William Kwok

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William Kwok
William Kwok at Hong Kong Baptist University.jpg
Native name 郭威賢
Born 1972 (age 45–46)
Hong Kong
Education Master of Liberal Arts
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Martial Arts Master
Known for Martial Arts Education, Wing Chun Kung Fu

William Kwok (Chinese: 郭威賢; born 1972) is a martial arts educator and promoter of martial arts education in America.[1] Kwok founded the Martial Arts Education Society, a volunteer-based non-profit organization which promotes martial arts education and traditional martial arts culture.[2][3][4][5] He is a disciple of Practical Wing Chun founder Wan Kam Leung. China Central Television produced a documentary, “A Man and Wing Chun”, in which he was featured.[6]

Early life and background[edit]

William Kwok is the elder son of Kwok Yuen Wah, a physical education professor who introduced Wing Chun and movement science to Kwok.[7] Prior to learning Practical Wing Chun from Wan Kam Leung, Kwok trained in various martial arts systems including traditional Taekwondo, under Kim Suk Jun, a disciple of General Choi Hong Hi.[1] Kwok is credited with introducing Practical Wing Chun to America. Wing Chun Illustrated writes:

"Like the famous monk Xuanzang in the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, who journeyed to India in quest of the Buddhist scriptures, Kwok helps bring Practical Wing Chun to the America, teaching Westerners how to understand and decode this ancient, yet still modern, Gung Fu style."[2]

In May 2013, he hosted Wan Kam Leung’s first ever American open seminar in New York City. In September 2017, he was invited as a guest presenter at the First Wong Shun Leung North America seminar in Los Angeles, California.

Movement Science and Application[edit]

Kwok is acknowledged for analyzing martial arts techniques with modern movement science and improving the teaching methods.[8] Besides learning movement science from his father, he studied physical education at Columbia University[9]. Before promoting martial arts education in America, he taught Business Studies as an adjunct professor at City University of New York.[10][11] He also holds a degree from Harvard University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree at Northeastern University.[5]

Martial Arts Education[edit]

Kwok is credited as one of the key people who systemized Practical Wing Chun study into a modern-day training program. He promotes the concepts of martial skills and teaching skills as two different skill sets, and that martial arts teachers' training should include teachers education such as curriculum design and analysis, motor learning, and teaching methods. In addition, he emphasizes the need to balance physical training of technique with mental and spiritual training of the mind "like Yin and Yang...complementing and supplementing each other",[1] believing that a strong sense of culture and humility - what he calls "martial virtue"[12] - are critical to the study of martial arts and the improvement of the martial artist.[13]

In a 2017 interview with mywoodendummy.com, Kwok describes five sensory systems - the visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile, and proprioceptive systems - which he believes are important in Wing Chun training.[12]

In March 2018, Kwok was invited as a guest speaker to share his knowledge of martial arts education and Chinese culture in an academic seminar hosted by Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association titled "Is Chinese Martial Arts Encountering Challenged?" (in Chinese: 中華武術遭遇挑戰?) at Harvard Graduate School of Education.[14][15]

Recognition[edit]

In 2014, Kwok was a recipient of the Honor Award from the Martial Arts History Museum.[16] In 2015, Kwok received a Community Leadership Award from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.[17][18][19] In 2017, Kwok became the World Ving Tsun Athletic Association's first recipient of the Silver Achievement Award.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Building a Legacy". Wing Chun Origins Magazine (2): Cover,4–12. 
  2. ^ a b Battaglia, Kleber. "William Kwok: Journey to the West". Wing Chun Illustrated (12): 46. 
  3. ^ ""Modern Ip Man" William Kwok Discussing Martial Arts Education and Martial Virtues" (in Chinese). Radio Free Asia, Cantonese Division. 
  4. ^ "William Kwok enhances quality of martial arts teaching through promoting martial arts education and preserving traditional Chinese culture" (in Chinese). 
  5. ^ a b "The Combative Corner". The Combative Corner. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "Featured in "A Man and Wing Chun", documentary produced by China Central Television" (in Chinese). 
  7. ^ "郭源華教授書法展". Sing Tao Daily. 
  8. ^ "壹電視:現代葉問!44歲華裔男美教「詠春」成名" (in Chinese). 
  9. ^ Francisco, Eric. "A Real Wing Chun Master Explains It's OK 'Ip Man 3' Is Mostly Made Up". Inverse Entertainment. 
  10. ^ "香港蘋果新聞:哈佛碩士棄高薪厚職,開武館教洋人詠春". Apple Daily (in Chinese). 
  11. ^ "Sifu William Kwok". Wing Chun Origins Magazine (1). 
  12. ^ a b "Interview with Sifu William Kwok". mywoodendummy.com. 
  13. ^ "WAN Kam Leung Practical Wing Chun - Sifu William Kwok's Kung Fu Philosophy (English with 中文字幕)". Wall Street TV. 20 March 2018. 
  14. ^ "武术家哈佛演示 捍卫中华武术价值". ny.uschinapress.com. The China Press. 
  15. ^ "哈佛講座 熱議中國武術挑戰 - 世界新聞網". 世界新聞網 (in Chinese). World Journal. 31 March 2018. 
  16. ^ "郭威賢獲選武術史博館優秀武術家" (in Chinese). Sing Tao Daily. 
  17. ^ "PCFSN Community Leadership Award". President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. 
  18. ^ "咏春拳大师郭威贤获颁总统"社区领袖奖" 47获奖人唯一华裔" (in Chinese). Sinovision. 
  19. ^ "William Kwok Honored With President's Council On Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award". The Street. 
  20. ^ "Members & WVTA Schools". World Ving Tsun Association. 

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