Dai Sifu Allan Jensen
Grand Master and Chief Instructor
WT Center/WT Scandinavia
Martial Arts career:
Trained Boxing for 2 years and briefly Shotokan Karate, Gensei Ryu Karate and Tai Chi.
In June 1976 Grandmaster Leung Ting visited Copenhagen with his assistant Sifu Allan Fong and gave a demonstration as a ‘warm-up’ at the danish premiere of the Bruce Lee movie ‘Fists Of Fury’.
Started training Wing Tsun in 1976 under his Sifu Ahmed Sharif, who up untill then had been teaching Shaolin Kung Fu, but at that time switched to Wing Tsun and became Grandmaster Leung Ting’s private student and representative in Denmark.
Seminar with Grandmaster Leung Ting at Sifu Sharif's gym
at Store Kongensgade, Copenhagen, 1978
In 1983 Sifu Sharif retired and left the school to Allan Enderberg Jensen and Lars Lind (current GM of Weapons Combat Systems).
First seminar with Grandmaster Kernspecht at the club in Tornebuskegade,
Copenhagen when Sifu Sharif retiered, 1983
At the time there were only one Wing Tsun Leung Ting school in Scandinavia but that was soon to change. The danish Wing Tsun Organisation joined The European Wing Tsun Organisation (EWTO) under Grandmaster Keith Kernspecht. In 1984 the second martial art taught in the EWTO, Latosa Escrima under Grandmaster Rene Latosa and Grandmaster Bill Newman was introduced to Denmark.
In the eighties and nineties Grandmaster Allan Jensen traveled regularly to EWTO’s HQ at Langenzell Castle for seminars and private lessons with his Si-Pak Keith Kernspecht and Grandmaster Leung Ting.
Private lesson with Grandmaster
Keith Kernspecht in Kiel, mid. nineties
Seminar at the EWTO HQ, Langenzell Castle in 1985 with
Grandmaster Leung Ting and Grandmaster Keith Kernspecht.
The picture is taken in the Great Hall of the castle
Regular seminars took place at the danish HQ in Copenhagen with Grandmaster Keith Kernspecht, Grandmaster Leung Ting, Sifu Emin Boztepe (currently chief instructor of EBMAS Wing Tzun) and Sifu Giuseppe Schembri (chief instructor Switzerland).
Sifu Emin Boztepe did seminars on a regular basis in the nineties for the danish organization.
Picture taken at WT Center 1993
In 1984 a second school was opened in Odense under Erik Lilleør who later would start the well known magazine Wing Chun Illustrated, and in 1989 a third school was opened in Hillerød under David Tvilling (now know under the name Jung Soo Park, and currently the chief instructor for Korea, the Korean Wing Tsun Association).
In 1992 the big breakthrough happened, with demos, TV and other press interest. Grandmaster Allan Jensen was promoted to Sifu and national trainer. The growth made it necessary to find a new place for the school and in July 1992 the WT Center was opened at Vesterbrogade 76. At its height it had more than 2000 students and was known as ‘the biggest Wing Tsun gym in the world’!
Picture taken in front of the bust of Yip Man in the lobby of WT Center after a seminar, left to right Henning Daverne, Emin Boztepe, Allan Jensen. Late nineties.
Instructors and student, late nineties, left to right, Carsten Damgård, Kenneth Kyhe, student, David Tvilling (Jung Soo Park) Jesper Lundqvist and front row, Allan Jensen and Henning Daverne
In 1995 the Wing Tsun Instructors Academy was founded enabling students and instructors to train full time.
The number of Wing Tsun schools in Denmark also grew fast and in total tens of thousands of students have been taught, most well known:
Sifu Henning Daverne (currently teaches meditation and mindfulness) 1982 - 2007
Sifu Morten Ibsen (Chief instructor for Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun, Denmark) 1986 -
Sifu Kenneth Kyhe (Chief instructor at WingTsunKbh) 1987 -
Sifu Jørgen Riis (Jørgen Riis Wing Tsun) 1988 -
Sifu David Tvilling (Jung Soo Park, chief instructor for Korea, the Korean Wing Tsun Association) 1985 -
Sifu Kim Salomonsen (Chinese boxing and Vesterbronx Gym) 1993 -
Sifu Martin Brogård (Wan Kam Leung, Practical Wing Chun) 1995 -
Sifu Jesper Lundquist (Mai Gei Wong Wing Chun) 1992 -
Sifu Lars Murholt (Chief instructor at WT Center/Wing Tsun Scandinavia, Editor - Darwin Tsun) 2005 -
The vast majority of Wing Tsun, Wing Chun, Ving Tsun, Wing Tzun etc. teachers in Denmark are or have been students of Grandmaster Allan Enderberg Jensen.
In 2001 Grandmaster Allan Jensen was promoted to chief instructor for Scandinavia and WT Scandinavia was founded.
In 2003 WT Scandinavia left the EWTO and together with Dai Sifu Reimers (Wing Tsung), Sifu Benno Westra (currently of Wan Kam Leung, Practical Wing Chun) and Master Steve Tappin (Escrima Concepts) founded the World Martial Arts Alliance, WMAA.
In 2014 WT Center and the Wing Tsun Instructors Academy relocated to Østbanegade 55 at Østerbro.
In 2016 Release of darwintsun.com - Wing Tsun Encyclopedia.