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ABOUT SIFU JACK LEUNG

Queensland Chief Instructor Jack Leung serves as the Regional Director for Wan Kam Leung Practical Wing Chun Kungfu in Australia. ​

Jack constantly cross-trains with different martial artists and mentors in other martial arts disciplines. After 17 years of training and guidance under Grand Master Wan, he was awarded the title of Sifu in 2013. Sifu Leung now serves as Regional Director for Practical Wing Chun Australia. Sifu Leung currently runs five branches in Queensland and workshops/seminars worldwide to promote the art of Practical Wing Chun.

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Sifu Jack was born in 1977 in Hong Kong. As a kid, he was a huge fan of Kung Fu and action movies.

As a young child, Jack started martial arts training, first informally in Judo and then progressed to Karate. He trained in Goju-Ryu Karate for six years, and in his early teens, won third place in his weight division in a Karate Kumite (Free fight) competition in Hong Kong.

As a teenager, Jack became interested in Kung fu after one of his best friends had returned from a trip to Australia and showed him some Kung fu techniques in Southern Preying Mantis, a Chinese martial art form. He was amazed at the short distance combat fighting in Kung fu compared to the far distance way in Karate. In 1995, after extensively researching traditional styles of Kung fu in his home district, he discovered Kwong Sai Jook Lum Tong Long (Bamboo Forest Southern Preying Mantis) in Tai Po, Hong Kong, where he relocated and trained for over a year.

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One day in 1996, on his way to school, he stopped by the Wing Chun Association located in Prince Edward, where he was fortunate enough to meet Grandmaster Wan Kam Leung. He was so impressed with the style of Kung fu that he decided to start training. During the first six months, Jack was still training in Karate while doing Wing Chun. During a sparring match one day, he ended up being matched up with a Karate senior who was bigger and older than him, who was one of the strongest fighters in the dojo and who also happened to be the son of the Karate Sensei. With the limited Wing Chun techniques he had learnt in 6 months, he overcame their difference in size and manipulated his opponent easily.

After the session, Jack decided to quit Karate and only train in Kung fu because he believed this to be the fundamental element of self-defence. Jack learnt the system directly from Sigung Wan Kam Leung in Hong Kong and finished Wooden Dummy level before leaving for Australia 
to further his tertiary studies. He travelled back and forth to a new school in Jordan for training and maintained a close bond with his Sifu.

While in Australia, he could not find a Wong Shun Leung system Wing Chun in Queensland, so due to work studies and commitments, he stopped training for a year. When he explained why he had stopped training to his Sifu, he was encouraged by his Sifu to keep training martial arts, regardless if it was another form of Martial Arts. “A martial artist should never rest his training. He should always keep the Kung fu spirit alive,” said Sifu Wan. Encouraged, Jack started training Chow Gar Tong Long (Southern Preying Mantis), continued for a few years under different lineages to broaden his Kung fu views and knowledge.

In 2008, he developed an interest in fitness and started training in Muay Thai. While living in Thailand, he travelled overseas another four times in preparation for a ring fight at a local stadium in Phuket, Thailand.
 

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Unfortunately, after a severe elbow injury in Thailand, Jack had to give up his fight. During training, his trainer partner dropped his guard. Jack elbowed his mouth with a reverse back elbow, which resulted in the trainer receiving 21 stitches, and caused Jack to lose the flesh from his elbow. As a result, he had limited arm and elbow movement for over a month. The doctor told him that the tendon lost from his elbow would not repair and limit his elbow movements.


After the accident, Jack started looking for a martial art that he could train for life, rather than one where he will constantly need to be in good shape (external martial arts that rely heavily on muscle mass, speed and weight). He looked for a system that did not require brute force or huge strength, a style that he could use to protect himself as he grew older (or 'slower'). A self-defence system that enables a smaller, weaker person to defeat a bigger, stronger opponent. He realised that an older man could not match a younger man's stamina in a long fight. Just like it is harder for a female to match against a male opponent's strength.


​The system matches Practical Wing Chun. So once again, Jack started training intensively in Hong Kong. In 2013 he was certified to teach Practical Wing Chun, and serves as a Regional Director for Practical Wing Chun Australia. Under the 17 years guidance of Grand Master Wan Kam Leung, he was awarded the title –" Sifu" (Chinese for the instructor). In 2016, Sifu Jack was inducted by Grand Master Wan Kam Leung as a closed-door disciple.


Sifu Leung currently runs five branches in Queensland and workshops/seminars worldwide to promote the art of Practical Wing Chun.
 

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