Sifu Garry was always getting into fights when he was an adolescent. During his teenager years, it was no better. He was always getting into fights.
I am not sure why? Maybe it was due to my European descent or because people were naturally jealous because I was popular with girls, at High School.
When I was 12 years old, I thought it would be a good idea to take up a martial art for self defence. So I did. There was very little to choose from, so I practised Ju Jitsu for several years, down at the local hall.
By the time I was 18, the violence in the Community seemed to get worse. I suppose this was due to having a car license and then exposing yourself to the real world.
There were a lot of street gangs around, during the late sixties. I would see them at night clubs and there would always be trouble. The gang leaders would see me as a threat and challenge me. To their, I would always win the challenge.
After a while, I realized my future should involve sports and self defense. The legendary Bruce Lee was my hero during my teenage years. If I could find a wing chun school I would be studying this wonderful art. I knew nothing about wing chun except that my Idol Bruce Lee was a wing chun practitioner.
I eventually found a wing chun school in China Town, in the mid eighties, operated by William Cheung, and immediately started training. Several years later, I decided that I wanted to make a future teaching martial arts and indeed, with wing chun kung fu.
After five years of training, I decided to take up full time training. I went on the dole and trained full time. During this period I started teaching wing chun for William Cheung. I had the responsibility of teaching overseas students in the morning and soon after organized another morning class for the general public.
I could not anticipate what a fulfilling and exciting life that martial arts would afford me in the future.
I initially studied my wing chun for 9 years before teaching.
I have achieved 2 Diplomas in Sports Coaching and Sports Development.
I have achieved Cert 111 and Cert 1V in Fitness.
Sifu Garry started wing chun training in 1986.
In 2013, I have been involved with Wing Chun full time, 24/7 since 1990.
I have been involved with training many local, state and Australian champions.
I have been involved with the full contact environment for 5 years.
Have travelled to China on 7 occasions researching the roots of wing chun.
At present I am studying Mandarin.
Wednesday and Thursday I teach Tai Chi in Diamond Creek.
Wednesday nights I teach Medical Qigong.
Sunday’s I teach Hard Qigong.
During the week I teach wing chun classes.
I live near the Plenty River, so during my R& R, I spend a lot of time down the river to enjoy the forest surroundings, with birds and wild life.
I enjoy my life because I have somebody to share my passion with. My wife Sifu Linda.
To have the honour to share a life’s passion with your loved one, is a privilege entitled to Royalty. So I am very, very lucky.
What a rewarding Career!
Health and Fitness.
Exercise as a way of life.
Plenty of travel abroad, interstate and country.
Training tours overseas and country.
Plenty of time for R&R.
Awareness and access to great Nutrition.
To be part of Children’s development.
Helping Downs Syndrome and Cancer people.
Being a Mentor for professional people like, Doctors, Architects, Engineers and IT Professional, adds a sense of fulfilment and achievement.
For people that want the stress and anxiety minimized in their lives.
For people who want to optimize health and fitness.
I would strongly suggest looking at a Career in Martial Arts.
A rewarding Career awaits you!