Wing Chun kung fu was never about breaking bricks. In the 1970’s I made a decision to defy this tradition, so In my shows, I went to demonstrate breaking concrete blocks, bricks and pavement slabs.

Most of the kung fu masters were so horrified to see that. They said that…


My Kung Fu teacher Lee Shing (left)

My Master was a very private person. One evening during our usual tea time he looked very sad; I could see it in his eyes. He told me that life for him was also tough before coming to London. …


Most of the students who trained with my Master were all from Hong Kong. What I did not understand as a fellow Chinese student was that I was being subjected to prejudice.

Eating with my Master and fellow students

At times, they told my Master that I was not a pure Chinese because as I was born…


July 8th 1972 was my first day of training. I remember the first day with him. It was an intense feeling as I was worried that he wouldn’t like me as I am not from Hong Kong and so perhaps not going to be fully accepted as his disciple.

But…


The title Master is being used by so many unqualified people. How have they managed to get this title? Who gave them the title? Nowadays people of all ages can call themselves a master without any authority. They spend a few months or a few years training abroad and then…


Diana, my first female Wing Chun student

Teaching women martial arts in the 1980s were rare, yet I welcomed them because I believed that the art is for all to enjoy regardless of sex, race, or religion. I had a young lady called Diana who was very keen to learn. She was English so some of my…


When I first started teaching in Chinatown, London, my students were mostly Chinese. Very few Westerners were allowed to join. …


Working as the Head Bouncer for Le Kilt Club, Soho. With My Mother (right)

Working in the French disco came about by chance. A friend of mine fell sick but could not find anyone to cover his shift so called me to help him temporarily. …


STUNTMEN IN HOLLYWOOD

One day in 1980, I met a young prince from Qatar. It was fate or coincidence that morning, 3 a.m. as usual I went out to close the club and while I was on the street, I saw a big red Bentley.

A very rare sight in those days; in…


SWEARING CEREMONY RECEIVING SIFU LEVEL CERTIFICATION 1978

The year was 1978. It was a great day for me. My Sifu took me aside one day and told me it was time for me to receive my “Sifu Jai”, literally “Small Sifu” level, or translated, instructor level that would eventually lead me to master level. I was only…

Austin Goh

I teach people Wing Chun Kung Fu in London

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