Sifu Chris Damiano
USA International Black Belt hall of fame’s 2013 Wing Chun instructor of the year Chris Damiano has been involved in Martial Arts and Combat over the last 30years. Including Wrestling, American Karate, Hapkido, Judo, Boxing Filipino Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and JKD. Born and raised in Chicago, he worked and managed the Bar and Club scene for years. He has witnessed a lot just about everything that can happen in a real world situation.So he sought out some of the best defense instructors around. Sifu Chris Damiano began his Wing Chun training in 1994. Upon watching the demonstration and class he saw the directness, simplicity, explosiveness that seemed very practical . Sifu Damiano trained rigorously and over a few years became one of the top students.
Sifu Chris Damiano has met and trained with some great martial artist from around the world. He still regularly travels the USA, UK, Hong Kong, and China to train with his Martial Art Brothers and Sisters.
Sifu Chris Damiano started training under the youngest son of Ip Man when he was introduced to Grandmaster Ip Ching in Chicago. He was blown away by the power and speed of a man near 70. From there his training took a very progressive turn. He trained those methods diligently and set out for a “deeper” understanding of the art. Later in that same year Sifu Damiano moved to Destin, Florida and taught privately out of his home.
In 2002 he was invited as a U.S.representative for the opening of the Ip Man Tong in Foshan, China. There he participated in demonstrations and exchanges with people from around the world and different Wing Chun Styles from China, which was unheard of at the time in the U.S.During that time he also did more training with his Sifu Grandmaster Ip Ching furthering his knowledge and skills of the art.
Sifu Damiano has continued to go to Hong Kong and China year after year to train. He and three of his Kung Fu brothers (2 from the US and 2 from the UK) Went to Hong Kong and privately trained with Grandmaster Ip Ching going through the entire system on how it is to be taught in great detail. At that landmark trip they were given the responsibility to pass on those methods correctly as per Grandmaster Ip Ching. Upon returning to Destin, Florida he decided to do just that, and started teaching publicly and openly and has become one the most sought out instructors in the Gulf Coast. With students throughout the Southeast, St Louis,Las Vegas, Minnesota, and as far as Okinawa.
In 2010 Sifu Damiano returned to Hong Kong and was examined and archived on his ability to teach the system by his Sifu. Upon this he became one of the first westerners to obtain this achievement in the Ving Tsun Ip Ching Athletic Association. Currently, Sifu Chris Damiano is under the instruction of Sensei Brandon Hetzler in Jiu-Jitsu and is an Affiliate of Team Groundworks. He believes that the combat world is ever changing. And if you don’t become a complete fighter, you will not be able to defend yourself in a real situation. Sifu Damiano is always doing his best to evolve his system to offer his students a practical fighting system for today’s world.
Sifu Chris Damiano remains well respected in the martial arts world across the globe. And continues to teaches with an open heart and open mind. It’s not how long you’ve been training, but how often you practice that the truth will be shown.
“ You can have a pilot’s license for 20 years, but it’s the flight hours logged that make you a pilot”