SIFU BEN DER WAS ATTENDING ST. FRANCIS XAVIER COLLEGE IN HONG KONG WHEN HE BEGAN TO STUDY WING CHUN IN 1958. IN THIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, HE DETAILS HIS TIME AS AN IP MAN STUDENT AND TALKS ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE GROWING UP WITH BRUCE LEE IN HONG KONG, AS WELL AS BEING HIS TRAINING PARTNER IN SAN FRANCISCO. LAST, HE OPENS UP ABOUT WHY HE CHOSE TO GIVE UP HIS OWN SCHOOL TO FOLLOW SIFU KENNETH CHUNG IN THE LEUNG SHEUNG LINEAGE.
What makes you love Wing Chun so much?
Simplicity is the key to brilliance. I love Wing Chun because we strive to make things simple. I also believe the world needs coaches that lead successful people to greater success and coaches that help unfortunate people see hope in life. Wing Chun is one of such vehicles.