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With the guidance of Ip Man's Sons the traditional Wing Chun system is preserved through the evangelical works of Grandmaster Samuel Kwok.

Grandmaster Samuel Kwok: Wing Chun Evangelist

Samuel Kwok was born in Hong Kong in 1948, the son of a Church Minister. His interest in the martial arts started at an early age when he began studying White Crane Kung Fu, under the guidance of his uncle Luk Chi Fu. His Wing Chun training first started in 1967 under Chan Wai Ling in Hong Kong.

In 1972 Samuel Kwok moved to the United Kingdom to study psychiatric nursing and pursue a new life. Living in London then, he went to the Church of Reverend Kao who told him about a member of the congregation who was a Wing Chun teacher named Lee Sing. Lee Sing began teaching Samuel Kwok in 1973.

Samuel Kwok Being Taught In 1978 returning to Hong Kong in hope to find the true source of Wing Chun, Samuel Kwok was introduced to Ip Chun by Lee Sing; who at the time was joining the Ip Man Martial Arts Association. It was during a second meeting with Ip Chun that he offered to teach Samuel Kwok the Wooden Dummy techniques, realizing that he was being given a great honor he accepted. At this time, Ip Chun was only teaching part time.

For the next few years Samuel Kwok received private instruction from Ip Chun and, after gaining Master level in Wing Chun, he opened his first school in Hong Kong. Not long after beginning to teach, Samuel Kwok's students began making a name for themselves at local tournaments and demonstrations.

Sam in Hong Kong After returning to the United Kingdom in 1981, Samuel was appointed chairman and senior overseas representative of the Ip Chun Martial Art Association by Grandmaster Ip Chun.

Having settled in the UK, Master Kwok started to teach Wing Chun privately but later he opened his first school after great demand from several martial arts enthusiasts. In his bid to promote Traditional Wing Chun and his SiFu, Master Kwok held the first of many seminars in the UK for Grandmaster Ip Chun in 1981.

In 1991 Master Kwok invited both Grandmasters Ip Chun and Ip Ching to the UK, to hold their first joint seminar. This was the first visit to the UK by Grandmaster Ip Ching.

In 1994 Master Kwok returned to Hong Kong to study with Grandmaster Ip Ching. Also In 1994 Master Kwok introduced Steve Lee Swift from New York, to Grandmaster Ip Chun and helped to organize some very successful seminars in America, taught by Grandmaster Ip Chun.

Ip Chun Seminar In 1995 once again Grandmaster Ip Ching was invited by Master Kwok to the UK, to conducted several seminars across the country but this time he was accompanied by Grandmaster Tsui Sheung Tin, one of the first students in Hong Kong of the late Grandmaster Ip Man.

Also in 1995 the two famous brothers Grandmaster Ip Chun and Ip Ching visited Chicago to teach together for the first time in America. Again, this visit was arranged and assisted by Master Samuel Kwok.

The Samuel Kwok Wing Chun Martial Art Association has now grown to become one of the largest Kung Fu organizations in the United Kingdom. With students in Europe, the United States, South Africa, Australia, Turkey, Malaysia, and Singapore; it has now become international. Although Master Kwok has many students teaching for him, he has always remained faithful to true Wing Chun tradition and still teaches classes personally.

In 1998 Master Samuel Kwok received a BA honour from Manchester University for his life time achievement and promotion of Martial Arts. Today Master Kwok is constantly promoting Wing Chun across the world by conducting and organizing seminars, competitions, demonstrations, books, videos and helping to promote Chinese Martial Arts around the world. He also helps to arrange tours and training in Hong Kong with Grandmaster Ip Ching for his students showing that, like himself, he wants his students to benefit from this great master first hand.

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