Grand Master Benny Meng, Founder Shaolin Wing Chun. Curator of the Ving Tsun Museum
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 (Yi Ura Han)
6 TH DEGREE RED SASH, SHAOLIN WING CHUN
WORLD SHAOLIN WING CHUN MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION
HUNG LUNG SIN FU FAAT MUN PAAI
空 龍 善 虎 法 門 派
Master 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 brief trek into the Northern Chinese martial art of Tien Shen Pai, which would provide the basis for his paradigm shift toward the Southern Chinese Martial Arts, and specifically Wing Chun.
On October 16, 2001, 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 Wing Chun Martial Art of Hung Fa Yi ,
under Grand Master Garrett Gee (Chu King Hung).
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, Grand 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 operator and Instructor. The school is Certified By:
The Ving Tsun Museum in Dayton, Ohio
The World Shaolin Wing Chun Martial Arts Federation, 空 龍 善 虎 法 門 派
The Ip Man Ving Tsun Athletic Association in
Hong Kong, China
As the Head Instructor of Meng’s Martial Arts of Cincinnati he teaches; Shaolin Wing Chun Kung Fu, Qi Gong, and San Da.
In April of 2009 he began a second journey into Shaolin Kung Fu in the art of Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun Pai, under Grand Master Benny Meng (Muung Hing Fung) and the
Inheritor of the system Master Kenneth Lin (Lin Xiang Fuk). On September 18, 2011 He was promoted to Suhu and 1 st Level Instructor in the art of Shaolin Hek Ki Boen
under the direct instruction of his Suhu, Benny Meng (Muung Hing Fung) and his Su Kong, Kenneth Lin (Lin Xiang Fuk). Suhu John Lambert performed a Bi Si and became a Disciple of Suhu Muung Hing Fung and Su Kong Lin Xiang Fuk in the lineage of Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun Paai.
On December 8, 2011 Sifu Lambert was promoted to Master as a 5 th Degree Black Sash in Shaolin Wing Chun and assigned the name of “Yi Ura Han” “Loyal, Man, Who keeps his Word”. On December 8, 2013 Grand Master Benny Meng officially began his own organization the “World Shaolin Wing Chun Martial Arts Federation” using the teaching methodologies that he had developed and named “Hung Lung Sin Fu Faat Mun Paai” 空 龍 善 虎 法 門 派.
On December 5, 2015 Master John Lambert (Yi Ura Han) was promoted to 6th degree Red Sash in Shaolin Wing Chun.
Master Lambert’s Rankings and certifications are listed below:
The Founder of Meng's Martial Arts of Cincinnati, Ohio
Certified Master – 6 th Degree, Red Sash – Shaolin Wing Chun 空 龍 善 虎 法 門 派
Certified Master – 5 th Degree, Black Sash – Shaolin Wing Chun 空 龍 善 虎 法 門 派
Certified Instructor - Ving Tsun Museum Kwoon Instructor in Shaolin Wing Chun
Certified Instructor – Shaolin Wing Chun 7 Skills Universe, Chi Sau in Hong Kong
Certified Instructor – Shaolin Wing Chun 7 Skills Universe, San Da at Shaolin Wing Chun Headquarters
Certified Instructor – Meng’s Martial Arts International, Baat Jaam Dao Hung Lung Sin Fu Faat Mun Paai
Certified Instructor - Black Sash -Suhu in Hek Ki Boen Eng Chun Pai
Certified Instructor - Black Sash - Hing Fung Kung Fu Shao-Lin Martial Arts
In June of 2014 Master Lambert Journeyed to China and trained in the skills of Chi Sau. After the completion of the training he received his certification from Grand
Master Benny Meng.
Master Lambert went to Song Shen Mountain, in the province of Hunan, and trained in the Shaolin Temple. He received instruction in the internal art of Ba Duan Jin and Muscle and Tendon Changing.
In July 2019 Master Lambert was inducted into the Ving Tsun Museum Hall of Fame by his Sifu, Grand Master Meng.
Master John Lambert personally strives for quality in his teaching and encourages each of his students to seek personal development and enlightenment through
meditation and by reaching the highest plateau of martial arts with dedication and the pursuit of knowledge, humility, patience, and benevolence while living the Kung Fu Life and enjoying the life changing experiences.
sIFU Michael Dumas
2nd Degree Black Sash
Sifu Michael Dumas is the Sihing, “the eldest brother”, of Meng’s Martial Arts of Cincinnati.
Sifu Gary Ray
1st Degree Black Sash
Joshua Bärfelz had a passion for the martial arts as a child. “I was enthralled as a boy with everything related to kung fu, samurais, and of course, ninjas, and tried to duplicate what I saw.” His parents did not allow him to train, however, and he only began his martial arts career as a high school student in 1998 studying Shotokan Karate for 2 years under Sensei Alan Renfrow.
When he moved away to college, Joshua met a new teacher, Hanshi Woodrow Fairbanks. Under Master Fairbank’s instruction he trained rigorously in various styles— Shuri Ryu, Surite Kempo, Tien Sian Pi Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Okinawan Kobodu. He has experience with several weapons including bo, tonfa, sai, kama, escrima, nunchaku, eku, and the Chinese broadsword. While training with Master Fairbanks he competed in several tournaments, often taking 1st or 2nd place in open hand forms, weapons forms, and sparring. Joshua voluntarily ended his training with Master Fairbanks in 2012. After recovering from injuries sustained in other sports, he began seeking a new martial arts home in 2014 and discovered Master John Lambert and Meng’s Martial Arts of Cincinnati. He was deeply drawn to the system Master Lambert teaches, Shaolin Wing Chun, because of the breadth and depth the system offers. He states that “in all my martial arts experience I have never found a more complete system. SWC covers every range of combat from long kicking to ground fighting in depth, which is rare, and also covers those critical elements of martial arts many other schools neglect: true history based upon meticulous research, philosophy, and self-improvement as a person, spiritual development and so much more. I especially love the science-based training; understanding exactly how and why we do what we do as martial artists, the principles and concepts behind everything. More than just learning techniques, it truly is a complete system.”
Joshua is now a Lohan in the Shaolin Wing Chun system and has devoted his life to his own perpetual growth as a martial artist, to his Sifu, Master John Lambert, and to the continued growth of the System.
He now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but frequently travels to Cincinnati to continue his training.
Jacob has been a student of Master Lambert since the Spring of 2016. As a child he learned self-defense principles and methods from his father, a USMC Captain. Prior to joining Meng’s Martial Arts of Cincinnati his martial arts experience included 1.5 years of Chen Style Tai Chi during graduate school. He is an avid student of Shaolin Wing Chun and enjoys teaching and is always willing to answer any question.
Outside of martial arts, Jake is a consultant and the President of Maxima Sciences, LLC in Cincinnati. He has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and is an expert in Atomic Layer Deposition as well as other vacuum deposition methods. His specialty is solving complex technical problems to keep is clients’ projects moving. When he isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, tinkering in his shop, or traveling.
Dane began his martial arts journey at the age of 13 in Grundy, Virgina at the YMCA studying Okinawan Kempo Karate under Sensei Esther Dye, student of Master Frankie McCoy. He joined the US Navy his senior year of high school and subsequently found himself stationed on the island of Guam where he continued his martial arts studies under Sensei Joseph Tedtaotao of the Guam Kyokushinkai. His study was interrupted by an extended combat deployment to the Persian Gulf, Kuwait, and Iraq, and ultimate reassignment to San Diego. After honorable discharge from the US Navy, his studies were further interrupted by attending college full-time and working. At age 48 he finally decided to resume martial arts studies initially to get back in shape and to lose weight, but was drawn to the emphasis on the importance of Qi Gong and the concept of “Harmony of Mind, Body, and Spirit” of Shaolin Wing Chun. He scheduled a free class at Meng’s Martial Arts of Cincinnati under Master John Lambert. At that time Master Lambert was 79 years old and, after seeing Master Lambert in action, Dane was hooked. He famously stated to Master Lambert, “Sifu, I want to be like you when I grow up!”
Under Master Lambert’s tutelage Dane has won gold, silver, and bronze medals in several regional tournaments and competed in the Arnold Schwartzeneggar’s Battle of Columbus Martial Arts Tournament in 2019. He has demonstrated his commitment and personal dedication to his Sifu, to the System, and to his own growth and improvement. He enjoys teaching and is always willing to go the extra mile.
He is a minimally invasive surgical assistant and works as a private assistant for a gynecologic oncology practice. He enjoys spending time with his family and his dachshund, Tyrion, and renovating his 19th Century Italianate home.
“Be the best form of yourself that you wish to be.” —Grandmaster Benny Meng
David’s martial arts and self-defense interest began in 2009 after joining the US Army. David’s high school wrestling background served as a foundation while learning Modern Army Combatives. The M.A.C. program specializes in takedowns, joint locks, and chokes with an emphasis on controlling an opponent on the ground. During this time he was also learning and practicing small unit leadership and basic infantry tactics, techniques, and procedures.
In 2012, while in college, David began taking classes in mixed martial arts, which included submission wrestling and Muay Thai. After 6 months of training he graduated college and left for Fort Sam Houston, TX to begin his military career as a commissioned officer.
In 2012 he moved to Cincinnati and began seeking a martial art that emphasized the “monk” in addition to the “warrior”; becoming better as a person as well as developing warrior skills. David found and began training with Master Lambert in the Shaolin Wing Chun system. In addition to his martial arts training he also shoots competitively. His goal is to be better than he was the day before, and to protect and provide for his family and those that he cares for.
He believes Shaolin Wing Chun is the best path for him to do this.