In 1989, John Smith ventured to Hong Kong and trained under, whom John believes to be the undisputed master teacher of the Ving Tsun system, the late “Wong Shun Leung“. Since that time having travelled regularly to Hong Kong to learn under Wong Shun Leung until his un-timely death in 1997.
In 1992 John Smith founded and named the “Illawarra Ving Tsun School” and continues to teach a loyal following of students.
John is a member and certified instructor that has satisfied the stringent requirements of the Ving Tsun Athletic Association in Hong Kong as a teacher. John has served as a board member of the New South Wales, Kung Fu and Wu Shu Australia (KWA), and is recognised as a first generation student of the prestigious Wong Shun Leung Students Association.
John’s teaching skills have enabled him to give seminars and workshops not only to various destinations within Australia, but also to travel overseas on a regular yearly basis where he has given seminars and workshops on this unique brand of Kung Fu. So far this has included Germany, England, Denmark, Singapore, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Canada, Malaysia, Italy, USA, the Czech Republic, Greece and New Zealand.
John has written numerous web based and magazine articles for various publications, some of these being Wing Chun Illustrated, Blitz, Combat and Australasian Fighting Arts.
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