I know sometimes it looks like people aren't trying and there's plenty of ridiculous videos out there where the supposed 'master' shrugs his shoulders and people go flying but take my word for it that is not the case here. I was at a Sifu Sergio seminar recently along with many others from all different schools and lineages, and he did this to all of us. The best way I can describe it is that Sifu Sergio is literally like a rock sticking out of the ground, immovable which ever direction you push him in. When you roll poon sau you are always off balance, it's as if he takes control of your balance and structure through contact. I was unable to strike or even move my feet to regain balance, it is very disconcerting. He pushed me over even when moving very slowly, you feel and even watch it happening but there is nothing you can do. I have over 20 years experience in Wing Chun (and similar with others at the seminar) and I wasn't able to stand up in front of Sifu Sergio. Very humbling. It really is something you have to feel to believe and understand. Many thanks to Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola for an intensive weekend training, going back to the start and feeling like a beginner again, love it. So much information to process and so much still to learn but inspired by your example! I have met many 'masters' but Sifu Sergio's ability is on another level, he is a true modern master and the encyclopedia of Wing Chun- Danny Chu Burn 13/01/2019
Having studied worldwide under names like the late Derek Jones, Chu King Hung, Bruce Frantzis and several other well known masters for more then 3 decades I was looking forward to my meeting with Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola, here is what I wrote at the time after my experience. Amazing three hours with Sergio Pascal Iadarola yesterday in Birmingham, at the 2016 Wing Chun gathering in aid of charity. His profound and deep well spring of knowledge on the internal training of Wing Chun, the snake engine, and the cotton body, lost in much modern Wing Chun, was nothing but astounding and genuine. I had heard he was the Encyclopedia of Wing Chun, but that dosent prepare you for the reality of his abilities. I've been involved in Wing Chun for 30 years this year, 32 in Tai Chi, Yoga 27 years. I’ve been teaching Tai Chi with my own humble skills since 1993, Yoga since 1990. I've only come across this skill level twice before with two of my teachers, and I strongly believe Sergio Pascal Iadarola out passes this. I can’t recommend learning from him enough.- John Scott Petty 13/01/2019
I received today In life, sometimes you meet people who have a profound impact on you because they make you aware of things you previously wouldn't imagine possible. They shift the boundaries in your mind, in your frame of reference. You touch them, and something wonderful happens. I have met many skilful martial artists who were better than me. I consider it a privilege to meet them and consider these as growing opportunities. But not all of these are the same. Not everyone with skill, has the same type of skill. And I feel it is important to be honest about this to myself and others. Today, for only the third time in my life, I had the pleasure of meeting and training with Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola. His ability is truly something special. 2 years ago, he was kind of enough to share with me 2 important things. The first was some of his methods of internal cultivation, methods of developing internal power. He gave me important keys in order to get far more out of my practice. The second was equally important: he inspired me tremendously with a level of skill I didn't use to think was possible. The way he was able to affect me, dominate me in such an effortless way, changed my paradigm of what can be achieved. This was the type of superioryet seemingly effortless attainment I wanted to strive for. The past 2 years, I have been working hard and I am happy with my progress on my path. Yet today, touching hands with Sergio yet again, the same thing as two years ago happened, but possibly evenstronger. I might have been growing and progressing somewhat, but it is amazing to see how Sifu Sergio has improved. It is truly awesome, in the literal sense that it fills me with awe. There might be many skilful martial artists, but it is truly rare to find someone who can so totally and utterly control you from the instant you touch. Light as a feather, heavy as a mountain. Once again, Sifu Sergio helped me generously to help me in my path, giving me more clarity tools which will certainly improve my progress.- Pablo Tenret 13/01/2019
I have dedicated my life to the martial arts and particularly Wing Chun. After 30 years of daily training, travelling the world and researching, I would be the first to say I’m hard to please. So to recommend another teacher’s work means I highly respect what they have done on many levels. Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola has all the qualities that one should have as a martial artist and teacher of the highest level. He is always learning, researching and improving. Sergio is one of the very few to have completed in-depth research of Wing Chun but also has attained the real practical skills of the art as well, so I highly recommend this work to you.- Sifu Alan Orr 13/01/2019
I have been practicing martial arts for 34 years. My background is in boxing, kickboxing, MMA and Wing Chun.When I first met sifu Sergio Pascal IadarolaI had been practicing Wing Chun for 13 years and reached instructor level. When I touched hands with sifu Sergio I instantly noticed that his methods was something I had never experienced before. Sifu Sergio made me feel like I was stuck to him. It was like been caught in a giant spiders web. He was able to control my Centre of Equilibrium on contact. It felt like he had control of my body and could bounce me around and move me like a rag doll with relative ease. I was truly humbled by his method and skilllevel.I later became a private student of sifu Sergio and a member of IWKA. His teachings has been amazing. The IWKA curriculum is an in-depth fully integrated internal system that has upgraded my skills and knowledge in Wing Tjun.I highly recommendthat people meet sifu Sergio and touch hands with him, or some of his senior students before judging him, or his system.As someone who has been involved in martial arts for a long time and has competed in boxing, kickboxing and and MMA; I can honestly say that IWKA Wing Tjun is an amazing practical and functional fighting system that also has great benefits to ones health and well-being.- Jason Sylvester 13/01/2019
I was part of the IWKA for some years learning and teaching Wing Chun when the Association was still known as the International Wing Tjun Kung Fu Association. As my interest in the Internal arts grew and there was a Taijiquan school close to my house here in Phuket I started to immerse myself deeply into Yang Taijiquan and left Wing Chun and the IWKA behind. little did I know that a mere 6 years later I would be back, I should have known that my Sifu Sergio Iadarola does what he always does going all out in his research and studies resulting him studying the Internal arts almost full time under some of the worlds Top internal stylists in New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, Mainland China and Canada to really up his skill level in Taijiquan that he started himself in 2003
After around 6 years I met my former Wing Chun Sifu again and thought that with my intensive private studies of Taijiquan here in Phuket I would suprise him a lot, but nothing could have been further from the truth as he litteraly blew me away resulting in me becoming his Yang Taiji disciple. Furthermore and not a point to be taken lightly I know Sifu Sergio teaches from the heart holding no information back. Sharing all he knows with his Indoor students, combine this openness with his relentless drive to research and becoming the best he can be I decided to put my weight behind the IWKA and back it up with my Bone Setting Skills, Chinese medicine expertise and Advanced Medical Center in Phuket Thailand.
Sifu Sergio will be long remembered after most masters have been long forgotten. If you get a chance to train with him, I highly recommend his instruction.- Mark Rasmus 18/04/2019