Grand Master David Gaw has been training in the martial arts for over 30 years, during which time he has been blessed enough to study multiple arts. He began his training in 1984, at the age of 7, in Tae Kwon Do.  Being a smaller child who was bullied often, he found comfort in learning to defend himself.  When he was 17, he left Tae Kwon Do to begin training in Judo.  While learning Judo, he was introduced to concepts of other arts such as Bushido, Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, and Hapkido; these concepts would aid him in understanding the martial arts in future years.  At the age of 21, while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, in addition to his military hand to hand and weapons combat training, he was fortunate enough to be able to train in Combat Judo and Muay Thai kickboxing. By this time, he was gravitating towards arts that were more combat oriented, as opposed to sport oriented, so these two arts enabled him to gain a better perspective for self defense and combat.  Upon his return home to Nashville, he wanted to continue his training and met some practitioners of Ninjutsu and began training with them.  His time in this system was quite short, but he did apply some of the concepts and precepts that he had learned to other arts that he had studied.  Not being satisfied with his current level of knowledge, Master Gaw felt that his training needed more than just a physical aspect, so he began to study the more philosophical side of the martial arts.  Learning about meditation, energy cultivation, and balance in all things helped him understand what the martial arts are truly about.  In 2007, he saw a martial arts school near his home, so he decided to stop in and inquire about it.  This decision turned out to be the best decision he could have made; the first person he met there turned out to be Sijo L.R. Gray.  Sijo Gray would tell him about what was to become his favorite art…Wing Chun.  A few days after their initial meeting, he had his introductory class with Sijo Gray and has been training with him ever since.  Since he had prior training in multiple arts, Sijo decided to start him at an intermediate rank.  He earned his probationary black sash less than 3 months after beginning, and was also called upon to assist Sijo Gray in teaching the classes soon thereafter.   Since joining the Chinese martial arts, in addition to his Wing Chun training, Master Gaw has had the privilege of learning multiple arts such as Shuai Jiao (Chinese fast wrestling), Kuo Shu kickboxing, Kali (Filipino stick and knife fighting), and Qi Gong (energy building).  In addition to these arts, he was honored to be taught the system of Shaolin Chin Na in its entirety (to include many aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM) by Grand Master Bruce Linville, who also taught him Yang Tai Chi Chuan and concepts of Ba Gua as well as certain Northern Shaolin forms, concepts, and weapons among other things.  While Wing Chun is, and will remain, his primary art, the inclusion of a more general knowledge of the arts continues to help him grow and evolve as a martial artist, person, and teacher.  In 2010, Master Gaw was honored by Sijo Gray’s announcement that he had been chosen as his successor and the inheritor of their family style of Ng Wing Chun.  Master Gaw still trains and studies, teaches his own students, and hopes to one day be able to teach and encourage his students as positively and effectively as he has been encouraged by his teachers.  He has said in the past that meeting Sijo Gray was “God sent” and he owes his maturation and growth in the martial arts to Sijo Gray and his teachings.  Master Gaw is currently working towards his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and hopes to one day be able to use his martial and healing arts to help others live fuller, healthier lives.