Jaemie Gallie has been studying martial arts for more than 20 years. Having originally trained to black belt level in Shotokan Karate, and dabbled in Kick Boxing, Judo and Taekwondo, he switched to Wing Chun in 1999 and has been a dedicated student of Wing Chun ever since.
Jaemie’s Wing Chun journey began in the lineage of Grand Master Ip Chun, the eldest son of Ip Man. He originally trained under Sifu Colin Ward, one of Grand Master Ip Chun’s most senior students and visited Hong Kong several times to train at Grand Master Ip Chun’s school. On his first visit he stayed for two months, training five days a week, often twice each day. In this time he was lucky enough to receive one-to-one tuition from Master Ip Chun, who taught him Biu Gee – Wing Chun’s third form – and spent time improving his first and second form as well as his stance.
In 2007 he moved to London and established his own school. It is said to truly know a martial art system you have to teach it. But it is also true that one should always be striving to improve and upgrade one’s system of fighting. Continued study is imperative and this he continues to do so as a student of Wing Chun.
In more recent years Jaemie has been expanding and deepening his Wing Chun knowledge and experience in a drive to reach the highest levels of Wing Chun skill and understanding. He is now proud to be a closed-door student of Sifu John Lobb, the UK representative of Sifu Gary Lam of the Wong Shun Leung lineage, learning an extraordinarily deep and complete system of Wing Chun. He is complimenting this training by furthering his knowledge of the internal side of Kung Fu by studying Qi Gong, Zhang Zhuang, Nei Gong and meditation.
Jaemie prides himself on keeping his classes informal and fun whilst maintaining a well planned structure and discipline amongst his students. It is the way he learned and is learning Wing Chun and having experienced a decade training in other martial arts with a more serious authoritarian style of teaching he believes this is the best way to teach and to learn.
He is a firm believer in the ability of martial arts to enrich people’s lives. Yes, Wing Chun is a weapon, designed for effective self-defence, which can be brutal in its efficiency but it also gives the practitioner the ability to calm inflamed situations and reach peaceful resolutions.
Wing Chun is first and foremost an art, one that never stops growing.