ABOUT GRANDMASTER STEVE LEE SWIFT
Even as a child, with his family involved in traveling and helping the military issues of the world, survival was a grave necessity for him. Grandmaster Swift was in need of an art that would help him not only to stay alive, but an art that would help him against multiple opponents in close quarter combat. What the Grandmaster searched for, he found in Wing Chun: an extremely fast and practical art form, designed for life-saving purposes, with no tournament rules to follow.
Immediately after graduating in 1977, Grandmaster Swift traveled back and forth from England to Hong Kong, to pursue the fullest extent of Wing Chun training. While over seas, Swift trained under Simon Lau, Yip Chun, Yip Ching, and Wong Shun Leung, and thus learned the complete Wing Chun system. Grandmaster Swift was the first United States citizen to be certified in Hong Kong as a senior instructor of the Ving Tsun Athletic Association, and has since owned and operated some of the largest Wing Chun schools in the world.
In 1983, Grandmaster Swift founded the Steve Lee Swift International Martial Arts Academy, and began developing the necessary fundamentals to organize and administer the highest quality Wing Chun School in the world. Known as one of the world's fastest and most knowledgeable Wing Chun artists of our time, Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift would then pass the art on with the heart and caring that it takes to teach the intricate style properly. It was Yip Man's wish before he died that this be done. Through the true lineage of the direct sons of Yip Man, Swift made this possible being the first to bring them here to the states.
Through the art of Wing Chun, Grandmaster Swift has taught many Chicago youth that a better way than failure is the way of success. It is certain that these students who trained closely with him hold the gift sacred that the Grandmaster has shared.
Grandmaster Swift has been honored in many news and magazine features for saving multiple women from assault, and saving the lives of many men who still tell the story of their encounter today. He currently lives and teaches in Tampa, Florida extending the wish of his elders to pass on the art of Wing Chun to those with the heart and soul to learn.
Here at Grandmasters Academy of Wing Chun Kung Fu, we are honored to represent the elite international organization of Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift.