From Yelp reviews:
I have known Greg Leblanc since 2001 and consider myself lucky to have the opportunities to train with him at Sifu Gary Lam’s place for a number of years. I have respects for all my Kung Fu Brothers but Greg is someone I truly consider ” The ” DAI SI HING. If anyone knows and fully understands Sifu Gary Lam’s system, Greg would be at the very top, if not THE TOP. Greg is the epitome of Sifu Gary Lam Wing Chun system. No politics and NEVER any negative comments on his fellow Kung Fu Brothers or others. Always ready to share his vast Wing Chun knowledge and down to earth. These attitudes are greatly passed on to all his students that visit Sifu Gary Lam’s place .
My name is Gaidi and I live in San Francisco. Prior to joining Sifu Greg’s class my martial arts training included training for several years in Al Dacascos’s “Wun Hop Kuen Do”, Robert Castro’s “ESKABO DAAN”, Leo Giron’s “Bahala Na” arnis and another wing chun lineage for 3 years. Upon my first class with Sifu Greg I knew he was the instructor I was seeking to guide me in the development of my wing chun skills. The way he was able to patiently articulate the concepts, structure, forms and hand tools to my understanding convinced me that he was a very knowledgeable wing chun coach that I could learn a lot from. I’m always excited to go to class and train hard. I look forward to learning the whole system from Sifu Greg.
-Gaidi, San Francisco Ca.
I find Sifu LeBlanc to be very open minded, friendly, patient, humble, respectful, and knowledgeable. My learning experience has been one of discovery around every corner. I find Wing Chun allows you to get your feet wet and experience how it works. You are not learning how to swim on dry land, but in a pool of water that gets deeper with waves as you advance. As a pro boxer Wing Chun gave me an extra awareness, like a second set of eyes. My movements became quicker, more precise.
Sifu Leblanc’s own exposure, research and dedication to Wing Chun make me feel very comfortable with his teaching. He is a man experienced in other arts and has had the chance to be exposed first hand to other branches of Wing Chun. I also have had the chance to visit with Sifu LeBlanc’s teacher and also with his class mates at the school where he studied. Sifu LeBlanc’s teacher and and classmates spoke highly of Sifu LeBlanc and were very happy to know I was his student. I recommend and advise those who are interested to pay a visit to our school.
-Guadalupe, Oakland Ca.
I went to Sifu Greg after 20 years in the martial arts with very high level teachers. After watching one class. I knew that Sifu Greg was an expert in Wing Chun. I did go and visit other Wing Chun teachers before him. But, Sifu Greg was the only teacher I wanted to study from. He holds nothing back and teaches the authentic system the way he learned it. I highly recommend anyone that wants to learn authentic Kung Fu to study with Sifu Greg.
-Rob, Santa Monica Ca.
There are many forms of martial arts. Some people learn martial arts for self defense and others health. I believe that the system that Sifu Gregory teaches covers both. Everyday I am amazed at the great feeling that I get working out with my Wing Chun Brothers. In my martial art experience I have found that there are great martial artists that can do amazing things, but have a hard time conveying what they are trying to teach. There are also very enthusiastic teachers that are limited in what they have to teach. Sifu Gregory is in a unique position to offer his intimate and deep knowledge of the science of in-fighting, and the ability to merge his knowledge of Wing Chun Kung Fu with the art of teaching. Thanks Sifu.
-Dave, Brentwood Ca.
I began training with Sifu Leblanc in the South Bay area of Los Angeles in 2003, following 15-years of traditional Okinawan karate training in Japan and the U.S. I consider Sifu Leblanc a truly gifted martial artist. He has fully absorbed the Wing Chun Kung Fu system and is able to impart this knowledge to his students with a remarkable ability to explain and demonstrate the complexities of the art. Following Sifu Leblanc’s move to the Oakland area, I have continued my Wing Chun training in Los Angeles, and continue to draw on Sifu Leblanc’s teachings for inspiration, as well as to further my understanding of Wing Chun Kung Fu.
-Tom, El Segundo, Ca.
I’ve been studying at Gregory LeBlanc’s Wing Chun school for several months and am content that I have found the place to take my Wing Chun to the next level. I have studied various martial arts for the last 30 years (Tae Kwan Do, Escrima, Karate, Boxing) and have studied Wing Chun since 2000. After my last teacher moved to the East Coast, I have been searching for a new Wing Chun home, and now I’ve found it. I really like the aggressive, no-nonsense, and structured nature of the Wong Shun Long style as interpreted and modified by Gary Lam. Greg brings humor, organizational flair, and a solid foundation in other martial arts to his approach to Sifu Lam’s system. I love it!
-Steven, Oakland Ca.
I used to “street test” my Wing Chun when I was in Oakland (looking back.. it was probably not the best idea).
One of my better friends in the fight club was with a guy I’ve always known as a kicker and grappler.. He lost, but I’m surprised that he would even do a stand up fight. My how we change when we get older..
Most encounters were with people that knew different styles and it was agreed that we wanted to see how they interacted with each other. Of course it turned into a full blown fight a couple times but the majority ended with smiles, some blood and bruises, and a round of drinks and stories from the past.
I made the mistake of agreeing to a match using boxing gloves once because I thought it would be safer. My Tans, Huens, and Lops became useless and I felt like a de-clawed cat. In the end I just went back to boxing. I won, but was very frustrated. I told myself I would never fight or spar with boxing gloves again, any fights I did after that were with MMA gloves at most. I never “officially” lost, but I do remember a couple trips to the dentist/emergency room that didn’t feel very victorious.. like paying a grand to replace one of my front teeth.
I realized after getting hit low several times that tall people need to make some personal modifications to protect the body. I also got hit with hook to the neck once that will make me never forget that inside is faster but it’s also twice as dangerous as outside.
I found out what I needed to know about Wing Chun and I know that I can rely on it to keep me safe when my words and actions cannot. I’ve also seen what it does to another human being and I hope that I’m never in a situation where I’ll have to use it for real.
-Steve T. (LeBlanc Wing Chun student)