Sifu Alan Singhavara runs The Wing Chun School Clapham branch. Alan first started learning Wing Chun at the age of 13, at the Wing Chun Martial Arts Academy. At 18, he was promoted to an instructor and regularly taught classes at the centre.
During his time there, he was involved in many demonstrations. He was also the instructor who ran a youth project within a primary school, teaching Wing Chun to kids with special needs in order to help overcome bullying. The project was featured in an article for the ‘Daily Mirror’ magazine.
In 2003, Alan met Sifu Garry McKenzie of The Wing Chun School. From there, he started training at the school, both in classes and privately. As part of The Wing Chun School, he was promoted and became an instructor to assist at the HQ, the same place where he trains with the other students.
Alan has been taught the complete Wing Chun System. He has also completed all four gradings of the core syllabus. He is a member of the Ving Tsun Athletic Association (VTAA), Hong Kong.
In 2005, with the school, he went to the 2nd World Wing Chun Conference where Sifu Alan assisted in demonstrations.
He was fortunate enough to meet his Si Gung or Grandmaster Ip Ching, as well as other Grand Masters like, Ip Chun. Wan Kam Leung and Tsui Seung Tin. He has also been to the Norway branch to assist in seminars.
Alan is also a qualified Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner (TCM). TCM is a holistic method of healing using methods of treatments such as Acupuncture,Chinese Herbal Medicine and Tuina massage.
Si Hing Jack started martial arts when he was 11 for fitness and self-defence. In his early teens, he briefly studied Ichichun Kung Fu and Shaolin Kung Fu. When he was 20 he began training with Master Philip Moonsam under his unique mixed defence and fitness system called KFSD MA 7. During that time he earned his black belt first stage in the system and also assisted in instructing. This style has been a good foundation and influence in his martial arts development.
At the age of 24 he began practising Wing Chun with Sifu Alan Singhavara. Jack was always interested in Wing Chun because of the effectiveness and touch reflexes of the style. He enjoys the hands on and practical approach of Wing Chun. It has helped further develop his reflexes and sensitivity to react, attack and defend in one continuous action.
Jack practises martial arts in general, not only for fighting, but also for self-development and self-cultivation. Jack enjoys practising Wing Chun because it enables him to have a better understanding of his abilities and oneself.
“Martial Arts and practising Wing Chun will always be a necessity in my life, as it helps me cultivate self-control, self-preservation, discipline, confidence and peace”.