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Simply Wing Chun Kuen is
the brainchild of Wing Chun Master, Shaun Rawcliffe. His aim is to share his
Wing Chun training videos, tips and tricks that he has learned and developed
over more than 37 years of studying and training Wing Chun including 27 years
of travelling to and studying in Hong Kong with Ip Man's eldest son, Ip Chun as
well as visiting, chatting to and practicing with many of Ip Man's
He put together this web
site and the associated
chanel because so many Wing Chun practitioners are turning to the Internet to
suppliment their training and seeking simple answers regarding elements of
their Wing Chun, but are faced with confusion, contradiction, misdirection and
This website and associated
chanel is not intended to show how Wing Chun must be done, there are many ways
to interpret Wing Chun, rather it is intended to share the knowledge, wisdom
and information that Shaun was lucky enough to learn over more than 45
intensive training trips to Hong Kong.
Shaun began his Martial
Arts training in Judo, at the age of twelve, though he soon left to join a
local Karate school where he studied for over six years attaining 2nd Dan,
before a chance meeting led to him begin studying Wing Chun in 1979.
Between 1979 and 1989 he
was fortunate to study with several Chinese Wing Chun teachers in the UK and
after more than three years of intensive study and training, mostly through
private tuition, and having just settled in Birmingham (UK), Shaun was given
permission to open his first school. The first class opened in the Hall Green
area in February 1982, where he still teaches today.
In June 1985, Wing Chun
Grandmaster, Ip Chun, came to England to give a series of seminars including
one at the Midlands Wing Chun Kuen in Birmingham. Shaun was so impressed with
his depth of knowledge and openness that every year between 1985 and his
retirement from international teaching in 2008, Master Ip Chun was invited to
give at least one seminar, often two seminars, each year at the MWCK schools.
During these UK visits Master Ip Chun would often stay for several days with
Shaun, giving him plenty of opportunities to practice and improve his
It was following one of
these seminars in 1989 that Master Ip Chun gave Shaun a personal invitation to
come to Hong Kong to train with him; an opportunity that was not to be missed.
Shaun's first visit to Hong Kong in May 1989, lasted just over six weeks, but
it was six weeks of intensive one-on-one training at the home of Master Ip
Chun. However, before he was allowed to begin training and was accepted as one
of his students, Master Ip Chun took him to Fanling in Hong Kong's New
Territories to visit Ip Man's grave and to pay his respects.
All aspects of Wing Chun
training and teaching were covered during these intensive training sessions and
some evenings after their training, Master Ip Chun would accompany Shaun to
meet other famous Wing Chun Sifu's such as Lok Yiu, Tsui Shun Tin, Leung Ting
and Wong Shun Leung and Ip Ching to further discuss Wing Chun. At the end of
his stay Shaun was made a permanent member of both the Ving Tsun Athletic
Association and the Yip Man Martial Arts Association. The Ving Tsun Athletic
Association also presented him with an instructor's certificate.
Since that fist trip in
1989, Shaun has continued to return to Hong Kong at least once, if not twice a
year, clocking up over 45 trips to date and maintains a very close relationship
with his teacher and his kung fu brothers. Each trip helps him to refine both
his Wing Chun and his teaching skills, either privately at his teachers home,
at the Ving Tsun Athletic Association or at Master Ip Chun's school in Shatin,
New Territories. There Shaun has the opportunity to also train with his kung fu
brothers, most notably Patrick Leung Ting Kwok, Raymond Lo, Ho Po Kai, Law Kam
Tak and Leung Wai. During one of those visits to Hong Kong, Master Ip Chun and
Shaun visited Fatshan in China, the 'home of Wing Chun' where Ip Man lived
before he fled the communist take over to settle in Hong Kong in 1949. There,
Shaun had the opportunity to meet and discuss Wing Chun with several Sifu's
including Pang Nam and Lun Kai, and visited the former homes of Leung Jan and
Ip Man. Whilst in Foshan, Shaun and Master Ip Chun gave a Wing Chun
demonstration at the Ching Wu Association as a prelude to Master Ip Chun
starting a Wing Chun class at the University in Foshan.
Today, having trained
under the personal tuition of Master Ip Chun for over 27 years, Shaun has
attained and more importantly, maintained a high degree of mastery of Wing
Chun. He is a senior representative for Master Ip Chun, a certified Instructor
and the certifying officer of the Ip Chun Wing Chun Martial Arts Association;
one of only a handful of people in the world to have earned and been awarded an
instructors certificate from and be allowed to, officially represent Master Ip
In addition, Shaun is a
certified level 2 coach with the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts and a
member of the National Coaching Foundation (Sports Coach UK). Shaun prides
himself on the high standard of the Midlands Wing Chun Kuen's teaching and
strives for perfection by continuing to visit and train in Hong Kong with his
teacher. He continues to teach Wing Chun in the same manner that he was taught
in Hong Kong (the same methodology used by Grandmaster Ip Man to teach his
students, including his own sons), traditionally and informally.
Shaun now heads an
international association, but still refuses to teach Wing Chun for a living,
preferring instead to concentrate on the quality, rather than the quantity of
his students. Training at each of the Midlands Wing Chun Kuen schools is on an
invitation only basis, following an introductory course during which the
beginner is assessed to determine their suitability for training, whilst the
student has the opportunity to assess the class.
"Grandmaster Ip Man
taught hundreds of students in his classes between 1949 and 1968, when he died
in 1972 he left the Wing Chun legacy with his sons Ip Chun and Ip Ching and
with his senior students including Lok Yiu, Tsui Sheung Tin, Wong Shun Leung,
Hok Kin Cheung, Siu Yuk Men etc... Since then Grandmaster Ip Man's legacy of
Wing Chun Kuen has now spread to all corners of the world. Sadly, however, as
Wing Chun has spread in some cases much seems to have been lost in translation
and its teachings misunderstood, not necessarily due to the teacher, but
perhaps due to the interpretation of the students."
"It is Ip Chun Sifu's
wish that the essence of Wing Chun Kuen as taught by him and his father be
maintained and taught correctly so that his fathers understanding and knowledge
be preserved. I made a promise to Sifu Ip Chun in 1989 that I would teach pure
Wing Chun in the traditional manner, and that is what I and the Midlands Wing
Chun Kuen stands for."
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