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About The London Class Instructor

The journey of a Wing Chun student to Wing Chun Sifu. The history and martial arts qualifications of Dan Knight

Tan Sau and punch by instructor Dan

About Dan

Martial Arts Instructor Dan training on a Wing Chun Dummy Dan learned his Wing Chun from Grandmaster Samuel Kwok, when he qualified he was the youngest Wing Chun instructor in the UK. Over the years Dan has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in Wing Chun and martial arts in general.
Dan's style of teaching is always relaxed and friendly and he never holds back any information from students mainly because he is used to learning in an open and efficient way as taught by Grandmaster Kwok. Dan enjoys a close relationship with his Sifu which students of the club benefit from on training holidays and events. Dan is one of very few people Sam Kwok has taught to instructor level from scratch with no background in other styles of Wing Chun. Dan's goal when teaching is to make his students as good as they can possibly be. His personal aims are to improve the standard in which Wing Chun is taught in England and also improve his own ability in terms of speed, power and efficiency.

Martial arts qualifications and positions

Achieved full instructors' certificate

Wing Chun Instructor Certificate In June 2007 Dan achieved his full instructors' certificate from Grandmaster Samuel Kwok and was given the Chinese name Kwok Chung Yuang 郭忠勇.

Became British Council for Chinese Martial Arts Coach

In May 2009 Dan finished the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (B.C.C.M.A.) level 2 coaching course.

BCCMA Nutrition Qualification

In June 2009 Dan finished the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (B.C.C.M.A.) level 3 Nutrition course.

BCCMA Fitness Qualification

In August 2009 Dan finished British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (B.C.C.M.A.) level 3 Fitness course.

BCCMA Sport Psycology Qualification

November 2009 Dan finished British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (B.C.C.M.A.) level 3 Sports Psychology course.

Nov 2009 BCCMA Bio Mechanics Qualification

November 2009 Dan finished British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (B.C.C.M.A.) level 3 Bio Mechanics course.

Became Chairman of the Samuel Kwok Martial Arts Association

Martial Arts Instructor Dan training on a Wing Chun Dummy In November 2010 Dan was promoted to Chairman of the Samuel Kwok Martial Arts Association by Samuel Kwok.

Grandmaster Kwok appointed Dan general secretary

In November 2007 to date Grandmaster Kwok appointed Dan general secretary for the Samuel Kwok Martial arts association. A role Dan accepted in order to continue helping the association flourish.

Achivements in Wing Chun

2006 to 2007 University Wing Chun President

Wing Chun teaching TKD self defence Between 2006 – 2007 Dan was Lancaster University Wing Chun Society's president. This involved working with Master Samuel Kwok and the student union to run the club. Under Dan the club became one of the largest clubs on the University and got funding for wooden dummies and punch bags. During this time Dan was fortunate to have some fantastic training partners in Wing Chun and other martial arts. This, along with the expert coaching and private tuition from Grandmaster Samuel Kwok, meant that Dan was able to progress very quickly.


Helped Samuel Kwok author Mastering Wing Chun

Mastering Wing Chun Book In September 2007 Dan helped Samuel Kwok author the book Mastering Wing Chun published by Empire books U.S.A.. Dan wrote a number of the chapters in the book including the ones on Fan Sau, Ging, Wooden Dummy, wall bag training and the glossary (sorry about the spelling mistakes). Dan also used personal notes taken while training with Samuel Kwok to help explain some of the core principles like the stance, stepping and the guard. Dan also did the captions for the three hand forms. In addition information on the code or conduct and family tree were provided by Dan.

Travelled to Hong Kong & China to meet Grandmaster Ip Ching & Ip Chun

Wing Chun instructors in Hong Kong In October 2007 Dan Travelled to Hong Kong and China to meet Grandmaster Ip Ching and Ip Chun. While on this training Holiday with Grandmaster Kwok Dan also got to visit the Ip Man Tong Museum in Foshan China. He also demonstrated Wing Chun at the largest Wing Chun school in Southern China.

Travelled to Hong Kong & China again ttraining with Grandmaster Ip Ching & Ip Chun

Sam Kwok showing kick defence with Dan Knight In October 2010 Dan travelled to Hong Kong and China to meet Grandmaster Ip Ching and Ip Chun. This time bringing his own students with him. On this training holiday with Grandmaster Kwok Dan and the club again visited the Ip Man Tong Museum. The group also watched the Guinness Book of World Records event for Wing Chun in Foshan China. The group also visited Ip Man's Tomb in Hong Kong and demonstrated Wing Chun at a number of Schools in China and Hong Kong.

Teaching experiance

Opened first Wing Chun Club in Morecombe

In January 2008 Dan opened his first Wing Chun club in Morecombe Lancashire in Regent Park Studios Stunt School. Regent Park Studios is run by Dan's stunt coach and friend Martin Shenton.

Opened Southfields Wing Chun Club

In April 2009 Dan opened Southfields Wing Chun after moving down to London for work commitments. After training with some local Wing Chun clubs in London Dan felt they could not offer what he was after in terms of his own personal development. After this a colleage at work with many years Wing Chun experience finally pursuaded Dan to start teaching again, Southfields Wing Chun was opened.

2006 to 2008 Womens Self defence course

Dan worked in co-operation with the Women's officer of Lancaster University Student Union to provide free women's safety and self defence classes at the University. These were a huge success and made local press and grew year on year.

Lusu Womens Defence Paper Article

Helped Sifu Kwok teach in Malaysia

In December 2010 Dan helped Sifu Kwok Teach a class of 80 people in Malaysia.

Helped Sifu Kwok Teach Portugal

On the April Portugal training camps in April 2011, 2012 & 2013 Dan helped Sifu Kwok teach Wing Chun in for a week on the Association training holiday. Many students from the club attend each year.

Helped Sifu Kwok Teach Germany

In June 2011 Dan helped Sifu Kwok Teach Wing Chun in Germany for a few days. Some of the training was aired on local German TV.

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Martial arts performances

Chinese New Year show

In Febuary 2005 Dan helped his kung Fu brothers demo Wing Chun at the Chinese New Year show at the University to over 300 people.

Choreographed and demonstrated at Chinese New Year

In February 2007 Dan choreographed and played a lead role in a martial arts stunt show for the Chinese New Year in Lancaster which incorporated Wing Chun and other more visually flamboyant martial arts including Chinese weapons work and stunt high falls.

Worked with BBC on TV crime reconstruction

In April 2008 Dan worked with the BBC inside out team to help do the stunt work on a fight scene for a crime reconstruction which was aired on local TV.

Demoed Wing Chun in China Town London

February 2010 and 2013 Dan demonstrated Wing Chun in China Town London for Chinese New year with Sifu Kwok and some students from the club in front of thousands.

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