Nick began Wing Chun in 2003 after starting martial arts in earnest in 1998. After 5 years of training in Tae Kwon Do, he wanted to change to a style which he felt better suited his physique and natural attributes, but which also had a strong theory and practical application behind it for both fighting (sparring) and self defence.
Nick had always been interested in Wing Chun from learning about Bruce Lee and others, and was lucky enough to have a club on his doorstep at Birmingham University. As it turned out he was also lucky to have found the best teacher of any martial club he had ever attended (and he had been to quite a few in various arts!) in Sifu Abid, and has enjoyed learning and growing in this beautiful art under his guidance ever since. Nick never knew punching and chopping people could be such an art form!
Nick has also trained in Aikido during most of his Wing Chun training time, and he has found that, with the right approach, elements of different arts can definitely be brought together to improve individual martial ability.
Nick now enjoys helping with teaching classes. he say “It is rewarding to see beginners start to grasp the principles they are being taught and to cement my own understanding of the principles being passed on”. Nick looks forward to many more years of learning and teaching in Wing Chun; and quotes his teacher, Sifu Abid Mahmood, “just when you think you’ve cracked it, someone more experienced reminds you that the journey never ends…usually with a fist!”