In the 1980’s, at the age of 15, Dean Carrick and two close friends were assaulted in an unprovoked attack by aproximately a dozen ‘Skin Head’ thugs in North West London. This had a profound affect on him.
Although Dean had tried Judo previously, something more ‘strike’ based was needed.
Days later, in a local library he found a leaflet which advertised ‘Kung Fu’ lessons. From that point on and for the next 4 years, Dean travelled from Harlesden to Wembley to learn a respected system of Kung Fu which was based on traditional Shaolin/Wushu styles.
Within the first year, 1983, Dean won the Southern Area Light Contact Junior Championship. However, towards the end of the 4 years, the Chief Instructor moved away and the club closed.
Dean Carrick was later introduced to an instructor of Taekwondo and trained in the Korean Art for a couple of years.
In ’87 he entered in his first full contact tournament, the Buckingham Tao Kwon Do Championship where he won a silver medal.
Still unsettled, Dean tried something different. He had once read that Bruce Lee had tried out Fencing and so joined the Nationally Renowned ‘Haverstock Fencing’ Club in North London learning the ‘Epee’ discipline.
During the 4 years here, he competed Nationally and attained a top seeding of 82nd in the UK. To this day Dean attributes the footwork skills obtained during this period of fencing as complementing his footwork within his Wing Chun training, especially when sparring.
After serious knee problems Dean had to undergo knee surgery.
Dean was forced to retire from fencing and went on to try out a couple of Wing Chun Clubs.
The approach of this unique Chinese Martial Art made Dean feel he was getting closer to what he was looking for.
Fortunately after moving to Cambridgeshire, Dean found the UK Wing Chun Kung Fu Assoc. and has never looked back since.
Dean Carrick has a real passion for the Art of Wing Chun Kung Fu. He began his training at the Huntingdon branch and also trained in St Ives prior to it closing in late 2014.
Dean Carrick now trains regularly at the Bedford Wing Chun branch and has been training in the advanced class for quite some time.
Dean’s ambition is to become a qualified Si-Fu within the UK Wing Chun Kung Fu Assoc. This will entail not only passing particular gradings, but also the ability to successfully coach students from scratch to pass their 2nd level grade. This is not an easy task!
Dean is training hard for the third level grading in the UK Wing Chun Kung Fu Assoc. syllabus. He has now opened a branch teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu in Godmanchester Huntingdon and is on his way to the highly resected title of Si-Fu.