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Paul Anderson Wing Chun Kung Fu Instructor Interview

Wing Chun Kung Fu

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

Hi Paul, for those who don’t know, can you tell us what Wing Chun Kung Fu is?

Paul Anderson – Wing Chun Kung Fu

Wing Chun Kung Fu is sometimes spelled in other ways, for example, Ving Tsun Kung Fu is a martial art originating in China and learnt by Ip Man (Yip Man) in Futshan/Foshan. It combines both physical and mental Martial arts training. It became famous because the actor/martial artist Bruce Lee practiced this style after learning from Ip Man and Wong Shun Leung in Hong Kong. It is also popular for as it is a very practical form of self-defence now practiced all over the world by men and women of all ages.

It is a system designed to utilise the opponents force against them. The system embodies many concepts including using the human body in geometric shapes to both defend and attack simultaneously whilst economising on energy and movement. To get a small insight into our flavour of the art of Wing Chun and some of the concepts contained within the diagram shown in the picture, look at Si Fu Michael Louison on Youtube.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

Tell us about yourself and background in martial arts?

Paul Anderson – Wing Chun Kung Fu

I have been a director of a community outward bounds charity based in London setting up many projects including an alternative to mainstream education school, teaching, kayaking, sailing, powerboating, narrow boating, first aid, mountain biking and Wing Chun as an instructor.

Wing Chun has been my number one passion, I became interested in Eastern martial arts as a child and studied Judo, karate and then Shaolin Kung fu. In the mid 1980’s a friend of mine introduced me to Nino Barnardo’s Basement Gym, where I met Michael Louison. Si Fu Michael Louison had just returned from training with Nino’s teacher Wong Shun Leung and one of Wong Shun Leung’s senior Students; Si Fu Ng Chun Hong (Ah Hong Gaw). Due to work I moved to South London, It was due to Nino’s gracious introduction to Michael Louison’s South London school that I began training with Michael.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

Wing Chun guys love lineage, can you explain your lineage?

Wing Chun Kung Fu

Paul Anderson – Wing Chun Kung Fu

I completed the entire Wing Chun system as a Student of Si Fu Michael Louison and was certificated to teach as a Si Fu (senior instructor) in 2005, by him. Although I was given the title Si Fu like my teacher Michael I prefer my students to call me Dai Goh (big brother) rather than Si Fu. I have built my own Wing Chun School in North London and run it for over 10 years. My teacher Si Fu Michael Louison has learnt from a number of very high quality teachers over the past 30 years but his main inspiration comes from Ng Chun Hong a senior of Wong Shun Leung. Ng Chun Hong also studied with Ju Wan and Lok Yiu.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

You’ve been in martial arts a long time, how has the scene changed from then till now?

Paul Anderson – Wing Chun Kung Fu

When I started Kung Fu 1970/80’s Wing Chun, in particular, was very popular. I have seen many systems rise and decline in popularity and take that place of being in vogue. Whilst working with young people, recently I have become aware of a new found interest in this style, maybe partly due to the series of Ip Man films, I guess these things go in cycles. I have always seen Wing Chun as a life time’s journey, like any art form, it is unlimited. When I started Wing Chun in London I could count the number of Si Fu’s teaching. Now the style has grown in popularity and there are many schools, it is great to see so many people for many different reasons enjoying Wing Chun.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

You have trained abroad, can you tell us a bit about that?

Paul Anderson – Wing Chun Kung Fu

I have been very fortunate over the past 10 years or so to experience training in Hong Kong during three trips to Ng Chun Hong’s (Sibak) Gym. I travelled there with my teacher Michael Louison to train.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

You are setting up a Wing Chun class in Bristol, working with Sporting England, can you tells about your plans for that?

Paul Anderson – Wing Chun Kung Fu

I recently moved to Bristol to be near my son and was asked to develop sport at Felix road adventure playground in Easton. Working with Sport England, I plan to give both adults and young people the opportunity to learn our flavour of Wing Chun Kung Fu. I also have a number of people interested in learning how to teach Wing Chun to young people in youth projects and have started doing one to one or small group sessions with these adults. Wing Chun has many additional benefits. I have used the combined knowledge of working with young people and Wing Chun as a vehicle to successfully engage young people, from all types of cultural and social backgrounds, to get their lives on a more positive path.

Doug Swift – Enso Martial Arts Shop

Can you give us your details for the club in Bristol.

Paul Anderson – Wing Chun Kung Fu

I will start teaching Wing Chun at Felix road in Easton from September. Adult classes, both male and female of all ages, will be held from 7 to 9pm and classes for male and female youth students, 14 to 18 years old, from 6 to 7pm.If you are interested in trying a free session please text 07456 413714 to book a place prior to arriving . For more information, photos and links to videos please visit
www.wingchunyouth.com

Many thanks Doug for your warm welcome to my son and I to Bristol
Paul Anderson