Frequently Asked Questions
Simple answer, yes of course! Because of the way we teach you. Step by step, stage by stage, with a team of instructors waiting to help. If you can’t find a school, we bring the school to you. These sessions are open to everyone and will be beneficial to all, from those already attending classes who simply wish to take their studies further, to those with an open mind to variations in their previous training, and to those who simply do not have classes conveniently available to them.
The site is designed to teach you the whole Wing Chun system, step by step, stage by stage, and in order (with more videos added all the time).
This will take a person from the beginner all the way to the advanced.
A great deal of your training, if not most of your training, will be done solo.
Lots of Wing Chun you can learn on your own but at some point you will need someone to train with, that’s what we refer to as the buddy system.
Look at it this way, before you can partner, you need to know what you are doing yourself, how to stand, how to punch, what the blocking positions are and so on, all of this you can do on your own, maybe even before you look for partners (that way you may feel more confident with what you are doing).
If you can join a school then great, Wing Chun Online will help you to better understand what is being taught, but if you have no school, then why not create your own school!
By way of like-minded people just training together, allowing us to be your guide and teacher, with you being the coach, calling for partner changes, arranging the next meeting and deciding on what videos to watch and study before the next session.
Regarding training buddies, and the more arms the better, as the more variation in arms will give you the best way of making your Wing Chun work for you.
And always remember, if you need help along the way, we are waiting.
Regarding a time period for learning, this would be impossible for me to say honestly as everyone is different.
I suppose you could possibly learn everything in a couple of years but it would require a lot of hard work.
Although the system can be learned quickly, it can take years to fully understand or master it, but that’s what we are here for, to help you with your concerns along the way and to make sure that what you are doing is correct.
Wing Chun can be studied by both young and old – Grandmaster Ip Chun himself did start training properly until he was 37, and continues to practise to this day, in his late 90s! However, due to the nature of the techniques and their effectiveness we do not recommend that training should be undertaken by the very young, therefore our terms and conditions state that all our members should be 16 years or older (and those under 18 should be supervised by a parent or guardian).
No not really.
A great benefit of Wing Chun is that we do not use muscle strength or kick above the knee, therefore you do not need to be strong or supple, for these reasons alone it becomes available to a great range of ages.
Your reason for learning Wing Chun should not be only to defend yourself, especially when there are so many other bonuses to the art, such as meditation, relaxation and the building of internal energy and therefore, internal health.
The simple answer would be, if you want to do it, and ‘can’ do it, then ‘do it’!
However! It is ALWAYS advisable to check with your doctor should you have ANY questions or doubts.
No, you do not need to be fit to start your training.
The principles of Wing Chun are minimum movement & conservation of energy
Leg strength however is one area of development you will approach through your training, and by doing Wing Chun you will develop strong legs. Personal fitness is not an issue, as in Wing Chun we do not often kick above knee height and we do not rely on muscle strength, however, if you have any doubts regarding your fitness and your physical ability to practice, you must seek medical advice before training.
These videos are not designed to promote physical fitness in a visual/external way, in that they do not promise you dramatic weight loss, huge muscle gain and a ‘six pack’ to die for, all in a super fast short term program.
What you will get however is help in building confidence, character and internal health, not only when training but in your everyday life.
Of course there will be changes as you work muscles you may not be too familiar with, gain stronger legs, faster reactions and learn to use your body as a whole in the pursuit of self-defense.
Assessments will be done via a video recording, made by you and then uploaded to a private area within the site.
Myself and another instructor then watch this while making notes, giving comments and giving scores.
The results of this test are then sent back to you, with either detailed written notes on the areas you need to work on and improve, should you fail, or a copy of our general notes, future training tips, and your certification should you pass.
Assessment requirements, details on how to download your videos, when assessments are to be viewed, and much more, can be found on the Member pages of this site.
Simply login as a ‘Full Member’ and go to ‘My Account’ to see the full menu.
Initially, nothing, but as you progress you may wish to buy yourself a wall-bag for training punches & kicks, and maybe even one day a wooden dummy.
Although first of all, and probably the most valuable piece of equipment you’ll ever acquire, is a good mirror for checking positions and forms (head to toe ideally).
Our bodies are always trying to maintain internal health and well being but face constant daily resistance through stress, strain, nerves and tension; but during the slow peaceful moves of the first of our hand forms, ‘Siu Lim Tau’ (meaning Little Idea), we train ourselves to focus on just one thing – developing elbow energy.
By focussing on just one thing, we take our minds off of the problems of the day and allow the bodies blood cells to do what they do best, rushing around the body helping to kill off disease and to help promote the internal health we desire.
Somebody once asked Sifu, Ip Chun, “Is Siu Lim Tau like Buddhist meditation?” “It’s exactly the same,” he said, “But we also have the benefit of movement”.