In 1977, Swift moved to Hong Kong, to pursue his Wing Chun training. While in Hong Kong, Swift trained under Simon Lau, Yip Chun, Yip Ching, and Wong Shun Leung.With Over 35 years of experience in the Read more
In 1977, Swift moved to Hong Kong, to pursue his Wing Chun training. While in Hong Kong, Swift trained under Simon Lau, Yip Chun, Yip Ching, and Wong Shun Leung.
With Over 35 years of experience in the world of martial arts, Hall of Fame Grandmaster of Wing Chun Steve Lee Swift, under the World Head of Family Soke Councilship Grandmasters Hall of Fame, provides extensive instruction in realistic combat training and the direct and effective techniques of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Grandmaster Swift traveled the world learning directly from the source: the sons of legendary Yip Man (Yip Ching and Yip Chun), Simon Lau, and even the renownedly known Wong Shun Leung. Grandmaster Swift has spent his life perfecting the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Beginners, instructors, and masters of all styles continue to seek out Grandmaster Swift.
The effectiveness of Wing Chun in realistic combat is that of pure art. It takes combat into the world of chess allowing techniques to flow like that of a river without thought or conscious mind. It allows for the events of the moment to pass in almost slow motion letting the body perform what the mind has been taught.
Grandmaster Swift first began his martial arts training at the age of 5. He first trained in boxing, and then at the age of 10, he started training in an Okinawa art, earning his black belt by the age of 13. For the next several years Grandmaster Swift participated in tournaments and taught his karate style through several different high school and college programs. At 17, he discovered there was something missing in the arts that he studied as a youth. The young, aggressive, and adept Steve Lee Swift would soon empty his cup and surrender all that he had learned to his true calling: the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu.
Even as a child, with his family involved in traveling and helping the military issues of the world, survival was a grave necessity for him. Grandmaster Swift was in need of an art that would help him not only to stay alive, but an art that would help him against multiple opponents in close quarter combat. What the Grandmaster searched for, he found in Wing Chun: an extremely fast and practical art form, designed for life-saving purposes, with no tournament rules to follow.
Immediately after graduating in 1977, Grandmaster Swift traveled back and forth from England to Hong Kong, to pursue the fullest extent of Wing Chun training. While over seas, Swift trained under Simon Lau, Yip Chun, Yip Ching, and Wong Shun Leung, and thus learned the complete Wing Chun system. Grandmaster Swift was the first United States citizen to be certified in Hong Kong as a senior instructor of the Ving Tsun Athletic Association, and has since owned and operated some of the largest Wing Chun schools in the world.
In 1983, Grandmaster Swift founded the Steve Lee Swift International Martial Arts Academy, and began developing the necessary fundamentals to organize and administer the highest quality Wing Chun School in the world. Known as one of the world's fastest and most knowledgeable Wing Chun artists of our time, Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift would then pass the art on with the heart and caring that it takes to teach the intricate style properly. It was Yip Man's wish before he died that this be done. Through the true lineage of the direct sons of Yip Man, Swift made this possible being the first to bring them here to the states.
Through the art of Wing Chun, Grandmaster Swift has taught many Chicago youth that a better way than failure is the way of success. It is certain that these students who trained closely with him hold the gift sacred that the Grandmaster has shared.
Grandmaster Swift has been honored in many news and magazine features for saving multiple women from assault, and saving the lives of many men who still tell the story of their encounter today. He currently lives and teaches in Tampa, Florida extending the wish of his elders to pass on the art of Wing Chun to those with the heart and soul to learn.
Here at Grandmasters Academy of Wing Chun Kung Fu, we are honored to represent the elite international organization of Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift.