Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States

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"the Science of Close Quarters combat or hand to hand combat"

"the Science of Close Quarters combat or hand to hand combat"

 Emphasizing technique over brute force, it is an ideal self-defense martial art for both men and women. Powerful, practical, and easy to learn while rooted in the physics of body motion and styled for close quarters combat, Wing Chun relies on speed, precision, energy, and economy of motion to overcome opponents.  


 Emphasizing technique over brute force, it is an ideal self-defense martial art for both men and women. Powerful, practical, and easy to learn while rooted in the physics of body motion and styled for close quarters combat, Wing Chun relies on speed, precision, energy, and economy of motion to overcome opponents.  

About Us

Instructor Qualifications

Self Defense Academy offers you the opportunity to study and become certified in Traditional Ip Man Lineage Wing Chun Kung Fu with the International Wing Chun Martial Arts Association. 

Our instructor, Andre Gaines has had the privilege of being certified to teach Ip Man Lineage Wing Chun Kung Fu from one of the most recognized Wing Chun Masters in the World, Master Sam Fai Chan, who began his martial arts training at the early age of eight in his native Hong Kong.  In 1975, he moved to the United States and began teaching Chinese Martial Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Master Chan has spent many years studying Ip Man Lineage Wing Chun under Ip Man's two sons, Grand Masters Ip Ching and Ip Chun.  He was also a founding member and former director of the United States Ip Ching Wing Chun Athletic Association. Master Chan was the interpreter for Ip Ching on his trips abroad.  In 1996, the Ip Ching Wing Chun Athletic Association recognized Master Chan for his outstanding commitment to passing on Ip Man Lineage Wing Chun Kung Fu.  Master Chan was recognized for his superior teaching skills when Grand Master Ip Ching awarded and recognized him as Master.  Master Chan is also a certified Wing Chun Instructor through the Hong Kong Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Athletic Association. 

Andre Gaines having a background in Karate and wrestling, began studying Ip Man Lineage Wing Chun Kung Fu under Master Chan in 2003 at Chan's Kung Fu and Chinese Martial Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Andre took his time learning the system with no anticipation of becoming an instructor, until he was invited personally by Master Chan to enter the in-house instructor training program.  Andre became certified as an International Wing Chun Martial Arts Instructor in 2012.   As a Certified Instructor at Chan’s Kung Fu, Andre led classes and taught private lessons for Master Chan.  These lessons varied but included instructing and training other instructors from around the world that wanted to become certified in Ip Man Lineage Wing Chun.  After hearing that Andre would be moving away from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Master Chan gave Andre Gaines permission to open an International Wing Chun Martial Arts Association School teaching Ip Man Lineage Wing Chun Kung Fu. 

Wing Chun Training

Wing Chun History and System

  • Origins of Wing Chun
  • System Structure
  • Terminology 

Learning Forms

  • Three Hand Forms - Sil Lim Tau, Chum Kiu, and Biu Gee
  • Wooden dummy form - Mok Yan Jong
  • Long Pole form - Lok Dim Boon Gwan
  • Double knives form - Bak Jom Dao

Core Training

  • Warm up and stretching
  • Chi Sau
  • Hand and kick drills
  • Pad Drills

Combat Training

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Concepts of fighting -timing, speed, power, and accuracy.
  • Throws and sweeps
  • Falling Techniques
  • Light contact sparring
  • Full contact sparring

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Ng Mui

Yim Wing Chun

Leung Yee Tay

Leung Jan

Leung Bik (son), Leung Chun (son), Chan Wah Shun

Ip Man

Ip Chun (older son) Ip Ching (younger son)

Sam Chan

Andre Gaines

Traditional Ip Man Lineage Wing Chun Kung Fu



The Wing Chun curriculum is divided into seven levels. Each level builds upon the previous while developing the student’s skill set.  Fighting concepts and principles of the system are taught in a practical manner.   Each level has specific training drills, techniques, and applications that are taught. Students must demonstrate their proficiency at a given level before being allowed to proceed to the next stage of training. A very basic description of the levels follows:  


The first form taught in the Wing Chun system is Sil Lim Tau. It translates as "little idea" or "small thought". All Wing Chun principles and techniques are hidden within this extraordinary set.  A proper foundation built from the fundamental principles and techniques learned in Sil Lim Tau is necessary before progressing to the other sets taught in the system. Sil Lim Tau teaches proper exertion and release of energy through the arms while striking: triangle stance, the centerline principle, rooting, the centering of body weight, and the sixteen major hand techniques. Consistent practice of this form develops Kung Lik (internal energy) while developing a strong root to prepare for the advance level of training. 


The second form in the system is Chum Kiu. It translates as "searching the bridge". This form introduces footwork, kicking, shifting, and stepping. Practice of Chum Kiu develops dynamic balance and body unity by learning how to synchronize feet and hand techniques.  The offensive and defensive use of spinning and shifting is one of the key fundamentals of this form. This form introduces footwork to develop the transportation system to make combat more effective, while maintaining lightning speed without sacrificing power.  Chum Kiu teaches students how to close the gap and how to return to a safe position.  


This is the famous Wooden Dummy Set. It is divided into seven distinct sections. Each section focuses on specific techniques and fighting principles.  Emphasis is placed on increasing forward energy and the economy of motion. The Dummy Set contains virtually every technique in the Wing Chun Fighting System. 


This pole form consists of 6-1/2 individual strikes. The 6-½ strikes are fast, powerful, and strike directly toward the opponent with no waste of motion. The Lok Dim Boon Gwan utilizes a heavy long pole, typically 8-1/2 to 9 feet in length that tapers to a point on one end. The techniques learned can easily be translated for application with virtually any long weapon, such as staff, a spear, or an improvised weapon such as shovel, stick, or broom. Training with the heavy pole improves stability of the stances, body movements, and thrusting power, while strengthening the fingers, wrists, arms, shoulders, and body. 


This form taught translates as "thrusting fingers".  The old saying ---"Biu Gee Bot Chut Moon" - is loosely interpreted as Biu Gee does not go out the door.  An important part of the form is learning how to focus all energy into a single strike.  This form develops devastating striking power by combining singularly focused elbows, fingers, and hand strikes with body rotation. Another key element is to train the hands to return to the center if the centerline is lost or open.  Street tactical techniques such as foot sweeps and hidden strike from beneath the bridge (Kiu Dyk Chong Choi) are introduced at this level.  


The knife form act as an extension of the hands and utilizes the techniques learned in the hand forms.  Practice of this weapon set develops wrist strength and mobile footwork.  This form introduces new body weighting, retreating, and advancing footwork.  Each move cuts, slashes, or stabs directly towards the center of the opponent.  There are no blocks in the knife fighting form.  Each strike includes simultaneous defense and offense.  It is said that the knife is designed to cut through any attack.  The techniques, theories, and principles laid out in this advanced form can easily be adapted to any short weapon including sticks, a hammer, a kitchen knife, or even a sword. 


As you progress in your training, your current rank within the style will be signified by a colored sash.  Each rank has specific requirements that must be met, including a minimum amount of training time between ranks, and a certain level of demonstrated skill in your art. 

A test will be scheduled once every (2) two months. Students who desire to test must sign up for the test a minimum of one week in advance of the testing date and pay a testing fee of $50 at the time of registration. The $50 test registration fee includes the cost of the test, any materials used during the test, and upon completion of a successful test, a new sash and certificate of rank to be awarded to the student.


All students must wear either a traditional black Chinese-style student uniform or uniform pants with an International Wing Chun Martial Arts Association Wing Chun T-Shirt. There are a few options available to choose form, depending on the style of uniform you prefer.  

Students have the option to practice either barefoot or in a thin-soled material arts shoe (boxing and wrestling shoes are also allowed). Students cannot wear street shoes or any other type that could leave marks on the floor or track dirt inside the training area. 


Offered in 1 (one), 3 (three), 6 (six), and 12 (twelve) month increments. There are never any long-term financial contracts. Membership fees are due in full when you sign up or renew your membership.  


Private Lessons By Appointment Only. 

Sifu Chan & Grandmaster Ip Chun, Ip Man's Oldest Son



Grandmaster Ip Ching, Ip Man's Youngest Son & Sifu Chan


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