I was born in 1963 at the village of Petrota in the northern state of Evros. In 1968 my parents and I immigrated to Germany where I initially became involved with wrestling and subsequently with boxing. At the age of 12 I began training in Tae Kwon Do (International) and continued to do so for the next six and a half years.
In 1982 I returned to Greece in order to study Economics and Business Administration. At the end of the same year I commenced training in Wing Chun and after years of vigorous practice I completed the entire system. My constant quest for the purest and most effective form of martial art enabled me to come across various versions and interpretations of wing chun. My interaction with numerous other instructors culminated in 1985 when I met Grandmaster Keith R. Kernspecht and joined the international organization of Grandmaster Leung Ting. I remained in the organization for 18 years learning, teaching and spreading the system.
My experiences led to a deeper understanding of the mentality, the needs, and ultimately the problems that a trainee has to deal with, and after careful consideration I decided to establish my own organization in order to disentangle my students from the intransigent and often dogmatic attitude of a large organization. My decision enabled my students to train freely without reserve and restraint, and with a realistic cost adjusted to the individual needs of each trainee.
The establishment of the Hellenic Yong Chun Association resulted in the beginning of a constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation between Sifus and instructors, and with the main purpose at hand being the dissemination of the art to the public, and the completion of its curriculum within a realistic timeframe. It is our intention through our daily training, our seminars, and our interaction with fellow masters and instructors in different countries, to reach a greater depth of understanding of the substance of the art that Grandmaster Yip Man introduced to the western world, and to share this knowledge with our students.
Yong Chun is a truly authentic martial art which contributes to our mental, physical, and spiritual well being!