Wing Chun is a unique close quarter fighting system from Southern China. Its roots are from the Siu Lam Monastery and were used as its own secretive internal security. The fighting methods were only taught to the most trusted disciples from each generation and never revealed to outsiders.
The art is a system which focuses on utilizing explosive short-range power attacks and the ability to control the opponent by mastering the center line. Some principles that are used are; economy of motion, simplicity, directness and pressure sensitivity.
Unlike most other styles Wing Chun techniques consists of straight line punching, low kicks, trapping, sensitivity and pressure manipulation applications and allows the freedom to express oneself. Soft, supple but unyielding; forceful and firm but not rigid or inflexible.
Sifu Seyfi journey started when he was twelve years old studying judo in 1972. With the untimely death of Bruce Lee (1973 ) and the revolution that followed, Sifu started reading everything about the man and soon discovered that Bruce Lee’s first fighting art was Wing Chun and that his teacher was the late Great Grandmaster Ip Man, Sifu was now in search of Wing Chun. however this was not so easy, the only people who taught this art in the 70′s were Chinese master’s and would only teach amongst their own community or charge extortionate fee’s to outsiders. His only choice was to join a Judo class, under Sensei John Hawke, that started in his school youth club. A year later and in between learning Judo he also joined a Wu Shu Kwan Kung Fuclass, under Sifu Dave Jarvis. He kept up with these art’s throughout the 70′s eventually joining a Ta Kwon Do school under Sabeom Lye Kwong in the early eighties which he studied for many years, but he felt there was something missing and kept in search for Wing Chun Gung Fu.
In the late eighties a friend told him of a local Wing Chun class that had recently started in the local area, after attending a class he immediately enrolled, dropped out of Ta Kwon Doand began his adolescent ambition to learn the martial art that he had been looking for all those years. From the first lesson Sifu instinctively knew this art had everything that he wanted and more. His teacher Lakis Phillipou Sifu who was from the Wong Shun Leung family tree, was a very open and giving teacher. Sifu soon developed a close relationship with Sifu Lakis and would travel everywhere with him, eventually becoming his first assistant instructor. In that period they would go to various training seminars including, Grand Master Ip Chun, Grand Master Ip Chin, Master Wong Shun Leungand Sifu Randy Williams.
In 1988 through a contact, they had a chance to meet another great teacher, Grand Master Moy Yat a direct student of Great Grand Master Ip Man and one of only six students to learn the full system from Great Grand Master Ip Man. Grand Master Moy Yatcame over twice from New York with his most trusted student’s. On his first visit he held a closed door seminar to selected students from Sifu Lakis class and on his second visit they arranged Master Moy Yat’s first U.K. public seminar.
They were also the first in the U.K. to meet Sijo James DeMile (Wing Chun Do), one of Bruce Lee’s original student’s from Seattle and creator of Wing Chun Do. They also arranged Sijo James DeMile’s first seminar in the U.K. Sijo James Demile came over several time’s and became very close with them both, eventually inviting them to the U.S.A in 1992 to take part in a Wing Chun Do instructors course and also to introduce his students to classical Wing Chun at the headquarters in Seattle. Throughout the year’s Sifu would be involved in arranging seminar’s for Sijo James DeMile in the U.K. and remain good friends to this day.
America also gave them the chance to pay respect to Bruce Lee by visiting his final resting place in Seattle, where Bruce Lee spent his early years after arriving from Hong Kong. They also made an effort to seek out Bruce lee’s first student and assistant instructor, Jesse Glover, who was also teaching in Seattle. This meeting had a great impact over Sifu as he was witnessing at first hand the original teaching’s of Bruce Lee’s concept of Wing Chun, which Jesse Glover stuck to, added and improved over the years. Sifu would meet up with Jesse Glover again and arrange seminars for him in the UK and becoming Jesse Glover’s student.
1993 would be a turning point in Sifu’s martial arts career, as he now branched away to open his own school, Spirit Wing Chun (Non-Classical Wing chun)
In 1996 Sifu went to study classical Wing Chun under grand Master Moy Yat at his New York, China town headquarters, knowing from previous experience the superior quality of Grand Master Moy Yat’s Wing Chun. In New York he was able to enhance his Wing Chun, gaining valuable knowledge and philosophy from Grand Master Moy Yat by being with him constantly throughout his stay. From grand Grand Master Moy Yat’steaching Sifu feels he has gained valuable insight and philosophy towards Wing Chun and teaching. Grand Master Moy offered Sifu to be one of his ‘Special’ students but unfortunately due to circumstances he was unable to accept. Sifu’s admiration and respect for Grand Master Moy Yat continues and he is still saddened by Grand Master Moy’s passing.
Currently Sifu continues to teach actively, keeping up his passion in what he believes to be one of the finest martial arts in the world.