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 six branches in Queensland and workshops/seminars worldwide to promote the art of Practical Wing Chun.
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, he won third place in his weight division in Goju Karate Kumite (Free fight) tournament in Hong Kong.
As a teenager, Jack became interested in Kung fu after one of his best friend returned from Australia and demonstrated some Kung fu techniques in Southern Preying Mantis. (A solid southern style of Kung fu). He was amazed by the short distance power and the short range fighting style. This was very different to the Karate he used to train which has a lot of long range fighting stands.
In 1995, after extensive research of different 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, where he relocated and trained for over a year in this style of Southern Preying Mantis with his Kung fu brother Henry Chan. (Now an Instructor of Wan Kam Leung Practical Wing Chun Headquarters in Hong Kong)
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 was matched against the Karate Sensei's son who was an adult and was one of the best fighter in the club. Remember at this time in life, Jack was still a teenager. Surprisingly with the limited Wing Chun techniques he had learnt in 6 months, he managed to divert his opponent's power and overcome his Sensei's son (who was much bigger size than he was) easily.
After the session, Jack decided to quit Karate and only train Kung fu because he believe this is the fundamental element of Self defence - the ability to overcome someone bigger size than you in a self defence situation. Being able to go home safe is what matters the most.
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 from Australia to a new school in Jordan for training and maintained a close bond with his Sifu.
While he was studying in Australia, he could not find a Wong Shun Leung lineage Wing Chun in Queensland. As a result of his work, studies and other commitments he stopped training for a year. When he explained the difficulties and why he stopped training to his Sifu, he was encouraged by his Sifu to keep training martial arts. “A martial artist should never rest his training. One should always keep the Kung fu spirit alive,” said Sifu Wan.
Encouraged by his Sifu, 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 & Krabi Krabong. He travelled back and forth to Thailand on & off a few years for training.
Unfortunately, after a severe elbow injury Jack had to give up his training in Thailand. During training, his Muay Thai trainer partner dropped his guard and Jack elbowed his mouth with a reverse back elbow. This resulted the trainer with 21 stitches to his mouth. On the other side, as a direct result to the impact of elbow to teeth, Jack lost some flesh from his elbow. Ultra scan showed a piece of tendon was lost (cut).
As a result of this incident, he had limited arm and elbow movement for over a month and had to fly back to Australia immediately. Doctor back home in Australia told him that the tendon lost from his elbow will not repair and there will be limitation to his elbow movements for life.
After the accident, Jack started looking for a martial art style 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 body size). He looked for a system that does not require brute force or huge strength, a style that he could use to protect himself when he gets older (or in another word - 'slower'). He was looking for a Self defence system that enables a smaller, weaker person to divert power and use structure over strength.
He soon realised everything he was looking for was already there in the first place. So once again, Jack started training Practical Wing Chun 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"
In 2016, Sifu Jack was inducted by Grand Master Wan Kam Leung as a closed-door disciple at an induction ceremony.
Sifu Leung currently runs six branches in Queensland and workshops/seminars worldwide to promote the art of Practical Wing Chun.
He is fortunate and blessed by his students to be able to do what he love - teaching martial arts. He is very grateful to be able to meet and cross train with different positive martial artists around the world and truely thankful for them to share their valuable knowledge.