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Sifu Chow Bio

Sifu Chung Kwok Chow

 

Sifu Chung Kwok Chow

was born in Hong Kong on 1951. At age of fifteen he studied body building under Mr. Koo Fone who was a Kung Fu star under Run Run Shaw. A year later, Sifu Chow began studying Chinese Karate under Master Carter Wong, who was best known for his role as Thunder in the Kung Fu movie "Big Trouble in Little China (1986)". A ray of styles has touched Sifu Chow's curiosity but he continued looking for a style best suited for him. He had studied the Hung Ga from an elderly man next door. He had studied Dragon Style from Master Choa Sum. On the weekends he would go to local parks and watch grownups practice their Kung Fu. At the age of seventeen, Sifu Chow finally found Sifu Ng Wah Sum and began his traditional training of Wing Chun. He was fascinated by Wing Chun's economical techniques. He especially liked the Sticky Hand Sensitivity training. It allowed your techniques to go with your opponent's power. It fits Bruce Lee's go with the flow concept "be like water".

Hong Kong in the year of 1967

Grand Master Yip Man lived only a few blocks away from Master Ng Wah Sum in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Every week Yip Man would stop by Sifu Ng Wah Sum's Kwon School to have tea. Sometimes Yip Man would give advice to Master Ng and his class. Sometimes they would go out and watch movies. Sifu Chow found Yip Man was a humble, carefree, but extremely confident person. At that time, Yip Man already had over hundreds of students. One evening, Yip Man and Ng Wah Sum took a stroll in the neighborhood, Ng Wah Sum was fascinated by a display in a store's window. As he picked up his pace he saw three men approaching him and asking for money. Yip Man spoke calmly to the three men and said, "Why don't you guys come back with some weapons, because just three of you guys are not enough to handle me". The three men got scared and immediately ran away. In 1970, Wing Chun Athletic Association (WCAA) organized a grand birthday party for Yip Man's 70th birthday. One night, Sifu Ng Wah Sum brought Sifu Chung Chow to attend the meeting in WCAA where Sifu Chow had the privilege to watch other Yip Man student's display their martial art skills. He saw disciples like Jei Wan's (Jason Lau & Francis Fong's Sifu) closing gap footwork. Also, Koo Sun's Chum Kiu Form and Leung Ting's Sticky Hand For more information about Master Ng Wah Sum, log on www.wingchunchapter.com

Sifu Chow's Wing Chun Genealogy

Three generations of Wing Chun: Master Leung Sheung, Sikung Ng Wah Sum, and Sifu Chow appear on the first spread in the book of Yip Man Wing Chun Genealogy.

 

 

 

 

New York in the year of 1972

Sifu Chow came to New York in 1971. He visited many different martial art schools. At times he would demonstrate some of his Wing Chun moves to the schools. During the same year, Grand Master Yip Man made his first appearance in Black Belt Magazine, following the success of Bruce Lee's film, 'The Big Boss (1971)'. The art of Wing Chun got into a big demand. All of which motivated Sifu Chow to open up his first Wing Chun School in New York City in 1972. New York Wing Chun Kung Fu Club was set on 224 Lafayette Street, New York City. The school was an instant success. Later, Sifus like Moy Yat, Duncan Leung, and Jason Lau also came to New York and started their Wing Chun teaching. In one incident, Sifu Chow was challenged by one of the Sifus who wanted to test Sifu Chow's Wing Chun skills. Sifu Chow was forced to engage in Sticky Hand combat with one of the Sifu's top students. In the first challenge Sifu Chow used a "Lop Dar Chung Kuen" to his challenger's face, causing the opponent's face to swell up like a melon[c3]. During the second challenge, after a couple of moves Sifu Chow used his Sifu's famous lightning fast Fat Sao and landed a chop on the challenger's neck and stunned him. The challenger gave up quickly. Then, came the third challenger who was a much bigger Spanish fighter. After a couple of spars, surprisingly the fighter started to ask questions about how Sifu Chow executed his techniques. Sifu Chow patiently explained his approach to his opponent. Soon after other students also gathered around Sifu Chow to watch his demonstration.

EASTERN U.S. KUNG FU FEDERATION

In 1973, Fu Jow Pai Master Ng Wai Hong invited select individuals to help him form the Eastern US Kung Fu Federation (EUSKFF). The initial members included Tai Chi Master William Chen, Eagle Claw System Master Shum Lleung, Praying Mantis Master Chan Pei, Hung Ga Master Frank Yee, Wing Chun Sifu Chow other individuals. Master Wai Hong was the chairman and Sifu Chow was the secretary. EUSKFF gave Sifu Chow many opportunities to travel the country to promote Kung Fu and Wing Chun and to meet many other martial art masters. In 1974 Sifu Chow was asked by Master Ng Wai Hong to join him in Puerto Rico to assist in making the documentary film, "Warrior Within (1974)". Later that year Sifu Chow along with Master William Chen, Aikido Master Yamada, and Goju Karate Sensi Chaka Zulu joined in demonstrating the "Handbook of the Martial Arts and Self-Defense" by Punk & Wagnalls Publishing Co.

DEDICATION TO WING CHUN FOR 45 YEARS

Sifu Chow is the founder of Integrative Wing Chun which carries not only traditional Wing Chun of Yip Man's linage, but also bring Wing Chun to a new level of martial arts. His passion of Wing Chun grows stronger as everyday passes. A big believer of Bruce Lee's "Take whatever useful". Sifu Chow has reached out to many masters like Ip Chun, Ip Ching,Francis Fong, Kenneth Chung for his Wing Chun but also to boxing, kicking boxing, BJJ, MMA. Sifu Chow has been teaching Wing Chun in New York area for over 40 years. He has total of 13 videos and a Wing Chun 8 Theories poster. Just the Mok-Jong (Wooden Dummy) alone, he has three videos covering this form. You can browse his video list by clicking here videosale.html. He conducts seminars on premise for national and international locations regularly. For details of on-premise seminar by Sifu Chung Chow, you can send an E-mail to sifuchow@gmail.com

 

Sifu Chow's Integrative Wing Chun is one of the curriculums at Westport Boxing MMA Gym

Left to right: Terry Southerland of Gleason's Gym. 3 times national boxing champion with record 23-3, ranked 2nd in the world. Alex Nechaev, AKA "Drago" 2007, 2008 and 2009 NAGA World Champion. Idris Price, former NFL linebacker and Superbowl Champion. Now a "Sports Boot Camp" coach. Adam Colberg, Owner, trainer and promoter of Westport Boxing MMA Gym. Marcio Stambowsky, one of first Black Belt under Rolls Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and owner of Gracie Sports. Sifu Chow, founder of Integrative Wing Chun, has teaching his art all over the world for 40 years.