Instructors

Sije Yuka Yoshioka

Progress comes through diligent practice on basics.  If you are able to do the simple things perfectly, you can acquire the skills to do difficult things more naturally. WingChun practice gradually decreases your limb stiffness, then creates smoother motions with higher efficiency. I will help you to find your inner power and flow in WingChun!

Sije Yuka has a solid skill to identify what each student needs to focus on at each stage, and transmit it comprehensively, with 17 years of martial arts experience.  Prior to WingChun, she accumulated over a decade of practice in different styles, including Tae Kwon Do, Iai Do, Karate, etc. She can effectively addresses the benefits and challenges in various martial styles, body types, and the stages of life.

Sije Yuka is currently a First Technician Grade and Instructor Degree I in WingChun as well as a Serrada Level in Escrima. She is an academy leader at the Academy of WingChun Berkeley.

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Robert Armstead

Robert teaches WingChun with his genuinely enthusiastic and caring nature. With his warm personality and the presence of self-discipline, he has been a role model and a mentor to many students at the Academy of WingChun Berkeley.  His precise teaching helps students not only to improve their techniques, but also to encourage them to acquire the confidence to boost their progress consistently.

He has been a practitioner of WingChun since 2016 and is currently 11th student level.  Prior to WingChun, he practiced Boxing and gained his core athletic discipline from playing college football in the late 90’s. Robert is an assistant instructor at the Academy of WingChun Berkeley.

Dai Sifu Klaus Brand

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Sifu Klaus Brand is Founder of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW) and Grandmaster of WingChun. With 50 years of martial arts experience — the last 30 years as a WingChun professional — he tirelessly leads the IAW worldwide.

Sifu Brand breaks down every component of WingChun to its exact essence. Nothing that you learn from him is arbitrary. Everything he transmits has a definite Self-Defense purpose, function and meaning. Not only can he explain the theory of the art, but also demonstrate its logic at the highest level.

Based at the International Headquarters in Bruchsal, Germany, Sifu Klaus occasionally travels to conduct United States Event Series in Berkeley, California and Atlanta, Georgia.