About Matthew Chapplow


Master Chapplow was born in 1954, a short in stature youth who grew up in a very unforgiving intolerant mining village of the North East of England. Master Chapplow developed out of necessity a passion for Martial Art and self-defence.

Firstly Judo then Karate, as in those days (pre Bruce Lee) kung fu was not generally heard of or known. Age 16 Master Chapplow saw an advert in the local newspaper for kung fu and began his journey. He was an original member of the British Kung Fu Association and Lau Gar kung Fu, where he developed a great skill in the perfection and understanding both empty hand and weapon forms.  Training hard Master Chapplow progressed to the point he was teaching Lau Gar all over the North of England and Scotland.

However, after 13 years of studying Lau Gar, Master Chapplow began to look for a style that would grow stronger with old age and not just diminish with fitness as is found in external based styles.

He then spent 2 years researching various styles studying Aikido, Praying Mantis and White Crane. He then found the style of Ip Man Wing Chun as an inhouse/closed door student of Grandmaster Samuel Kwok. He traveled the 320 mile round trip from his home in Durham to Blackpool every weekend for all day intensive training under his Sifu Grandmaster Kwok.

Master Chapplow loved Wing Chun’s simplicity, concepts and the use of an opponents force which is used against them, also that size and strength did not matter, mostly the adaptability of the wing chun style.

In 1984, after attaining 4th degree Black Sash Instructor Grade and a lifetime coaching award, he opened the first Mui Faa club in Durham City. Teaching original Samuel Kwok Ip Man Wing Chun he also frequently hosted Great Grandmaster Ip Chun when ever he was visiting the U.K and personally taught Master Chaplow.

After many years Master Chapplow took time out, leaving Mui Faa in the hands of a fellow Instructor, to travel to China and study other Wing Chun lineages including the Snake Wing Chun Family Style, Five Animal Five Element and Qigong wing chun.

Master Chapplow also traveled in America and Germany, training, learning and teaching where ever he went. He settled in Spain for 6 years teaching a small group of closed door students. In 2004 he returned to the UK to teach a small group of dedicated students in the South West of England. In 2013 he was awarded Master of Wing Chun Kung Fu by the Worldwide Martial Arts Council and in 2014 he was awarded Master of Ip Man Wing Chun By his Sifu Grandmaster Samuel Kwok. In 2015 Master Chapplow also became a Master Ambassador of the Okuden Circle.

His mission statement is to teach students Wing Chun in its entirety.