Wing Chun Combat Club
Theta Combatives | Wing Chun Evolved
Welcome to The Wing Chun Combat Club | Theta Combatives. A Unique Fusion of Mixed Martial Arts Centered on Wing Chun Kung Fu
At The Wing Chun Combat Club, we specialize in a dynamic and comprehensive martial arts system deeply rooted in the principles of Wing Chun, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, and Jujitsu. Our unique blend is designed not just for self-defense and combat effectiveness but also for overall fitness and personal development.
What We Offer:
A Robust Self-Defense System: Our curriculum focuses on practical, real-world self-defense techniques. We incorporate the direct and efficient movements of Wing Chun Kung Fu, Kickboxing, and Jujitsu, ensuring that our students can protect themselves in various scenarios, against a trained or untrained assailant.
Versatile Combat Techniques: Understanding the importance of adaptability in combat, our training includes long-range tactics, close-quarters combat skills, and essential grappling techniques. This multifaceted approach prepares our students for any confrontation.
Fitness with a Purpose: While the primary goal is self-defense, our classes naturally enhance your fitness. Our training sessions are designed to improve your strength, flexibility, and endurance, contributing to your overall health, conditioning and well-being.
A Community of Learners: We pride ourselves on fostering a supportive and respectful learning environment. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced martial artist, you’ll find a community committed to mutual growth and respect.
Why Choose Us:
Expert Instructors: Our instructors are not only skilled in multiple martial arts disciplines but also passionate about teaching. They are dedicated to helping each student achieve their personal best.
Customized Learning Experience: We understand that each student has unique goals and abilities. Our training programs are tailored to meet your individual needs, ensuring a fulfilling and effective learning journey.
Safe and Welcoming Environment: Safety is paramount in our training. We maintain a disciplined yet nurturing atmosphere where everyone can train confidently and comfortably.
At thirteen, Ip Man commenced his Wing Chun training under Chan Wah-shun. However, due to Chan’s advanced age, Ip Man primarily learned from Ng Chung-sok, Chan’s second eldest disciple. Tragically, three years into his training, Chan passed away, entrusting Ip Man’s further instruction to Ng.
In the 1950s, at 15, Ip Man moved to Hong Kong with assistance from his relative, Leung Fut Ting. There, he enrolled in St. Stephen’s College, a prestigious school catering to the affluent and foreign residents of Hong Kong. According to his sons, Ip Ching and Ip Chun, Ip Man once intervened in an incident where a foreign police officer was assaulting a woman. Using his martial arts skills, Ip Man subdued the officer and fled to his school with a classmate. This act was reported to an elderly man in their apartment block, leading to an unexpected encounter. This man, after learning of Ip Man’s martial arts background, invited him to demonstrate his skills and subsequently challenged him to Chi Sau. To Ip Man’s surprise, he was quickly defeated by the older man, who was revealed to be Leung Bik, his master’s senior fellow-disciple, and thus, his martial uncle. Following this humbling
experience, Ip Man continued his training under Leung Bik’s guidance.
Upon returning to Foshan at 24, Ip Man’s skills had significantly improved. In Foshan, he became a police officer and informally taught Wing Chun to colleagues, friends, and family members.
Among Ip Man’s students in Foshan were Kwok Fu and Lun Kai, who later became instrumental in disseminating Wing Chun in the Foshan and Guangdong regions. During the Japanese Occupation, Ip Man retreated to Kwok Fu’s village house, returning to Foshan post-war to resume his policing duties.
Ip Man formed a friendship with Yuen Kay Shan, another Wing Chun practitioner from a different lineage, even allowing Yuen to teach his son, Ip Chun. Following the Chinese Communist Party’s victory in 1949, Ip Man, a Kuomintang officer, fled to Hong Kong, leaving his family behind.
In Hong Kong, Ip Man established a Wing Chun school, though initially struggling to retain students. After relocating his school twice, it finally gained traction, and some of his students went on to open their own schools. Over time, his students’ successes in combat against other martial artists enhanced Ip Man’s reputation.
In 1967, together with his students, Ip Man founded the Hong Kong Ving Tsun Athletic Association. However, in 1972, Ip Man was diagnosed with cancer, leading to his death on December 2nd of that year. Weeks before his passing, he recorded himself performing Wing Chun forms, despite his pain and frailty, to preserve the authenticity of the art and prevent misinterpretation by others.
Ip Ching (1936-2020) was a renowned Chinese martial artist, best known for his expertise in Wing Chun, a form of traditional Southern Chinese kung fu. He was born in Foshan, Guangdong, and was the second son of Ip Man, the legendary Wing Chun grandmaster who popularized the style globally.
Early Life and Training:
Ip Ching’s martial arts journey began in his childhood under the tutelage of his father. Growing up in a household steeped in martial arts culture, he had the unique opportunity to learn Wing Chun’s intricacies directly from its most celebrated practitioner. Unlike many martial artists of his era, Ip Ching’s training was informal and integrated into his daily life, absorbing lessons through observation and direct instruction from his father.
Career and Contribution to Wing Chun:
Although Ip Ching initially pursued a career outside of martial arts, he eventually dedicated himself to teaching Wing Chun, following in his father’s footsteps. After Ip Man’s death in 1972, Ip Ching, along with his brother Ip Chun, took on the responsibility of preserving and promoting their father’s legacy.
Ip Ching’s approach to Wing Chun was characterized by a strong emphasis on traditional techniques and the principles laid down by his father. He was known for his precise and efficient movements, a hallmark of the Wing Chun system. Throughout his life, he remained an influential figure in the Wing Chun community, contributing significantly to the art’s growth and preservation.
Teaching and Legacy:
Ip Ching was based in Hong Kong, where he taught Wing Chun to a wide array of students, ranging from enthusiasts to those who would become masters in their own right. His teaching style was often described as patient, insightful, and deeply rooted in the fundamentals of Wing Chun.
Beyond his regular classes, Ip Ching conducted seminars and workshops worldwide, helping to spread Wing Chun to an international audience. He played a crucial role in the establishment and success of various Wing Chun associations and actively participated in events that celebrated and promoted Chinese martial arts.
Ip Ching’s dedication to Wing Chun was not just about teaching the physical movements but also about imparting the philosophy and ethical aspects of martial arts. He believed in the development of character alongside skills in combat.
Death and Posthumous Recognition:
Ip Ching passed away in January 2020, leaving behind a rich legacy in the world of martial arts. His death was a significant loss to the Wing Chun community, but his teachings and contributions continue to influence practitioners worldwide. Ip Ching is remembered not only as the son of Ip Man but also as a grandmaster in his own right, who played a pivotal role in maintaining the purity and tradition of Wing Chun for future generations.
Sifu Eric Li stands as a paragon among the contemporary masters of Wing Chun, having dedicated his life to this martial art since 1973, exclusively under the tutelage of Master Ip Ching, the illustrious son of the legendary Ip Man. His journey in Wing Chun is marked by his esteemed role as a former director of the Ving Tsun Athletic Association in Hong Kong, reflecting his profound commitment and contributions to the martial arts community.
Renowned for his scholarly approach to Wing Chun, Sifu Li has co-authored numerous seminal works on the subject. These include an in-depth exploration of the wooden dummy techniques (Mook Yan Jong Sum Faat), a detailed historical account of Ip Man’s legacy, and the co-authorship of the now rare and highly sought-after Ving Tsun Bible with Si-Gung Ip Ching. His writings stand as a testament to his deep understanding and respect for the art.
Embodied in Sifu Li is the essence of a true gentleman; his primary ambition lies not in the creation of a martial arts empire, but rather in the selfless dissemination of his extensive knowledge of Wing Chun. He is the epitome of integrity, decency, and honesty, virtues that not only define his personal ethos but also underscore his unwavering dedication to the martial art.
In 1997, Sifu Li relocated from Hong Kong to Vancouver, Canada. There, he continues his teaching, albeit in a more intimate setting – from his own home. He imparts his wisdom to a select group of devoted teachers and students, creating a close-knit and trusted community of Wing Chun practitioners.
Teaching Wing Chun in its traditional form, Sifu Li’s home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, serves as a sanctuary of learning. His students are immersed in an environment that values tradition, relaxed learning, and small class sizes, with a significant emphasis on the development of skills through Chi Sau.
Despite his relocation, Sifu Li’s roots remain firmly entrenched in Hong Kong. He frequently returns to his homeland to train and practice with his Sifu and Kung Fu siblings, upholding the bonds and traditions that have shaped his journey in Wing Chun. He currently holds a prestigious position as a Director of the Ving Tsun Ip Ching Athletic Association, further solidifying his status as a respected figure in the Wing Chun community.
In the pivotal year of 1994, Sifu Chris embarked on a profound and life-altering journey into the ancient and revered art of Wing Chun. It was under the astute guidance and mentorship of Sifu Sean Meyer that Chris found his way into the esteemed Wing Chun Kung Fu Council, marking the beginning of an extraordinary chapter in his martial arts career. The year 2001 was a cornerstone in his journey, as it saw the birth of Combat Kung Fu, a unique and innovative offshoot of traditional Wing Chun. This new path led Sifu Chris through a rich tapestry of experiences, allowing him to cross paths with some of the most remarkable individuals who would deeply impact his life. Among these were his students, who, under his tutelage, blossomed into exemplary practitioners of Kung Fu. Among his most distinguished students were Sifu Dustin Clark, Sifu John Fryer, and the first of his students to become
a Sifu, Sifu Jason Greenfield, who stand as testaments to Sifu Chris’s exceptional skill and dedication as a teacher and mentor in the martial arts world.
Born in 1988, Sifu Jason Greenfield embarked on his martial arts odyssey at the tender age of 8, a journey that would see him mastering the intricate art of Wing Chun, the strategic nuances of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the dynamic strikes of Kickboxing. His dedication to the martial arts was not just a pastime but a deep-rooted passion that sculpted his character and destiny. On June 27th, 2018, he was officially recognized as a Sifu under the esteemed Combat Kung Fu lineage of Sifu Chris Cox. This accolade was not merely a title but a testament to his years of rigorous training, unwavering dedication, and a profound understanding of martial arts. In the same spirit of sharing knowledge and cultivating skill, Sifu Greenfield inaugurated his own martial arts school in Lehi, Utah. His dojo is not just a physical space but a crucible where the ancient traditions of martial arts meet the evolving demands of modern combat techniques. Here, he imparts his vast knowledge, ensuring that each student not only learns the techniques but also imbibes the philosophies and discipline that are the bedrock of martial arts. Sifu Greenfield’s approach to teaching is holistic, focusing not just on the physical aspects but also on mental fortitude and spiritual growth. His unique blend of Wing Chun’s close-range combat efficiency, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s ground-fighting prowess, and Kickboxing’s striking strategies offers a comprehensive curriculum for any aspiring martial artist.His legacy is not confined to the four walls of his dojo. Through seminars, workshops, and demonstrations, Sifu Greenfield has become a beacon in the martial arts community, inspiring many to embark on their own journey of self-discovery through martial arts.In conclusion, Sifu Jason Greenfield seamlessly integrating diverse combat styles and embodying the true spirit of a martial artist – disciplined, respectful, and ever-evolving.
Benefits of our program
One of the primary reasons many people learn Wing Chun is to acquire self-defense techniques. The art emphasizes efficiency, directness, and simplicity in its movements, making it practical for real-world situations.
Mental Focus & Discipline
Regular practice requires concentration, discipline, and commitment, which can translate to other areas of life.
Wing Chun drills often involve rapid exchanges of techniques, which can help sharpen reflexes and improve reaction time.
Improved Balance & Posture
Wing Chun emphasizes a stable stance and the importance of maintaining balance, which can lead to better posture and overall body alignment.
The physical exertion and mental focus required in Wing Chun can serve as an effective stress reliever. The meditative aspects of martial arts practice can also promote relaxation and mental clarity.
The simultaneous use of hands and legs in various drills and forms improves body coordination and motor skills.