Wing Tzun Training
Our modern training program takes the student on a systematic journey towards mastering the Wing Tzun system. "Student Grades" are used to track the student's progress. Unlike a colored belt or ranking system, the Student Grades are not badges of status nor standards of measurement between students. They exist only to ensure that each student learns all that he/she should in a scientifically optimal order. There is no competitiveness in the Wing Tzun class or in the training program. A student's only goal is to better him/herself.
The EBMAS Grading System
1-12SG — Student Grade
1-4TG — Technician Grade
5-8 PG — Practician Grade (Master Level)
Students advance through the grades by testing at seminars given periodically by high-level instructors. A dedicated student who consistently trains well and attends all local seminars should advance one Student Grade approximately every three months or faster up until SG5. After that, advancement becomes progressively slower, as the higher Student Grade programs contain greater amounts of more advanced material.
Each Technician Grade requires years of training to achieve. The same applies doubly to the Practician Grades. The Grandmaster levels are awarded on the basis of one's contributions to the advancement of WT and deep philosophical understanding of martial arts in general.
Student Grades 1-4
The student learns the first form of the Wing Tzun system, Siu-Nim-Tao . The student's main goal in the forms training at this level is to learn to eliminate excess muscle tension in the upper body while increasing flexibility and familiarity with the Wing Tzun arm movements, and to strengthen the lower body, achieving firm balance (drawing stability and energy from the ground) through the correct use of the Wing Tzun stance.
The student learns about the psychology of an attack/confrontation. He/she learns to deal with and control fear and its physiological effects and to defuse a potentially violent situation verbally through reason and/or dissuasion and non-verbally through body language, mental focus and confidence. Should this fail, the student learns to turn the tables on the attacker as soon as (or even before, if the situation warrants) he begins to attack. The student learns a few simple movements to deal with the most common punching, striking, kicking and grappling attacks, and how to apply these movements effectively while ensuring that he/she does not exceed the legal limits of self-defense.
The student learns how to apply the Wing Tzun concepts and movements against all kinds of kicks, punches and strikes, and simple grappling attacks. The main emphasis is on perfecting the student's chain-punches and basic footwork and kicks, which are the essential basics of WT, so that they may be applied to stop any attack.
The student begins the Dan-Chi (single-arm Chi-Sao) exercises.
Student Grades 5-8
The student practices Chum-Kiu, the second form of Wing Chun. Emphasis is placed on coordinating multiple simultaneous movements and achieving balance in movement.
The "rules" and pre-arrangements of the Street Defense drills are relaxed, creating greater realism and spontaneity in the self-defense scenario practice. Optionally, the students may use protective equipment and increase the level of contact in the drills, further increasing the realism. Skills learned through Lat-Sao and Chi-Sao training may be applied.
The fighting drills expand to cover the critical knee/elbow/head range. The use of Wing Tzun principles to counter more sophisticated grappling and ground fighting attacks is explored. The student begins to apply what he/she has learned in the Chi-Sao training to the Lat-Sao drills.
The student begins the Poon-Sao (double-arm Chi-Sao) exercise, then progresses to learn and practice the First Section (basic techniques) of Chi-Sao. Emphasis is placed on maintaining good position and constant forward pressure into the partner while staying relaxed and flexible.
Student Grades 9-12
Siu-Nim-Tao and Chum-Kiu are perfected.
Street Defense/Lat Sao
The student learns strategies and tactics for dealing with armed and multiple attackers, and techniques to subdue less threatening attackers without causing them injury. The "drill" structure is eliminated so the training becomes more realistic and free. The student by now should be relying mostly on concepts and principles of movement and strategy rather than preplanned techniques. The reflexes and other attributes honed in Chi-Sao training become more essential. Full-contact, full-body sparring with protective equipment is optional.
The student perfects his/her sensitivity and relaxation. The sequences of the First Section of movements are abandoned and the student must react spontaneously to the movements of the partner, without thought or planning. Increased intensity and contact with protective equipment is optional.