Sifu Lee Coleman
I started to learn Wing Chun in Devon, UK in 1997 at the age of 27 under the instruction of Sifu Gary Sercombe who in turn was a student of Sifu Andy Holmes who himself was a student of Master Samuel Kwok. I had already learnt how to use the popular weapon Nunchaku to a reasonably high standard and spent a few years studying Judo but it wasn't until I started Wing Chun that I really caught "the bug" for Kung Fu, as with most people of my age and indeed anyone that watches Martial Art movies will understand, Bruce Lee had a good deal to do with my interest to learn along with the Shaolin Monks, Jackie Chan, Jet Lee and other great fighters still being inspirational characters today.Read more
Bio (con't)Training initially twice a week, Wing Chun became more than an interest, I bought a 40ft shipping container and converted it to a gym with wooden dummy, kick bags, wall bags and a whole host of training equipment, my Sifu also used to use the gym so I got the benefit of extra lessons as well as an ideal training location where I trained up to 7 days a week for 3 years. I moved to France in 2002 and unfortunately could not find any local clubs, although it is possible to train forms and techniques with the lack of training/sparring partners there is no doubt that my Wing Chun suffered, after much deliberation I decided to seek out my old Sifu but due to ill health he had stopped teaching so eventually I approached Grandmaster Kwok to ask if he would take over my training. As any student will tell you it is difficult to find a good teacher, in fact it's as difficult for a good teacher to find a good student so I was so pleased when eventually Grandmaster Kwok accepted me as his student and disciple. Since being awarded the privelidged position as a certified instructor and although I am always and firstly a student, I have kindled a passion for spreading the art of Ip Man Wing Chun and hope to do justice to the position to which I have been appointed. I make no false claims and do not consider myself to be one of the best martial artists in the world, I can only claim to enjoy what I do and take pleasure in showing others what I have learnt, any martial art principles can be understood in a relatively short period of time but applying them and mastering the skills can and do literally take a life time. In addition to Wing Chun I am also practising Qigong/Chi Kung and have incorporated this practise into our regular classes, training both internal and external apsects of these traditional Chinese arts, I am grateful to all my friends and students who enable me to do what I enjoy doing on a diaily basis and welcome all newcomers. I lost my job in May 2010 and have since dedicated my time to Wing Chun, I started Ip Man Wing Chun France to represent the Samuel Kwok Martial Arts Association and aim to build a sucessful and popular Martial Arts school. I attend regular seminars and travel to the UK for private sessions with Grandmaster Kwok. Training daily to master the arts I learn, meeting new students and making new aquaintences regularly I am fortunate to be able to improve my teaching techniques and hope to have the first French seminar in 2012 for Ip Man Wing Chun France.
Born: May 11, 1970
Last updated: Nov 17, 2011