South Africa

Sifu Ryan Brecher

Sifu Ryan Brecher was born and raised in Durban, South Africa. He has always found the martial arts fascinating and has practiced martial arts from an early age. After his training in the Japanese arts, primarily Karate in his youth, he decided to explore other systems in the hopes of bettering himself as a martial artist. He began his studies in the Chinese Martial Arts and after only 2 years began instructing in those systems but never stopped exploring other martial systems such as Tae kwon do, Capoeira, Thai boxing, Aikido, Ip Man Wing Chun and Tai chi. After over a decade of teaching and study, Sifu Ryan decided he wanted to travel to the east to further his knowledge and seek out a teacher who taught a system that would live up to his expectations.

He lived in Japan for a number of years teaching English while he studied the Japanese arts such as Aikido under a prominent Aikido master, Karate, Ninjutsu and Kyudo, the Japanese art of archery. After feeling like he wanted a more practical system of self-defense, he traveled to Hong Kong where he met Grandmaster Wan Kam Leung, the founder of the Practical Wing Chun Kung Fu System. Within only a few hours of training, he knew this was the system he was looking for and the teacher he was searching for. The system was practical, the principles logical and sound but it still maintaining its traditions.

Sifu Ryan has spent all his spare time in Hong Kong training in private lessons under Grandmaster WAN and Sifu Danny KONG. However, the family of instructors at Practical Wing Chun, in Hong Kong and abroad, have all being positive influences in his training.

In mid 2013, it was time for him to return to South Africa to instruct in Practical Wing Chun. He is passionate in spreading Grandmaster Wan’s Wing Chun lineage in South Africa. He still continues his training under Grandmaster Wan and Sifu Danny KONG with the goal of spreading Wan Kam Leung Practical Wing Chun Kung Fu to all the major cities in South Africa, starting in his hometown of Durban.