OUR MARTIAL ARTS LEGACYOur Irvine martial arts school's legacy began over 65 years ago when the late, great Yip Man (aka Ip Man) moved to Hong Kong in 1949 and became the first person to teach the art of Wing Chun publicly. There he met Leung Sheung, the person who became his highest ranking student. It was none other than Leung Sheung who gave birth to the lineage of The Dragon Institute.
But it was another of Yip Man's students who became his most famous. Known as "The Little Dragon", Bruce Lee began learning Wing Chun from Yip Man at the age of 13. Through his now legendary martial arts movies, Bruce Lee became responsible for introducing the Chinese martial arts to the western world.
So it was Yip Man and Bruce Lee who changed everything! Thanks to Yip Man, no longer was Wing Chun held in secret and privately passed down. And thanks to Bruce Lee, no longer was Chinese martial arts limited to Asia.
As far as Bruce Lee is concerned, it was Wing Chun and Yip Man which shaped his life like nothing else. Wing Chun shaped how Bruce Lee thought about martial arts, how he approached conflict and how he developed his own personal philosophy.
IRVINE MARTIAL ARTSENTER THE DRAGON
Founded 6 years ago here in Orange County, The Dragon Institute has taught the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun to thousands of local students. Named "Best Martial Arts in Orange County" 5 different times in 6 years by different newspapers and local consensus (CityVoter, OC Weekly, DP Times & CBS), our Irvine martial arts school is proud to continue the legacy of Yip Man, Bruce Lee and their outstanding martial arts in Irvine.
A MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL SECOND TO NONE
Honestly... you will not find a better martial arts school in Irvine. The level of instruction here at The Dragon Institute is second to none. We work harder and believe in our students to no end. We refuse to compromise when it comes to quality. Our instructors outstanding ability to apply has been developed through this same hard work. We will not settle for less for ourselves, and in turn, make it our mission to give our students this same level of dedication.
HAVE FUN GETTING REALLY, REALLY GOOD
Oh yeah! We completely forgot to mention something very, very important. Fun! Yes. The Dragon Institute's Martial Arts is fun. Make no mistake…the training is very challenging…but you don’t notice it because you're having so much fun getting really, really good. With our martial arts program, you’re busy developing yourself into a weapon, dialing in moves, learning to relax on an entirely different level while fighting. Yep you heard that right! Learning how to move in the most scientific way possible…laughing with other students, feeling more confident and having fun.
YOU WILL SUCCEED WITH THE DRAGON INSTITUTE
Just show up and we will keep you motivated with fun classes, personalized one-on-one attention, and expert level guidance to help you reach your goals. When you become part of The Dragon Institute, you become part of our martial arts family. This isn't just a class you take, we whole-heartedly care about your success and take true ownership in your development. In fact, your success is our success! This is what makes us so different in our approach. We believe in our martial arts program with everything we have because we were all students and have seen the amazing transformations first-hand. What's more, we don’t just teach, we will also always be students. Always striving to learn more. We know how effective this training has been for ourselves and can't get enough.