Sifu Adam Williss is the founder of The Dragon Institute. He has built a network of followers around the world. Known for his uncompromising dedication to quality, Sifu Adam is one of the most followed experts in Wing Chun today.
Sifu Adam Williss has made it his life’s mission to empower individuals of all ages and all walks of life with Wing Chun’s physical, mental and life-changing benefits through his lessons, classes, workshops and Online Wing Chun at Home course.
For over 25 years, he’s dedicated his life to learning high quality Wing Chun. From this obsession, Sifu Adam has turned his first-hand knowledge into a path to educate others on the specifics of what good Wing Chun means.
Sifu Adam says that “many people don’t know the difference between good Wing Chun and made-up BS.” He blames many of today’s “self-proclaimed “masters” with their made up Wing Chun and “none of your business” lineage.”
In addition to the practical self-defense capabilities of Wing Chun, Sifu Adam also specializes in its unique personal developmental benefits. This includes its “Be Like Water” philosophy of leadership, efficiency and life balance as well as the internal, energy-based health aspects of the art. He leads a regular morning Tai Chi / Qigong (Chi Kung) class isolating the more internal and intrinsic benefits of his training for the mind, body and energy cultivation. Through the years he’s also helped many seniors, those with with disabilities, stroke victims, recovering drug addicts and alcoholics through his qigong work with them.
Sifu Adam was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2010. He is recognized as an official lineage holder of the Worldwide Leung Sheung Lineage Association. He is the State of California representative of The System Wing Chun under Florida-based Sifu William Graves. He is founder of International Wing Chun Day, founder of Wing Chun Against Bullying, president of the Dragon Family Wing Chun Association and a member of the International Kung Fu Federation, Independent Martial Arts Federation, International Combat Martial Arts Unions Association, United States Kuo Shu Federation, Ving Tsun Athletic Association and the National Qigong (Chi Kung) Association.
In his own words, Sifu Adam says what being a sifu means to him…
For me, being a “sifu” is about being something much more than being a martial arts teacher. It isn’t about a title, authority, hierarchy or rank. I don’t want to be put on a pedestal or be thought of as a so called “master”. Its about being an example and an inspiration in my student’s lives, no matter how old those students are, no matter what they come to me for, my responsibility is to transcend and inspire, beyond physical self-defense and other limiting perceptions of what I do or they do. The dream is bigger than that. Its about sacrificing for one another, about a dedication to community/family and about helping each other through the mind, body and spirit of Wing Chun. The journey isn’t about me. Its about a bridge to the future and those folks yet to come.
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Sifu Adam Williss’ Core Beliefs (About Dragon Family Wing Chun)
Sifu Adam Williss has a unique qpproach to Wing Chun. Below are some of his practices and beliefs:
- Dragon Family Wing Chun is based upon position and structure. Being in the right place with the right structure, the rest comes easy.
- Sparring is a necessity in Dragon Family Wing Chun. Wearing moughpieces, hitting and getting hit is required.
- Shadow boxing is a part of Dragon Family Wing Chun. Alive, unscripted fluid movement must be practiced with mobility and adaptability.
- Coordinating hands and feet is a must. Each strike must have a coordinated step with it.
- Sifu Adam Williss considers Dragon Family Wing Chun to be an internal approach to Wing Chun. It follows principles similar to other internal Chinese martial arts such as Tai Chi.
- Becoming Sifu level in Dragon Family Wing Chun is not about time training or knowledge attained… it is solely about the ability to apply Dragon Family Wing Chun.
- Dragon Family Wing Chun is a branch of the Leung Sheung lineage, the senior-most Hong Kong student of Ip Man (Yip Man)
- If someone gets hit in sparring, its their fault. Never apologize for hitting them. It was your goal to hit them. They must take responsibility for it.
- Do not pull you punches. A hit is defined by substantial contact. This means moving the person’s mass or stopping a mass that’s coming at you. Anything less is not a hit.
- Dragon Family Wing Chun is neither solely traditional nor progressive. We believe in balance in everything we do. We have and will continue to seek a healthy respect for time-tested tradition along with an open mind for practical innovation.
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