I often hear Wing Chun is untested and has no fighters etc. It makes me laugh really. It seems to be that in today’s world, people just have an idea and then it must be right. They don’t research of check anything at all. If they did, they would find that my Iron Wolves Team have had hundreds of fights over the last 20 years, in MMA, Kickboxing, Boxing, BJJ, Chi Sao and more. We have had many championships wins plus my students that teach have also had the same successes. If fact we have had so many, that I stopped counting long ago. The focus has always been on being in the moment and the development we all gain for the experiences.
My teacher Robert Chu really has given us all something very special indeed. I was aware that MMA was an environment that I needed to understand before my guys tested our skills. So, the first thing I did was to learn Catch Wrestling. Now this was 20 years ago, way before anyone had even heard of it. I learnt from Matt Furey then later crossed checked the style with the likes of Tony Cecchine, Johhny Husky and the late Ian Bromley (a very skilled and humble coach).
Today I have a BJJ Black Black under World Champion Leo Negao, an amazing old school BJJ Vale Tudo fighter.
But if you wind the clock back to the start of my guys testing our skills in MMA, before I was lucky to have Leo in my city to train with. Much earlier on when we had had won fights by blasting opponents with a street fighting mentality. I was aware that our shock n awe style would only take us so far. We needed to understand the sport and we needed experience.
Life in the Cage – was the documentary that I watched and thought to myself – Shark Tank was the ultimate testing ground and a hot pot of cutting-edge coaching. Also, to be honest – it scared the life out of me! So, my choice was pretend that I never saw it or step up and travel 6,000 miles to learn from the best.