Instructor James Cleary trained in a number of other martial arts for over 20 years before enrolling at the International Wing Chun Academy on the Gold Coast in 2003. A graduate of the Academy’s full-time Certificate IV Course in Wing Chun Instruction, he became an instructor in 2005. He established his own school, Logan Wing Chun Academy, in 2005.
Says Inst. James: “I have been training in the art of Wing Chun for over nine years and can only describe my Wing Chun journey as amazing. Throughout my training, I am constantly challenged both by the mental and physical aspects of this great art. “The opportunities made available to me after completing the Academy’s full-time course are numerous. Sifu Jim’s Wing Chun has changed my life on many levels and that of my students as well. I have a genuine passion for traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu and continue to promote the authentic art as passed down by Grandmaster Jim Fung.”
Russell Porter joined the Logan Wing Chun Academy in February 2006 after seeing a demonstration of Wing Chun at a restaurant during Chinese new year celebrations.
Russell was impressed with the speed of attack and the lack of any brute force needed to overcome an opponent.
“I was always shorter than my friends and needed a martial art that did not rely on size or strength to overcome an opponent.”
Russell has worked as an accountant since 1987 and has no previous martial arts training.
In January 2008, Russell was awarded Trainee Instructor status or Si Hing and in December 2011, Russell was awarded Instructor status.
“Wing Chun has helped my coordination and self confidence, and I have met a great group of people along the way.”
Shane Daunton joined the academy in October 2005. “I intended to resume Zen Do Kai training after having a break, but I showed up to the gym on the wrong night and ended up joining in a Wing Chun class instead.”
“I found the training environment disciplined and structured. Both the instructors and students were relaxed, focused and eager to learn the art.”
“Wing Chun was completely different to what I was used to, and I became intrigued by the idea of using relaxation to develop power, along with the system’s five principles and simultaneous attack and defence had me hooked.”
In 2008, Shane completed the trainee instructor course and received his Si Hing Sash and began teaching the children and new adult students. “Becoming a trainee instructor helped to develop my level of understanding and the finer details of Sifu Jim’s Wing Chun system.”
At the end of 2011 Si Hing Shane was graded to level 1 Instructor. “This was a real milestone for me, along with beginning the second open handed form, Chum Kiu. I found myself becoming more relaxed and focused, giving me the ability to attack my opponents with structure and multiple force vectors.”
"I look forward to my future Wing Chun journey.“