Profile: Serge Yousuf (Daih Si Hing) Pak Mei Kung Fu – London
My interest in martial arts began in the age of 10 years old when someone unfortunately dislocated my elbow.
I started to learn Shotokan karate, in 1983 when I was 14 years old. After 5 years in learning this system of karate I was awarded a mock grading 1st Dan black belt by my 2nd Dan karate instructor.
Towards the end of my karate training I was invited to a Pak Mei kung fu class the Sifu’s name was Mario. I found that I enjoyed this style so much that I was training 7 days a week for 5 years. However, towards the end of 5 years, Sifu Mario started to develop his own style of kung fu which he called “I CHI MEI” which was a mixture of kung fu styles put together. As a result of his diversion, I left his school to train with his teacher, Sifu Wu Cheung who was a disciple of Si Gung Tang Cho Tak. I started to train with Sifu Cheung in 1992, once a week over the course of 3 years where unfortunately due to a wrist injury my training came to an abrupt end in 1995.
Over the course of 10 years, I finally had reconstructive surgery on my wrist which I was very fortunate and grateful to the doctors and NHS staff. As I mentioned above in 1995 my kung fu training came to an abrupt end. However, in 2005 I was fortunate enough to restart my kung fu training and continue learning and training Pak Mei Kung Fu with Sifu Dave Stevens when he first opened his school in London when he returned from Hong Kong after receiving the permissions to teach from his teacher, my grand master, Si Gung Tang Cho Tak from the Cheung Bing Faat lineage.
I am very fortunate to be a student of Sifu Dave Stevens and long may it continue.