The True Meaning of Sifu
The Chinese saying goes, “一日為師,終身為父” that roughly translates to “even if only my teacher (SiFu 師父) for one day, he is my father for life.”
Unlike other martial arts styles or systems, in Chinese culture and tradition, they take the word Sifu or Teacher very seriously.
The Chinese believe that if the students have high respect for their teacher, they will be beneficial in their learning.
Meet Your Sifu
Meet Sifu Clark Tang
The founder of WING CHUN TEMPLE, the disciple of Sifu GM Wong Long Ching and Chief Instructor in the Western Counties.
Sifu Clark Tang has a mission and vision to pass down his passion for the art Wing Chun throughout the world to ultimately pursue Love, Peace, Compassion, Unity, and Harmony.
I started my interest in Martial Arts since I was about 5-6 years of age after I accidentally got into the theatre by myself and saw Master Ti Lung’s film.
From that point, my life was never the same, and my quest for an understanding of Martial Arts was everlasting. My childhood dream was to go and live in Shaolin Temple and study Kung Fu and literature.
I was inspired by Master Ti Lung and later by Master Bruce Lee, so Wing Chun Gung Fu was always my goal. But there was not any Wing Chun Gung Fu school around where I lived. So I started to study American Kenpo Karate and Kickboxing with Sensei Paul Hock’s school, which very closed to my house. And later I met Sensei Thomas Martin, and I asked permission from Sensei Paul Hock to study under Sensei Thomas Martin. And of course, Sensei Paul Hock granted my wish because Sensei Thomas Martin was also an Instructor at his school too. Afterward, my journey was not ended; I continue to take Tai Kwon Do, Tai Chi, and other martial arts styles. But my heart was always for Wing Chun Gung Fu. So one day, I accidentally found out from my Kung Fu brother that he found a Wing Chun School in OC County, and I told him that I was interested to check out and enroll it. Because Wing Chun schools were not many and my dream finally came true. So I signed up and studied Wing Chun Kung Fu since then until now.
I’ve been doing Martial Arts most of my life, and I got to the point that it was more internal understanding when I am more mature. So my Sifu told me that I was ready to pass on the art. So I was granted to be a Sifu level. But I am still constantly learning all the time. And then I had to come up with the school name, so I was thinking that when I was a child I always wanted to go to Shaolin Temple to study martial arts and literature. And then a vision came to my mind, Temple and later Wing Chun. So I came up with Wing Chun Temple, and my Sifu was impressed.
As of now, besides working full time, I also lead 3 times a week of Wing Chun classes. Being a Wing Chun Kung Fu teacher(Sifu) is a blessing to me because I am constantly learning from my students. They are my greatest joy.
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