Alan Lamb Timeline
1964 Sifu Lamb begins his career in the martial arts as a teenager, studying karate and jiu-jitsu with sensei Bob Wilkinson, in his home town of Newcastle, England.
1966 Lamb continues practicing martial arts with sensei Danny Chaganis, a student of Tatsuo Suzuki, the leading master of wado ryu in Europe.
1968 Lamb moves to London to study wing chun with sifu Paul Lam, a student of master Learng Shung, Yip Man's first wing chun disciple in Hong Kong.
1972 Lamb studies with sifu Joseph Cheng after Paul Lam closes down his school to enter the restaurant businesses full time.
1973 Lamb moves to Hong Kong to study wing chun on a full time basis. He is accepted as a private student of Koo Sang, a direct disciple of grandmaster Yip Man.
1974 Lamb meets abbot Wong Wan Chin, a monk from the Shaolin Temple and studies weapons, Chin-no and chi gung principles, while continuing his wing chun training under Koo Sang.
1975 Lamb completes his training with Koo Sang and is certified by the Hong Kong Martial Arts Association as a master of wing chun kung-fu. He is the first non-Asian to earn this distinction. Lamb returns to England where he teaches some of Europe's most renowned martial arts teachers.
1976 Lamb moves to New York and teaches the martial arts elite, as well as running group classes at the Aaron Banks Karate Association.
1978 After performing at Madison Square Garden, Lamb meets and befriends world famous martial arts teacher professor Florendo Visitacion. For the next year, he and Visitacion exchange knowledge and ideas on martial arts to improve and refine each other's martial arts systems and skills.
1979 Lamb travels to Colombia, South America where he works in television and film production and teaches kung-fu in the Andes. He holds special classes for police and security forces.
1980 Lamb travels back to England and Germany where he begins teaching Keith Kernspecht and other European teachers of note, such as Terry O'Neill, Danny Connor, Steve Powell, Michael Finn, and Peter Constantine.
1981 Lamb moves to Los Angeles and opens a group class. Privately, he teaches many celebrities and martial artists of note.
1985 Lamb is forced to cut back on his teaching because of serious health problems caused by his stay in the Colombian Andes. He still teaches small groups and instructs some of California's elite.
1990 As Lamb's health improves, he begins teaching more students on a private basis only.
1995 Fully recovered, Lamb focuses on teaching wing chun privately to other sifus requiring advanced training.
1999 / 2003 Permanently located in Los Angeles, Lamb is currently focusing on promoting wing chun by giving workshops, as well as holding seminars and group classes for serious students. He is focusing on expanding his teaching schedule and spending the rest of his life promoting the exciting art of wing chun kung-fu.
Sifu Alan Lamb was born in Newcastle, England. He trained in traditional Karate for many years before beginning Wing Chun in the late 1960s. While in England, Sifu Lamb received his foundational training in Wing Chun under Joseph Cheng a disciple of Master Lee Sing.
After several years with Sifu Cheng, Sifu Lamb traveled to Hong Kong and trained with the renown Sifu, Ku Sang, one of Yip Man's most knowledgable disciples. Sifu Lamb graduated under Ku Sang becoming the first non oriental ever to master the system. Since then, Sifu Lamb has trained many teachers of traditional Wing Chun the world over.
Since the 1970's Sifu Lamb has been featured in martial arts magazines, cogently explaining and promoting Wing Chun.
In the 1980's Sifu Lamb broke new ground, offering one of the first systematic presentations of Wing Chun on video. In the 1990's he returned to that medium to produce detailed treatment of the Chum Kiu, counter grappling with Sifu Steve Cottrell. He has since been a leader again in martial arts instruction, producing the first detailed treatment on the use of the Wing Chun Pole.
Sifu Lamb presently resides in Burbank, CA where he teaches privately. He is available for seminars and welcomes inquiries concerning the art to which he has dedicated his life.