As a teenager Sifu Mark Stas started his martial arts training alone in his room, inspired by Bruce Lee and anime at that time. He could join his first ‘official’ course from his parents in 1984 with Karate Shotokan which he practised many years. Because he loved kicking techniques so much, he was suggested to practise Taekwondo and switched to this Korean martial art. He competed successfully during his youth and participated at a World Championship in Italy.
He got an introduction in Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan, before discovering after a few months a Chinese martial art, which changed his life, thanks to the great fighter and instructor Sifu Salih Avci in Aachen (Germany). Convinced of the efficiency, he soon decided to live and study many years in that country with the best European Wing Tsun schools.
Training and teaching in the ML-MAF, his dedication and passion led him to create his Wing Flow System after more than 34 years of martial arts practice.
“His performance in Italy at one of the most important events, the First Festival dell Budo in Torino left not only the organisers in awe:
his way of moving and his explosive movements took their breath away”
He revolutionised the world of Wing Chun with his excellent coordination, way of moving and extreme ability in linking his kicks, knees, punches and elbows, rarely seen in 2016. His video’s were watched millions of times, shared numerous times on social medias all over the world. He was invited in different countries over the world who were interested in his teachings. He became a pioneer of elbows and kicks within the Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do world, and inspires so many martial artists with his flow and excellent martial mastery.
He was interviewed in specialised magazines such as “Wing Chun Illustrated, Issue 52“, “Martial Science ed.22”, podcasts and online websites such as “Action Reloaded“, “Eat My News“, “Ronin-Martial Production“, “the Combat Cave”, “International Kung Fu Magazine”or “Reel Social Magazine” to name a few.
- World’s Martial Arts Got Talent Show: First prize
- Nominated as one of the “300 Best Martial Artists in the World” – 2019, 2020.
- Hall of Fame – 2016: “Master Of Self Defense”
- Hall of Fame – 2018: “Celebrity Award 2018”
- Hall of Fame – 2019: “Capo di Leuca”
(For the excellent performance in the martial arts movies with your unique method and has managed to be appreciated at world level)
- Appeared in the “Who is Who of Martial Arts”.
- Appeared in the “World’s Greatest Martial Artists” ed.25
He was nicknamed the Belgian Bruce Lee on the ‘Swiss Canal Alpha‘, in a Walloon newspaper: ‘La Nouvelle Gazette‘, on the national Belgian television: ‘RTBF-La Une‘, in a Flemish newspaper: ‘Nieuwsblad‘, on the Flemish Ring TV or even on the World Of Martial Arts TV.
Mark Stas is considered as one of the most complete Wing Chun instructors. His extreme mastery of coordination and body control, makes him one of the most admired and inspiring martial artists these days. He is well known for his unorthodox training methods (such as his innovative elastics kicking training which became an inspiration for many) and his excellent coaching style came to the ears of UFC fighters.
“Wing Flow Founder, Mark Stas, is regarded as one of the best in the world” – UK Martial Arts Show
During his seminar in France, he left a deep impression with the participating instructors of the special forces in Lyon, who saw in his self defence a practical and never seen before method.
He received at the Martial Hero Award event with his Wing Flow System the most beautiful congratulation a martial artist could get from Peter Chin, who was the training partner of Bruce Lee, and one of only four students who received the official certificate from Bruce Lee.