Forgive me if the title is a little crude, but it describes my situation. I wanted to run this by those of you who have been certified as Sifus in Wing Chun and see what you think. I started training in Wing Chun in 1995. I had a falling out with the teacher, and I don't believe the wounds from that can ever be healed. He teaches in the Ip Ching lineage. I knew there was another teacher in my area who was from a different lineage (Leung Sheung). While I knew lineage hopping is frowned upon in Wing Chun, I had a choice: either switch horses, or give up Wing Chun. I could not do the latter, so I reached out to Sifu London. Fortunately, he accepted me as a student. I should say that I fell in love with the style from my first lesson. About a year in, I had decided I wanted to be certified as a Sifu myself someday and run my own school. The falling out with the previous Sifu threw a monkey wrench into those plans. Then in a conversation from a few months back, my current Sifu told me that he would never endorse me as a Sifu in this lineage. So I was like, "Okay...damn, now what?" This is why I call myself the b@stard child of Wing Chun. I will be DAMNED if I am going to go back to the first school, but I already know I will never be endorsed by the current one. So long story short, the question is: NOW what do I do? Seek a THIRD lineage to endorse me? I mean, I don't think that would be feasible. For a moment I thought to myself, "Well, martial arts schools are not regulated in any sort of way. If I knew the whole system well and wanted to teach, theoretically I could open my own school even WITHOUT the endorsement/certification/what have you." But I dismissed that idea as quickly as I had it because it seemed dishonorable to me. At any rate, I am interested to hear any thoughts on this.