Wing Chun Kung Fu in Melbourne
Sigong Garry Baniecki
37 Years of Martial Arts Experience.
Garry Baniecki was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1954.
He commenced his martial arts career during the sixties, at the early age of twelve.
Initially, Garry studied Ju Jitsu combined with Korean Karate for 3 years attaining Brown Belt status.
After that Garry trained several other styles including Goju, Shotokan and Taekwondo.
Garry discovered a Wing Chun Kung Fu school located in Melbourne’s Chinatown, in 1985.
Not long after, He commenced training under the guidance of William Cheung and David Cheung.
In those early years in Chinatown, Garry trained 2 to 4 times per week in Wing Chun Kung Fu.
By 1990, Garry realized this was his destiny and started training full time in wing chun kung fu.
He soon became one of Sifu William Cheung‘s senior students.
This status earned him the privilege of Friday night private classes with William Cheung.
In 1991 Garry was employed to teach morning classes at the Flinders Street school.
For the next 18 months, teaching local and overseas students.
Garry then continued his full time studies of wing chun kung fu at the David Cheung Academy in Melbourne.
Garry became an assistant teacher and main organizer at the school finally graduating to Instructor level in December 1994.
Wing Chun Classes:
In 1995, Garry started teaching at nights in Greensborough, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
This enabled him to continue his full time training until September 1996.
By 1993, Sifu Garry had been studying Medical Qi-gong for 3 years, 2 years with a Dr. Lee and then 1 year with Dr. Jack Lim.
Then he met a Chinese Shaolin temple certified Qi Gong Master, Dr. Shan Hui Xu,
He introduced Garry to more advanced qi-gong training methods, including Shaolin Iron Shirt Qi-gong.
Chinese Qi-gong training dramatically altered Sifu Garry’s perception on martial arts training and life in general.
Garry had comprehensive knowledge on the philosophies and teachings from the Shaolin temple.
He was able to incorporate these methods and training tools into his Wing Chun Curriculum.
In 1995, Garry successfully obtained a contract with the Australian Army, School of Signals and Commandos 123 Single Squadron.
He instructed them in unarmed combat, empty hand self-defence techniques and disarming techniques against rifle and bayonet attacks.
He also taught them Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu, at the Watsonia Army Barracks.
Shaolin Jee Shin Wing Chun Academy became the first Wing Chun Organisation in Australia to teach the Australian Armed Forces.
In the process, Garry and Linda have gained a wealth of knowledge.
Since 1995, Sifu Garry has become a Master Coach and Trainer.
He has trained Kung Fu champions, World Cup champions and National All Styles State, Australian and World champions.
Jee Shin Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy was also involved in full contact muay thai and kick boxing, both amateur and professional, for 5 years.
In early 2007, Garry graduated as a Martial Arts Sports Coach, under the new guidelines for Government regulation of the martial arts industry.
Garry also is an Accredited Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.
In late 2007, Sifu Garry and Sifu Linda studied Gulao Wing Chun with Master Fung Kuen from the KuLo Pien Sun Wing Chun “Fung Family”.
They were sanctioned to teach this unique form of Wing Chun in Melbourne.
Since 2006, Sifu Garry and Sifu Linda have traveled to China 10 times.
They have met and interacted with many Chinese Masters around China.
Garry would like to acknowledge and thank the Masters whom helped and assisted Him in his Journey over the last 35 years.
My infatuation with my hero. the legendary Bruce Lee.
I started Shaolin Jee Shin Wing Chun is 1995.
Yes. There are 3 Wing Chun Classes for Children in Greensborough.
I was lucky. I had 2 Teachers. William Cheung and David Cheung.