Martin Brierley began his martial arts studies with inter-school boxing at the age of 9. He was then introduced to Oriental Martial Arts, firstly with Judo, and then in 1972 Ip Man family Wing Chun under the tutelage of a Vietnamese wing chun master and later under the banner of the late master Lee Sing, a senior student of the late Great Grand Master Ip Man.

Lee Sing had left Hong Kong to reside in the Uk in the 1960’s and Martin studied with some of his senior students - firstly with master Joseph Cheng, then Simon Lau. This Period of study continued until the late 70’s.

Then after studying two years Muay Thai directly from master Sken, a renowned boxing champion of Thailand, Martin was taken as a private student by Master Samuel Kwok, previously a senior student of the late Lee Sing. Master Kwok was already at this time a senior student of Grandmaster Ip Chun.

In the early 80's, Martin was introduced by Master Kwok to Grand Master Ip Chun, the eldest son of the late Great Grand Master Ip Man. In 1988 he was invited by Grand Master Ip Chun to live and study under him personally in Hong Kong. During this time he was introduced to Grand Master Ip Ching - Ip Chun’s younger brother - and many other senior Ip Man students (including Wong Sheung Leung, Tsu Shong Ting etc)

In 1990, Martin was presented with the Ip family banners, hand painted by Ip Chun and Ip Ching, both sons of Grand Master Ip Man, allowing him to coach publicly Ip Man family wing chun.

Since then, he has been invited to teach and train around the world which he continues to do to this day.