Dai-Sifu Jeff Webb, 6th Degree Master, is the chief-instructor of the National Ving Tsun Organization and of the Austin Ving Tsun Academy. He has studied martial arts for over 36 years and has taught professionally since 1996. During his career he has taught more than 200 seminars and weekend training camps throughout the United States and Canada.
He began studying So-Ryu style Karate in Austin, Texas at the age of 12. Two years later at 14 years of age, he began training in Ving Tsun Kung Fu and has been studying it ever since. Master Webb is a former private student of Professor Leung Ting, the closed-door disciple of the late Grandmaster Yip Man.
In 1992 he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Ramstein AB, Germany. While serving there he taught and trained as an instructor in the European Wing Tsun Organization (EWTO) for three and a half years. Master Webb also trained directly with Grandmaster Keith R. Kernspecht, the founder of the EWTO, who is generally credited with spreading this style of kung fu throughout the continent of Europe.
Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force in late 1995, he promptly returned to the United States to begin teaching Ving Tsun professionally. The next year he opened his first commercial school in Austin, Texas, which has run successfully for more than 23 years. In late 2007 Master Webb, and his instructor-level students across the country, founded the National Ving Tsun Organization (NVTO).
With a passion for teaching the public about the physical and mental benefits of Chinese kung fu, Master Webb has inspired many to practice varying styles of martial arts. He has appeared locally in television interviews on Austin’s KEYE and KXAN stations and in publications such as the Daily Texan, Austin FIT Magazine and the Pflugerville Pflag.
As an author, he has written numerous articles which have appeared in national publications such as the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine, and Wing Chun Illustrated. Several of his articles were brought together into the anthology, Wing Chun: Writings for Advanced Practitioners.
His first book, The Empty Cup, was published in the fall of 2018 and represents the first in a series on the lifelong study of martial arts.
Master Webb feels that as a teacher, his greatest pride comes from seeing his students achieve great things. He has a welcoming and non-threatening instruction style that has helped his students excel.
To date, more than 55 of Master Webb’s direct students have reached the rank of instructor and 8 of these advanced practitioners have also earned the title of “Sifu.”