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Who we are

The Academy of Self Defence 


We are a part of the Academy of Self Defence, which was established by Grandmaster Jagjit Ram in 1982.  Grandmaster Ram is the Chief Instructor of the Academy.  Within the Academy is the Meridian Centre School of Martial Arts, under Master Sata Chand, which is based in Southend on sea, Essex.  


We have a long tradition and can trace our lineage, through Grandmaster Ram, to the late Grandmaster Yip Man and beyond to the original founders of the art of Wing Chun.  We are proud to be part of the The Academy of Self Defence, the Wing Chun family and its lineage.     






Sifu Upesh Amin

Biography Sifu Upesh

The Hornchurch Club at Ardleigh House Community Association is run by Sifu Upesh Amin. Upesh began his training and study of Wing Chun Kuen in the late 1990s training under both Grandmaster Jagjit Ram and Master Sata Chand and is currently a senior practitioner and a fully qualified instructor for the Academy of Self Defence.  He has been running the Hornchurch Club since 2007.  All our instructors are DBS checked (formerly known as CRB) and have liability insurance cover to teach.  

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