it was at that time he formally became a Disciple of Sifu Duncan Leung and he continued to teach and run the Virginia Beach School until Sifu Leung formally retired from teaching in 2002. Like Duncan, Larry also learned the application of Wing Chun through the school of hard knocks being a veteran of countless fights where the blood on his clothes was never his. Today Larry continues to teach Applied Wing Chun privately in Chesapeake Virginia and has over 37 years of experience. He has spent more continuous time learning from and teaching along side Sifu Duncan Leung than any other person in the world; and as such is uniquely qualified to teach Applied Wing Chun Kung Fu.
Sifu Tyler Rea is producing a series on the Wing Chun Rattan Rings. This is the most in-depth look at the Jook Wan system ever put on video. The Jook Wan Huen Bamboo Ring System is a product of the early years in the development of Wing Chun. Sifu Rea takes you through the foundations of this method that the Secret Societies used to evolve this system and train beginners easily and quickly in the essential structural elements necessary for skillful Wing Chun boxing.
Jook Wan Huen Lineage: Lee Bing Choi -> Edmund Kwai -> Tyler Rea -> You
Sifu Tyler Rea Began his Martial training in 1983 with Kodokan Judo and Uechi Ryu Karate, and has since studied Hsing-I Chuan, Indonesian Pentjak Silat Tehnaga Bakti and Bukti Negara, the Wing Chun Kung Fu of both Yip Man method and Jook Wan Huen method, Northern Seven Star Mantis and Chu Southern Praying Mantis methods.
As of 2005 he has also studied the rare Southern system of Six Elbows Kung Fu (Look Jahng Kuen). Mr. Rea also writes extensively on the Subject of The Martial Arts producing training Manuals and posters.
Sifu Rea is the author of 4 notable martial arts and wing chun books with more on the way.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco. Grandmaster Yau began studying the Ip (Yip) Man Wing Chun system in 1972 from his two uncles, Chris and Stanley Chan, both students of the Great Grandmaster Ip Man. Though GM Yau’s training was in the martial arts his natural temperament led him to question the value of studying violence as a means of solving problems. He came to realize that healing and helping others were areas that he was more interested in pursuing. He spent eight years working in an acupuncture clinic as an apprentice for Dr. John S. Yee Ph.D. from 1985 – 1992, learning Acupuncture, Herbs, and Qigong.
From 1995 to 2002, GM Yau studied under Wing Pon learning Quantum Physics and helping co-create the Holon Method. He continued applying his Quantum and Theoretical Physics knowledge with Bill Gough of the Foundation for Mind Being Research from 2000 to 2009. It is through all these methods that GM Yau developed his revolutionary system of body shaping, to help unleash the hidden power everyone has inside them. GM Yau was formerly the President and a Board Member of the Foundation for Mind-Being Research.
Today his focus is on research & development of the Acupuncture and Energetic system for improving sports, fitness, martial arts, longevity and health fields.
Lineage: Yip Man -> Chris Chan (Chan Shing) & Stanley Chan -> Greg Yau -> You
GM Greg Yau also has a book on the “Amazing Secrets of the Holistic Athlete”, which chronicles one athlete’s journey to mastering his art, and reveals hidden secrets taught in private instruction by Wing Chun Grandmaster Greg Yau. These techniques complement just about any type of workout and are applicable to both athletes and those seeking a long healthy life. See more at Greg’s page on: Everything Wing Chun