Austin Goh Profile
Austin Goh is a second generation Chinese born in Malaysia. He has been studying martial arts since the age of five years old.
In 1972 he came to England to further his studies in physical education and English. It was in London, one evening that he met his Master, Lee Shing, an early disciple of Yip Man in the 1950’s.
Austin Goh was a closed-door student and trained with his Master until he sadly passed.
1978, Austin Goh swearing at his Wing Chun Sifu Ceremony. Austin took an oath to uphold the Wing Chun rules & regulations. Witnessed by his Master, Lee Shing, the Lee family and kung fu brothers.
Lee Shing was the first Chinese master to bring Wing Chun to the western part of the world.
In 1973, Austin Goh opened the first Wing Chun school in Europe. That taught openly to people from all backgrounds, regardless of race or religion. This was a time when Wing Chun was only taught to people with a Chinese background.
In 1978, many years of training with his Master, he was officially awarded certification as a fully qualified instructor, representing his master.
As well as this he was also made an official representative in Europe of the Yip Man Martial Arts association, many years before the explosion of Wing Chun.
Austin was the first Malaysian Chinese Wing Chun teacher in Europe to teach not only Bil Chee (Wing Chun’s third form) but also the pole form, wooden dummy form, and the Butterfly Knives. At the time these forms were considered to be secret.
However Austin feels that there should be no secret formulas or techniques in any style of martial art. He believes that as times change, so must the arts – what worked 300 years ago might not be practical now, and so the training systems and principles must change to suit our modern life. For anything to survive, it should be taught openly and properly.
In 1983 Austin appeared on the British television programme “Just Amazing” where he gave a chi demonstration. The first Chinese master to appear on British Television. In an awesome display of chi strength, he set a new world record by breaking fifteen four-inch concrete blocks on his chest with a sledge-hammer wielded by one of his students. He also stunned the audience by breaking two concrete blocks against the side of his head with a sledge-hammer!
After this performance, the audience nicknamed him the “Iron Man of Wing Chun”.
Renowned for his fighting abilities, Austin Goh was the head body guard to the Prince of Qatar. He has travelled the world extensively and was a stuntman in Hollywood and also guarded other movie stars.
Austin Goh has just released his memoir, the first Memoir from a Chinese master in Europe.
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