WEST COUNTY WING CHUN
Dennis started martial arts in 1982 at the age of eight. He currently holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo under Tim (T.O.) Toeniskoetter at the Martial Arts Center in St. Louis, Missouri. During his time with T.O., Dennis taught group and private lessons including the instruction of the military and the St. Louis Police Department.
Dennis has also achieved a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Traditional Judo under a well known private instructor in St. Louis, William Howard . With the knowledge obtained, Dennis taught children's, adult, and private Judo lessons at Centerline Martial Arts in Destin, Florida to broaden the scope of the Wing Chun-based school. It was at Centerline Martial Arts that Dennis found what he was looking for, Ip Ching Wing Chun. However, prior to teaching Wing Chun full time, Dennis had extensive exposure to many styles.
Dennis trained extensively in the Defensor Method of Kali/Escrima, Pekiti-Tirsia, American Kenpo, Boxing, Joe Lewis-free-fighting system and Akido. He has had the honor of participating in seminars and training with some world's most notable martial artist; such as Dan Inosanto, Nate Defensor, Joe Lewis, and Jeff Speakman.
What cannot be understated are the qualities of his youth that drove him to exercise practical knowlegde with tactile precision he learned in a Kwoon. There is a huge difference between being taught - or achieving belts and point fighting - and actually exercising technique in REAL world scenarios, where adrenaline rushes and you default to what you know best. Dennis is a fighter...in the Dojo, Kwoon, or on the street. "On the street" is actually Dennis's forte, when all rules are scraped, training is combined, and no holds are barred.
At the beginning of 2008, Dennis found his home training under Chris Damiano in Destin, Florida. Sifu Damiano, a direct student of Ip Ching, introduced Dennis to authentic Wing Chun. Dennis champions this style today in his own school, West County Wing Chun. Dennis remains a faithful student of Chris Damiano and continues to train and learn privately.
In March 2011, Dennis opened West County Wing Chun in Valley Park, which has been growing rapidly ever since. He has a large Wing Chun following through group and private lessons and continues to grow his school day to day. His passion for the art shows in the strong Kung Fu family he is building at the school today. The focus on friendship, family, adult learning, and love of the art is evident in every class.