Black Sash (Advance Senior or Sihing)
Our Syllabus follows the Ip man Style of Wing Chun and is fully approved by SKWCMAA (Samuel Kwok martial Arts Association).
Traditionally there are no belts or sashes in Wing Chun but if the student wants to have a structured approach to training and development, grading will help by setting goals, grading is NOT mandatory. With this in mind our Syllabus Briefly consists of:
Red Sash (Siu Lim Tao Level Beginner):
Siu Lim Tao - meaning 'Little Idea'
The first and most important form in Wing Chun. Siu Lim Tao is the foundation or "seed" of the art from which all succeeding forms and techniques depend. Fundamental rules of balance,body structure, energy and basic techniques are developed here. The student is introduced to basic fight skills, self defence and their first steps in the 'Chi Sau.
Green Sash Level (Chum Kiu Level Intermediate):
Chum Kiu - meaning 'Seeking the Bridge'.
This form focuses on coordinated movement of body mass and entry techniques to "bridge the gap" or make up space between practitioner and opponent. It also teaches you to move in to disrupt the opponents structure and balance. Close-range attacks using the elbows and knees are also developed here. It also teaches methods of recovering position and centreline when in a compromised position where Siu Lim Tao structure has been lost. The student furhter develops chi Sau and fighting and is introduced to Gor Sau and Sparring.
Brown Sash (Biu Jee Level Advanced):
Biu Jee - meaning 'Thrusting or Darting Fingers'.
The third form, Biu Jee, is composed of extreme short-range and extreme long-range techniques, low kicks and sweeps, and techniques for when the practitioner is in full throngs of combat. Techniques In this form are designed to cause serious damage to the assailants by targeting delicate areas with very close range elbow strikes and finger thrusts. Here you learn where the various areas are and how to strike them.
Muk Yan Jong.
Muk Yan Jong - meaning 'Wooden Man Training'.
This is performed against a "wooden dummy", a thick wooden post with three arms and a leg mounted on a slightly springy frame representing a stationary human opponent. Although representative of a human opponent, the dummy is not a physical representation of a human, but an energetic one. Wooden dummy practice aims to refine a practitioner's understanding of angles, positions, and footwork, and to develop full body power.
Bart Cham Dao Level:
Bart Cham Dao - meaning 'Eight Slashing Knives'.
This form involving a pair of large knives often referred to as "Butterfly Knives", slightly smaller than short swords (Dao). Historically the knives were also referred to as Dit Ming Do ("Life-Taking Knives").
Luk Dim Boon Kwun, - meaning "Six and A Half Point Pole".
This is a short form involving the "Long Pole" , a tapered wooden pole ranging anywhere from 8 to 13 feet in length. This is also referred to as "Dragon Pole".
When the student has achieve his full Black Sash they will be allowed to open their own class giving representation to Warrior Wing Chun. In accordance with tradition the Title of Sifu can be used after maintaining students for a duration.
Core Skill Activities
Alongside the first 6 forms, the syllabus includes other features of the Wing Chun which are entwined in the system, examples of which are seen below:
Chi Sau "Sticking hands".
Chi Sau is a learning drill that allows to 'play' with the techniques and see how they apply. Its a very important tool that bridges the gap between drills and Gor Sau (Free Fighting or Sparring). It is taught in stages:
Dan Chi Sau - Single sticking hands - postion and sensitivity.
Poon Sau - Double sticking hands - Rolling and postion.
Jeung Sau - Changing hands - Changing Gates
Dok Sau - analytical hands - Entry techniques and counters
Gor Sau - free applications - Breaking from double sticky hands and Sparring.
Chi Sau Lye Bye Muk - blindfolded chi sau.
Impact and Resistance Work.
We also adhere top the use of Impact equipment such as pads and heavy bags to develop power and sharpen striking. We also use partner resistance to develop energy such as resistance drills whilst also using 'Power Bands' to resist and help put energy into techniques.
Individual techniques are taken from the system and drilled in application to various attack scenarios. This helps build the theory and practical applications of techniques as well as detailsed awareness of structures and energy.
Sparring And Pressure Testing.
Sparring allows the students to practice their technique in more pressured conditions than that of Chi Sau. This allows the student to consolidate their skills in a safe fight situation.
We also support 'Pressure Testing' techniques, where techniques are tested under duress with non-compliant partner. This allows to fine tune techniques to better apply in realistic situations.