History of Lun Kuen Academy

The Lun Kuen Academy of Wing Chun is probably the longest established school of Wing Chun based in the Bournemouth/Poole area.

Prior to the formation of The Lun Kuen Academy of Wing Chun in 1995, I ran the Poole branch of the Lee Sue Long Academy of Wing Chun, but as time passed my teacher (probably the best fighter and martial artist I've known) evolved his own style of martial art combining elements of Wing Chun, Thai Boxing, Aikido, Western Boxing, Grappling and the Stick Fighting Arts into a style he named Jik Jee Do.

Jik Jee Do was not for the timid, it was a full contact style that took no prisoner's however, the lessons I learnt proved to be of great value.

The training was hard, so hard in fact that it was unsuitable for anyone with a modicum of common sense. However, the training taught the student the difference between regulated martial arts and real combat, which, at the end of the day, is one (not all) of the aspects of learning a martial art. After all, there are no rules or marshalls on the street.

I remember looking in the mirror one day and not recognising the man who stood there before me, I had become outwardly aggressive due to the nature of my training and it was then that I realised that I had to find myself before I seriously hurt someone.

Wing Chun was still my first love and armed with the experience gained from Jik Jee Do, I formed the Lun Kuen Academy of Wing Chun with the intention of combining these skills with traditional Ip Man Wing Chun to provide a street wise martial art that was suitable for everyone.

Today we have a very happy Wing Chun school where training sessions are as much a social event.

We are recognised by Grand Master Ip Chun, I am a Life Member of the Ip Man Martial Arts Association and Hall of Honour member of the Samuel Kwok Wing Chun Association.

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