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Wing Chun Halesowen's Instructor and owner, Sifu Alan Bagley has been involved in martial arts since 1992, starting with Kickboxing and a little lau gar kung fu. The conditioning and the physical side of taking part in tournaments, travelling around the country pitting his skills against other like minded people, of which there are thousands was a big attraction in the early days.
Instructor, Sifu Alan Bagley.
Wing Chun Halesowen’s Instructor and owner, Sifu Alan Bagley has been involved in martial arts since 1992, this all starting with Kickboxing and some great teachers. Training and learning with the likes of Anthony “Sparky” Arkinson, Neil ‘Flex’ Kelly, ‘Solid’ Colin Treasure and Winston Gordon. This is where the love of martial arts and the desire to eventually teach other came from.
There was a little Lau Gar Kung Fu training within this period, but at this always took a back seat to kickboxing!
The conditioning and the physical side of taking part in tournaments, travelling around the country pitting his skills against other like minded people, of which there are thousands was a big attraction in the early days.
Helping out with exhibitions and Charity Kickboxing demonstrations within the local community, martial arts became part of Sifu Alan’s life.
A few photos from the Kickboxing days:
I have a lot of time for anyone who is learning a martial art, not just Wing Chun, and it is my clubs ethos that no matter the Art, I will not have a bad work spoken about other styles, remembering that time and dedication always goes in to learning any style.
So why Wing Chun?
I became interested in the Wing Chun system after a chance sparring lesson with a fellow Wing Chun student, at the time I had not heard of Wing Chun, Bruce Lee, yes, Wing Chun No, but that was all about to change!
As with most martial artists you are always willing to learn new things and test if the things you already know and see if are useful when needed.
Well, that sparring lesson, not just a session, was to change the whole approach I had on what martial arts are, and how it should work, and the difference between a fighting sport and a fighting art.
As with any martial art or sport like boxing, kickboxing or MMA the question that you should always ask is “would this work in a real live environment?”. I was taken aback by the shear speed and direct approach of the Wing Chun system, and was determined to find out more about this style.
Many years later I am proud to offer an forward thinking, open and progressive Wing Chun system with a family feel and personal touch.
I feel privileged to have the opportunity to teach the art of Wing Chun to others with a great group of students.
I holds a Level 2 Coaches Certificate through the BCCMA, and I am also enhanced DBS checked and registered.
Many thanks to Sifu Kwok Wan and Sifu Umar Choudhury for all their hours of instruction and advise over the years and a special thanks to Anthony “Sparky” Arkinson, Neil ‘Flex’ Kelly, ‘Solid’ Colin Treasure and Winston Gordon who started me off on my martial arts journey.
Sifu Alan Bagley (centre) with Stephen Thompson (left), Master Paul Smith, Ben Lodge and John Moore (Right).