London Wing Chun Teachers: Sifu mark phillips
Sifu Mark Phillips - Head Instructor at the London Wing Chun Academy
On this page you will find all the information you need about Sifu Mark Phillips and the
UK Wing Chun Association London Wing Chun Academy including:
- Sifu Mark Phillips' Experience and Achievements in Wing Chun
- The London Wing Chun Academy Facilities, Teaching and Training
- London Wing Chun Academy Student Testimonials
- Sifu Mark Phillips' Martial Arts Qualifications
Sifu MArk Phillips experience and Achievements In Wing Chun
Sifu Mark Phillips began studying Wing Chun in 1986 under Master James Sinclair. After twenty one years of professional training and teaching, Sifu Phillips is now ranked as the number one student in the UK Wing Chun Association and is a registered instructor with the prestigious 'Ving Tsun Athletic Association' in Hong Kong. He has taught and trained in various countries including the United States, Hong Kong, China, and is presently instructing at the London Wing Chun Academy.
Sifu Phillips has also featured in numerous international publications, Television programs and even radio. Appearances have included BBC television productions; most notable was his appearance on GMTV teaching and promoting Wing Chun Kung Fu.
Sifu Mark Phillips Wing Chun Demonstration:
Uk Wing Chun Association London Wing Chun Academy :
Profile of The London Wing Chun Academy:
Established in 1985, the UK Wing Chun Association operates a full time martial arts studio in North London that is open 6 days a week. The London Wing Chun Academy offers world class professional tuition and facilities at a grass root level.
School Address and Contact Details:
The London Wing Chun Academy: www.londonwingchun.co.uk
|Unit C (2nd Floor) Cypress House
2 Coburg Rd, Wood Green
|Academy Tel: 0208 886 8840
Office Tel: 01245 382 894
Mobile: 07976 855 259
The school is a dedicated Wing Chun centre of excellence within the North London area, offering a fully equipped 2000 sq ft professional training studio.
The state of the art studio boasts two separate training areas, free weights, changing, shower facilities, and a pro shop.
The academy also features 4 Wing Chun wooden dummies, 2 speed balls, wall bags, heavy bags, separate matted training area, mirrored shadow sparring area, traditional weapons, boxing gloves, pads and more.
In addition, the London Wing Chun Academy offers exclusive fitness and conditioning classes for those who simply want to get fit while free weights are always available even when a class is running. The academy also has over 17 onsite Instructors that allows it to service 60+ classes a month for all abilities and experience.
Inside The London Wing Chun Academy:
Approach to Wing Chun Training:
The UK Wing Chun Association is famed for its 'Forms to Fighting' approach to teaching and practicing the art of the Wing Chun. This is a result of its success in achieving a perfect balance between the art form and fighting application of Wing Chun. Their emphasis centres on practicing the correct structure and application of techniques of Wing Chun which can be adapted into any combative situation, if focus is placed on the correct energy and balance. Training methods are not restricted to application within the art alone.
London Wing Chun Academy Lok Sau Demonstration:
Hence the UK Wing Chun Association approach to training gives students the ability to explore the many methods of applying Wing Chun against contemporary fighting styles such as western boxing. Students are taught how to apply traditional Wing Chun skills such as Chi Sau to an unskilled attacker in the street. This involves teaching students how to safely close the distance in order to apply their cherished Chi Sau skills at close range. The measure of any art is the ability to apply it against another system of combat. Thus Wing Chun is comparable to any other form of Martial Art.
The UK Wing Chun Association instructional method is characterised by a meticulous attention to detail. Many believe that 'knowledge is power' and hence if a student truly understands the application of the art then they will develop a superior ability to fight well with Wing Chun.
Wing Chun is known for its directness and simplicity. However understanding the fine details of the art is a greater part of what makes Wing Chun a successful fighting system and this is especially emphasised in the teachings at the London Wing Chun Academy.
It is therefore important to the UK Wing Chun Association that each student is given the information required to understand how and why the techniques are applied and used. Time and practice is then available for the student to absorb what they have learned. The London Wing Chun Academy instructors readily reinforce fundamental techniques by encompassing them into a variety of training drills so as to expand the knowledge of application.
Students are encouraged to use the equipment within the academy, and these include wooden dummies, wall bags, and heavy bags. The London Wing Chun Academy has a unique capacity to allow students to practice the art on a wide range of specialised equipment. In turn this promotes a thorough understanding and application of the art, and contributes towards the development of unique fighting skills.
Ultimately the success of the UK Wing Chun Association's London Wing Chun Academy is shown through the progression and satisfaction of each student.
The Class Ethos
- The full time academy adopts a traditional value of integrity, honour and dignity. All instructors are welcoming and friendly - as a result all students enjoy the relaxed and respectful environment that is offered.
- The London Wing Chun Academy provides student centred attention as each class also has a significant number of Assistant Instructors.
- Teaching is of the highest quality as all instructors are experienced, skilled and of course passionate about Wing Chun. Not only do instructors teach but they also support and mentor students through their difficult periods of training.
- The London Wing Chun Academy instructors lead by example and are able to represent the Wing Chun system excellently.
The Structure of The London Wing Chun Academy
The full time London Wing Chun Academy offers a range of specialised classes for each level of expertise within the Wing Chun fighting system. The London Wing Chun Academy believes that students of similar abilities should be grouped together. Grouping students by ability allows the individual to progress faster, because every member of the group is of similar ability and skill. If you train in a class of likeminded and able people you cannot help but improve.
The London Wing Chun Academy is divided into the following skill sets:
Beginners focus on the core skills of the art that relate directly to the correct application of footwork and striking within the context of a self defence environment. Beginners are introduced the basic concepts of turning deflecting and guard hand skills that include trapping, kicking and basic stick. Hence, beginners are expected to understand the basic concepts of Wing Chun and its application.
Intermediates focus predominately on the key structure and shapes of Wing Chun applying them in fixed format know as combination training, their training also includes sparring and traditional chi sau exercises.
London Wing Chun Academy Pole Fighting Demonstration
Advanced students focus on the advanced practice of the art that include the application of the wooden dummy form, weapons, and empty hand forms. The UK Wing Chun Association's advanced syllabus involves focuses on both the traditional and contemporary fighting application of Wing Chun. This includes free hand sparring, bridging practice, advanced Chi Gerk and kicking training. The London Wing Chun Academy regards fitness as a key feature to defending oneself, and therefore it focuses specifically on developing the this with specialised fitness and conditioning classes.
The Advanced Class at the London Wing Chun Academy:
The London Wing Chun Academy has a direct and clear lineage directly descended from the world famous Yip Man.
Yip Man - > Yip Chun -> James Sinclair -> Mark Phillips
London Wing Chun Academy Student Testimonials:
"In the 6 years I have trained in Wing Chun Kung Fu, I have developed on 3 levels. Physically I have become fitter, stronger and healthier. Mentally I have become more self-disciplined, more focused, more determined and more ambitious. And emotionally I have become a calmer and more relaxed person with - I like to think - an accepting and tolerant attitude. As well as the art itself, I have also made some fantastic friends, been to places as far a field as Hong Kong and China, and I have enjoyed every moment of training in a friendly, professional and progressive environment. One of the great things about it is that I can continue my passion with as much dedication even as my years advance. Long may it continue." - Neil Cousins, Turnpike Lane, North London
"Although there are many Wing Chun organisations and clubs in the Midlands area, I choose to travel to London every week to train with the London Martial Arts Academy as they teach Wing Chun in the progressive manner which I believe to be good for the development of the style but equally important, for my development as a student of Wing Chun. The Art is taught alongside the modern approach to Wing Chun Kung Fu which makes it, in my opinion the most practical style for street-wise self defence whilst maintaining its artistic roots. I have only found this style of teaching with Sifu Phillips and the UKWCKFA. It suits me best, as I prefer to train with the best and with Sifu Mark Phillips; he is unparalleled in his knowledge, understanding and application of Wing Chun."
- Darren Stevens, Northampton
"I have been training for a number of years, and within the last few weeks have now started training at the UK Wing Chun Assoc: London Martial Arts Academy. Over this short period of time my fitness and Wing Chun ability has improved quite a lot. The instructors are easy to talk to and always helpful with even the smallest of problems. In particular, Sifu Mark Phillips knowledge of Wing Chun is outstanding and I have found that he genuinely wants me to progress with my Wing Chun. I would recommend anyone who is thinking of starting Wing Chun or who has been training elsewhere for a while to come along to the London Martial Arts Academy." - Shaun Galvin, Bedfordshire
"I have been training with Sifu Mark Phillips for nearly 9 years and although I have seen other students who started after me excel in wing chun, I don't feel any less worthy than they, even though they could and do 'kick my a**'!!. Like most who train, I have had to balance family life, work life and my training. The training regime at UKWCA allows for that. It's not pushy to get one to a higher level. It allows you to develop in your own time. It has improved my confidence in tackling tasks, not just from a confrontational situation but even in other mundane tasks. Training Wing Chun has taught me not just to develop my hand speed and other fighting techniques but also one other major skill that I have used in several situations now. That is to stay calm when things go wrong or bad which allows one to think quickly." - Fanos Santis, Palmers Green, North London
"I had no background in Martial Arts... It has taught me how to be more alert and aware of my surroundings and most importantly it has given me the knowledge and confidence to protect myself. I have been able to achieve this through the support and encouragement I have received from the instructors and students at the London Wing Chun Academy. There are so many aspects to learn which makes it interesting, challenging and rewarding. Having trained for over 2 years now, I am still passionate about Wing Chun."
- Jill Benet, Finchley
Sifu Mark Phillips Martial Arts Qualifications:
Over the past two decades Sifu Mark Phillips has trained dilligently in Wing Chun earning huge respect within the international Wing Chun community:
- 1989 Gained full Professional Instructorship in the UK Wing Chun Assoc.
- 1989 National Championships (Gold Medallist in no gloved no rules competition).
- 1991 awarded the 'Bart Cham Do' (Butterfly Broadswords/knives) as recognition of his skills and standing in the Wing Chun Kung Fu community.
- 1991 Became one of only two accredited National Examiner for UK Wing Chun Assoc.
- 1993 Coached the Winning team in the 3rd Annual National UK Wing Chun All Comers Championship.
- 1993 Was responsible for development and implementation of the UK Wing Chun Assoc Weapons Skills program, which included Kubaton and Edge Weapon defence training. He remains to this day the director responsible for the development of Reality Based Edge Weapon Defence Training.
- 1995 Began instructing a range of law enforcement bodies which included Police and Special Operations Groups in a range of Reality Based Defensive Skills, in the United Kingdom and in the United States.
- 1996 Became the first student in the UK Wing Chun Assoc to take and pass the difficult and famed Wooden Dummy Test.
- 1999 Featured in the best selling Wing Chun Teaching Video 'Pure & Simple'.
- 2000 Featured on Bravo Television's 'Ultimate Warriors' series.
- 2003 Featured in Teaching Wall Bag training techniques and applications in the UK Wing Chun Assoc 'Master Class' video teaching series.
- 2004 Voted UK Wing Chun 'Martial Arts Instructor of the Year'.
- 2005 Appeared on GMTV teaching Simon Web from the pop group Blue.
- 2005 Became a lifetime member of the Ving Tsun Athletic Association in Hong Kong.
- 2006 Voted UK Wing Chun 'Student of the Year'.
- 2007 Awarded Blue belt in 'Brazilian Jiu Jitsu' in April under Mark Walder, Gracie Barra (Essex).