Frequently Asked Questions
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”.
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).
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, most of this you will need to do solo, before you even consider looking for partners (that way you may feel more confident with what you are doing).
If a person can join a school then great, as wingchun.online will help you to better understand what is being taught. However if you have no school to attend, then why not create your own training group?
This would just be like-minded people training together, allowing ME to be your guide and teacher, with you being the Group Leader – calling for partner changes, arranging the next meeting and deciding on what videos to watch and study before the next session.
NEED HELP FINDING PARTNERS?
Just going for it and starting your own training group can be the perfect solution.
This can be done by searching for people on a wider scale: putting a post on Facebook, printing the poster template we supply and displaying it at local gyms, stores or university campuses.
Essentially just asking if anyone is interested in studying Wing Chun along with you.
It may start very small, but it could turn out to be something wonderful.
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.
The simple answer is yes of course you can learn from videos, because of the way we teach you, step by step and with a team of trained instructors waiting to help.
This site is designed to teach you the whole Wing Chun system, from beginner to advanced (with new videos being added all the time).
Wing Chun is designed to work in harmony with your natural body reactions and mechanics, and therefore you can become quite proficient in just a few months, or maybe faster depending on the individual.
With a team of instructors & decades of experience behind the scenes, all waiting to support you, there is no limit to your development. The only person holding you back would be you.
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.
It’s worth remembering that any certification is often only ever recognized by those who initially issued it, however, because assessments will be done by Sifu Ward, worldwide representative to Grandmaster Ip Chun (Ip Man’s eldest son) this will mean that such a qualification will not only be recognized by our affiliated associations but in also Hong Kong, therefore carrying further recognition than most.
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).
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.
I believe we all know the obvious answer to that one, so I won’t say it.
Although for guidance purposes, maybe try to cover one new lesson each day if that suits you and then just drill it, over and over again until you feel you’ve nailed it.
At some point you will need to hold back a little on reaching for the new stuff and drill the classes you’ve studied so far.
Remember, when viewing new lessons, they should be taken ‘As well as’ and not ‘Instead of’, therefore each new piece of information, each new technique or skill, unless given time to physically and mentally digest, from previous training will simply not gel.
This is training, this is drilling, this is your right of passage and the thing makes the difference between them and us.
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