Samuel Kwok Martial Arts Association - Turkey Antalya - Advance Group Training
Warrior is an ordinary man who lives in permanent state of mindfulness.Murat Kaplan
Quit living on assumptions and you will become happier. Murat Kaplan
Suspicious mind conjures its own demons.Anonymous
Stop living on assumptions and be much happier and more peaceful.Murat Kaplan
Martial arts do not tolerate weakness in any kind. You should train hard to cultivate a strong heart, a strong mind and a powerful body.Anonymous
The more brute force a Wing-Chun practitioner uses, the more unrefined the art within.Murat Kaplan
Martial Arts are not for violence or correcting others; they are for peace and correcting your own mind and soul.Martial Arts Saying
If you give a damage to your partner during a combat training, it is not your skill; it is your great weakness.Anonymous
Learning the techniques without developing the skills will never bring any accomplishment.Wing Chun saying
Persistent attacks will surely gain you entry. Staying on the defensive too long will surely get you into trouble. Wing-Chun saying
Pass on the tradition. Preserve the Chinese art and rules of conduct.From `Wing-Chun Rules of Conduct`
Destroying the opponent`s center line will control his bridge. Wing Chun saying
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.Confucius
Develop a good foundation for advanced techniques." From `Wing-Chun Kuen Kuit`

Martial Arts Background

MURAT KAPLAN

Warriors are distinctly different from the rest of society where the typical man in today's culture fills his spare time pursuing entertainment and pleasure, the Warrior entertains himself cultivating spirit!!! That is their pleasure, trained to take down a mountain, but wouldn't harm a fly. - TeZeZaahir

Sifu Murat Kaplan (郭忠began to practice martial arts with Tae-Kwon-Do (TKD) under Master Cihat Ramazan Gürbüz when he was 6 years old. Following his TKD trainings, he started to practice Kung-Fu; first under his first masters Sifu Lee Peng, and Sifu Nevzat Bayrak.

He was awarded the title Sifu and given full authority of teaching his own students after 18 years of trainings.

While he was away from his country for his academic studies, Kaplan had a chance to become a member of 'Fong's Wing-Chun Gung-Fu Federation'.

During his martial arts trainings, he practiced Kung-Fu with several masters like Sifu Yen Chien (Ip Man's nephew Lo-Man-Kam's student); and Qigong and Taiji with prominent Shaolin monks Grandmaster Shi-De-Wei and Master Zheng-Xiaohong.  

In March 2010 Sifu Kaplan was accepted to the 'Traditional Ip Man Wing-Chun Lineage' under Grandmaster Samuel Kwok after a Bai-Si ceremony during the ICKKF 2010 World Championship in Portugal. 

Murat Kaplan holds the title of Master in Chinese Lohan Tao Kempo Karate and represents Poland and Turkey in the International Chinese Kempo Karate Federation (ICKKF).

Along with his other martial arts researches and trainings, Kaplan has deepened his martial arts knowledge in Wing-Chun Kung-Fu. He is currently teaching Wing-Chun in Antalya, Turkey, representing Traditional Ip Man Wing-Chun / Samuel Kwok Wing-Chun Association in Turkey.

With over 40 years of experience in the martial arts world, Kaplan accepts the motto that 'a real martial arts master is the one who reflects all the virtues belonging to the martial arts' ultimate world in his every single step; otherwise he is not an artist at all'. With this very motto he trains his students, being aware of the fact that martial arts teach us a lot more than kicks and fists. 

Kaplan is the member and/or representative of several international martial arts federations and associations; and during his stays in different countries, he trained the local Police and Military forces including some security guards.

"Thanks very much Murat for spreading Ip man Wing Chun in Poland and Turkey . You are an ambassador of Wing-Chun. 'Humble and honest': this is the name I gave you 郭忠诚" - Grandmaster Samuel Kwok  

In addition to his martial arts carrier, Kaplan has had a quite productive academic life with over ten books and many international articles published in the fields of English Language and Literature and methodology of language teaching (in English, Russian, Turkish, and Kazakh languages). 

During his academic career, Kaplan included Wing-Chun in the university curriculum in Poland and opened the Confucius Classroom (CC) in his University to promote Chinese Martial Arts and Culture in cooperation with the Headquarters of Confucius Institute (CI) – Hanban. In the course of establishing the CC in Warsaw, Sifu Kaplan closely worked with the Polish National Wu Shu Team and the Confucius Institute in Poznan, Poland.

Having worked at different international universities for over 20 years until October 2011, he has now settled back in Antalya, Turkey.

Following his dreams, Kaplan opened a Chinese Martial Arts and Culture Centre in Antalya, in November 2013 after he returned his hometown along with his academic position at Antalya Bilim Üniversity.

Kaplan has been giving conferences and workshops on the personal development, using the martial arts principles. He has also published several books on the same theme along with his famous book 'Facereading' (Yüz Okuma Sanatı) in Turkish language, which is available on Amazon.

Kaplan was honored to have been given an award by the World Wide Martial Arts Council (WWMAC) on October 1st, 2013, in San Diego, California. Along with the award given to him, WWMAC has also announced Kaplan as the WWMAC Turkey Director. He was also presented the Silver Lifetime Achievement Award by the Action Martial Arts Magazine for 2014 Hall of Fame, in Atlantic City, US, in January 2014.

In May 2015, Kaplan was awarded the title of 'Master of the Year' at 'the 8th Munich Hall of Honors and Spirit'.

Sifu Kaplan was also given the 'Gold Award' with the title of the 'Ambassador of Martial Arts' on September 24, 2016 in Switzerland by 'the Swiss Martial Arts Hall of Honors'.

Murat Kaplan is fluent in English, Russian, Polish and Kazakh

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