In my opinion, Yacine is the consummate martial arts teacher.
He has the ability to reach everyone where they are, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and help them move beyond their limitations.
He is always approachable and holds firmly to the conviction that if it is worth doing, it is worth doing it right which, to me, is a sign of his lessons worth.
Yacine abides by the rule that teaching someone both takes a person who is as willing to give as much of themselves as they ask from their students. With that, he has been instrumental in providing the instruction and support for me to grow as a person and martial artist.
After participating in one class, I was able to recognize an efficiency and experience a power that I have not felt in many years of Wing Chun study. This not only reinforced the quality of his tuition, but also underlined his years of genuine training and application.
Importantly, the training is geared to the realities of physical confrontation and I am convinced that Bayou Wing Chun will “work” if and when it is ever needed.
Yacine is extraordinarily skilled, professional and passionate about Kung Fu but and takes a keen interest in all of his students. Taking such an interest signals a deep commitment to the martial art, a good moral code and his pupils.
As a result he has become to all that know him as someone that can be relied on, no matter what the situation.
I've always wanted to learn some kind of self-defense but have never acted on it due to a variety of reasons/excuses until I was introduced to Yacine and realised how Wing Chun suited me as it's more about defence than attacking.
Yacine has been very passionate and patient in his teaching and always made sure the class understood the meaning / logic behind every move or technique; encourages questions and challenges - nothing is left unturned on the table.
Another thing I love about this is how Yacine stresses that this is not a combat sport or aggressive form of martial art - he balances it with a healthy mental well-being and discipline. The aggressiveness without violence only comes in when we have no choice but have to defend our own life.
Having studied a wide variety of martial arts over the last 30 years including Wing Chun - nothing could have prepared me for the power, speed and effectiveness of Wing Chun as taught by Sifu Bayou. It only took a few minutes for me to realize that this style, and Sifu's understanding of it was something very special. Both calming and exhilarating, you are taught to harness your inner strength and apply it effortlessly. The techniques are extremely logical, yet the true secrets unfold only through dedication to the training - until you finally realize that nothing is what it seems. Sifu is patient, dedicated and methodical. He believes in the ethics and integrity of the old masters of Kung Fu. Respect is always at the forefront. In my opinion from a technical stand point, you could not find a better Sifu. He teaches strong fundamentals that form the foundation that later techniques are built upon. Strong fundamentals are the basis for strong and effective application of the system. They also promote physical health and well being. If you have come from other styles it will feel strange to begin with. It's only at the point of total exhaustion for example that you discover where the true power of the Wing Chun punch comes from. Stick with it and you will be a better person. Thank you for everything Sifu.
Yacine has made the class enjoyable and enriching. He taught us that Wing Chun is not about being aggressive but to be relax and staying grounded.
He is not quick about teaching us everything at one go. He offers tips on how to improve our techniques and constantly ensures that we are progressing before moving on to something new. In addition, he links the techniques to life quotes. How what we do connects to the technique and channel that energy to bring out the best.
He is really humble and patient in his teaching. And is always eager to impart his knowledge to us both on Wing Chun and life. I have used a number of his teachings in my life development and it has definitely help made me a better person.
I would highly recommend anyone who wants to learn Wing Chun to come to Yacine's class and give it a go. You will never know till you try it!! 🙂