About your Wing Chun instructor – Andre Quin
My martial arts experience
I commenced my path as a martial artist close to 25 years ago. In my youth I trained in a wide variety of styles and schools until I discovered Wing Chun in 2003. I was so blown away by what it offered, that I decided to stop everything – and I mean everything! – and study this art full time. I quit work and trained more than 40 hours every week for two years under the close guidance of Sifu Mark Spence who was the head instructor at the IWCA at the time and later founded Chi Sau Club.
Training with Grandmaster Chu Shong Tin in Hong Kong
In 2004 I had the opportunity to visit Grandmaster Chu Shong Tin in Hong Kong, a direct pupil of the famous Ip Man(Bruce Lee’s instructor). He opened my eyes to the seemingly supernatural powers of internal wing chun. After training with him for one week at his house in Hong Kong, I was determined to only learn and practise in this way.
Training with Sifu Mark Spence at Chi Sau Club
Sifu Mark Spence has been the most influential person in my life as a martial artist and I will be forever grateful for what he has taught me. It is a true honour to say that Momentum Wing Chun is part of the Chi Sau Club family.
My Wing Chun training and teaching
Since 2004 I have been taking private lessons with my Sifu Mark Spence and returned to Hong Kong on several occasions. To this day I still visit Sifu Mark Spence every Sunday afternoon to do private lessons with him. In addition to my teaching, I train an average of 15 to 20 hours per week with an emphasis on the 3 empty hand form sequences, Siu Nim Tao, Chum Kiu and Biu Jee as well as the Wooden Dummy and Chi Sau. It is my aim to align my teaching to the way lessons are run by Sifu Mark Spence at Chi Sau Club and by Sigung Chu Shong Tin in Hong Kong.
Why I want to teach you
I have such a genuine love for this art that I want to pass Wing Chun on in a personal way that only teaching offers. No matter how much one trains, there is always more to learn. For this reason I prefer to have few, but very dedicated students who I can help progress and improve myself along the journey.