GM Niel Willcott
Founder of Lohan Martial Arts
Niel has dedicated his life to the study and teaching of our rare Chinese martial arts and health practices. Here is a timeline showing some of Niel's advances in the world of martial arts & wellbeing.
- 1976 - Born
- 1980 - 1996 (age 4 - 20 years) mixture of martial arts mostly Japanese, Korean, western boxing, spiritualism and palm reading
- 1996 - 1998 Hung Sing Choy Lay Fut with Richard Papworth student of Lee Koon Hung
- 1998 - Joined the Plum Blossom International Federation
- 1999 - Won title of Grand Champion at the Plum Blossom International Federation European Championship hosted in the Netherlands
- 1999 - Traveled to San Francisco, Poland and China to learn
- 1999 - 2000 Mentored by Dai Si-hing Brain Huffman (former instructor at DFWMAC, living in London)
- 2000 - Awarded black sash by GM. Doc-fai Wong
- 2001 - Founded the Hung Sing Martial Arts Schools
- 2001 - Became official student of GM. Doc-Fai Wong
- 2001 - 2002 Traveling with and learning from GM DFW in Poland, San Francisco, Spain, London, etc.
- 2003 - June - Tested and passed the PBIF Black Fringe. First person in UK to pass this and became the highest rank PBIF member in Europe.
- Traveling to learn from DFW and assist in teaching Italian members in Rome.
- 2004 - Visited the Shaolin Temple
- 2004 - Won two silver medals at the 1st World Traditional Wushu Tournament in Zhengzhou, China.
- 2004 - 2006 Followed GM DFW learning and acting as assistant instructor in his European seminars.
- 2005 - Sent students to demonstrate at the grand opening of the Jiangmen Choy Li Fut Kung Fu Association. Jiangmen (Kong Moon city of China)
- 2006 - Won 4th place in the Worlds largest Tai Chi and Pushing hand tournament held in Taipei, Taiwan.
- 2006 - Money raised for the restoration of Chan Heung's Residence in King Mui, Xinhui, China.
- 2006 - Sent students to demonstrate and represent him at the 155th anniversary of the founding of the Futsan branch of Choy Li Fut school. Futsan, Guangdong, China
- 2008 - Takes a team to compete in the PBIF tournament, San Francisco, Niel was guest judge for advanced level forms and his students won gold in light middle and heavyweight divisions.
- 2009 - Represented CLF with GGM Wong Gong, at the "Martial Arts World Leaders Forum" in Macao
- 2009 - Traveling in China with GM Doc-fai Wong
- 2009 - Became the disciple of Chan Sun Chiu (Keeper of King Mui Choy Li Fut) - Niel then became a 5th Generation of Choy Li Fut - The Keeper granted Niel the title of Grandmaster
- 2010 - Niel’s top two (students at the time) tested under DFW for the black fringe level. Niel was given the title of Tai-Sifu, ranking him in the top five PBIF members.
- 2011 - Niel sent a team to represent his schools at the NEC Birmingham “The martial arts show live”
- 2012 - This year Niel joined the Masters demonstration “The martial arts show live” Birmingham NEC
- 2013 - 22/4/2013 the Keeper Chan Sun Chui passed away. Niel became a successor of the 5th generation of the King Mui lineage. Stepped away from PBIF to fully follow the Keepers teachings. Founding 'Lohan Martial Arts' in honour of the Keeper
- 2013 - 'El Budoka' martial arts journal interview and front cover
- 2013 - National and international seminars and dragon dances
- 2014 - UK Seminars and traveling to Sri Lanka on a pilgrimage to visit the tooth of the Buddha relic and cave temples.
- 2015 - UK Seminars
- 2016 - International and UK Seminars.
- 2017 - Pilgrimage to the Three Mountains of Dewa (出羽三山 Dewa Sanzan), learning an old form of Shinrin-yoku walking in nature
- 2017 - Updated qualifications in sport injury assessment and treatments
- 2017 - UK Seminars and awards
2018 - Chinese new year lion dance seminar