Welcome to The Academy Of Chinese Martial Arts

All Beginner & Advanced Students Are Welcome
Sifu Wayne Pinto greets you:

"Welcome to our website. My kungfu training started in 1988 with the late Leslie Reed sifu of the South African chapter of the International Taijiquan and Shaolin Wushu Association. I started teaching at Leslie sifu's school at the end of 1988 and was allowed to open my own school at the beginning of 1989.

Through our connection with Derek Frearson sifu we managed to travel to and train in China, where I was lucky to experience some tuition at the Shaolin temple and also with Lee Kam Wing sifu who is the inheritor of the Seven Star Praying Mantis style. Since the untimely passing of Leslie sifu (3rd March 2003) I now continue teaching under the direct guidance of Derek sifu.

In October 2016 I accepted Derek Sifu's invitation to become a 9th generation successor of the 7 Star Praying Mantis Style.

While the training is inherently tough I strive to keep an element of fun in the classes. Traditions and discipline must always prevail but I believe the student should always enjoy the time spent at our school. I hope that you will find the information on our site helpful and that you will come and visit us when your are in Cape Town. If you would like any other information or just want to chat please send me an email."

Sifu Wayne Pinto
The Academy Of Chinese Martial Arts

leekamwing Grandmaster Lee Kam Wing (seventh generation) was born in Hong Kong, 1947. He was introduced to Master Chiu Chi Man by his maternal uncle while he was fifteen years old. He spent ten years learning the Seven-Star Praying Mantis Style from Master Chiu Chi Man.

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Sifu Derek ITSWA teachers For over four decades Sifu Derek Frearson has had a fascination for the Chinese Martial Arts and has sought out many fine Masters in the pursuit of knowledge.  Sifu Frearson is the president and Chief instructor of the International Taijiquan and Shaolin Wushu Association.

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After studying the Chinese Martial Arts in England for many years he went to America in 1978 to study Taijiquan and Northern Praying Mantis.  Sifu Frearson made his first visit to China in 1984 and has returned there every year since, he now organises Martual Arts and Health Tours to China.

An avid promoter of the Chinese Martial Arts he has written many articles for English Martial Arts magazines and has been featured in magazines and periodicals from Spain, Germany, Venezuela, China, South Africa, Hong Kong and Poland.  Sifu Frearson has also taught in South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, Italy, Ireland, France, Hungary and Jersey and to overseas students from Germany, France Hungary, Poland, Italy, South Africa, Jersey, Ireland, Spain and Poland visit England to be taught by him.  In 1987 with the help of his student Ferran Tarrago Tomas, he produced a book in Spanich on the Northern Mantis Style.

Sifu Frearson was an invited guest at the Grand Opening of the International Shaolin Wushu Training Centre, Deng Feng, China in 1989 and in 1992 was made a lifetime member of the Shaolin Boxers Association of Deng Feng China.

leslie In 1986 Sifu Leslie Reed opened one of the first public schools of Chinese Martial arts in Cape Town.

During 1987 he traveled to and trained with Sifu Derek Frearson of the then British Taijiquan and Shaolin Wushu Association.It was under the guidance of Sifu Derek that Leslie Sifu learnt the Wah Lum Tan Tui, Yang Taijiquan as well as Wing Chun systems.

On his return to Cape Town he established the South African chapter of the BTSWA. Sifu Wayne began training with Sifu Leslie in February of 1989.

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During 1989 Leslie Sifu traveled with Derek Sifu to China in order to train at the Shaolin Temple as well as with Grandmaster Lee Kam Wing of the 7 Star Praying Mantis Style. Over the following ten years, Leslie Sifu joined Derek Sifu on a number of training tours to China.

Leslie Sifu always insisted on strict adherence to the technical detail as well as to the martial art code of conduct. In this he was uncompromising. Between the period of 1990 and 1998 Leslie Sifu built the South African chapter of the BTSWA, now known as the International Taijiquan and Shaolin Wushu Association, to a school consisting of 19 instructors spread around SA. During this time Derek Sifu appointed him as Director of the ITSWASA.

Because of his great passion for Chinese Martial Arts, students kept coming back to learn more from him. He had a presence which nobody could ignore when he entered the class. This was one of the reasons that everyone tried their best to do everything to perfection so as to ensure that he was pleased.

On 3 March 2003 Leslie passed away and he is still missed today.