Sanderstead Wing Chun | Part Of The WCK UK Organisation
Hi, my name is Jason Ludwig and I’m the head instructor at WCKUK South Norwood, Coulsdon and surrounding areas. I started training martial arts in 1992 under a system called Wing Tai Chun, which consisted of my Dad's experience in Wing Chun Kuen and western boxing, and his masters formidable expertise in Tai Chi Chuan and various other styles. I also trained privately under some other well known Wing Chun Instructors and competition fighters of various martial backgrounds. During my time as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer for Whitgift School Combined Cadet Force, my Dad and I started teaching Wing Tai Chun to cadets.
This included annual demonstrations to pupils, teachers and high ranking officers in the British Army. To compliment my training I also competed in gymnastics. After secondary school, I took a short break to start a career in music (which I still do today), and eventually restarted my training in 2007 under the Wing Tsun system, and teaching it at a very basic level to kids and adults part-time. This lead me to finding The WCK UK Organisation, which I have been training under since 2010, and became a WCKUK Certified Instructor in 2014.
I also work in feature films and television as an actor, fight performer and musician, and have worked on 47 Ronin, Jack Ryan, Pan, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Electric Dreams, Aladdin and most notably in Kick Ass 2 as a stunt performer. Some of my earliest memories in life are training martial arts, specifically, Wing Chun, having been raised into it from the age of 4 it is not only my greatest passion but also my main career, teaching and training an average of 30 hours a week.
With the continually growing popularity of this great system, it became more important to train the most effective Wing Chun available in the south of England, and to train the Wing Chun which makes the most sense to me - I have found this with the WCK UK Organisation.
I hope to see you in one of my classes soon!
Fraaz Akhter (3rd Technician Grade)
My Wing Chun journey started in 2008, where I met Sifu Jason and other instructors. Wing Chun's focus on efficiency, economy of movement and simplicity make it ideal for anyone.
Sifu Jason shares with his students the finer details and concepts which make a lot of difference to your training. I personally have noticed a lot of improvement in my own ability, having learnt from him both in class and in private sessions. It is a huge privilege to be a WCKUK Assistant Instructor which is possibly one of the best places to learn Wing Chun.
I find it rewarding knowing that students are using their time constructively, learning to defend themselves as well as improving self-discipline. I look forward to both developing my skills as well as helping others on their martial arts journey.
Alex Owen (2nd Technician Grade)
When I was growing up, I was never interested in learning any martial arts and had very little exposure to it. It was not until my early 20s that I made the decision that I wanted to learn a martial art to better my self-defence and confidence, working in a policing-based career. The choices available to me of various martial arts, lineages and schools made this quite daunting, however I had to start somewhere and began looking around my local area at Wing Chun classes.
I tried out some classes in Surrey and Croydon areas, however they all seemed to be very robotic in their approach to training and didn’t feel right, so chose not to pursue them. I then discovered WCKUK Organisation around 2015 and contacted Sifu Jason Ludwig to arrange my free trial lesson. This turned out to be one of my greatest decisions in my life, and quickly discovered that WCKUK’s approach to teaching Wing Chun was the most suited to me.
What started off as a casual hobby has now become a central part of my life. The growth I have experienced as a person since taking up Wing Chun has been transformational, and it has positively impacted all areas of my life.
In 2019 I became an Assistant Instructor for the South Norwood and Coulsdon (now Caterham) WCKUK branches. This has enabled me to pass on my experience and passion for the martial art to others, a gift for which I am very grateful.
I intend on developing myself to be an exemplary martial artist and role model within the organisation, and continue to hone my craft every day so that I can bring out the best in myself and others.
Sarah Giubilini Darby (1st Technician Grade)
I first began training in Wing Chun in 2018 with the wish to learn a self defence martial art.
I’ve always had an interest in martial arts through movies. I like a personal challenge and this form of martial art suits me perfectly as it challenges my body and mind in a totally new way.
Becoming a kids Assistant Instructor for WCKUK has given me a deeper understanding of this martial art and being able to share it and see the kids grow with it is incredibly fulfilling.
I now share my love for Wing Chun with both my children who have joined the kids classes.
I hope to inspire many other children and adults and learn something new and help them in their journey.
Salvatore Paoli (1st Technician Grade)
Whilst at University I had a very brief introduction to the Martial Art of Wing Chun, it was just two lessons before the course gv was scrapped from the activity schedule.
After a period of 10 years which involved relocating to Croydon from North West London, starting a family and a new job opportunity I was able to begin my quest to find a Wing Chun school in the local area. I dabbled in and out of a few schools for various periods of time in a search to find a school which felt right.
In 2017 I saw an advertisement for a WCKUK school located in Netherne Town Hall. I turned up and gave it a go, I haven’t looked back since.
Learning WC enables you to presume your aggressor will always be bigger and stronger than you, which actually benefits you as you use their strength against themselves. It’s so clever, the efficiency of forward motion / pressure towards your opponent, the quickness and directness of the moves & applications are some of the aspects that keeps me engaged in every class. No wonder this martial art was invited by a nun!!
You do become confident in your own ability to be able to diffuse a potential situation which is helped by the ethos of what Sifu Jason teaches in his classes.
I have introduced WC to my family and they are equally absorbed in how the applications can be used in everyday life. It is great fun and there isn’t any pressure, only to oneself, as to how fast you learn and go through the grades.
Being asked to become an assistant was a proud moment for me as I never thought in the beginning of my journey in WC that someday I would be able to assist in explaining the applications and theory to the younger students.