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Sifu Sergio has studied numerious Wing Chun styles and Lineages. He has trainned under some of the best Wing Chun Masters in Hong Kong and China and has further suplemented his skills by tracing back the history of wing chun and at the same time researching and studying under numerious grandmasters who have trained in the Wing Chun parent systems. Sifu Sergio's has a growing reputation as a wing chun master and his wing chun significanlty displays many internal elements that are not taught or known by other wing chun masters.

Special Skills: Internal Wing Chun, Teaching, Knowledge of Wing Chun. 

Facilities: Indoor and outdoor facilities and training equipment.

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Sifu Sergio has been studying Wing Chun for over two decades and for the last 9 years has been researching the diverse lineages around south east Asia.

Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola holds several important positions in the field of martial arts specifically related to Wing Chun. He is currently the western represantative of Sifu Sunny So (Tang Yick Wing Chun), Sifu Cliff Ip, Dr Cheung Yong (Yuen Kay San Wing Chun) and Sifu Cheng Kwong all based in Hong Kong. Additionally he also supports the teachings of the Late GM Kwee King yang who was versed in several Fukien Styles of Kung Fu through Sifu Tio Tek Kwie. 

Sifu Sergio has a growing reputation for diligence in the study of the history of Wing Chun as well as in its teaching. Sifu Sergio's Wing Chun has an internal element often not taught or shown by other Wing Chun Masters.

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Submitted on 07/23/2014 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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Dear Sifu SergioI would like to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know you must have heard this a thousand time before, but truly no one has ever explained the chain punching the way you do, please do not take this the wrong way – but either most of the other teacher out there don’t know what they are talking about or are too afraid to share their knowledge. You are truly a GREAT TEACHER!!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD…We will keep the WING TJUN SYSTEM ALIVE!!! I must say this one… more… time… NO ONE and I mean NO ONE has ever explained the chain punching principles and application the way you do.May God richly bless you and may your kung fu knowledge grow beyond your own expectations! “What the mind dwells upon it believes. What it believes it attracts!!!” Yours in Wing Tjun
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Sifu Sergio is certainly a very special westerner wcner who is willing to open his eyes to see the facture reality and keep improving himself. He is an excellent model for wcners. With passion and willing to listen and improve. Wing chun kuen is a simple, elegance , but sophisticated martial art. Wck based on the 800 years old emei Buddhism internal art tradition and 400 years old fujian white crane military martial art tradition , it is rich and deep in its root. And also an open platform for future further development. It will be no doubt that sifu Sergio will lead IWKA into this high tech next generation Wck evolution era. Think of the era as Jedi training with laser modern weapons. That will be how it is, a martial art deeply root both in the ancient and modern technology in the realm of the body, mind, breathing, Qi, force flow, momentum, and strategy. IWKA , A new Wck lineage from the west starts.
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Sifu Sergio's IWKA Wing Tjun is a unique form of Wing Tjun based on the Three Treasures of Chinese Martial Arts: Philosophy, Health and the Martial Part the balance of these three aspects being so crucial important and severely lacking in many of the well known branches. Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola studied Wing Chun intensively for the last 25 years of which 10 years where devoted to almost full time research into the arts history, philosophy, concepts and principles It’s this hard work that made the difference, the rediscovered gems that make up the base of the IWKA Wing Tjun system and laid the foundation for the Curriculum by putting the pieces together of the various lineages found in China and Southeast Asia and putting it all in systematic order,by doing that Sifu Sergio managed in preserving a piece of Chinese culture while at the same time preparing the student for today’s needs for realistic self-defense in the streets with an emphasis on developing your body mind and energy to higher levels than the average human being.

The aim of the IWKA is to spread the authentic IWKA Wing Tjun system throughout the world, as handed down in the direct lineage from it’s founders until the present day. The IWKA value high teaching standards and have a policy of no “secrets” and has a structured curriculum inorder to learn the full Wing Tjun Kung Fu system. The Wing Tjun taught by Sifu Sergio differs from the majority of other schools and lineages, in the way that they don’t rely on localised muscular strength. Instead, they utilise sensitivity, footwork, structure, concepts and principles to deal with attacks that are delivered by stronger, and/or faster people. We advocate the “soft” approach to Wing Tjun due to its virtually limitless possibilities.

The IWKA also offer a unigue, systemized structure to train your tendons because strong tendons not only support a longer and healthier life, but are also very important in self-defense when dealing with brute/strong, muscular force from your opponent. Force against force (i.e. direct blocks instead of neutralization and redirection of power) go only so far and fail when the opponent is stronger.

Sifu Sergio's approach is a soft internal one which can be improved upon and utilised for a whole lifetime by anyone. Regardless of size, strength, gender or age.

Sifu Sergio's Wing Tjun, due to its soft approach, is very direct, ‘aggressive’ and devastating in its real-life application. Accordingly, the IWKA motto is “Less is More”.

 

Sifu Sergio The GM of the IWKA Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola started his martial arts career at the age of six with the Japanese art of Judo in the Dutch capital Amsterdam (Holland). At the age of twelve he studied Pencak Silat (Pamur style) and Wado Kai Karate. During this time he was a big Bruce Lee fan and read everything that had something to do with him. Finding out that Bruce Lee started his martial arts journey with Wing Chun. At the same time he started writing letters with some of Bruce’s early students like James de Mile and Jesse Glover to find out more about his idol.

During these times Sifu Sergio visited as much martial art schools as possible in Amsterdam together with a group of his friends to see the classes or take lessons in the diverse arts the city had to offer.

In 1987 he started training in the Wing Chun system under Sifu R. Vogel and Grandmaster Wang Kiu. After about two months of training, he read the book Wing Tsun Kuen by Grandmaster Leung Ting (the last closed door disciple of the late Grandmaster Yip Man). After reading the book he discontinued his training at Sifu Wang Kiu’s school after only 4 months of training there and started to look for a Leung Ting system affiliated school. In that same year he started training Leung Ting System WT under Sifu F. Schäfer only to have an unfortunate car accident after only one month of training. Nine months later he continued his WT training eventually receiving his 1st Technician level from Sifu Kernspecht the chief instructor of the EWTO in 1994 in Aachen, Germany.

In the period from 1994 -1998 he traveled all throughout Europe attending many seminars in Germany and in Italy of Sifu E. Botztepe and taking hundreds of private lessons from different Leung Ting Wing Tsun masters like Sifu H.P. Edel, Sifu S. Avci etc. In 1997- 1998 he was appointed as the Israeli chief instructor for the EWTO by his Sifu K. Kernspecht and moved to the Israeli capital of Tel Aviv where he ran a successful academy for around a year until he decided to leave the country due to political stress.

During a trip to Asia in that year his dream came true when he met his Sigung Grandmaster Leung Ting in Hong Kong before having seen him only during his European seminars. After being adopted as a private student by his Sigung Leung Ting, he first went to Zagreb to finish and complete the unarmed Leung Ting Wing Tsun system under Sifu Slavko Truntic one of the master students of GM Leung Ting, so that his Sigung Leung Ting only had to correct him instead of teaching him the system from scratch. He took more than a 100 hours of private lessons from the Grandmaster in the period of January 1998 till October 2001 in Hong Kong and in Shunde (Sun Tak) and studied intensively under GM Cheng Chuen Fan during the normal and instructor classes at the Leung Ting HQ even going on vacation with his Sigung to the USA Miami to take more private lessons and enjoy time together. During the periods in Hong Kong which were several months at the time he had the good fortune to be able to sleep across the road opposite the school of GM Leung Ting at the house of his friend’s aunt and eventually finishing and receiving the corrections of the whole unarmed system of Leung Ting WT under his Sigung in the year 2000.

In November and December 2001 Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola traveled to New York to finish learning the Leung Ting Wing Tsun weapon system: the Look Dim Poon Kwun (six and a half point pole) and the Bart Cham Dao (the eight way cutting broad swords) under his Si-Pak Fong Wai Hung (Allan Fong). Being the first one ever to be taught the Bart Cham Dao from Sifu Fong, during this trip he was promoted to the 7th level practician by his Si-Pak Fong Wai Hung.

Due to circumstances Sifu Sergio decided in January ’02 to start up his association the IWKA to promote and spread the authentic Leung Ting Wing Tjun system as taught by GM Leung Ting in Hong Kong. Training the Bart Cham Dao with my Sipak in the Leung Ting WT System Allan Fong 2001 allan_fong2 Training the Bart Cham Dao with my Sipak Allan Fong After realizing that the Leung Ting Wing Tsun system and the Yip Man Wing Chun system in general were not the only Wing Chun lineages around in China, especially not the most complete (in fact the Yip Man System being a personal interpretation and mix of three lineages namely Chan wha sun, Yuen Kay san and Dai Dak Lan), he decided to pursue the next decade into the intense studying of other lineages and the Eternal Spring lineages. Like the Lo family lineage under Sifu Cheng Kwong successor of the late Sifu Wai Check Yan who taught him the Saam Bai Fat and the art of Kam Na, during this time he also went to learn under the son of the late Grandmaster Pak Cheung and Sifu Pak Cheung Kau in mainland China. . Sifu Cheng Kwong and sifu Sergio Receiving his Siu Lam Wing Chun (Lo Family) master certificate from GM Cheng Kwong training Training in front of a Buddhist Temple with GM Cheng Kwong Sifu Cheng Kwong and sifu Sergio Receiving the certificate of Mastery of the Saam Bai Fat form by GM Cheng Kwong Foto 67 Private lessons from Sifu Pak Cheung Kau in Fatshan. During this period he also studied the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to further his ground fighting knowledge.

After this he went on to study the art of the Tang family Wing Chun system of the Eternal Spring Lineage of the late Grandmaster Tang Yick under Sifu Tang Chung Pak who taught him the Luk Dim Poon Kwan and Sifu Sunny So (the last student of the late GM Tang Yick) who taught him the rest of the system in intense private lessons.

During Chi Sao training with Sifu Sunny So To further expand his understanding, he also studied both the Sum Nung (Yuen Kay San) Wing Chun system and the ancestor systems of all the modern Wing Chun lineages, including the Fukien Yong Chun Bak Hok (White Crane) system, under several Sifus in intense private lessons. He even moved to China to live in Hong Kong in order to devote all his time to the study and research the art under Sifu Sunny So and others.

He also paid several visits to the GU LO village in Mainland China where he studied the unique Gu Lo Wing Chun system under Fung Chun during several days. This system preserves the last teachings of the late Grandmaster Dr. Leung Jan.

During the last years due to intensive research into the secret society’s which came about after the destruction of the Southern Shaolin Temple ( See this link for more in depth detail ), Sifu Sergio Iadarola started studying very intensively the teachings of several Fujian systems under Sifu Tio Tek Kwie during one trip to Indonesia and one trip to Thailand where he studied under him for a few weeks plus at the same time furthering his knowledge by studying several other internal systems under different Sifus, that are clearly linked to Wing Chun in the past and contain crucial knowledge of internal power that made the IWKA Wing Tjun system even more complete.

The last studies that completed his quest and closed of the research into the Beautiful Spring lineage of Wing Chun came by coming into contact with the sources that provided him with the original Kuen Kuits from 1850 before the Siu Nim Tau got split up into three forms following the 1854 uprising and the 1855 burning down of the Fine Jade Hall and the Kuen Kuits from 1890. The period when the Siu Nim Tau was already split up into Siu Nim Tau, Cham Kiu and Biu Tze forms.

Sifu Sergio wishes to keep secret – at this period of time – some of the sources he gets his info from as well as the Sifus who actually are teaching him at this moment in the internal arts due to the continuous following of his actions by ex-student of his association.

Some of his experiences are shared with the viewer on his sifusergiochannel which is one of the best channels on Wing Chun on YouTube. Currently Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola is spreading all his knowledge throughout his association the IWKA which has branches in over 14 countries at present. Sifu Sergio is: International Chief Instructor and CEO IWKA based in Hong Kong. Official Western Representative for the Ving Tsun and Dragon Kung Fu Association of Sifu Cheng Kwong ( HONG KONG). Chief Instructor for the USA and Europe for Sifu Sunny So (HONG KONG). 

 

The IWKA Wing Tjun system is based on extensive research and study on the part of Sifu Sergio and his teachers. 

The lineages responsible for the creation of the complete picture of the IWKA Wing Tjun system.


  • Ip Man Wing Chun in various forms
  • Chan Wha Sun Wing Chun
  • Gu lo Wing Chun (Leung Jan System)
  • Lo family Wing Chun
  • Tang Family Wing Chun
  • Info from the secret societies
  • Yuen Kay San Wing Chun
  • 1700′s Wing Chun and Snake Crane Wing Chun from after 1854
  • Fukien Wing Chun Bak hok (Fujian Yong Chun Baihe)
  • Tai Zo and Lohan plus several other internal related systems to Wing Tjun

  • What is most important to note here is that the studying of the diverse lineages helped also immensely in recuperating certain complete forms. To give one example not many realise that the Ip Man system’s Long Pole form [Luk Dim Poon Kwan] is only a small part of the original Luk Dim Poon Kwan found in the Tang Yick Wing Chun system.

    Furthermore the studying of all the lineages was also needed in order to systemise and regain all the concepts and principles once found in the system and now spread over several lineages.

    The Wing Chun system is a system based on ancient Chinese wisdom deviating from the system’s main concepts and formulas of time, space, energy and heaven, human, earth creates an imbalance and loss of maximum efficiency.

    Below are listed some of the unique features of the IWKA Wing Tjun system that took years of personal effort and energy to research and perfect.

    1. The knowledge of song (special way of relaxation by getting rid of all unnecessary tension)
    2. Deep understanding of the knowledge of the period of the Wing Chun Dim of the Southern Shaolin Temple.
    3. The knowledge of Yeet Gang King (muscle to tendon change) and Sui Gang King (Bone Marrow Washing).
    4. Correct positioning due to the use of the time, space, energy formula. 
    5. Correct angles and occupying three dimensional space.
    6. Using the complete three shapes:  the triangle, circle and the straight line instead of using only two of the shapes. 
    7. Knowledge of detachment and separation of the body, mind and energy.
    8. Understanding of Wing Chun’s base core body concepts.
    9. Knowledge of the Ham Hong (empty chest), Lok Bok (dropping shoulder) and Cham Jarn (sinking elbows)
    10. Avoiding rigid fixing of the shoulder blades or keeping the torso too tensed . Instead promoting sinking the opponents force into the ground and rebounce it back up. 
    11. Giving away to force with whole body instead with just hand techniques  
    12. Disconnection of our breath from our movements when needed, separation and detachment of energy. 
    13. The knowledge of Faat Ging (shock impulse power) while in contact with the opponent like for example in Chi Sao. 
    14. Knowledge of Faat Ging (shock impulse power) while in transition to contact with the opponent like for example in Kiu Sao and Lao Sao. 
    15.Using Faat Ging (shock impulse power) instead of pushing . In fact according to the old Kuen Kuits there is no pushing in Wing Chun. 
    16. Using Tendon power instead of muscle power. 
    17. Knowledge and practice of specific tendon straightening exercises of the ancestor systems of Wing Chun like Fujian White Crane. 
    18. Borrowing the opponent’s force using the whole body and rebouncing it from the bubbling wells trough the fingers instead by only deformation of the basic hand techniques. 
    19. Focusing on the training of bridging and the use of the eyes instead of only contact reflex training. 
    20. Usage of the original Yee Gee Kim Yeung ma stance based exactly on the specifications of the founders from the mid 1700′s. 
    21. Understanding the real meaning of sticking and the ability to cut the roots of the opponent by sticking. 
    22. Understanding the real meaning of ‘following’, instead of thinking that ‘following’ is ‘running’ after the opponent with chain punching. 
    23. The using flow and spontaneity. 
    24. Understanding the elements and how they relate to the forms by making them alive and actually useful to train. 
    25. Knowledge of Kiu Sao Wing Chun’s training method in handling energy from no contact to contact. 
    26. Special Chi Kung breathing forms to build up internal power and health. 
    27. Special Wing Chun San Chong exercises to build internal power, YI and CHI. 
    28. Most systems lack important parts and details and sometimes whole forms because of blindly following the famous masters who did not had the chance in their lifetime to learn the complete system (As mentioned above in the Luk Dim Poon Kwan example) 
    29. Most systems lack knowledge of the traditional Wing Chun training tools like the Kwan Chong (Pole Dummy) because of blindly following the famous masters who did not had the chance in their lifetime to learn the complete system. (Wing Chun traditionally had two wooden dummies. One for the unarmed and one for the pole). 
    30. Understanding the fifteen wisdoms of the Wing Chun Dim of the Southern Shaolin temple. 
    31. Knowledge from the secret societies that were formed after the burning down of the Southern Shaolin Temple. 
    32. Knowledge of heaven, human, earth and time, space, energy concepts. 
    33. Knowledge of YI and how it relates to CHI and the diverse types of GING. 
    34. Understanding of sink
    ing. 
    35. Knowledge of the energy vortexes, meridians and bubbling wells. 
    36. Understanding the meaning and purpose of some of the forms and movements that came about for various reasons – one of them being the inability of the lower class people in Fatshan who were mostly an alphabetic and mixed up some of the meanings of the theories by not being able to read the characters (keep in mind that Cantonese is a tonal language with 9 different tones, the same words using a slightly different tone has a complete different meaning) 
    37. Understanding of YING YANG (Yam Yeung) in many of the techniques.
    38. Real control over time, space and energy (For example needing space to release force by striking)
    39. Using the twenty Kiu Sao (bridging hand) concepts of the Wing Chun Dim.
    40. Understanding t
    he cotton body and wheel bearing body skill. 
    41. Knowledge of the iron palm and red palm.
    42. Knowledge of the true origin of Siu Nim Tau before the split after 1854 into the three sets  happened and the dropping of Kung transpired.
    43. Exact knowledge of the snake technology from EMEI for handling the joints and internal art development of the EMEI 12 Zhuang.
    44. Exact knowledge of the Fujian White Crane Technology for the center line theory and most of the shapes (This combination of snake and crane technology i
    s also named as Snake Crane Body Limbs, with the snake technology as the engine of the art and White Crane technology as the application of the art.)
    45. Correct usage of the seven bows for optimal energy transport


    These by all means are not all of the differences between the IWKA Wing Tjun system and the other lineages. It is important to note here however that some of the lineages have some of the forty above mentioned points it’s just that no lineage has them all. It’s thanks to the immense sacrifice, work and research of Sifu Sergio who by doing this has put his association, persona and credibility many times at risk, that all of the above points can now all be found and learned within the IWKA’s unique state-of-the-art curriculum derived from Wing Chun’s two sister closely related branches “Eternal Spring” and “Beautiful Spring” as well as the ancestor’s of Fujian Yong Chun Bai He (fujian White Crane) and EMEI (responsible for the unique snake engine especially evident in it’s snake slide worm moves of the second set of the ancient and first Siu Nim Tao of the mid 1700′s).

    Due to recent research of Sifu Sergio other things came to light that finally clears up and lines out with evidence the creation of the beautiful spring lineage which evolved out of EMEI and White Crane ,whereas the eternal spring lineage is based entirely on the white crane engine,furthermore according to deep study of documents and Chinese history its highly likely that the eternal spring hall was actually a hall of a certain Tien Tee Hui group or sector. 

    For full information on normal classes, seminars and Sifu Sergio's instructor courses contact Sifu Sergio direct. 

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