Derek has been involved in kung fu at the young age of 8. He first started learning Wing Chun and Yang style Tai Chi. After graduating from York university, Derek continued to develop his kung fu in the style of Wing Chun in Canada.
To take his experience and training to the next level, Derek next traveled to Hong Kong, the origins where the kung fu genre was born. During his stay, Derek continued his martial arts training where he further sharpened his skills and refine his techniques through the mentorship and guidance of various high level grandmasters. It is there where he learned the hidden forces within the human mind, the core principle of “Chi”, “Nim Lik” or “Chakra.”
After returning from Hong Kong, Derek began training with a former special force military veteran. Through regular sparing sessions and military drills, Derek had the opportunity to further hone his martial arts techniques and as it applies to in real life combat and self-defense situations.
As an instructor, Derek hopes to help others by teaching them how to protect themselves practically and effectively through traditional Wing Chun forms and foundation, reinforced by techniques and skills applicable to real life combat and self-defense situations.