1. As a quick intro, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your school? When, where, how and why did you start practicing?My name is Dai Sifu Simon . In Bay Mountain I have currently 12 of my students are Sifu’s and we all teach the Wing Tsun Kund Fu style as it was taught from GM Yip Man to my Si-Gung Dr. Leung Ting and to my Si-Fu Keith R. Kernspecht.
Today being a Si-Gung myself I could have not achieved this without my many Si-Hings and all the help they gave me. Like Sifu Hofmann and Sifu Schembri and Sifu Wagner and many more.
I started to teach in 1992 ( my first lesson was in 1988). Since my Si-Fu has huge seminars , my first class I taught was 320 people in one seminar.
That experience was wonderful and after that I always taught professional ever since!
2. What are the most common mistakes, or assumptions, you’ve encountered during your years of teaching?
The most I encountered in the Wing Chun family was that a lot of teachers did not had access to a thorough education of this amazing style!
3. Movies such as “Yip Man”, “The Grandmaster” and such and probably one of the reasons many people start to practice at some point. Since reality is mostly not matching most of these movie scenes, what are some key aspects a beginning martial artist should focus on?
Finding a good knowledgeable teacher and a great group to learn and train. Really good training partners is the most important besides a good teacher.
4. How can Wing Chun be used in an educational, non martial arts setting?
Today there exists an entire degree program what my Si-Fu Keith Kernspecht established in the Buxton/ Derby University in GB.And also in the State Universities of Sofia and Plovididv ( Bulgaria) One can make a bachelor or masters degree in Wing Tsun Kung Fu in martial arts and sports:
5. The internet has completely changed our lives over the past 10-15 years. We now have access to lots of information (both good & bad) and connections like never before. How do you feel about this evolution and it’s impact on Wing Chun?
Sure the internet can help a lot, in the end is still the obstacle to join a good local school!
6. What direction do you see Wing Chun or martial arts, as a whole, heading in?
Since most do not have really access to this sophisticated and amazing art that most what is going around is heading not much in any direction. The community has to grow and grow in quality!
7. To end this interview in style, what is the best wing chun or martial arts advice you have personally ever received and what is the best advice you would give to our readers?
“Teach the way you would like to get taught”. Find a great school!
Dai Sifu Simon