Sifu David Peterson has been training in the Chinese martial arts since 1973.  He became a student of Sifu Wong Shun Leung, who was Ip Man’s most famous student and Bruce Lee’s mentor, after travelling to Hong Kong in 1983.

Peterson is one of only two fully qualified instructors of Wong’s system in Australia actually certified and authorised by Sifu Wong personally.

I remember reading Sifu Peterson’s book: ‘Look Beyond the Pointing Finger: The Combat Philosophy of Wong Shun Leung’ while working the night shift in the reception of a hotel in Crete, Greece.

It was two years since I had started training Wing Chun and so much was coming together while reading the book about his Sifu’s fighting method. Things just made sense and I got to a deeper understanding of my training and about Wing Chun from reading his book.

It was a great pleasure to sit down and chat with David Peterson about his experience in Hong Kong, his favourite Wing Chun stories and, of course, the legacy of his late Sifu, Wong Shun Leung.

After talking to him I got inspired to buy the documentary: ‘Wong Shun Leung: The King Of Talking Hands’ and I absolutely loved it.

In my opinion, the book and the documentaried are a must-have for any Wing Chun or Ving Tsun practitioner.

Listen to the interview here:

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Bogdan Rosu is the founder of the Leadership and Martial Arts Club ‘Empowerment Wing Chun’ in Bucharest, public speaker and published author. He has helped hundreds of people through his courses, workshops, seminars and publications raise their self-confidence, become better leaders, raise their income and enjoy authentic relationships.

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    March 27, 2017

    This was a great interview, but to be honest any interview with David is always interesting to listen to. While most of what David said has been said before in past interviews, which by no means is a bad thing I always enjoy his stories, what I took away from this interview that made me stop and say, “WOW” was that he stated near the end that if he manages to break even with the money that he and his wife put up to make the documentary a reality, all proceeds after that will go directly to his late Sifu’s family, not a dime will go to him.

    In the day and age where most people would jump ship, bounce around from school to school and not show any loyalty to their Sifu or to the school and only care about themselves, David has clearly demonstrated to everyone that it’s not about cashing in, living off his late Sifu’s fame or forgetting where you came from, but rather honoring your Sifu, who is supposed to be recognized as the student’s father figure in Chinese culture. Most claim that they know what that’s about, but when push comes to shove, most would never come and show any support if and when they Sifu is down on his luck, sick or simply just needs help.

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