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Sifu Alan Gibson 

Sifu Alan Gibson has taught martial arts for twenty five years and takes seminars on Wing Chun all over the country. He has a degree in sports studies which has furthered his understanding of the bio-mechanical, sociological and psychological aspects of the art. Alan is the author of the popular book series Why Wing Chun Works, Simple Thinking: Intelligent Fighters and The Wing Chun Forms: Combat Textbooks, available from all good book stores internationally. He also produced a benchmark series of instructional DVDs which are available from all normal outlets.

Alan has taught seminars and courses for Southampton Dept. of Adult Education, City Training, Southampton Working Women’s Unit, the Probation Service, and many different youth groups. He is registered with Southampton Sports Development Unit. He has also lectured on coaching philosophy for Southampton University sports studies department.

The Wing Chun Federation – formed by Alan in 1990 – maintains a non-political standpoint and is primarily concerned with the teaching of quality Kung Fu. Its objective is to teach Wing Chun in a relaxed and accessible manner, where emphasis is placed on good technique and personal development rather than violence and aggression. Wing Chun can be simply learnt by commitment and patience – age, sex or physical size is of no consequence, and a high level of proficiency can be obtained quickly and with ease.

The Wing Chun Federation also runs regular self-defence for women courses where the student learns the essentials of defending themselves against would be attackers, as well as how to avoid dangerous or uncomfortable confrontations where possible. These self-defence seminars combine the fundamentals of Wing Chun with methods of incapacitating an attacker, allowing the student to make her escape. These courses stand alone as effective self-defence, and are also an ideal introduction to learn the subtleties of Wing Chun.

As an independent and non-political organisation, The Wing Chun Federation often organises seminars by guest teachers. These are normally held at the WCF HQ in Southampton. Previous visiting Masters have included, David Peterson (Wong Shun Leung), Wan Kam Leung (Wong Shun Leung) and Ip Chun.

During the many years, he has studied martial arts, Alan has travelled to Hong Kong to train with other Wing Chun masters and experts. The Wing Chun Federation and its teachers are registered with the Ip Man Martial Arts Association and the Ving Tsun Athletic Association in Hong Kong.
Source : Wing Chun Federation

 Sifu Mark Page 

Mark has had experience in Wing Chun for more than 15 years training under Alan Gibson and Cliff Yeung. He has been coaching since 2009 and for the first time, he will be an instructor for the Southampton University Wing Chun club for the 2016/2017 academic year. He has also contributed to the Wing Chun illustrated magazine.




 Sifu Nick Gough 

Nick started training with Alan in the Wong Shun Leung lineage back in 2010. He taught Wing Chun at Southampton uni for 2 years, spreading his knowledge- mainly students who are keen to improve their Wing Chun skills. Nick has started his own class in Romsey this year which has become a successful hit.




Sifu Tom Devon

Sifu Tom Devon has over 15 years experience in martials arts, initially training in Judo and Kickboxing before a concentrated period of study, and later teaching of, a mixed Korean system called ‘Um Yang Sul’, comprising elements of Taekwondo, Hwarang Do, Tae Soo Do, Kuk Sool Won and Hapkido. During this time, Sifu Tom was a regular on the Independent Martial Arts Organisation (IMAO) south coast tournament circuit, and in 2005 he won the British Council for Korean Martial Arts 65-70kg category point-stop title.

In January of 2007 Sifu Tom’s path led him the Wing Chun Federation and the practice of the Wong Shun Leung Method, which he has now trained in for over 5 years under the tutelage of Sifu Alan Gibson. Sifu Tom has also trained with and attended seminars delivered by advocates of the system including Sifu Cliff Au Yeung, Sifu John Smith, Sifu David Peterson and Sifu Wang Zhi Peng.