Master Sifu Justin Och – Chief Instructor
Regional Director for the World Ving Tsun Athletic Association, Sifu Justin Och believes that real training provides real skill. His life is dedicated to the pursuit and attainment of the entire Ip Man System. The combat behind Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu. Below is what he has gone through to bring you everything Wing Chun.
“Sifu Justin Och is the ONLY one in Florida with these credentials
APPOINTED OFFICIAL SE U.S.A. Regional Director World Ving Tsun Association
- ONLY Florida school certified and tested to teach the Entire Ip Man system under all four lineages; Moy Yat, Ip Ching, Ip Chun and Simon Lau
- OFFICIAL World Ving Tsun Athletic Association Southeastern U.S.A. Hub
- 14x Countries traveled (Hong Kong, Malaysia, England, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Portugal, USA, Iceland, Thailand, Cambodia)
- 5th Degree Master Sifu Justin Och Wing Chun Instructor Tested and Certified
- 3x Independently certified & tested Black Sash
- 4x Lineage Certified Sifu Black Gold Sash under 4 Ip Man lineage lines
- #1 Martial Art School in Polk County Voted Ledgers Best of the Best
- International Rank Certificate training with Wing Chun Masters the World over
- Trainer of Full Contact Gold Metal Wing Chun Sanda Fighters
- North American Wing Chun Champion 2013 International Chinese Martial Arts Competition
- Honorary PHD Doctorate in Philosophy Dissertation “Combat Body Mechanics”
SIFU OCH HALL OF FAME AWARDS (details below) – Master of the Year – Wing Chun, Wing Chun Academy of the Year, National Wing Chun Instructor of the Year, International Rank Achievement, Inspirational Leader of Combat Wing Chun, World Ving Tsun Association Lifetime member, Inspirational Contribution to the Martial Arts, Honorary PHD Doctorate in Philosophy, International Rank & Training Achievement, World Head of Family Sokeship Council Assistant Instructor of the Year (to the Grandmaster award), Molum Combat Arts Honor Society Yap Suk Dai Ji (Discipleship) Award, Shinja Christian Martial Arts Lifetime member, Christian Martial Arts Leadership Award
ADDITIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS (details below) – North American Wing Chun Champion in Advanced Division International Chinese Martial Arts Competition, Certified Advanced Herologist, Iridologist, Nutritional Specialist, Trainer of Full Contact Gold Metal Sanda Fighters, Gold & Silver Medalist in Advanced Wing Chun Weapons, Chi Sau, and Forms, Internationally traveled and trained Ip Man Wing Chun Instructor certified under 4 Ip Man Lineages
Best Martial Arts School in Lakeland Florida
THE LEDGERS – “BEST of the BEST” – 2016 SIFU OCH WING CHUN was named the BEST MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL for all of POLK COUNTY. Labeled the Best Martial arts school in Lakeland Florida is amazing, but we’re named #1 for the entire Polk County is incredible. The LEDGER did a county wide vote over months searching for the bes school. We are so very proud to be named the FIRST PLACE WINNER and “The Best of the Best” Martial arts school in Polk County.
Lakeland Wing Chun Kung Fu : Bringing the best back 2017
HONG KONG, CHINA – IP CHUN so of IP MAN – 2017 Sifu Justin Och travels again to Hong Kong to train with Ip Chun and his classes. Ip Chun is the eldest son of Grandmaster Ip Man teacher of Bruce Lee. Ip Chun remembered Sifu Justin Och and his wife from their previous trip and again did Wing Chun Chi Sau (sticking hands) with him. Sifu Justin Och attended classes everyday of the week and even at nights which we’re under the direct supervision of Ip Chun and his direct disciples. While training in Hong Kong Master Ping Fei Lo and his top students out of France took his time to train and uplift Sifu Justin Och and his wifes Wing Chun. We gained so much from everyone’s warmth and openness.
MASTER OF THE YEAR – WING CHUN – 2017 Bestowed by the World Head of Family Sokeship Council the most prestigious and elite Grandmaster’s council in the World. It is an amazing honor to be apart of this amazing group of skilled martial artists.
WING CHUN ACADEMY OF THE YEAR – 2017 World Head of Family Sokeship Council. You can’t buy your way into this like many other fake Hall of Fames and martial art award ceremonies. This is an Elite gathering of Worldwide Grandmasters, Masters, former special forces, military and law enforcement. Like the EUSAIMAA it is a place restricted to true high ranking recognized martial artists who have proven their worth.
Training 5 -7 hours a day in a variety of classes at Tiger Muay Thai, from wrestling, no-gi jiujitsu, Muay Thai, Crossfit and more. TIGER MUAY THAI is an amazing place to train if you get the chance you should go.
Training with such high level individuals raises your overall fighting skill and prowess. Kru Warit “Ritt” Wanchai an active Muay Thai & MMA fighter with 180 fights took Sifu Justin Och under his belt for training. Training him in Real Muay Thai techniques, the rhythm and conditioning it takes. Ritt was an integral part of Sifu Justin Och training at Tiger Muay Thai and has a great gratitude towards him.
MADEIRA ISLAND, PORTUGAL – 2017 Madeira Island & Sintra Portugal. Sifu Justin Och and his Wife travel to Madeira Island and Sintra to talk with business owners and martial arts instructors. They also used the landscapes of Madeira Island to film the Wing Chun Kung Fu forms and applications. Which can be viewed on their youtube channel. They sought out to improve both skill, retention and business within the Martial arts. How that translates into every aspect of Wing Chun Kung Fu and martial arts training as a whole. The landscape of Madeira Portugal was second to none in all the travels they have been to.
IN-DEPTH SIFU OCH BIOGRAPHY TRAVELS and TRAINING
In a world where people embellish their training and background without real proof, we love showing where we have been and what we have really done in the martial arts world. Below are some travels, friends, and Masters I had the honor to meet and train.
5th DEGREE BLACK SASH – SANCTIONED, CERTIFIED BY THE WORLD VING TSUN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION – 2016 Sanctioned, tested and certified by the World Ving Tsun Athletic Assocation presents Sifu Justin Och with his 5th Degree Black Sash and the lifetime membership award into the WVTAA. With great honor and prestige the WVTAA representatives of the Ip Man Ving Tsun Kung Fu system rank Sifu Justin Och February 2016 for his diligence and persistence in the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu.
INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE MARTIAL ARTS – 2016 presented to for his years of international training and contribution to the martial arts on a personal level, passing knowledge gathered. Seeking to break lineage barriers and politics through martial art dedication. Training each year to become more knowledgeable and skilled at the combat behind Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu without barriers or politics while uplifting dedicated good hearted people to new levels of personal confidence and family protection.
THE LEDGER – “LOCAL KUNG FU MASTER TEACHES TO PROTECT” OF IP MAN – 2016 after being featured in the news for the past several years for quick personal self defense, the Ledger does another article on the Sifu Och Wing Chun Kung Fu school and what it is doing in the community to uplift and assist families looking for a place to uplift themselves and those they care about. Anyone can get better then they we’re yesterday in their own personal protection, situational awareness of their surroundings and keeping in mind preventative tactics to help those you care about be a little bit safer and more confident.
APPOINTED WORLD VING TSUN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION REGIONAL DIRECTOR for the Southeastern USA – 2016 – After passing the World Ving Tsun full examination of Wing Chun skill, knowledge and background training in Wing Chun Kung Fu both in the USA and Internationally. Darrell Jordan the President of the World Ving Tsun Athletic Association appointed Sifu Justin Och the Southeastern USA Regional Director for the World Ving Tsun Athletic Assocation after passing a full assessment on the Ip Man Ving Tsun Kung Fu system. The WVTAA believes in all Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu system lineage lines. As Regional Director he is in charge of WVTAA affairs in Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama.
HONG KONG, CHINA – IP CHUN training Sifu Justin Och – 2015 Ip Chun, eldest son of Grandmaster Ip Man training Sifu Justin Och over the month he spent in Asia. Traveling to Hong Kong, China with his wife, Master Sifu Justin Och stays for a month training in Asia with Masters and Grandmaster’s from mainland China to France that have traveled there as well. This trip allowed Sifu Justin Och and his wife to train non-stop with levels of all ranges. Sifu Justin Och traveled to Asia to train directly with Ip Chun, eldest son of Grandmaster Ip Man. For those that know what they are doing, this experience was one of a lifetime. For hours on end the classes at the Ip Man Ving Tsun Headquarters trained, pushed, and uplifted us each day.
MALAYSIA – GRANDMASTER DAVID PETERSON – 2015 Traveled from Hong Kong, China to Indonesia and Bali into Malaysia to train with the Wong Shun Leung Lineage and Asia Headquarters for Combat WSL Ving Tsun Kung Fu. Training in group classes at two different locations, Sifu Justin Och was able to learn and grow in this amazing school.
IP MAN BURIAL SITE, HONG KONG, CHINA – 2015 Coming to Hong Kong, China “I knew I had to visit the grave site of the great Grandmaster Ip Man, reflecting upon how this man has changed so many lives, especially mine. The legacy he left behind has changed my life and every person I have had the chance to teach. Ip Man has played a huge role in my life and my love for the culture, heritage and legacy he left behind.” Master Sifu Justin Och – Sifu Justin Och and his wife after burning incense at the site and performing the traditional bows of respect.
MJöLNIR MMA, ICELAND –2016 in Mjölnir MMA, Iceland Reykjavík, Seljavegur training ground for Conor McGregor, these guys are amazingly open, super experienced and welcoming to outsiders coming to their gym to train.
Sifu Justin Och trained in the No-gi all level jiujitsu classes offered here. Great People and Highly recommended training here at Mjölnir MMA, Iceland. Super place for no-gi jiujitsu, weightlifting, mixed martial arts and bjj with a full scale MMA gym in Iceland. Mjölnir MMA has a full professional MMA cage, large brazilian jiujitsu area, boxing ring with locker rooms and sauna.
ADRIAN PAUL STAR OF “THE HIGHLANDER”, AT SIFU OCH WING CHUN STUDIO – 2016 Adrian Paul star of “The Highlander” came to Sifu Och Wing Chun Kung Fu studio in Lakeland Florida after being part of our booth in Downtown Lakeland Florida’s First Friday event. Sifu Justin Och was invited to participate in the Sword Experience workshop, a 3 hour a day, 2 day seminar Adrian Paul personal taught called the sword experience. The live action drill training a choreographed routine held at the Lakeland Civic Center. The 30th Anniversary of The Highlander had in attendance Elizabeth Gracen the love interest of Duncan Macleod. Sifu Justin Och also trained with weapon’s expert F Braun McAsh afternoon Knife Combat Course, it was an honor to learn from such an amazing knife master. That night after having dinner with the Weapon Experts F Braun McAsh “Master swordsman and knife fighting expert” and Anthony De Longis “Film Director and Fight Choreographer for Hollywood, American actor, stuntman.” they invited Sifu Justin Och, his wife, Timothy Kittelstad and brother to train with them privately the next day in sword combat training and arnis.
IP CHING YOUNG SON OF IP MAN – HONG KONG – 2015 Traveled to Hong Kong and visited Ip Ching’s classes, observed training and practice at the Ip Man Ving Tsun Kung Fu headquarters location in Hong Kong, China.
PINNACLE OF SUCCESS AWARD – PITTSBURGH USA – 2015 Presented to Sifu Justin Och by Soke John Kanzler of the Eastern USA International Martial Arts Association for his continued growth, advancement and achievements in the development of community, school and self through the martial arts. His contributions have not gone unnoticed by the Council of Elders from the EUSAIMAA.
28+ YEARS MARTIAL ARTS EXPERIENCE – in 2014 Sifu Justin Och was Presented the “5 YEAR HONOR AWARD” for leading seminars for training international Masters, Grandmasters, Instructors, and Students at the EASTERN INTERNATIONAL U.S.A. BLACK BELT HALL OF FAME the past 5 years. Training and teaching the combat behind Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu for the entire Eastern USA International Martial Arts Association since 2009 providing students, masters and grandmaster’s with realistic chinese self defense.
CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS LEADER OF THE YEAR – CHRISTIAN SHINJA MARTIAL ARTS UNIVERSITY – 2013 Justin Och received the Christian Martial Arts Leader of the Year and Christian Wing Chun Sifu of the Year, for his work with uplifting battered women and children as well as the community and is inducted as a Lifetime member of the Christian Shinja Martial Arts University.
INTERNATIONAL WING CHUN LEADERSHIP AWARD – E.U.S.A.I.M.A.A HALL of Fame, USA – 2013 He was presented with this award for leading the way in international training abroad and opening the lines between different wing chun lineage understanding. He was nominated by Grandmaster John Kanzler President and Soke of this organization.
NORTH AMERICAN WING CHUN CHAMPION 2013
Sifu Justin Och was named North American Wing Chun Champion for his gold and silver medal placements in the ICMAC Wing Chun Kung Fu competitions. ICMAC is one of the largest competitions Internationally for all styles of Chinese martial arts and Kung Fu. Sifu Justin came back with Gold and Silver in multiple advanced Wing Chun Kung Fu divisions.
Sifu Justin Och named North American Champion in ADVANCED Wing Chun Kung Fu FORMS, WEAPONS and CHI SAU.
Gold metals (FL & NV) 1st place in Advanced Wing Chun Forms
Gold and Silver metals 1st place in Advanced Wing Chun Weapons
Silver metals (FL & NV) 2nd place in Advanced Wing Chun Chi Sau
All of his students were awarded metals, 1st place Gold for Full contact fighting San Da
Multiple Gold and Silver metals in continuous sparring, Multiple Gold and Silver metals in forms, and wing chun kung fu weapons.
INTERNATIONAL CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS COMPETITION 2013
Sifu Justin Och and Students attended the Orlando, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada ICMAC competitions. Winning Gold and Silver in FULL CONTACT SANDA, Continuous sparring, forms and weapons. Bringing the experience of achieving Gold and Silver in Multiple divisions from SanDa Full Contact Sparring, Forms, weapons and more back to Lakeland Florida
LONDON ENGLAND JUN MO WING CHUN – 2013 Master Sifu Joseph Man Jun Mo Wing Chun Kung Fu, Sifu Justin Och was able to do some one on one pole training with Master Joseph Man. A great school for the entire family filled with social interaction and training. Their are five main areas of training n Jun Mo Wing Chun Kung Fu system, Forms, Wooden Dummy Mook Jong, Weapons, Interaction, Health and Wellness.
DENMARK AND ENGLAND DAVID PETERSON WSL VING TSUN – 2013 David Peterson has been named the Blueprint to Wong Shun Leung’s Ving Tsun Kung Fu combat system. Learning many languages and studying directly under a Ip Man Top Fighter Wong Shun Leung. David Peterson leads the Asian division for this close quarter combat system. David Peterson is a wealth of knowledge, details, fun times and powerful structural techniques. (picture from left to right Sifu Justin Och, Jason Gowan, John Smith, David Peterson) Producing combative Wing Chun practitioners wherever he goes.
ENGLAND and DENMARK– 2013 Sifu Justin Och traveled to London, England, Odense Denmark, and Manchester, England to participate in all of the David Peterson Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun seminars, training and fighting applications. David Peterson has a refreshing approach and attitude about the advancement of the Wing Chun system. His approach takes the details of each and every section, form and purpose behind each technique, drill and strike. His instructors are open, welcoming and honest wanting those that have real dedication and perseverance to get what they have to offer. Denmark Wing Chun Instructor Morten Ibsen (pictured here with Justin Och). The training was detail-oriented and filled with friends from every walk of life and every lineage. David Peterson is from Malaysia but traveled to provide these amazing seminars. You may start your journey with research, or even look at David Peterson’s dvd’s but this doesn’t come close to the information he and his instructors and classes have to offer. There are details that are deep within the forms, chi sau, single hand chi sau and quick combat close range fighting.
David Peterson WSL Ving Tsun seeks to improve the understanding, details and applications of every Wing Chun Kung Fu practitioner. I would highly recommend training with his Wong Shun Leung instructors. They take their training seriously but are amazingly fun guys to hang around with; a family that wants you to truly understand Wing Chun.
BLACK SASH WING CHUN BOXING INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION – 2013 Through years of intense training with former ARMY Ranger Master Dr. Nelson Rios, who trained with golden glove boxers, trained in Thailand in Muay Thai, and close quarter combatives in mainland China.
This “old school” certificate was presented to Sifu Justin Och. The Wing Chun Chinese Boxing Instructor Black Sash level achievement.
PHD DOCTORATE IN PHILOSOPHY – E.U.S.A.I.M.A.A HALL of Fame, USA – 2012 Sifu Och was presented by Grandmaster John Kanzler President of the USA Black Belt Hall of Fame the Honorary PHD Doctorate of Philosophy within the Martial Arts. After an extensive process of research, an extensive dissertation, years of international travel and training, he received this Honorary award. According to John Kanzler this award program rejects upwards of 93% of the individuals that apply and is said to be awarded to only 7% of the applicants that have been submitted through the E.U.S.A.I.M.A.A. Hall of Fame. In 2012, Sifu Justin Och became the youngest individual to ever achieve this honored award. Sifu Justin Och has not chosen to use this honorary title of Doctor, though it is a great symbol of his dedication.
SIFU OCH HOLDS SEMINAR AT EASTERN U.S.A. INTERNATIONAL BLACK BELT HALL OF FAME, PITTSBURG, USA – 2012 Lakeland Florida Kung Fu’s, Sifu Justin Och puts on a Wing Chun Kung Fu Chi Sau and full three on one combat demonstration and seminar for Grandmasters and Master’s from all over the World at the E.U.S.A.I.M.A.A., or Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association Global Leadership Conference. Always looking to improve the combat of his students and those from all over the world, Sifu Justin Och’s Lakeland Kung Fu studio is internationally recognized as one of the great centers in advanced training.
GRANDMASTER PHILIPP BAYER – 2012 With huge respect to Philipp Bayer, this man is a force of speed, knowledge and dynamic power in Wing Chun fighting. Want to know how to fight with Ving Tsun (Wing Chun), then Philipp Bayer is the man you need to train with. Sifu Justin Och stays in Germany and travels to Zurich, Switzerland to attend a Wing Chun Kung Fu Seminar held by the Wong Shun Leung Grandmaster Philipp Bayer who is stationed out of Germany. Grandmaster Philipp Bayer is a proven fighter and Wing Chun Kung Fu Grandmaster and his street application and fighting abilities are easily evident. Sifu Justin Och flew in and attended the Basel, Switzerland powerhouse three to four day seminar with over fifteen hours of training with Grandmaster Philipp Bayer and his instructors such as Master Gery Cahenzli, Master Daniel Engelberger, Instructor Gökhan Bakir as well as other instructors and Wong Shun Leung students attending. Anyone fortunate enough to travel and be a part of one of these seminars under Grandmaster Philipp Bayer will call themselves lucky. Grandmaster Philipp Bayer was a very open man who welcomed Chi Sau or sparring with anyone.
Master Gery Cahenzli Black Dragon Ving Tsun, Zurich, Switzerland – Gery Cahenzli was extremely good in Ving Tsun. He was also one of the nicest people to be around. Willing to test and demonstrate the power and extreme confidence he has in the Ving Tsun system all with a smile on his face. I was fortunate enough to become friends with one of Grandmaster Philipp Bayers best (Master Gery Cahenzli) out of the Black Dragon Ving Tsun/Wing Chun Academy in Luzern and Zurich. Master Gery Cahenzli is a man with a background in fighting, a previous Hell’s Angel who respects and knows real fighting, he came to Ving Tsun (also known as Wing Chun) under the instruction of Grandmaster Philipp Bayer over 20 years ago. Master Gery Cahenzli didn’t believe it a year ago when Sifu Justin Och said he would be back since they had only met for an hour, but was happy to receive him. Master Gery Cahenzli has a fighting mindset, he wants his students to learn the real street applications and get good. Sifu Justin Och continued his training with Grandmaster Philipp Bayers Master Gery Cahenzli out of the Black Dragon Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Academy in Luzern and Zurich.
WSL instructor Gökhan Bakir under Gery Cahenzli (right photo with Sifu Justin Och) Any questions asked were welcomed and wanted whether Gery Cahenzli had the answer or not he was always open and honest. He follows the exact teachings of his Grandmaster Philipp Bayer and gives respect and honor to Grandmaster Philipp Bayer and all those he teaches in and out of his school. The Wong Shun Leung System under these instructors is an extremely powerful fighting art with its mind constantly on the entire “applicable” concepts of the system Ving Tsun. Master Gery Cahenzli invited me to live and stay in his house for three weeks as we went back and forth from his school in Zurich and Luzern. During this entire time in Zurich and Luzern, Switzerland I trained daily in private lessons and group classes only taking a brief break to take a train into Paris, France. Even though we had only met for one hour over a year before this, he invited me into his house, cooked me lunch and dinner and even gave me a key to his school for the time I was there. This is not something typical that any Master would do, or even had to do, but Master Gery Cahenzli said he watched me act, react, spar and from knowing me last year to this he had a feeling about me and had the time and space to give, so why not. Though I paid him for his time, housing and food Master Gery Cahenzli opened up more than just his home, family and school he opened a friendship and a respect that I hope to have and keep for many many years. Master Gery Cahenzli is a extremely courteous, open, friendly and welcoming instructor. He, Gökhan Bakir and the other students helped train me in the Philipp Bayer Wong Shun Leung System while I was there. Master Gery Cahenzli really wants you to learn the entire system. Anyone who is willing to travel or within the Zurich / Luzern Switzerland Area should train with this great Ving Tsun Instructor.
PARIS, FRANCE WING CHUN – 2012 While training in Switzerland, Sifu Justin Och took a train into Paris, France where he met up with Sifu Didder Beddar who is a friendly Wing Chun Kung Fu and Brazilian Jiujitsu Instructor under Gracie BJJ Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and William Chueng Wing Chun. Sifu Didder Beddar incorporates the fast hand striking of Wing Chun with the powerful ground applications of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Over the few days I stayed in Paris, France Sifu Didder Beddar and his instructors welcomed me into their school and I thank them for their friendship. On the last day Sifu Didder Beddar gave Sifu Justin Och a parting gift, a DVD on Sifu Didder Beddar’s aspects within the Wing Chun system.
CHICAGO, USA – 2012 Sifu Justin Och traveled to Chicago and visited Sifu Thomas Baldwin who is a 20+ practitioner in the Ip Man Wing Chun system under Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift who’s lineage base is under Simon Lau, Ip Ching, Ip Chun and briefly under Wong Shun Leung. Sifu Thomas Baldwin is an old friend and great instructor in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system out of Chicago. Sifu Thomas Baldwin is an old training partner who now trains pro-athletes, actors, fighters, business professionals, and fitness instructors located all over the U.S.A. A Chicago native and proponent for an extremely healthy lifestyle, Sifu Thomas Baldwin teaches internal and external balance within life. Growing up knowing how hard the streets are, Sifu Thomas Baldwin found focus and direction in Wing Chun with its calming and reactive nature he now trains and educates high end clients on a referral basis.
FEATURED IN FOCUS MAGAZINE Lakeland Florida USA 2012 – This article featured the Sifu Och Wing Chun Kung Fu school and why Polk County residents should come down to see what this martial art school is all about.
INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA – 2011 At the E.U.S.A.I.M.A.A. Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association Global Leadership Conference, Sifu Justin Och was presented with this award for his training and traveling to bring the entire system of Wing Chun Kung Fu into one location without restrictions of politics or lineage. Standing in the photo next to Grandmaster Sifu Rome of the Hung Gar system Sifu Justin Och’s good friend and mentor.
COMBAT WING CHUN SEMINAR EASTERN INTERNATIONAL U.S.A. BLACK BELT HALL OF FAME – 2011 Sifu Och and his ranked instructors traveled to Pittsburgh to attend the Eastern International U.S.A. Black Belt Hall of Fame where they were invited by the President Grandmaster John Kanzler to put on a Wing Chun seminar and demonstration for the hundreds of Masters and Grandmasters attending. Sifu Justin Och welcomed this opportunity to show Wing Chun to these international instructors from all over the world. The seminar included a fierce demonstration of Wing Chun against roundhouses, rapid hooks, front kicks, jabs, uppercuts, and spinning back fists. Sifu Och’s seminar included the active combat and demonstration of effective and direct counter-attacks to these techniques. During this seminar, he also taught these instructors a few combinations against varying attacks using Wing Chun.
Standing next to close friend Master King Eric of Art In Motion Karate Sifu Justin Och. Before the seminar was at a close, Sifu Och was asked by the President to do another seminar the following year. Counsel members, Masters and Grandmasters from all over the world came up afterward saying it was one of the most effective street fighting seminars they have had. Grandmaster Michael Kinney (shown at top right) approached Sifu Justin Och after the seminar with friendship and a gift. He placed a patch in Sifu Och’s hand and held it, saying “before you take this know that I almost never give this to anyone unless I believe they are an exceptional fighter and a person with the highest respect and honor. After watching you today and hearing from Dr. Don McNatt I know you are both. ” Each year Grandmaster Michael Kinney puts on a seminar that empowers the youth and adults with proper knowledge and instruction. His seminars bring the thought to instructors all over the world “Do your young black belts have the ability to defend themselves against an adult in anything practical? If not, why are they black belts?” Grandmaster Michael Kinney is a friend and veteran practitioner of the combat fighting arts and I am happy to know him.
LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY – EMIN BOSTEPE – 2011 Sifu Justin Och travels to Louisville, Kentucky where he meets Sifu Rod of the Louisville Kentucky Wing Tsun Kung Fu Centre, a friendly and great Sifu that has trained under Emin Bostepe, Ling Ting & Allen Fong over his long Wing Chun Kung Fu career. Training individuals in the Louisville Kentucky area in both private lessons, group classes in all levels of understanding and self defense.
PEACE RIVER CHARITY – 2011 Sifu Justin Och was also awarded in 2011 “Certificate of Appreciation” for his charity work with the Peace River Center; a non-for profit women’s and children’s battery shelter that works with women and children’s safety, domestic violence, rape, battery, verbal and psychological abuse. From 2006 to present day, Sifu Justin Och has had bi-monthly open house, public seminars, free women’s self defense seminars, community awareness meetings all to increase the self defense of anyone who may want or need it. Whether you are in Polk County or any surrounding districts Sifu Och has and wants you and your family in a state of better health, awareness and heightened protection.
LONDON, ENGLAND IP CHUN WING CHUN – 2011 While on his trip in London, England Sifu Och visited the Simon Lau Wing Chun school, did private training with Ip Chun and Ip Ching Instructor Riaz Hossenbux (Sifu Riaz). Sifu Raiz Hossenbux welcomed Sifu Justin Och into his home, showing him both family and school training grounds. Sifu Raiz Hossenbux training and focus in Wing Chun is the relaxation to tension power and speed that comes from detailed Wing Chun under the Ip Ching and Ip Chun system.
LONDON, ENGLAND SAMUEL KWOK suggested via email two people under his instruction that Sifu Justin Och should visit while in London. Dan Knight and Sifu Leo Au Yeung who combines Wing Chun with Tai Chi and Hung Gar. Sifu Justin Och took a trip to see and train in the Wing Chun group classes with Samuel Kwok. Instructor Dan Knight he was inviting. (Dan Knight right picture with Sifu Justin Och)
LONDON, ENGLAND WONG SHUN LEUNG WING CHUN 2011 Sifu Justin Och visited with Master Desmond Spencer (of the Wong Shun Leung Lineage under Grandmaster Philipp Bayer) and a few of his students which really opened his eyes to different drills, avenues and ways of using Wing Chun.
Master Desmond Spencer from London, England always has a smile on his face and is so excited about Ving Tsun you cannot help but get excited yourself! Master Desmond Spencer and his students welcomed Sifu Justin Och to each of their classes and wanted to teach and help him in any way they could. They truly opened the Ving Tsun door and world of the Wong Shun Leung system with a smile. Training under the Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Kung Fu system and passing along this passion and fierce education to each of his London,England students.
Master Desmond Spencer has the passion and the knowledge to take any level practitioner to whole new levels. He is blessed with a warm heart and powerful fighting application.
With much respect to these great and welcoming instructors in Europe, Sifu Justin Och thanks each one for their open hearts and minds. Sifu Justin Och believes that only through understanding the full art of Wing Chun can one truly excel in achieving the full potential behind this amazing martial art; making friends from various lineages within the Wing Chun Kung Fu system.
MASTER LEO AU YEUNG- LONDON, ENGLAND – FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER FOR THE IP MAN MOVIE – 2011 Sifu Justin Och travelled to London, England and had group classes and many personal private lessons with Master Sifu Leo Au Yeung while in London, England. Sifu Leo Au Yeung was the fight coordinator for the ‘Ip Man Movie’ and an instructor under Ip Ching, Ip Chun and Samuel Kwok who personally recommended him. Master Leo Au Yeung was extremely friendly and helpful even going to the extent of picking Sifu Och up from the airport and finding him a hotel. Always welcoming Master Leo Au Yeung’s approach to Wing Chun is a relaxed soft style martial art that is very quick to respond and react with power and structure. On the last day, Master Leo Au Yeung had Sifu Justin Och test his skills in Chi Sau and Wrist Sparring one last time against one of his advanced level Chinese students. After which Master Leo Au Yeung took Sifu Justin Och aside and congratulated him on his ability and skills to use his Wing Chun Kung Fu in a real life combative situation. Master Leo Au Yeung gave a gift to Sifu Justin Och before he left, two pieces from the Ip Man movie that were only handed to cast and crew members. Sifu Och considers Master Leo Au Yeung a friend and great teacher and looks forward to the next time he is in London, England.
BASEL, SWITZERLAND – 2011 Sifu Och started traveling to Wing Chun Kung Fu schools across London, Switzerland, passing through Italy and Germany with Europe. Sifu Justin Och first visit to Switzerland landed him in Basel, Switzerland and he was able to visit Sifu Daniel Engelberger for a brief introduction to the WSL Philipp Bayer Wong Shun Leung lineage and School. (from left to right Daniel Engelberger, Sifu Justin Och, Gery Cahenzli, WSL Ving Tsun Kung Fu)
Later Sifu Justin Och touched hands in Chi Sau with Nic Carter a 27 year veteran from the Wong Shun Leung (WSL) lineage. Nic Carter is a extremely well versed and great Master. Just touching hands, you can feel the rooting, structure and power this man has built within him. Nic Carter suggested his friend Sifu Daniel Schaufelberger who he said was even better than himself and used to train with Sifu Daniel Engelberger from the Wong Shun Leung (WSL) lineage. Master Nic Carter brought Sifu Justin Och to the Basel, Switzerland school.
SWITZERLAND VING TSUN WONG SHUN LEUNG LINEAGE – Ving Tsun under Sifu Sabine Schmutz under the Wong Shun Leung (WSL) lineage and Sifu Daniel Schaufelberger under the Barry Lee and Wong Shun Leung (WSL) Lineage. After speaking with both of them and being introduced, Sifu Justin Och was able to pay and train for several hours of private training with Sifu Daniel Schaufelberger in the basement training grounds of their Ving Tsun Kwoon in Basel, Switzerland. Sifu Daniel Schaufelberger had met and trained with Wong Shun Leung directly at seminars and other events and talked and demonstrated Wong Shun Leung’s kicks, form, theories, drills and applications. Sifu Daniel Schaufelberger even allowed Sifu Och to tape and record him doing these drills before he left.
Sifu Justin Och also met up with Sifu Daniel Schaufelberger under Barry Lee & Wong Shun Leung and Sifu Sabine Schmutz, Basel Switzerland Ving Tsun Kung Fu ass they are both teaching out of one location in Basel,Switzerland.
On the last day before Sifu Och left to come back to the U.S., he was able to visit with Master Gery Cahenzli from Luzern and Zurich Switzerland under Grandmaster Philipp Bayer of the Wong Shun Leung (WSL) lineage. Sifu Justin Och scheduled a private lesson with Master Gery Cahenzli and took 1.5+ hour train to reach him. Within this hour Master Gery Cahenzli showed his power, ability and capabilities within the Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) system. A strong demonstration of Wong Shun Leung rooting, Chi Sau and dynamic striking and control all with a smile on both Master Gery Cahenzli and Sifu Justin Och’s face. Sifu Och knew he would want to make plans to come back and train there again; and one year later he did.
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND LO MAN KAM WING CHUN – 2011 Sifu Justin Och was able to get together with practitioners from the powerful Wong Shun Leung System of fighting and individuals that trained directly with the family members of Ip Man; including his sons (Ip Ching and Ip Chun) and even visited instructors from the Lo Man Kam Lineage. While in Switzerland, Sifu Och took a train into Zurich to meet one such instructor and visited with Sifu Mike Felder of the Lo Man Kam lineage in Zurich, Switzerland. Sifu Mike Felder showed detailed knowledge of the Wooden Dummy and demonstrated some differences in Chi Sau and lineage line fighting applications. Lo Man Kam was the maternal nephew of Grandmaster Ip Man and was one of the first three students that Ip Man took in for Wing Chun training. Lo Man Kam is known as an integrated and proactive approach to Wing Chun.
SWITZERLAND LEUNG TING LINEAGE & WAN KAM LEUNG – 2011 Sifu Cornelia Lenzin, a twelve year female Wing Chun instructor under the Leung Ting with her own school and students, now trains under the Wan Kam Leung lineage out of China. She makes yearly trips back and forth to China to gain more and more information through private and group class training. Sifu Cornelia Lenzin welcomed Sifu Justin Och down to her Ving Tsun Kung Fu school and demonstrated the forms and combinations unique to her lineage and training. Sifu Cornelia even went as far as showing some of the differences in what she was trained in under her twelve years in the Leung Ting system and what she is now doing in the Wan Kam Leung system out of China. They enjoyed sharing knowledge and information about each other’s styles and unique differences.
CERTIFIED IN ADVANCED HERBOLOGY & IRIDOLOGY – 2010 With a Bachelors in Science/Computer Visual Technology, Sifu Justin Och sought out a Masters in Alternative Medicine. After almost 2 years interning 3-4 days a week 8-10 hours a day under Dr. Nelson Rios a Master Herbologist, Iridologist, Microscopist, and Alternative Medicine Doctor, classes with Regan University and the International Holistic Institute, Sifu Justin Och achieves his Advanced Natural Health certifications in Advanced Herbology, Advanced Iridology, and Nutritional Health.
INSPIRATIONAL LEADER OF COMBATIVE WING CHUN AWARD – EASTERN INTERNATIONAL U.S.A. BLACK BELT HALL OF FAME – 2010 It should be stated that one cannot apply, be self-nominated or pay to get into the Eastern U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame. A person can only be sponsored by a high standing member that requests your skills and achievements be assessed by the council of the Eastern U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame. If the council reviews and approves the sponsors request, then one is inducted but every year the council retains the right to remove him/her from the Eastern U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame if they find that his or her skills or achievements are not Hall of Fame material. Grandmaster Dr. Don McNatt entered and joined Sifu Och’s school never telling Sifu Justin Och about his 60 year Shotokan background under Sensei Fumio Nagaoka, Sensei Hitoshi Akiyama, M. Nakayama, personal friends with K. Enoeda, Y. Yaguchi, T. Mikami, H. Shirai and Captain of the first foreigners 1963 team at the All Japan Karate Championship Tokyo Tournament. After a year Grandmaster Dr. Don McNatt told Sifu Justin Och who he was and that he had been watching him closely and saw Justin Och’s speed and fighting within the school as well as how he teaches and cares for his students and wanted to sponsor him into the Eastern USA International Black Belt Hall of Fame. Sifu Justin Och was awarded the Inspirational Leadership in Combative Wing Chun Kung Fu from the Eastern USA International Black Belt Hall of Fame for his constant stive towards the combative nature, protection and fighting concepts and capabilities of Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu style. Sifu Och’s constant strive to know more and instill this protection in others around him gained him this prestigious award.
WASHINGTON DC, MD MOY YAT WING CHUN LINEAGE USA – 2010 Sifu Justin Och flew to Washington, DC MD USA on vacation and took a trip visit and make friends with Sifu Samuel Harris Wing Chun Kung Fu School under the Moy Yat Lineage. Sifu Justin Och was only able to spend some brief time with Sifu Samuel Harris. Though Sifu Samuel Harris was a wealth of technical knowledge and historical information on the Wing Chun Kung Fu system.
“Sifu Samuel Harris he is a wealth of historical knowledge on the Wing Chun Kung Fu system. I could listen to Sifu Samuel Harris speak about Wing Chun for hours and never get bored“ Master Sifu Justin Och
NATIONAL INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD – EASTERN U.S.A. INTERNATIONAL BLACK BELT HALL OF FAME – 2009 Sifu Justin Och is awarded National Instructor of the Year by the Eastern U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame which held its annual meeting in Pittsburgh. For his work within the Polk County Community of Florida and his in-depth student development curriculum that to this day has taken over 6 years to design and is constantly being improved. Keeping the purity of Wing Chun Kung Fu while constantly finding new ways of teaching and educating students to gain a higher and higher understanding and skill of the art Wing Chun Kung Fu.
“The art of Wing Chun does not change, but the way we teach it has a thousand ways and angles to get to the student. As teachers, we are always seeking the best way to make our students stronger, better, faster and more knowledgeable practitioners of this amazing Ip Man Wing Chun style” – Master Sifu Och
ADVANCED HERBOLOGY, IRIDOLOGY, ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE 2009 – Sifu Justin Och starts his Alternative Medicine internship under Master Dr. Nelson Rios who is a Master Herbologist, Master Iridologist, Nutritional Specialist and Applied Kinesiologist. Traveling to Kissimmee, Florida and training 3-4 days a week 8-9 hours a day. This internship of understanding, mentoring and instruction under Master Dr. Nelson Rios would last for over a year and a half. During this time Sifu Justin Och also takes courses at the Regan University and the International Holistic Institute for Natural Medicine and Herbology.
CERTIFIED SIFU BLACK & GOLD SASH MOY YAT LINEAGE – under Master Dr. Nelson Rios 2009 . Master Dr. Nelson Rios spent 16+ years under the Ip Man Lineage of Moy Yat with Jacky Tsang, afterwards training with Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift of the Ip Man lineage under Ip Chun, Ip Ching, Simon Lau. Master Dr. Nelson Rios trained and tested Sifu Justin Och for the 4th and Final Level test of the Black and Gold Sash. Master Dr. Nelson Rios also trained in Hong Kong, Macau and Main Land China. Master Dr. Nelson tested Justin Och in all of the following; Dragon Pole (long pole), Bart Chum Dao (wing chun butterfly swords), Dragon Pole fighting -vs- Dragon Pole, Bart Chum Dao Wing Chun Butterfly Swords fighting -vs- Dragon Pole. All Chi Sau Combinations, Don Chi Sau (with fighting combinations), Bong Lop (with fighting combinations), Chi Gerk Sparring, Free Fighting and Sparring, Wrist -vs- Wrist, all three empty hand forms (Siu Nim Tau, Chum Kium, Biu Jee), Wooden Dummy Mook Jong Ip Man Form, Muk Yan Jong Free Style and Long Pole and Sword Forms. Around this same time Sifu Och started training in chinese grappling & no-gi jiujitsu under Master Dr. Nelson Rios and briefly in no-gi jiujitsu under Beto Nunes (Beto Nunes is friend and a well respected 2nd degree Jiujitsu Black Belt in Gainsville, Florida). I am very thankful to all these great men & martial artists.
CERTIFIED SIFU BLACK & GOLD SASH IP CHUN, IP CHING, SIMON LAU LINEAGE under Grandmaster Swift 2009 – Sifu Justin Och trained under Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift since 1999 taking both group and private lessons whenever available. He was the second person in the history of Grandmaster Swift’s Wing Chun Kung Fu teaching career to achieve the last and final testing level of Black and Gold Sash Sifu Level.
Sifu Justin Och achieves the highest level available in the Ip Man system under Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift (lineage; Simon Lau, Ip Ching, Ip Chun, Wong Shun Leung) Sifu Och achieves the Black & Gold Sash.
Testing in the full system including Dragon Pole (long pole) form, Bart Chum Dao (wing chun butterfly swords) form, Dragon Pole fighting -vs- Dragon Pole, Bart Chum Dao Wing Chun Butterfly Swords fighting -vs- Dragon Pole. Tested in the full system prior included All Chi Sau Combinations, Don Chi Sau (with fighting combinations), Bong Lop (with fighting combinations), Chi Gerk Sparring, Free Fighting and Sparring, Wrist -vs- Wrist, all three empty hand forms (Siu Nim Tau, Chum Kium, Biu Jee), Wooden Dummy Mook Jong Ip Man Form, Muk Yan Jong Free Style and Long Pole and Sword Forms. As time has passed contact has been lost with Grandmaster Swift but I will always remember my training fondly, with honor and admiration.
CHEN STYLE TAI CHI – PRIVATELY TRAINED (Trained Privately) 2007 – Justin Och trained in privately under Grandmaster Lee of Chen Style Tai Chi who learned from the Chen Family in China. Grandmaster Lee was also a previous Wing Chun instructor but was now strictly training the Chen Style of Fighting with Tai Chi. This private training would continue for a year and a half until he had to move. Grandmaster Lee opened Sifu Justin Och eyes to the benefits hidden meanings within the martial arts and that meanings are only hidden from those who don’t yet know or understand them.
GRANDMASTER SOKESHIP COUNCIL OUTSTANDING ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR of the Year AWARD 2005 – Sifu Justin Och was awarded Wing Chun Kung Fu Assistant Instructor of the Year by the “Grandmaster Sokeship Council” – Assistant Instructor under Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift.
BACHELOR’S Degree 2001 – Justin Och graduated Valedictorian with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Visual Technology and Science with a GPA of 3.98 from ITT Technical Institute.
JOINED GRANDMASTER STEVE LEE SWIFT WING CHUN 1999 – Previous training to 2001 – Sifu Justin Och trains in Shotokan Karate, Kempo Karate, and Taekwondo eventually attaining a black belt. Sifu Justin Och’s passion for the martial arts started when he was eight years old but was solidified when he turned fourteen. Growing up, he trained in Shotokan Karate, Kempo Karate and Taekwondo in which he eventually attained a black belt. For years he practiced until the point of utter exhaustion to bring out the best he could from his Japanese and Korean martial arts training. At fourteen, when a very drunk assailant saw Och, the man rushed at him. The assailant was throwing fist after fist as Och fell back pressed against a wall. Och must have had some type of higher power around him because without thinking, and to his amazement he started blocking all of the assailant’s attacks. Using the “star block system” taught to him by a previous instructor, Och blocked and deflected each punch hearing them hit the wall behind his head. The assailant eventually gave up and walked away cussing and swearing. Though Och never hit him back, the fight was done. On that day, Och’s training and insecurity met reality and his love for realistic martial arts deepened.
Through high school and college he continued to train and got into several altercations that he tried to walk away from but became inevitable. Each time Och reacted differently and directly. For some reason, his Japanese and Korean martial arts training was not coming out, but instead close range tactics that were reactions not associated with my current understanding of trained combat emerged. Looking back now Och understood that what he was doing was known as Wing Chun chain punches, faak sau’s, paak sau strikes and low “shadow” kicks. With all the training he had, Och wasn’t using it when he was in the midst of the fight. At first he thought he was just becoming confident about what he had been trained in within his old styles. Other schools made you wait until you were years into the system until you could learn something truly effective. In 1999 and 2000 video sharing sites didn’t exist and in order to see a martial art or school you had to travel down and train. Och eventually had more trial uniforms in his closet from all the schools he visited than he did his own clothes.
Och started doing more research and kept coming back to Wing Chun, though it sounded too good to be practical. He read about the trapping, the extremely fast hands, and the structured footwork. So many systems were unrealistic to him, martial arts that stretch before everything (where is that going to happen on the street he asked himself?), touch sparring and the like; he wanted something very realistic. Och wanted a style that he could use even if he was in a weakened state from age or accident. He wanted a style he could one day teach to keep women, children and men protected like he was able to so many years before. A style that was scientifically based, used minimal effort for maximum results and could be used against any style or system he might face. A system that taught how to stop other martial art attacks on your system and how to not only defend against them but how to counter-attack them.
After looking into several Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu schools he found Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift one of the best in the U.S., an extremely fast and effective Wing Chun fighter. Upon the first day of enrollment, Justin Och made a vow to achieve the highest levels of Wing Chun possible, open a Wing Chun Kung Fu School, continue his training while uplifting the advanced protection of others within the art and try his best to bring honor to the art of Wing Chun. To this day Sifu Justin Och has kept his word accomplishing each of these goals and continuing to learn and grow both himself and all those that want advanced protection. In 2009, under this Grandmaster, Sifu Justin Och attained the final level of Black and Gold Sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu. Though as fate would have it, after many years, contact has been lost with Grandmaster Swift. He will always remember his training fondly, with honor and admiration for this Instructor and Grandmaster. With much admiration for his teacher, Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift, Sifu Justin Och has continued training all over the world.
Sifu Justin Och has trained in the Wing Chun system and continues to develop his Lakeland Florida Wing Chun Kung Fu Studio for the development of his students and practitioners. Sifu Justin Och’s Wing Chun Kung Fu Studio provides for his local students that come from Lakeland to students who travel from Orlando, Plant City, Winter Haven, Brandon, Riverview, Tampa and even as far as Bradenton and Sarasota. Sifu Justin Och continues to work on the educational development of the Wing Chun curriculum as he believes that finding the best way to fight with Wing Chun also has to accompany the best ways to teach it.
Today – MASTER SIFU JUSTIN OCH IS INTERNATIONAL TRAINED AND CERTIFIED – Sifu Justin Och has traveled and trained all over the USA, Germany, Italy, (Hong Kong) China, Malaysia, France, Indonesia, England, Denmark, and Switzerland. He enjoys making with friends Wing Chun Master practitioners and Grandmasters from all over the world and training practitioners and new students from all over the state in the complete system and lineage of Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu in Lakeland, Florida. Sifu Justin Och is always seeking out the knowledge & friendships of other practitioners in and out of the Wing Chun system.
LAKELAND FLORIDA, USA – Sifu Justin Och’s Wing Chun Kung Fu Studio has training 7 days a week, morning, afternoon, nights, and weekends. Training people with fast results in real street self defense. Sifu Justin Och provides beginner to intense level weight loss bootcamps, training in Wing Chun Kung Fu, no-gi Ju-Jitsu, knife, gun and stick training provided by Wing Chun fighting applications. He supports Lakeland community charities and applies the Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu system by teaching public seminars, women’s self defense and protection classes, has helped battered women and children, taught kids anti-bullying, summer camp programs, Lakeland after-school kids self defense, family self defense, and improved survival of students caught in a brawl, home invasion or a Wing Chun street fight.
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Sifu Justin Och teaches the knowledge, techniques and skills he receives from his overseas training with Grandmasters and Masters from Wing Chun Kung Fu openly to his advanced level students without charge of any type. He wants them to grow from his experiences and training.
If you’re looking for a veteran school of instructors that are dedicated to Wing Chun Kung Fu, then you have found it! For the development, self defense and protection of those who want realistic self defense in Florida. The only thing you need to bring is dedication, hard work and a no-quit attitude.
Sifu Justin Och has a solid Wing Chun curriculum that will take you all the way through the Entire Ip Man Combat System, under four different lineages with direct ties and training from Grandmaster Ip Man.