Outline of my Martial Arts Career.
My name is Trevor Jefferson
and I began training under Alan Lamb in 1974, training for two years
reaching Chum Kiu level, until my A' level studies interrupted.
I maintained my personal
training at University, running through the forms as well as sparring
with friends with different martial arts backgrounds and supplemented
my knowledge with Aikido courses with Jim Elkin.
Resuming my Wing Chun training
at the Self Defence Centre in Newcastle in January 1983, though when
the instructor, Alan Chan, resigned and I was left to take charge
of the club and in somewhat of a limbo, not having the experience
or depth of understanding to be an instructor, apart from not knowing
the whole system!
It was then that I contacted
Samuel Kwok and travelled to Blackpool every weekend to commence training
with him and maintaining the classes mid-week.
In October 1983 I was awarded
an 'Instructors Certificate' and continued to teach seven days a week
for the next six years.
I established clubs in
Newcastle, Whitley Bay, Birtley, Wallsend, Carlisle, and Whitehaven
and had my own full-time gym in Byker.
Over the years I became
the most senior of the instructors in the Samuel Kwok Martial Arts
Association, a position that I still hold.
1991-92 I took a year out
to gain a professional qualification as a science teacher and formed
a club in the Leicester YMCA.
Since then I have been
continuing to teach Wing Chun to my established students, some with
over fifteen years of instruction,
To date the students that
I have taught the system who are now teaching openly themselves are,
Paul O'Neil (Newcastle), Paul Tennet (Whitley Bay), Tony Watson (Cumbria)
and Gary Mc Carthy (Durham). I have taught about two dozen the full
system including the Bart Cham Do knife form and advanced Chi Sau
techniques to the level of Senior Instructor.
That's the brief history
of my Wing Chun time, for a more detailed account read further along
with a profile of my Sifu, Sigung and Dei Sigung.
I have not been active
in promoting myself for the last 10 years for several reasons, restricting
myself to teaching existing students or new students privately that
found me by word of mouth, this has changed with the opening of the
Eldon Leisure class in Newcastle and advertising via this site.
My main decision was due
to the petty politics that began to manifest itself throughout the
Wing Chun community. The commercialism and back biting, though not
just restricted to Wing Chun was still off putting. The juvenile actions
of several so called self-proclaimed Grandmasters left me feeling
that they are better left to shine in their own perceived limelight
that would inevitably allow ALL to see them for what they are worth
once the full facts of Great Grandmaster Yip Man's teaching history
became to be made more accessible.
One of the other considerations
was for my students who had reached Instructor level and had begun
teaching. I know that my own personal development in Wing Chun is
due to the amount of teaching that I have done over the years, from
beginners to advanced, every time you have to answer a students question
so that they understand in their own particular way, your personal
development therefore increases in proportion to the number of ways
that you have to explain the same concept or technique, hence my choice
to take a back seat while they established themselves.
I have also several reasons
for starting to teach openly once more. Apart from the pressure from
my students and Sifu Kwok, primarily I wish to start teaching in local
community centres, providing an educational service in self defence
rather than merely an opportunity for those interested to train in
a martial art. It is an idea that I have been developing for some
time and now find myself in a position to initiate the plan and I
have the three websites in the development stage, these are different
in the way that they will be purely teaching and informational sites
rather than the promotional sites that are currently available.
Finally, I wish to make
self defence knowledge open to the whole community, to empower any
that feel threatened in our society, no matter what their physical
shape or size, rather than restricted to those who see it as a form
requiring high levels of fitness that leads to fighting skills. I
see it simply as an
understanding of 'self', a way for any individual with the motivation
to develop the knowledge and understanding that will increase their
chances of surviving in a physical confrontation, whether by giving
them the confidence to talk their way out of a situation or avoid
actual contact, but if the worst scenario happens, to give them techniques
and training that are realistic and effective in street
situations. Not the macho stance of many 'street -defence' instructors,
simply educating people about their personal body mechanics related
to protecting themselves.
Trevor Jefferson BSc.,
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