Grandmaster Jason Lau grew up in Hong Kong in a martial arts
family. Both his mother and father were performers and martial artists in
the famous Chinese Opera. Grandmaster Lauís mother trained him in the
Northern Shaolin style from the time he could walk, and drilled him
When he was about twelve years old, a fellow classmate at
LaSalle Academy helped him in a fight against several English boys. It was
during this fight that Grandmaster Lau first saw Wing Chun in action. He
was so impressed, he immediately found a school to learn the system.
Master Jiu Wan accepted him as a student, and he began to train in secret,
fearful that his mother would discover that he was training in another
Grandmaster Lau trained with Jiu Wan until age nineteen,
when he left Hong Kong to come to America. He soon settled in an area of
Brooklyn known as Flatbush. As
Grandmaster Lau opened his school and got to know the local merchants, he
discovered that crime in his neighborhood was widespread. He decided to
use his Wing Chun skills to defend his neighborhood. He soon became well
known and appreciated as a vigilante, both by the shopkeepers and the
As his reputation spread, he came to the attention of
retired General Mitchell WerBell III, who was scouting for instructors for
his counter-terrorist training camp, SIONICS. General WerBell recruited
Grandmaster Lau to teach hand to hand combat at the camp in Powder
Springs, Georgia. Grandmaster Lau so impressed the General with his
abilities that he soon became the campís chief instructor and the
Generalís personal bodyguard.
Shortly after General WerBellís death in 1983, Grandmaster
Lau again opened a Wing Chun academy, this time in Smyrna, Georgia. His
school and his reputation grew in the Atlanta area, and he was often
featured in news specials and magazine and newspaper articles.
In the early 1990s, Grandmaster Lau was finally able to
realize his dream of designing and building a Wing Chun temple. He and his
students labored for two years to build the academy, nestled in a wooded
Atlanta suburb. Grandmaster Lau formed his school into a family. He treats
his students as if they were his sons and daughters, and the students
treat each other as brothers and sisters. The school that he designed and
built is their home.
Grandmaster Lau is currently finishing an instructional Wing
Chun video tape for the branches of his family in New York and Tampa as
well as for other serious Wing Chun students.