Here is a clip from one of Wing Chun’s more prolific online personalities, Dominick Izzo (a Chicago Cop who studied Wing Chun with Danny Halligan (who learned from Eric Lee, student of Ip Ching) of Izzo Tactical Combat giving his opinion on California Wing Chun schools, including kind words for my Sifu, Greg LeBlanc.
Its great to see Greg’s well-deserved reputation as one of the best Wing Chun teachers in the US grow.
When I started with him in early 2008, he had recently moved to the Bay Area from LA and had only two or three students. He is modest (to a fault) and this leads to him sometimes hiding his light under a bushel. I hope his rep and our school continue to grow and prosper.
Izzo also gives a shout out to Klaus Brand. My first Wing Chun teacher in the Bay Area was Paul Wang (a good guy and a passionate WC teacher), who now is the head teacher at Brand’s US Headquarters in Berkeley. I saw Brand a few times back in the day and he was pretty badass. He was a Leung Ting/Kernspecht student from the “Castle” who has gone his own way and developed a modified Wing Chun which looks to have incorporated his Karate and Escrima backgrounds, resulting in an interesting hybrid style. I’ve only seen their new stuff on video so don’t know much about it.