John Brogden

John began studying Wing Chun in 1993 and founded East Berkshire Wing Chun Kuen in 1998.

He is a devoted student of Master Ip Chun and is a fully certified instructor with the Wing Chun Ip Chun Academy (Hong Kong) and the Ving Tsun Athletic Association (HK).

Initially Wing Chun appealed to John for three main reasons:

1) No time was to be wasted training inapplicable competition strategies and impractical moves, instead all techniques and tactics were based on the reality of street violence as would be encountered when forced to fight

2) Wing Chun was a fighting system based on science and evidence. Being grounded in the laws of nature and subject to the scientific method meant that any failing was a limit of the practitioner's understanding and ability and not a limit of the Wing Chun system.

3) The training environment was relaxed and informal with students being encouraged to check out the facts for themselves and after careful and thorough consideration to reach their own conclusions.

In 2000, master Ip Chun gave an informative and enjoyable seminar at East Berkshire Wing Chun Kuen, staying with John for several days, visiting sights unique to the area. Two years later in 2002, John and his students visited Hong Kong and China to be present at the opening of the Ip Man Museum where they had the opportunity to participate on stage in the opening ceremony. A year later, again in Hong Kong, John had the honour of receiving master Ip Chun's blessing to use the Wing Chun Ip Chun Academy identity for his clubs back in the UK. In 2004, master Ip Chun presented John with the Wing Chun Ip Chun Academy Instructor Certificate during a special visit to Hong Kong to celebrate master Ip Chun's 80th birthday.

John is dedicated to promoting the effectiveness of Wing Chun through the rigours of reason, logic, analysis and evaluation in order to form solid judgements that reconcile scientific evidence with common sense. He views Wing Chun as concept and principle guided and says it is not a fixed system limited by set technique. He also says that being grounded in the 'real world' requires Wing Chun to evolve as more knowledge is gained and as the enemy becomes more informed, cunning and brutal. Fortunately, this process of adaptation and enhancement is the reason that Wing Chun remains a relevant fighting force in today's ever increasingly malevolent and violent society.

John is vehemently opposed to the misuse of martial arts as a podium for charlatans and the irrational to preach dogma, impose ritual, teach myth and profess supernatural abilities. He says “At best this is insane, at worst it's irresponsible, ethically indefensible and downright dangerous when considering that it is real lives that are at stake when confronted with the reality of real violence”.

To further his knowledge of Wing Chun, John regularly travels to Hong Kong to study with Master Ip Chun and to train with his good friend and Si-Hing Sean Bardoe. To better understand the natural laws underlying Wing Chun John also has a keen interest in kinesiology and biomechanics as well as the science of strength training methods pertaining to the development of speed and explosiveness

“I absolutely adore Wing Chun and that's why I teach. I always aim for the class setting to be a place where students can feel at ease and be friendly with one another, while at the same time the highest level of skills get practised, analysed and memorised”

John Brogden

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