About The Dragon Institute

Wing Chun Blog - DragonThe Dragon Institute was founded by Sifu Adam Williss in 2010 in Dana Point, CA, USA. Upon its founding, it became the first professional Wing Chun school in Orange County.

In 2016, a second location was added in Irvine, CA headed by Sifu Derrick Mansell, Sifu Adam’s top student.

The Dragon Institute has one several awards since its opening including Best Martial Arts in Orange County 5Xs in CityGuide’s Annual OC Hotlist as well as winning DP Times’ Golden Lantern Award 6Xs for Best Martial Arts in the “Best Of” People’s Choice Lantern Awards.

Today, The Dragon Institute is one of the most notable Wing Chun schools in the world with a reputation for uncompromising quality over quantity. Its approach is referred to as Dragon Family Wing Chun. The school teaches adults and kids ages 5 and up.

In 2019, The Dragon Institute opened its online school at wingchunlessons.com. The online school’s 90-Day Online Wing Chun Course for Beginners has been called “the clearest and most detailed instruction to learn Wing Chun online”.

Roots of The Dragon

The Dragon Institute’s roots include a traditional Wing Chun lineage directly to Ip Man along with additional influences from Bruce Lee’s philosophy, Jack Dempsey’s boxing, Leonardo Terrone’s Fencing.

The Dragon Institute founder Sifu Adam Williss is a 7th generation lineage holder under the Leung Sheung lineage of Wing Chun. Leung Sheung was the senior-most student of Ip Man in Hong Kong.

Sifu Adam began training under his Sifu, William Graves, in 1995 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida . He began teaching out of his garage in San Clemente, CA in 2005. A few of the most notable students from the orginal garage (OG) days are Brittan McPheron, Jim Shade, Bill Weaver, Ray Files and Derrick Mansell.