Sifu Haji Mahmood has
studied many different styles through his development including Western Boxing
at the age of nine, three years of Tae Kwon Do and six years of Muai Thai,
before finally finding Wing Chun in 1993.
Haji studied hard and in 1997 was rewarded by being allowd to run
his own class in Rotherham. However, for reasons he never discusses, he felt he
had to continue his search for an instructor to help him develop further. That
search led him to contact Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe of the Midlands Wing Chun Kuen,
senior western instructor of Wing Chun's grandmaster, Ip
Since their first meeting in 2001, Haji has regularly trained both
at classes and privately with Sifu Rawcliffe and in 2003, having retrained the
complete Wing Chun system, he was given permission to set up the Y.W.C.K.
branch of the Midlands Wing Chun Kuen Association.
Haji's dedication and love
of Wing Chun has never waivered, he still regularly trains with Sifu Rawcliffe
and has accompanied him several times to Hong Kong to meet and train with Sifu
Rawcliffe's teacher, grandmaster Ip Chun.
Ip Chun is the eldest son of the late and legendary Grandmaster
Yip Man (Bruce Lee's teacher and said to be the founder of modern day Wing
Chun). As tradition dictates, after learning his Father's skills Ip Chun
decided to pass them down to his select students including Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe
and now through his student, Sifu Haji Mahmood, on to the members of the
Sifu Mahmood is a certified Instructor and representative
Through the Midlands Wing
Chun Kuen Sifu Mahmood is also recognised as an Instructor with:-
Ving Tsun Athletic
Association (Hong Kong)
British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (UK)