Nima started practising Wing Chun in Sydney, Australia, in Sifu Jim Fung’s Wing Chun Academy in 1998. He came to Hong Kong in 2005 to continue his practice with Jim Fung’s master, Grandmaster Chu Shong Tin, and continued to train under him full-time for nine years before he passed away in 2014. Of all the non-Chinese disciples of Grandmaster Chu in the past 60 years, Nima has spent the most time training under him. Even after Grandmaster Chu passed away, Nima continued to practise at Chu Shong Tin’s school, and is now one of the senior instructors there.
Nima is also on the board of directors of the 'Chu Shong Tin Alumni', which was set up by
Grandmaster Chu himself to ensure that his teachings would be preserved and passed on after he
passed away. Nima has over 14 years of Wing Chun teaching experience and is a certified Sifu in Wing
Chun by the Ving Tsun Athletic Association (Ip Man’s official association). Since he began his Wing
Chun practice, Nima has been training and teaching for over 50 hours a week.
Seb studied martial arts for seven years before starting Wing Chun in 2000. He has one year’s experience in Karate and six years’ experience in boxing. Like Nima, Seb also started practising at Jim Fung’s Wing Chun Academy in Sydney, and he too moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to train directly under Grandmaster Chu Shong Tin (full-time, for up to six hours a day). In the last few years before he passed away, Grandmaster Chu voiced his opinion in many public gatherings that Nima King and Seb had already attained a high standard in his method of Wing Chun. Nima and Seb were the only non-Chinese students who were invited to write an article in Grandmaster Chu Shong Tin’s book, The Book of Wing Chun volume 2.
Tom has been practising Wing Chun in Hong Kong full-time since 2007 in the Mindful Wing Chun system. His journey started in 2004 in the UK under a different lineage. He also has extensive experience in fitness and other martial arts systems. Before starting Wing Chun, he studied Judo for three years and Muay Thai for two years. Since 2005, Tom has been participating regularly in marathons and duathlons – that’s probably why Grandmaster Chu Shong Tin commented that he had a very strong build, which is a great vessel for Wing Chun applications. Tom shows his dedication to this beautiful art by practising and teaching for over 50 hours a week.
Lawrence has been practising Wing Chun since 2007. He was actually Nima’s first student in Hong Kong. Within just one year of starting to practise Wing Chun, Lawrence had his first challenge fight against a Karate practitioner, whom he defeated within a few seconds (without hurting him!). Since he started practising, Lawrence hasn’t taken even a one-week break from his practice. He is a very dedicated student and teacher of this lineage’s method of Wing Chun, and at a young age he has already made a name for himself in the Chu Shong Tin Wing Chun community in Hong Kong.
Chris has been practising Wing Chun since 2010. His passion and dedication to the practice is equal to those who have been doing it a lifetime! The proof lies in the fact that he gave up all his other pursuits, and even his career as a psychotherapist, to dedicate his time to teaching others the system that gave him the skills he has today. Amongst all the practitioners of Wing Chun, his skill level has developed almost the fastest, and he credits this to the system of learning that is taught at Mindful Wing Chun. As with all teachers of the Mindful Wing Chun system, Chris is a living example of how the development of relaxation and mind force can bring students to the level of a “martial arts instructor” in a country with many great and strong teachers.
Michael has been practicing Wing Chun as his first martial art since 2015, and that experience changed his world. The methodology of Mindful Wing Chun has helped him discover a love for fitness, and the reinforcement of mind-body connections culminated in a vast improvement to his physical and mental health. Because of his practice in Wing Chun, his fascination for martial arts blossomed so now he also practices MMA (Muay Thai, BJJ, Wrestling, Boxing), Pekiti-Tirsia Kali (A Filipino martial art), and participates in Movement culture and Parkour regularly. His goal is to explore the therapeutic effects of Wing Chun and bridging the gap between the various arts
through the development of his mindfulness and sharing this idea with every new connection,
hoping to inspire a change that is as beneficial as it was to him when he first began.
Although being of British decent and having studied in the UK, Maja was born and raised in Hong Kong. Her exploration of martial arts, movement and health and fitness is long and varied! Maja started learning Taekwondo at the age of 6 and achieved Junior Black Belt level at age 9! Her love of martial arts had begun and has since explored Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Boxing with a more recent 5 month training camp in China studying Shaolin Kung Fu and Chen style Tai Chi…7 hours a day! What drove Maja down this path? She slipped a disk in the summer of 2016 and was guided towards Kung Fu for it’s rehabilitation potentials. This led her to investigate Wing Chun and finally
Mindful Wing Chun. This myriad of experience and knowledge makes her a perfect candidate to
inspire and motivate the younger generation towards a confident, healthy and powerful life. As a HK
kid herself she says that "The Kung Fu Philosophy and meditation sections during the classes are
something even the school systems in Hong Kong don’t provide. I think it’s invaluable for kids
nowadays, especially in the era of technology that they are growing up in." To add to all this, Maja is
also a NASM Qualified Personal Trainer and Animal Flow Instructor and is passionate about passing
on her learnt knowledge to benefit others.