Mindful Wing Chun School Gathering

Mindful Wing Chun Instructors

Sebastian “Seb” Soza

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 Allison

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 Monsalud

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 Tannous

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 Lui

Michael has been practicing Wing Chun as his first martial art since early 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.

Zinnie Thian

Zinnie is a trainee Mindful Wing Chun instructor and certified Traditional Chinese Dance instructor and performer. Her interest in the art of movement started at the age of six when she collected her first medal in Traditional Chinese Dance. With years of performing experience under her belt, she first witnessed the beautiful integration of mindfulness, martial arts and dance when she studied under Taiwanese theatre actress Faye Leong and Japanese dancer Shiori Tada. The keen pursuit of martial arts then led Zinnie to the study of Kung Fu at Mindful Wing Chun during her university years in 2015. With the elegantly designed Mindful Wing Chun learning system, she has been able to advance her skills quickly, and would love to share the incredible practice of Wing Chun, the art of movement and the importance of women’s self defence with all who are curious, excited and intrigued to learn more!

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