James Sinclair (martial Artist) - History


Born in Beckenham Kent in 1960. James Sinclair studied Karate from Sensei Alan White in Pitsea nr Basildon in Essex in the early 1970s before switching to Wing Chun.

James trained and taught in London for a Chinese teacher. James Sinclair was responsible for overseeing most of the teaching for a number of years and has been responsible for starting the careers and many well known teachers and inspiring them to stay with Wing Chun decades later.

In 1985 James left his teacher and set up the UK Wing Chun Assoc. James was eventually recognised for his skills and work promoting Wing Chun in 2005 when the Ving Tsun Athletic Assoc. Hong Kong (VTAA)awarded James and his senior students 'Sifu Certification' and lifetime membership. James also taught a popular seminar at the 2nd World Conference in Hong Kong.

James moved to Rayleigh in Essex in 1989 where in 2000 he set up his own full-time school. The UK Wing Chun Assoc has gone on to become a well-respected nonpolitical group that has 3 full-time schools, many branches and no contracts or 'business plan'. It is simply a group of like-minded people enjoying their training and promoting Wing Chun in a positive light to the public and fellow martial artist.

James Sinclair has only ever trained with Grandmaster Ip Chun on a few occasions and does not consider himself a student of Ip Chun. He has only ever had one Sifu but has, over the years, learnt from many individuals from many lineages and generations.

James is married with 4 children and living in Cambridgeshire.

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