Sifu Niko was born in 1962 in Greece and has lived in Germany since 1969. At the age of 11 he began studying martial arts, first Judo, followed by Jiu Jiutsu, Taekwondo, Karate, Western Boxing and Viet Vo Dao. He achieved remarkable success in both light- and full contact tournaments.
In 1985 he started studying the Leung Ting Wing Tzun-System under Sigung Keith R. Kernspecht and his associate trainers. At the same time he also started studying the Philippine weapon-based martial art Escrima under Master Bill Newman and his trainers, eventually reaching the qualification of teacher... (full bio continued at the bottom of the page).
(1) Yip Man -> Leung Ting -> Keith R. Kernspecht -> Sifu Niko
(2) Yip Man -> Leung Ting -> Sifu Sergio Iadarola -> Sifu Niko
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He was awarded the title of "Sifu" in the Leung Ting Wing Tsun-System in 1993 by Grandmaster Leung Ting personally. Sifu Niko has been teaching Wing Tsun and Escrima professionally, and on a full time basis for more than 25 years. In 1999 he founded his own independent association, the "Wing Tsun Fachschulen-Bund". In many schools, in several countries, he has taught Wing Tsun to thousands of students. His schools are renowned for their high standard, but also for their relaxed and friendly atmosphere. From 2001-2003 he worked regularly with Sifu Sergio Iadarola in Amsterdam to put the final polish on his skills.
Throughout the years he has passed on his acquired knowledge to many sifu's and teachers. He is eternally grateful to all the masters, teachers and trainers who supported him on his way. Also he is grateful to his many students who, over the years, have continued to give him their trust.
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