IT WAS VERY INSPIRATIONAL TO SIT DOWN AND TALK TO SIFU DONALD MAK AT HIS SCHOOL IN PRINCE EDWARD, JUST BEHIND THE VING TSUN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION IN HONG KONG. HE IS A DOWN-TO-EARTH GENTLEMAN AND EVEN THOUGH HE ONLY TEACHES WING CHUN PART-TIME, HE HAS MANAGED TO ESTABLISH AN INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION WITH NEARLY 100 SCHOOLS IN 15 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.
Sifu Mak started learning Wing Chun in 1979 from Master Chow Tze Chuen, a direct student of the late Grandmaster Ip Man. In 1987, he became an instructor in Master Chow’s school, and in 1993, with his teacher’s encouragement and blessing, he set up his own school.
During our meeting, Sifu Mak impressed me with his way of approaching Wing Chun, giving me an insight into the philosophical aspect of the system, seeing the three forms not just as physical training, but as a way of “seeking a bridge” to reach a higher level of consciousness.