Kung Fu Lineage
“Learning the techniques without developing the skills will never bring any accomplishment”
– Sijo Ip Man
There is no universally recognised sanctioning body for Wing Chun that governs the certification of lineage nor offers an unambiguous way of defining lineage. This being said, lineage is extremely important in Chinese Martial Arts and there are 11 branches of Wing Chun families who all trace their roots back to Sitai (system founder and Nun) Ng Mei. Although the main principles and practices of Wing Chun Kung Fu remain the same between all the branches, each has its own particular variations within its practices, drills and even some elements of the forms. One thing that is a standard amongst all is the moral imperative of Martial Arts in both practice and application. True Martial Arts are never for intimidation, bullying or any form of anti-social behaviour. They should only ever be used for good and true Martial Artists should operate from a place of humility, modesty and servitude.
Train Diligently. Remain Disciplined. Practice Courtesy.
Humility First Above All Else
Chinese Martial Arts traditionally is familial in nature and so much of the terminology is relational. Sijo is a great, great grandfather teacher, Sitaigung is great grandfather teacher, Sigung is grandfather teacher, Sifu is father teacher right down to Sidai which is junior male and Simui which is junior female.
Our particular Kung Fu lineage is through the Ip Man branch. Sifu Matt Jorgensen trained under, and still returns to Brisbane periodically to train with, Sigung Grandmaster (10th degree) Tom Lo who developed his Wing Chun from his teacher, Sitaigung Grandmaster Wong Long who in turn was an original disciple of Sijo Ip Man in Hong Kong.