Wing Tsun Illinois Martial Arts

We are part of the International WingTsun Association (IWTA) that is one of the largest private martial arts organizations in the world; over 2,000 schools in 60+ countries with more than 1,000,000 practitioners.

Our school teaches an intelligent combat system to our students that they can use in any self-defense situation in our modern society. We emphasize on the strength of softness so that a small person can defeat a big and strong opponent. This combat system is taught by our qualified instructors with specific methods proven over decades. Through our practice, we pave ways not only for a physical development, but also ways for our mind and spirits to grow by discussing philosophical ideas from Taoism and Buddhism embedded in our movements such as simplicity, yielding vs controlling, naturalness and peace. Our students naturally gain skills, self-confidence and learn how to deal with stress. We are very happy and proud to share positive experiences our students had and hope to share with more people.

Student levels

During the first four grades, students will learn how to kick, punch, step, turn, and defend themselves against the most common forms of attack (punches, kicks, holds, strangle holds).
Chi Sao (translated as “sticking hands”) is covered in detail during these student grades. Chi-sau is a reflex exercise which teaches the student how to use the opponent’s force against them with the least amount of effort.

In these advanced student levels, the practitioner is exposed to higher levels of chi-sau training and will work to develop advanced fighting skills.
Techniques to deal with multiple attackers, armed attackers and also soft defenses (safe, controlling techniques) are taught during this phase.

Build your skills

Regular classes for men, women and kids 90
Small groups for advanced students 95
Private lessons 85
Seminars and work-shops 75

 

Meet Our Instructors

<strong>Sifu Guerman Atanassov</strong>
Sifu Guerman Atanassov4th Level Technician, Certified Instructor

Sifu Guerman Atanassov is a long-time student of Sifu Mike Adams. Sifu Guerman began his WingTsun training in his home country of Bulgaria under his first sifu Stanislav Bagalev in 1997.

After he moved to Chicago in 2000 he joined IWTA-NAS and continue to practice and teach Wing Tsun at Wheeling Park District. His direct instructor for a long period of time was sifu Chris Mah who also had practiced and taught at Wheeling Wing Tsun School.

Over the years Sifu Guerman has attended many seminars with GGM Leung Ting, Sifu Will Parker and has many hours of private sessions with sifu Mike Adams and sifu Will Parker. Every year he visits his family in Bulgaria and uses opportunity to meet with sifu Stanislav Bagalev to practice and exchange experience.

Since 2005 he is Wing Tsun certified instructor and in 2008 he has received the title Sifu in Wing Tsun. Sifu Guerman began his journey in Martial Arts with Judo in 1984.

During the years he has also practiced Karate, Wu-Shu and Tai Chi. Along with Wing Tsun he is practicing and teaching Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan under Master Yang Jun 5th Generation Yang Family Style.

Sunghun Cho
Primary Level Technician Certified Instructor

Sunghun Cho started his martial arts journey with Taekwondo in 5th grade in school. Then he continued with learning Kendo, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Boxing in later years.

He has began practicing WingTsun in 2015 in Des Plaines IL with Sifu Eric Galicia. After Sifu Eric moved to California, he continued practicing WingTsun under Sifu Guerman Atanassov.

In early April 2017 he became assistant instructor and started to teach beginners and intermediate level students. In January 2018 he was promoted to Instructor and Primary Level Technician and now he is responsible for teaching student levels at our Wheeling school. He always has a great time teaching and practicing with the students in Wheeling.

Jim Accetta
Primary Level Technician Certified Instructor

Jim’s first official martial arts practice was Tae Kwon Do in 1980 although his first interests came at the gym as a teen where he learned how to use a speed bag and heavy bag. Then as a Marine he used all that in hand-to-hand combat.

During the years he had training in other martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do, Shaolin Kung Fu, Combat/Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Ju Jitsu & Iron Palm Kung Fu. From 2001 to 2002 he was an assistant instructor and grappling instructor in Tae Kwon Do.

Jim started his Wing Tsun studies with Sifu Guerman Atanassov in November of 2013 at age 52 when he, per his words, sought a martial art which was both powerful and had great depth.

In beginning of 2016 he become assistant instructor of Wing Tsun and began helping Sifu Guerman with teaching kids at our Wheeling classes. In December 2017 Jim was promoted to Instructor and Primary Level Technician. Jim enjoys introducing new students to Wing Tsun and working with more experienced students practicing our techniques with precision.
Along with Wing Tsun Jim continues his Iron Palm practices.

Evgeny Kolev
Primary Level Technician Certified Instructor

In 1996 Evgeny began learning Southern Shaolin under John Yang, who also introduced him to Taijiquan, Baguazhang and Xing Yi quan.

Meeting Master George Bolger in 2002 he took on the life changing journey of Taiji practiced with the ‘dān shǒu’ approach of the temple style brought to USA by Master Waysun Liao. He is still a devoted practitioner of the art, attending workshops with Masters Liao and Jose Perez.

In December 2013 Evgeny signed with his daughter for Wing Tsun classes with Sifu Guerman Atanasov. Through the years since he had the pleasure to attend 3 EWTO seminars in Bulgaria, travel to the HQ in Hong Kong to meet Grandmaster Leung Ting and his senior instructors and to visit Sifu Jung Soo Park’s school in Korea. Evgeny holds Primary Technician Level since 2017.

Devin Morrice
Primary Level Technician Certified Instructor

Devin first started practicing Wing Tsun in 2014 with Sifu Eric Galicia. When Sifu Eric moved to California in 2016 she began training under Sifu Guerman Atanossov. She has been helping out in class as an assistant instructor since 2017. She has also practiced Taekwondo and Koreo Gumdo.

Adam Patt
Primary Level Technician Certified Instructor

Adam grew up in the Chicagoland area and began training Tae Kwon Do at the young age of 8 years old. One level shy of earning his black belt, Adam’s world-renowned instructor moved across country.Determined to continue his studies, Adam sought out other schools that might offer the same attention to detail, discipline, and dedication to the art as a way of life (both inside and outside of the dojang), but his search came up fruitless.

Rather than continue his pursuits in an environment absent of the benefits he most valued, Adam dedicated himself to other passions, such as: music, cycling, soccer and gymnastics…until age 19, when re-introduced to Tae Kwon Do in college. Unfortunately, that endeavor was short lived, due to an injury. However, if it was not for that experience, his enthusiasm for Wing Tsun would have never unfolded. It was during this brief time in Tae Kwon Do that Adam attended a seminar presented by a martial artist, who specialized in training Navy SEAL teams. One of the core martial arts referenced in that seminar was Wing Tsun.

Fast forward 20 years. An unexpected, but unavoidable, alteration occurred when out with a friend. It was that moment that sparked Adam’s desire to rediscover martial arts and find a system that would allow a smaller person to stand a chance against larger attackers in real world situations. Although nobody was injured in that altercation, it brought about the realization that confrontations cannot always be avoided, regardless of one’s best intentions; and even as a grown man, it is never too late to learn to protect your own well-being.

A quick search for martial arts schools in the area led Adam to Wing Tsun, the art Adam had been only briefly introduced to at the seminar he attended way back in college. Just one lesson, and he was hooked by the art’s sensible approach, efficiency, and promise for personal growth. Adam began practicing religiously under Sifu Eric Galicia (Wing Tsun California) and has continued under Sifu Guerman Atanassov. He has also had the privilege of studying with Masters in this country (Sifu Mike Adams & Sifu Will Parker), as well as at the IWTA Headquarters in Hong Kong with GGM Leung Ting and Sifu Robin Tsang.

Adam hopes that by sharing the knowledge and skills he has acquired, he can help others find the same passion for the art of Wing Tsun that he possesses.

Jonathan Fox
Primary Level Technician Certified Instructor

Jonathan started his Wing Tsun training in 2014 with Sifu Guerman Antanassov, and continues his study today with him at his school in Wheeling, IL. Since starting his Wing Tsun training, Jonathan has attended nearly 600 classes and has over 1400 hours of training, including attending several seminars and black shirt classes with 5th Level Practioner, Sifu Mike Adams in Bloomington and Wheeling, Illinois, two seminars with 6th Level Practitioner, William Parker, and the 2017 seminar in San Antonio, Texas, instructed by Great Grand Master Leung Ting. In 2015, Jonathan trained for 4 days at Great Grand Master Leung Ting’s School in Hong Kong, China, attending day long classes taught by 5th Level Practitioner, Sifu Robin Tsang and Great Grand Master Leung Ting. Jonathan is currently a 1st Level Technician and holds instructor status. Currently he is practicing and helping sifu Guerman at Wheeling.

Jonathan also has 2 years prior Chuan Fa Kung Fu training with an instructor and private student of the late Sifu Dan Lee.