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Phillip Grainger

Sifu Phillip Grainger hails from Carrickfergus, just outside Belfast in Northern Ireland. He started his training in karate at fifteen. After earning his black belt in Wado Ryu karate and establishing a successful karate school, Phillip discovered the Chum Sut system of Wing Chun Kung Fu and Kali weapons training and, being impressed with the efficiency and effectiveness of the new system, started training in this new art.

After two years of training he changed his school over to the Chum Sut Kung Fu system, and two years later was awarded a first level skilled practitioner in Wing Chun Kung Fu. He then went on to become the first person to be awarded second level skilled practitioner by his instructor, Sifu Thomas Lamont, in the Chum Sut system. In his 35 years of experience, Sifu Phillip Grainger has, in addition to Chum Sut and karate, gained experience in many other martial arts including kickboxing, Jiujitsu, western boxing, Jeet Kune Do, and mixed martial arts.

After emigrating to the Sonoma Valley in 2003 he started teaching some of his friends in his garage once a week. In 2007 he moved his classes into the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory studio, then opened classes to the public in 2008.

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Chum Sut classes are held in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, and Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland. Information about class locations and times can be found on our classes page.

If you have any questions please contact us via e-mail or phone.

For more information about the constituent parts of Chum Sut Kung Fu please see the following links:
Wing Chun
Kali Weapons Training
Videos of Chum Sut Kung Fu

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