Ian Niswonger is presently an Assistant Instructor and Lohan Candidate under the guidance of his Sifu, Master Chango Noaks, Sr. at Meng’s Martial Arts of Richmond.
Ian's martial arts journey first began under Master Jin Chung in the art of Tae Kwon Do when he was ten years old in Englewood, Ohio. Under Master Chung, Ian competed in the I.K. Kim Ja Be Ryu Championship in 2002 and 2003, where martial arts forever become a part of his life. After Master Jin Chung left Englewood, Ian continued to practice what he had learned on his own and developed a deep respect for all martial arts.
In 2014, Ian decided to revisit his childhood passion and began learning martial arts once again. He wanted to devote himself to the arts and become someone who would one day teach and lead others. After only a single visit, Ian was both amazed and thrilled by the amount of knowledge and wisdom that the Meng's Organization had to offer.
Since joining Meng's of Richmond, Ian has been able to overcome many limitations in life and achieve new heights. In the first year of his training, Ian competed at the Battle of Columbus World Martial Arts Games in full contact continuous sparring and was invited to join the Leadership Program.
After joining the Leadership program, Ian delved deeper into the art and culture of Shaolin Wing Chun Kung Fu, while also learning to lead and be an example to his classmates.
In his second year of training, Ian was invited into and joined the Blacksash Program, where he began learning to let go of his sense of self.
Ian is now on the next stretch of his journey. As a Lohan Candidate, he is responsible for learning the complete Shaolin Wing Chun System, and passing this wisdom on to the next generation.
As of today, with the guidance of his Sifu Master Chango Noaks Sr., and help from his Kung Fu Family, Ian has had many life-changing experiences including, but not limited to:
- The opportunity of competing in numerous events ranging from from full contact, to point, to grappling
- The opportunity to train with the Southern Shaolin Monk National Demonstration Team
- Traveling to Foshan, China and Hong Kong, where he paid his respects to the late Grandmaster Ip Man and competed in the presence of Grandmasters Ip Ching and Ip Chun, Ip Man's two sons; as well as visiting Bruce Lee's historic home, China's Wing Chun Museum, and the Ip Man Tong at the Ving Tsun Athletic Association
- Learning to judge and referee martial arts competition matches
- Learning to teach and guide students of all ages in not only martial arts, but in life as well
Today, Ian aims to be a Master Instructor, so he continues to study and train, dedicated to the art of Shaolin Wing Chun, to the Kwoon, and to his Kung Fu Family as he continues to shape minds, bodies, and spirits into those of a warrior's.