HUBER HEIGHTS — Meng’s Martial Arts International, headquartered in Huber Heights, has been serving the Miami Valley for over 30 years. Grand Master Meng is a world-recognized authority on the art of Shaolin Wing Chun as Curator of the Ving Tsun Museum and has over 20 branch schools throughout the world.
Grand Master Meng’s focus is on producing Instructors and top-level champions in forms and fight competition. Before taking on a full-time career as an instructor, he was also a national level competitor in fighting and forms. Since opening in 1987, his school produced state and national champions in the very first year. This tradition continues to this day with multiple champions at the state, regional, national, Pan-American, and international levels.
Shaolin Wing Chun includes all ranges and skills in the martial arts so Meng’s students can compete in many different types of competition: Judo (throwing), Jujitsu (submissions), Taekwondo (primarily kicks), Sanda (kicks, strikes, takedowns, throws) and even Mixed Martial Arts (kicks, strikes, clinches, knees, elbows, takedowns, sweeps, throws, and submissions).
For the Meng’s family, the martial arts is a family affair. Grand Master Meng’s wife, Mrs. Sunmi P. Meng, grew up in a martial arts family, earning her Black Belt at just 8 years old. Her two older brothers were the first youth black belts ever awarded by the Kukiwon, the international governing body for the art of Taekwondo.
It was only natural that their three sons followed in their parent’s footsteps, growing up as martial art kids. Grand Master Meng taught his sons in the same format used within his martial arts schools, focused on developing Life Skills – the physical, mental, and emotional skills needed to be a champion in life. The physical skills of the martial arts and competition is a tool to develop the tools and attitude necessary to face and overcome life’s challenges.
As Grand Master Meng says, “Fighting is a reality check. Martial Arts training allows students to quickly learn from reality and one of the reality is that we are all capable of achieving anything we put our heart and mind into”.
For the Meng’s boys, participation in the martial arts is required just like formal education in school. Once they reach 18, the boys can decide to continue or stop.
All three boys are self-motivated to train. All three earned national medals this year and are also excellent academic students – earning straight As in school, two in middle school and one in college. Until this year, the school’s highest level of competitive success was to produce Pan-American champions; this year, Vincent Meng was the first to earn a spot on a National level team and qualify for a World Championships on two different teams. One is traditional forms competition in November in China. The second is fighting in the World Championships representing the USA in 2018 in Baltimore.
June 30th to July 3rd in Detroit, MI at the USA Taekwondo Nationals Derikson Meng fighting in youth sparring black belt division, won the bronze medal (3rd place).
July 19th to 23rd in Lubbock, TX USA Wushu Nationals and World Team Trial Championship – Spencer Meng fighting in youth sparring, won the gold medal (1st). Derikson Meng fighting in youth sparring, won a silver medal (2nd) and Vincent Meng competing in traditional forms (Wing Chun) took gold (1st).
July 27th to 31st in Baltimore, MD USA International Kuosho Championships and World Team Trial for 2018 Vincent Meng defended his national titles, took gold, and made the international team.
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