Grand Master David Gaw
Grand Master David Gaw has been training in the martial arts for over 35 years, during which time he has been blessed enough to study multiple arts. He began his training in 1984, at the age of 7, in Tae Kwon Do. Being a smaller child who was bullied often, he found comfort in learning to defend himself. When he was 17, he left Tae Kwon Do to begin training in Judo. While learning Judo, he was introduced to concepts of other arts such as Bushido, Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, and Hapkido; these concepts would aid him in understanding the martial arts in future years. At the age of 21, while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, in addition to his military hand to hand and weapons combat training, he was fortunate enough to be able to train in Combat Judo and Muay Thai kickboxing. By this time, he was gravitating towards arts that were more combat oriented, as opposed to sport oriented, so these two arts enabled him to gain a better perspective for self defense and combat. Not being satisfied with his current level of knowledge, Master Gaw felt that his training needed more than just a physical aspect, so he began to study the more philosophical side of the martial arts. Learning about meditation, energy cultivation, and balance in all things helped him understand what the martial arts are truly about. In 2007, he was blessed with the opportunity to study Wing Chun Kung Fu. Since joining the Chinese martial arts, in addition to his Wing Chun training, Master Gaw has had the privilege of learning multiple arts such as Shuai Jiao (Chinese fast wrestling), Kuo Shu kickboxing, Kali (Filipino stick and knife fighting), and Qi Gong (energy building). In addition to these arts, he was extremely honored to be taught the system of Traditional Shaolin Chin Na, in its entirety, (to include many aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM) by Grand Master Bruce Linville, who also taught him Yang Tai Chi Chuan, concepts of Ba Gua Zhang, and certain Northern Shaolin forms, concepts, and weapons. Master Gaw is incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to train with a number of high level martial artists over the years such as, Great Grand Master Jack Lannom, Great Grand Master Dr. John Wing Lok Ng, Great Grand Master John Dufresne, Great Grand Master L.R. Gray, Great Grand Master Jim Thompson, Great Grand Master Buddy Wu, Grand Master Chuck Burnett, & Grand Master Jimmy Tarpley to name a few. The inclusion of a more general knowledge of the arts continues to help him grow and evolve as a martial artist, person, and teacher. Master Gaw still trains and studies, teaches his own students, and hopes to one day be able to teach and encourage his students as positively and effectively as he has been encouraged by his teachers. Master Gaw works in EMS and hopes to one day be able to use his martial and healing knowledge to help others live fuller, healthier lives.
Sifu Rodrick Curtis
At an early age, Sifu Curtis' interest in the martial arts grew by watching shows and movies like Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles, Dragon Ball Z, The Last Dragon, Karate Kid, Rocky, and 3 ninjas. His interest continued to grow by admiring real martial artists such as Jason David Frank, Michael Jai White, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Mike Tyson. In 2016, he began his martial arts training in NG Wing Chun under Grand Master David Gaw. From day one, he was fully invested and driven to learn the art. From training every day the school was opened, he quickly became interested in Kickboxing which was also taught by Master Gaw. Through training with Master Gaw, he was also introduced to other Grand Masters such as Sijo L.R. Gray, Grand Master Hal Cassell, Grand Master Jack Lannom, Grand Master John Dufresne, and Grand Master Bruce Linville; he is honored to have been given opportunities to learn from their expertise. Under the instruction of Master Gaw, he has been trained in Wing Chun, Kickboxing, Southern Shaolin, Kali, Combat Shuai Jiao, and Traditional Shaolin Chin Na. He has made Wing Chun and Kickboxing his primary arts while mixing in techniques from the others. His goal is to be able to train students to become comfortable and confident with themselves as well as to become efficient in the arts.