Not at all. You’ll find that our classes for beginners are the perfect way to build up your overall fitness level regardless of your physical condition. Good luck!
You can come participate in an Intro to see what the class is like.
Yes, WingChun does not require a lot of athleticism, so many different types of people can practice. Our Instructors are happy to help and will work with you at your level.
We try our best to make the training both realistic and safe, but injuries do occur in martial arts. Mostly what you can expect are occasional bruises. Don’t be shy or embarrassed to let someone know if you need stop an exercise or decrease the intensity.
No severe physical or mental disability. Please consult with your doctor before considering.
Those who teach our specific WingChun style are scattered worldwide. With so many variations between different styles, it is better to do your research with them directly.
Some training is better than doing nothing. Also, a little knowledge goes a long way. During your Intro, we can go over some options for taking regular class. You can also get our online training course, request to schedule a private lesson, take an occasional drop-in class, or attend our special events that are held every 2-3 months. Additional practice at home will also help you between training sessions.
Yes, if you work hard enough. A moderate amount of fitness is good enough for WingChun to be effective, but our class is not necessarily a fitness class. The main focus is efficient use of the body for combat. The other benefits are side effects of the training.
No filming nor photos are allowed unless you are given permission.
Since WingChun is designed to be efficient, cardio is not emphasized like in sport fighting. Regular training involves lots of resistance training against your partner and collisions to the limbs. We have special events when you can train for multiple hours a day.
You will learn some things like the names of the movements in Cantonese, but most of the class is devoted to learning and training the techniques, tactics, and strategies.
What benefit do I get by taking your WingChun class besides going to the gym, learning from my buddy, a book, the Internet, YouTube, or any other martial art class?
If you are seriously considering taking something, we believe that our WingChun class is the best way for building real skill for self-defense and will benefit your life. We have experienced Instructors that are hands-on, explain things in-detail, and correct mistakes in real-time.
Most of the training is standing, but we do have methods for ground situations.
Yes, but most mental health lessons are learned indirectly through the experience of training rather than lecture.
Each rank in our curriculum has an average time frame based on 2 classes per week. Your skill depends on your talent and the time and effort that you put in. Some people advance quicker while others slower. What is important is that you have fun and receive the benefits. Instructor certification requires instructor lessons on how to teach WingChun in addition to the regular curriculum as well as upholding instructor standards.
Offensive techniques are often necessary to end a fight, but we do not start fights.
The schedule is subject to change and also depends on plan(s) you sign up for. Please contact us to get latest accurate schedule.
Tradition depends on the time period, region, and the instructor’s personal style of teaching. If by traditional you mean exactly how people did things in the past without refinement over the centuries and decades, then no. If by traditional you mean using WingChun as it was intended as a form of effective combat, then yes.
Movies are for looking good on camera. You will learn similar-looking moves, but not exactly like the movies.
Our Instructors latest experience is from being direct students under Sifu Klaus Brand, founder of the International Academy of WingChun, and Sifu Paul Wang, Highest Ranking US Practictioner. Since Sifu Klaus Brand developed his own system, previous lineage is irrelevant, however, we recognize and respect those who contributed to wing chun in the past.
WingChun is a martial art that focuses on self-defense rather than culture, tradition, aesthetics, or sport. It is difficult to compare our style to others since there are many variations of wing chun, kung fu, and martial arts. One style might share some some similarities while also having many technical differences. The best way to learn about WingChun is to try it out.
Both and neither. We believe that such terminology as hard, soft, internal, and external are too general and do not use them. WingChun has several principles, strategies, and tactics depending on what works best for the situation.
Why don’t you emphasize relaxation, centerline, chain punching, etc. commonly associated with wing chun?
We share aspects of other wing chun styles to some degree, but we believe that an overemphasis of one or more aspects leads to technical mistakes.
Two concepts of WingChun are stability and attacking the attack. WingChun defense is supposed to be stable enough to withstand a powerful attack without collapsing and hurts the attacker at the same time.
WingChun is a holistic style with built-in postures and movements for qi gong, however, we do not focus on any specific qi gong and meditation exercises.
You will learn chi sao at the intermediate stage. The simplest techniques are more valuable in combat, so you learn them first.
I have previous wing chun/ martial art experience. Can I skip the Intro? Do I have to start over? Can I come in and practice my chi sao?
The Intro Classes are designed to introduce each other for a prospective student-teacher relationship and also give you an overview of our training methods along with some basics. In our experience, there can be many technical differences from what you already know that require remedial training. During classes, you have to follow whatever the Instructor has planned just like the other students.