Grand Master Benny Meng
Grand Master Meng studied martial arts all over the World. He started his martial arts training in Hong Kong (1970-Judo). He began broadening his skills and knowledge with Tae Kwon Do training in 1974 under Grand Master Y.C. Kim (9th Dan, WTF) in the United States. His Additional Tae Kwon Do training included instruction under Grand Master K. J. Park, former Head Judge at the Kuk Ki Won, the Korean Headquarters for Tae Kwon Do. He has enjoyed the privilege of studying under several famous Kung Fu Grand Masters in Asia from various styles. He has been featured in national news and major martial arts publications as among the world's best martial artists. He has fought, and won, against some of the "world's best," both in the U.S. and in Asia. Master Meng has also performed numerous international martial arts demonstrations nationally, astounding on-lookers with feats of concentration, speed, and special techniques!
Beginning in 1981, Benny Meng embarked on an extended study of martial arts that took him to: Hong Kong (1981-Tai Chi Mantis and Ving Tsun) Mainland China (1983-Shaolin Temple and Sichuan Sports University), Korea (1985-Tae Kwon Do with the Korean National Team) and Taiwan (1985-Shaolin, Chi Kung). Benny Meng began his Wing Chun Kung Fu training in Hong Kong in 1982 under the movie star Sifu Lee Hoi Sang, a student of Jiu Wan. Jiu Wan had completed training in the Wing Chun system through Chan Yiu Min in China prior to beginning his training with Ip Man. Chan Yiu Min was the son of Chan Wah Shun, the first teacher of Ip Man. Benny Meng's training under Lee Hoi Sang was interrupted after 1½ years of intense study by his return to the United States. He resumed full time training under Sifu Moy Yat in New York City in 1985. Master Meng officially started teaching Wing Chun in his own school in 1987.
In 1994, Master Meng began another journey through the Wing Chun system with Sifu Moy Yat through private lessons. with Moy Yat's blessing, he began another journey through the system in 1995 via extensive private lessons with his Sibak (kung fu uncle) Yip Ching. The Ving Tsun Museum, the Ving Tsun Athletic Association, and the Moy Yat International Ving Tsun Federation have certified him as a Senior Instructor (7th Degree). Master Meng is recognized worldwide, and affiliated with the International Moy Yat Ving Tsun Federation (USA), the Ving Tsun Athletic Association (Hong Kong), the World Wing Chun Union (Hong Kong), the Fatsan Jing Mo (China), the Wushu and Kuoshu Kung Fu Federations (USA), and the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (USTU).
With the establishment of the Ving Tsun Museum project in 1993 and the official Grand Opening in 1998, Master Benny Meng's passion for Wing Chun research has been fueled at an ever-accelerating rate by his position as Curator. To broaden the knowledge of his original Wing Chun system, he sought further research and training from numerous lineages outside the Ip Man family. Master Meng had the privilege of studying under many Instructors, Masters, and Grand Masters from lineages outside the Ip Man lineage such as Pan Nam, Chi Sim, and Hung Fa Yi lineage. Based on his research, the oldest forms of Wing Chun still in practice today fall under the umbrella of 'Shaolin Wing Chun' a term coined by the Ving Tsun Museum to refer to lineages that still maintain a tradition of teaching Chan Buddhism, Health Cultivation, Self-Defense, and Fighting Skills as one seamless whole and consist of two lineages: Chi Sim and Hung Fa Yi. In the fall of 2008, an additional lineage was added to the list of Shaolin Wing Chun lineages: the Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun (Black Flag Wing Chun) lineage and on April 24, 2010, Master Meng became a Suhu in this art.
MaSTER jOHN lAMBERT
Sifu John Lambert began his journey in the Martial Arts in 1956 as a student of Sensei Eugene Fields in the art of Judo. It was under his tutelage that he developed his love of martial arts. It was Sensei Fields who planted the seeds of awareness, humility, and etiquette in his student and Judo provided a perspective of balance and flow through throwing (Shuai) and grappling (Na). Later he would find that Tae Kwon Do would provide another perspective of the martial arts and would study under Grand Master Kyungwon Ahn, and then Master William Scott Sr., from these experiences he developed kicking (Ti) and striking (Da) skills. He then would embark on a trek into the Northern Chinese martial art of Tien Shen Pai, under Shifu Kenneth Ware and Shifu Martin Ware, which would provide the basis for his paradigm shift toward the Southern Chinese Martial Arts and especially Wing Chun.
On October 16, 2000, due to a chance of fate, he found the Ving Tsun Museum (VTM) and Shaolin Kung Fu. He subsequently met his Sifu, Grand Master Benny Meng and began his study in the Hong Kong system of Ip Man Ving Tsun Kung Fu. In November of 2001 he was introduced to the Martial Art of Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun, under Grand Master Garrett Gee. On November 16, 2003 he performed his Bai Si under Sifu Benny Meng and became his Disciple.
On January 22, 2005 under the tutelage of his Sifu, Master Benny Meng, he began his current and lifelong commitment as a Sifu and began teaching private students. On September 19, 2007 he opened Meng’s Martial Arts of Cincinnati and was then certified, by his Sifu, as an official Meng’s Martial Arts school Instructor. As the Head Instructor of Meng’s Martial Arts of Cincinnati he teaches; Shaolin Kung Fu, Shaolin Wing Chun, Qi Gong, and San Shou.
In April of 2009 he began a second journey into Shaolin Kung Fu in the art of Shaolin Hek Ki Boen, under Master Benny Meng and the Inheritor of the system Grand Master Kenneth Lin. On September 18, 2011 He was promoted to Suhu and 1st Level Instructor in the art of Shaolin Hek Ki Boen under the direct instruction of his Suhu Benny Meng and his Su Kong Kenneth Lin. Suhu John Lambert performed a Bi Si and became a Disciple of Suhu Benny Meng and Su Kong Kenneth Lin in the lineage of Shaolin Hek Ki Boen Kung Fu.
Grand Master Benny Meng officially began his own organization of Shaolin Wing Chun and Hung Lung Sin Fu Faat Mun Paai and on December 8, 2011 Sifu Lambert was promoted to Master as a 5th Degree Black Sash in that organization.
In June of 2014 Sifu Lambert Journeyed to China to Song Shen mountain, in the province of Hunan, and trained in the Shaolin Temple. While there he was instructed in the internal art of Muscle and Tendon Changing. He then went to Hong Kong where he trained with his Sifu, Grand Master Benny Meng, and on June 8, 2014 he was certified as an instructor in the “Chi Sau Method of Shaolin 7 Skills Universe”.
Sifu John Lambert personally strives for quality in his teaching and encourages each of his students to seek personal development and enlightenment by reaching the highest plateau of martial arts through dedication, the pursuit of knowledge, humility, patience, and benevolence while living the Kung Fu Life and enjoying the life changing experiences.
sIFU PAUL mASON
Sifu Paul Mason is the Sihing, “the eldest brother”, of Meng’s Martial Arts of Cincinnati (OH). He began his martial arts journey in 2008 under the school's head instructor, Master John Lambert, and Sifu Mason was awarded the school’s Martial Artist of the Year award for that year. In 2010, at Meng's Martial Arts headquarters in Dayton, OH, he performed a Bai Si (tea ceremony) which recognized him as a disciple of Master Lambert under Grand Master Benny Meng’s Shaolin Halls System.
After earning his first degree black sash in 2012, Sifu Mason accepted the responsibility of teaching his own students.
He has coached several first place competitors in national and local competition, in the years 2013 and 2014, respectively.
In 2015, Sifu Mason was accepted by Grand Master Benny Meng into the Lohan Candidate Program, Grand Master Meng's internationally recognized Wing Chun instructor certification program.
He has also earned his Level 1 Certification in the Filipino art of Balintawak Arnis under Grand Master Jorge Penafiel.
Born in Augusta, GA and raised in the Carolinas, Sifu Mason has been a resident of Cincinnati, OH since 1998. He shares a home with his wife Rebecca, to whom he has been married since 2004. He has a Bachelor's Degree in International Business from Western Carolina University and currently works in supply chain management for Path Forward IT in Cincinnati, OH. His goal is to be a full time owner and operator of a commercial martial arts school in the near future.
SIFU BECKY MASON
Becky Mason is a 1st Degree Black Sash under the guidance of her Sifu, Master John Lambert and her Sigung, Grandmaster Benny Meng. She began her martial arts training in April of 2010 after witnessing the positive impact the art had on her husband, Paul Mason. She received her black sash in July of 2012.
In 2015, Becky was accepted by Grandmaster Benny Meng into the Lohan Candidate Program, and is currently an active assistant instructor at Meng’s Martial Arts of Cincinnati.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Becky has been a resident of Cincinnati for 25 years, and graduated with high honors from the English Literature program at the University of Cincinnati. Becky currently works as a front-end web developer for Gardner Business Media/Map Your Show. Becky is also currently the event co-chair for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure in Cincinnati. Having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 3, her volunteer work with the ADA has become an integral part of her personal life in an effort to make a positive impact on the diabetic world.
Becky is committed to a life-long journey of learning and practicing Shaolin Wing Chun, supporting her school and her Kung Fu family to insure that the system and its traditions are handed down to future generations with integrity.