Grand Master William Cheung

Wing Chun Kung Fu Studio Brisbane Queensland


In 1951, at the age of ten, Cheung started his training in Wing Chun Kung Fu under the late Grandmaster Yip Man. Cheung was a live-in student of Grandmaster Yip Man. It was during this time that he inherited the system of Wing Chun Kung Fu.

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Between 1957 & 1958 Cheung won the Kung Fu elimination contests in Hong Kong, defeating opponents with many more years' experience.

In 1954 Cheung introduced Bruce Lee to Grandmaster Yip Man, and became his personal trainer. Throughout the four and a half years the two men developed a very close friendship, and In later years he was to use these techniques in competitions, and also in his movies.

After completing his training under Grandmaster Yip Man, Cheung left Hong Kong to pursue an academic career at the Australian National University in Canberra. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Economics.

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Moving to Melbourne in 1959 taking his knowledge of the Wing Chun System with him. He began professionally teaching in 1973, Cheung began operating a very successful Martial Arts School. In 1976 was elected the President of the Australian Kung Fu Federation.


Cheung was appointed as Chief Instructor to the U.S. Seventh Fleet based in Yukosuka, Japan, during 1978 to 1980. Throughout this time, he was in charge of the intensive mental and physical development program of close quarter hand to hand combat for the marines.

From 1979 Grandmaster Cheung and many of his juniors conducted programs for special law enforcing officers and special operation groups in the Armed Services in U.S.A. and other countries, teaching unarmed combat, restraining and disarming assailants and a fire arm retention program.

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It was at the Harvard University, Boston, in 1984 that Grandmaster Cheung set the world speed punching record of 8.3 punches per second . 

From his early training in Martial Arts, Grandmaster Cheung has become an expert in Meridian, Pressure Points and Meditation dealing with internal energies. Over the last ten years he has used this knowledge to develop many successful programs treating sports injuries and teaching stress management. As the result of these, Grandmaster Cheung's seminars, workshops and treatments are now much sought after all over the world. 

Wing Chun Kung Fu is still taught today by Grand Master Cheung he is based in Melbourne Australia. 


History Of Wing Chun Kung Fu


The origin of Wing Chun Kung Fu can be found in the turbulent, repressive Ching dynasty of over 250 years ago. It was a time when 90% of the Chinese race, the Hons, were ruled by the 10% minority, the Manchus. The Manchus placed a great amount of unjust law on the Hons.  Kung Fu training was also banned for the Hons.  When all weapons were outlawed by the Manchus, the Hons began training a revolutionary army in the secret art of Kung Fu. The Shil Lim Temple became the secret sanctuary for preparatory trainings of a classic style which took 15 to 20 years to master.

To develop a new form, one which would have shorter training time,  five of China's grandmasters met to discuss the merits of each of the various forms of Kung Fu. By choosing the most efficient techniques from each style, they developed training programs that would develop an efficient martial artist in 5 to 7 years.  However before this new form could be put into practice, the Shil Lim Temple was raided and burned by the Manchus. Ng Mui, a nun, was the only survivor of the original five grandmasters. She passed her knowledge onto a young orphan girl whom she named Wing Chun. The name represented "hope for the future". In turn Wing Chun passed her knowledge on to her husband. Through the years the style became known as Wing Chun. Its techniques and teachings were passed onto a few, always carefully selected students.

In 1950 Yip Man started to teach Wing Chun in Hong Kong.  One of his first students was the now Grandmaster, William Cheung, head of the Global traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Association.  Si-fu Paul and Si-fu Dianne Maclaine have been training full time in Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu for the past 20+ years.  Paul and Dianne have been graded to Master Level by their Sifu and head of the Global Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Association, Grand Master William Cheung.


Our Philosophy


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If you ask our students why they started training in Wing Chun you will get many and varied answers.  Just as each student is on their own individual journey, they also started training for different reasons.  And often the reason they started their journey is no longer the reason they continue to train.

This is also true for us as instructors.  Every day our students give us a different reason for teaching and every day we learn more about ourselves as instructors and individuals.  Wing Chun does this; the system is simple in its concepts yet has a level of complexity and scope for development of the individual and the art form that it is easy to see why many of us make it a integral part of our lives.

From my first training session I was aware of the possibilities that awaited the individual in this art as I observed and learnt from many extraordinary martial artists and inspiring people.  As I continued my training I noticed common traits and mind sets within the academy that were constantly demonstrated by my Sifu's, sihings and sidi's.  These traits are no different to the traits of successful athletes, business people or artists it is just when you are exposed for long periods daily to a microcosm of success and support it becomes all the more clear.

I know how privileged I am to be part of a community of positive, persistent and hard working people.  And I really want others  to have the same positive experience, as I have seen first hand over and over again how it transforms peoples lives.  

This is the foundation that the Kung Fu Studio is based on.  A group of martial artists willing to challenge themselves, their physical limits, their minds and at the same time willing their Kung fu brothers and sisters to succeed and discover.

As I said at the beginning people will start training for different reasons but it will be how you train that will determine what your training experience will be.  

To all students (existing, new and potential) I say enjoy the experience! 

Be grateful that you have the opportunity to train in such a complete and wondrous art. 

Be ready to work toward your goals as anything worth having does not and should not come easy.

Know that no one is a natural, all success comes from dedicated endeavour.  Initial aptitude can only take you so far.  

Be prepared for the mental ups and downs and the loss of self motivation. Revel in this, if you continue through these times you are developing mental toughness and are growing as a martial artist and as an individual.

Know that you will be sore and have muscle aches. Bruises to the body as well as the ego.  Pain is your friend and as we like to say "pain is weakness leaving the body".

But most of all commit your whole self to your training and you will receive far more than you could ever imagine from yourself and others.  Be present for whatever time you are at the academy and you will see the rewards.

Welcome to the Kung Fu Studio!  

Kuen Yao sum fut! The fist comes from the heart!


“A black belt is a white belt that didn’t give up”


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