Sifu Sergio is one of only two western persons who are certified as master by the successor and grand master of the Siu Lam (Chi Sim) Wing Tjun style of Grandmaster Cheng Kwong as well as having completely finished the Yip Man Wing Tjun Kung Fu system in 2001 under Grandmaster's Leung Ting and Grandmaster Allan Fong. (Bio continued at bottom of page.)
1) Yip Man -> Leung Ting -> (Various, Inc Allan Fong) -> Sergio Iadarola
2) Tang Suen -> Tang Yick (Yik) -> Tang Chung Pak -> Sifu Sergio
3) Tang Suen -> Pak Cheung -> Pak Cheung Kau -> Sifu Sergio
4) Lo Chi Woon -> Wai Yan -> Cheng Kwong -> ? -> Sifu Sergio
5) See biography at bottom for more details on training.
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In 1987 Sergio Iadarola started training in the Wing Chun system under Sifu R. Vogel, a student of Grandmaster Wang Kiu. After about two months of training, he read the book Wing Tsun Kuen by Grandmaster Leung Ting and discontinued his training at Sifu Vogel's school in order to look for a Leung Ting system affiliated school. In that same year, he started training WT under Sifu F. Schäfer, only to have an unfortunate car accident after one month of training. Nine months later he continued his WT training, eventually receiving his 1st Technician level from Sifu Kernspecht in 1994 in Germany.
In the period from 1994-1998 he traveled often through Europe, attending many seminars in Germany and in Italy of Sifu E. Botztepe and taking hundreds of private lessons from different WT masters like Sifu H.P. Edel, Sifu S. Avci and others. In 1998 he was appointed Israeli chief instructor for the EWTO by his Sifu K. Kernspecht.
During a trip to Asia in that same year, his dream came true when he met his Sigung Grandmaster Leung Ting. After being adopted as a private student by his Sigung, he first went to Zagreb to finish the unarmed system under Sifu Truntic, so that his Sigung Leung Ting only had to correct him. He took more than 100 hours of private lessons from the Grandmaster in the period of 1998 - October 2001, often staying in Hong Kong several months at a time and eventually finishing the whole unarmed system of WT under his Sigung.
In November and December 2001 Sifu Iadarola traveled to New York to finish learning the WT weapons: the Look Dim Poon Kwun (six and a half point pole) and the Bart Cham Dao (the eight way cutting broad swords) under his Si-Pak Fong Wai Hung (Allan Fong). In doing so, he became the first student ever to be taught the Bart Cham Dao by Sifu Fong. During this trip he was promoted to the seventh level practitioner by his Si-Pak Fong Wai Hung. Sifu Iadarola started the IWKA in January '02 to promote and spread the Yip Man Wing Tjun system.
In the last few years, he has studied the pure and original lineage of Siu Lam Wing Tjun with GM Cheng Kwong, Sifu Pak Cheung Kau, GM Tang Chung Pak and Sifu Sunny So. Nowadays the students of the IWKA can study both lineages of the Wing Tjun system under a systematic teaching syllabus created by Sifu Sergio Iadarola.
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