West County Wing Chun
Currently, Dennis Moreland is the Chief Instructor at West County Wing Chun.
Dennis started martial arts in 1982 at the age of 8. He currently holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo under Tim (T.O.) Toeniskoetter, at the Martial Arts Center in St. Louis, MO. During his time with T.O., Dennis taught group and private lessons including instruction of the Military and the St. Louis Police Department.
Dennis has also acheived 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, FL 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 or trained 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 excersize practical knowlegde with tactile precision he learned in a DoJo. There is a huge difference between being taught - or achieving belts and point fighting - and actually excersizing technique in REAL world scenarios, where adrenaline rushes and you default to what you know best. Dennis is a fighter...in the Dojo, or kwoon, or on the street. On the street is actually Dennis's forte, when all rules are scraped and all 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.
March 2011, Dennis opened West County Wing Chun which has grown rapidly. His passion for the art shows in the strong Kung Fu family he is building at West County Wing Chun today. The focus on friendship, family, adult learning and love of the art is evident in every class.
Today, Dennis is teaching in Valley Park. He has a large Wing Chun following with adults through group and private lessons and continues to grow his school day to day.