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Sifu Francis Fong

Sifu Francis Fong, the founder of the FFIA Association, is a globally recognized authority in Wing Chun Kung Fu, boasting over 50 years of experience. From Hong Kong to the United States, his expertise spans teaching martial arts at his Academy, training amateur and professional fighters, participating in film and television productions, and delivering sought-after martial arts and business leadership seminars worldwide.

Sifu Fong's martial arts journey began at a young age of 12, initially drawn to Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and WuShu due to the allure of competition. However, the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu, introduced by his school friend Sifu Jason Lau, captured his fascination. He had the privilege of being selected into a prestigious closed-door school led by Sifu Jiu Wan, a renowned instructor associated with the legendary Yip Man. The years of rigorous, traditional training under Sifu Jiu Wan deeply influenced Sifu Fong's martial arts philosophy and practice, especially in the area of Chi Sao (sticky hands training). In 1973, Sifu Fong moved from Hong Kong to the U.S., seeking education in Canada and then working in Connecticut. He then transitioned to Atlanta, GA, in 1975 and set up his school teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu a year later. His influence reached the cinematic world when he was invited to choreograph fight scenes for the movie "Sharkey's Machine" in 1981, marking the beginning of a lifelong friendship with Sifu Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee's esteemed student, and successor.

A constant seeker of knowledge, Sifu Fong expanded his martial arts proficiency by mastering Filipino Kali/Escrima, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Shooto. This approach enriched the Wing Chun curriculum at his Academy and allowed him to host top authorities in these arts for seminars in Atlanta. Today, Sifu Fong is a 'Senior Instructor' under Guro Dan Inosanto and the 'Director of the Southeastern Region' of the Thai Boxing Association of the U.S.A., under the direction of Ajarn Chai Sirisute. His esteemed reputation in the martial arts community has seen him working closely with the police and the U.S. Army, training them in close-quarters tactics and updating Army training manuals to incorporate principles of Wing Chun, Muay Thai, and Filipino Kali. Sifu Francis Fong's vast experience, openness to learning, and passion for teaching have established him as a celebrated figure in the martial arts world. His life's work continues to inspire and inform the principles of the FFIA Association, making a significant impact on all those who join our community

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