It's not the destination that is important, it's the journey you take along the way to get there.
- Sifu Karl
My interested in Martial Arts came from watching Martial Arts movies as a kid and led to me participating in my first Martial Arts
of Shotokan style Karate at the age of 8yrs old. In the year of 2000 while still participating in Karate, I went and tried out a
lesson in a system of Kung Fu known as Wing Chun which was being instructed by Sifu Peter Guy whom was still a level 6 Dark Brown at that time.
In the beginning I found Wing Chun a bit difficult due to coordination with the hand techniques and footwork because all my training in Karate had been one dimensional drills in the air with hardly any practical applications. Eventually I found training Wing Chun also benefited my training in Karate and my Instructor was surprised how quickly my learning began to accelerate. In 2001 I took up Wing Chun full time as my Karate instructor fell very ill.
In my personal life I had been struggling for a while without knowing why with tasks and activities others did easily. At the age of 14th I was told that I am Legally Blind. In other terms my eyesight had only developed so far due to damage from a birthmark on my optical nerves, which had affected the developed of my eyesight at some around 30-40%. Through training Wing Chun I have been able to train my other senses and strength my eyesight to a point I can confidently and independently do things by myself which was a massive challenge for me when I travel to China in 2014 and 2016 with the Wing Chun community.
In 2012 I was given the opportunity to work at Perth Wing Chun behind the desk on a part time. It was quite a challenge to begin with, however the Instructors put so much faith in me and have really taken a mentoring role in my personal training, and helping with the business and assisting/ instructing in classes. This has helped me to improve my understanding of what I have learnt and continue to learn, over the past 17yrs of training Wing Chun.
My proudest moment in Wing Chun so far was when I passed my level 10 Instructor's grading and participated in Ceremony in Foshan China recognizing me as an official Student of Grandmaster William Cheung and the Global Tradition Wing Chun Kung Fu Association. In The future I will be looking at getting my Cert 4 in Training and Assessment and starting a class to help those like me with disabilities as well as learning Mandarin as a second language.
I am truly proud to be associated with Perth Wing Chun and look forward to be part of the journey alongside everyone else who chooses to join us at Perth Wing Chun :)