Assistant Instructor WCKUK Banstead
Hi my name is Mike Coombs.
My interest in martial arts started a long time ago in my teenage years, and like most of my contemporaries at the time, the only person worth watching was Bruce Lee. Many years later, I met Sifu Russell Benham when he was promoting Wing Chun while on tour in central London. I asked Sifu if I could join his class. I was delighted to be accepted and joined his popular weekly group training sessions. I have been a privileged member of the WCK UK since 2016. Over the years I have learnt that Wing Chun is not flashy choreography like a Bruce Lee film, but a direct and assertive self defence system. Anyone can train in Wing Chun and my Sifu not only teaches technique in a relaxed manner through ‘forms’, but shows his students how to take those forms and apply them in real world self-defence. My Sifu stresses simplicity, directness, practicality, economy of movement with the minimum use of force. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to make firm friends with my fellow students.
They have stood by me when I faced personal difficulties. For me, Wing Chun is not only an effective self defence system, but a way of life. Serious Wing Chun practitioners apply Wing Chun principles with regular practice and commitment. Wing Chun helps practitioners to improve their fitness, awareness and confidence. Wing Chun cannot make you indestructible, but it does help you to use significant force in a flexible and relaxed way. I am happy to recommend Wing Chun as an effective self-defence system, and Sifu Russell Benham who is dedicated to imparting his extensive knowledge to students. As a student and Wing Chun practitioner, my duty is to be good student and train regularly. Mike Coombs Wing Chun Technician