"Our Greatest Glory Is NOT Never To Fall, But To Rise Every Time we Fall."
Wing Chun Master James Sinclair founded the UK Wing Chun Kung Fu Association in October 1985.
Position: Founder and Chief Instructor
Experience: Over 45 years in Wing Chun.
Ving Tsun Athletic Association Hong Kong,
Ip Man Martial Art Athletic Assoc (Hong Kong),
Martial Arts Commission of Great Britain,
BBC Way of the Warrior,
Bravo Ultimate Warriors,
Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame.
Wing Chun Illustrated contributor.
Master James Sinclair began his martial art studies in 1972 when he started a karate style under the guidance of Sensei Alan White.
Sensei White instilled in James Sinclair the martial art spirit that he carries to this day. Even though James later left to train in Wing Chun, he has always held his first teacher in high regard.
The first influences that any person experiences are so important and, through Sensei White’s encouragement and example, James Sinclair has been left with a lasting legacy of Martial Art Spirit.
In the photo to the left James Sinclair is using the EPSOS training system. James is in effect holding his leg up unsupported
Master James Sinclair, went on to train in Wing Chun Kung Fu for a decade in Essex & London.
Showing total one mindedness and dedication and soon became a senior student and even represented his teacher at British Kung Fu Council and Martial Art Commission events.
In October 1985 the United Kingdom Wing Chun Kung Fu Association was born.
Amongst the first UK Wing Chun Kung Fu Assoc. students were Abid Mahmood, Eric Wilson, Mark Phillips, Steve Mair, Kwok Wan Cheung, Andrew Cameron, Paul Hawkes, Ross Mockeridge, Steve Hazell, Kevin Chan and many, many more.
All of these students had to train hard to build a strong foundation, a part of their training that they still rely on to this day. There were many other notable students who no longer teach. Amongst the most talented were Sifu Kevin Oldman and the late Bobby Beach.
1972: Started Martial Arts in a Karate style under Sensei Alan White
1979: Recognised teacher of Wing Chun Kung Fu by the Martial Arts Commission of Great Britain
1981: First meeting and training under Grandmaster Ip Chun
1981: Featured in BBC documentary, ‘The Way of the Warrior’
1983: Featured in Channel 4 Documentary ‘The Living Body’
1985: Founded the now prestigious U.K. Wing Chun Kung Fu Association
1987: Featured on ‘Fighters’ magazine front cover
1989: Formally completed the Wing Chun system in Hong Kong
1990: Three U.K. Wing Chun Kung Fu Association schools
1998: Martial Arts Illustrated Video Magazine
1999: Release of World Famous Pure & Simple Wing Chun Teaching DVD
2000: First full-time U.K. Wing Chun Kung Fu Association school
2002: Release of the very popular Wallbag Training DVD
2004: Featured on T.V. program Ultimate Warriors
2005: Personal invitation by Ip Chun to visit VTAA Second World Conference
2005: Featured Teacher at the VTAA 2nd World Wing Chun Conference in Hong Kong
2005: Accepted as lifetime member of VTAA
2005: Featured teacher at Grandmaster Ip Chun’s own school in Shatin, Hong Kong
2006: 21st Anniversary Celebration of UKWCKFA
2006: London Full Time HQ opened by Sifu Mark Phillips
2008 Midlands Full Time HQ opened by Sifu Abid Mahmood
2013: Front Cover & Feature Wing Chun Illustrated. Issue 7
2013 July Empire Magazine Contributor.
Fighters Magazine Cover Feature
Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine Cover Feature (Numerous)
Empire Magazine Content
Wing Chun Illustrated Magazine Cover Feature