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Our grading syllabus

IWKA-UK WingTjun Martial Arts Hemel Hempstead has 4 grade types

Student Grades,
Technician Grades
Master &
Grandmaster Grades
Student Grades

The WingTjun curriculum consists of twelve student grades which cover the first two forms, Siu Nim Tao and Chum Kiu, as well as the related Chi Sao training and applications. In addition to the hand forms there is also a standardized set of leg forms that are learned with the Siu Nim Tau.

The student grades can be split into three sections, based on the topics they cover:
1st - 4th, Learning fundamentals across the three ranges.
1st - Basic fundamentals of movement and style, long range engaging, beginning of Siu Nim Tao.
2nd - Long range fighting, with bridging, all of Siu Nim Tao.
3rd - Transitioning from Long to mid-range attacks.
4th - Transitioning from mid to short-range attacks, beginning of Chum Kiu.
5th - 8th, Ranges applied with movement and transition.

5th - Short range attacks, and fighting with two hands simultaneously.
6th - Poon Sao, Chi Sao
7th - Chi Sao 1st attack
8th - Chi Sao
9th - 12th, Application of the style, against kicks.
9th - Against a single attacker.
10th - Against multiple attackers.
11th - Against a single attacker with a weapon.
12th - Against multiple attackers with weapons.

At student grade 9 the student is considered to not only know the style ( as in grade 8 ) but be able to apply it effectively against an attacker. The subtle, but important difference between these two grades means that either one of these, depending on the school, can be considered equivalent to the “black belt” rank. There is no consensus, as there is no direct formal comparison.

Instructor Grades
Following the student grades are twelve instructor grades. At the instructor levels, the student begins training in the more advanced programs of Wing Tsun:
Biu Tze
Mook Yan Chong Fa (Wooden Dummy)
Luk Dim Boon Kwun Fa (”Six and A Half Point Pole” or Long Pole)
Bart Cham Dao (Eight Cutting Broadsword or Butterfly Sword)
The instructor grades are themselves split into three sections:
1st - 4th Technician
5th - 8th Practician
9th - 12th Philosopher
Each instructor section name describes the focus and idea behind the quality of fighting that is expected at that level. A technician is expected to fight with technique, a practitioner is expected to be a complete practicing fighter, and a philosopher should understand the mental, and spiritual, elements of the style.





Benefits of training with WingTjun Watford

Self Defence > Awareness & Avoidance > Being "switched on" to your surroundings, being aware of your situation is one of the most important factors of your personal safety. WingTjun (Wing Chun) will teach you easy to understand techniques of awareness & avoidance. A fight avoided is a fight won.

• Fitness
Our WT fitness sessions are Ideal For You, whether you are a woman or man, any age or physical condition, you don't need to be young or fit to enjoy a little body tune up. Your experienced instructor will work with you personally at the level you are comfortable with. You will be able to monitor your progress over time and be amazed at how quickly your personal fitness levels can be increased.

• Confidence
Modern life is full of opportunities and challenges, yet to make the most of it you requires large amounts of confidence. When confidence fails you life can feel like a survival course with impossibly high hurdles, yet when it drives you the world seems a treasure chest of potential achievement. One area that makes a large difference to how you are percieved and how confident you feel is our presentation skills. Once you can control the perception people have of you, it is much easier to be confident about your abilities.

• Safe & Fun
WT at its root is a scientific form of self defence. It educates its practitioners in all stages of attack from the psychological build up to the physical defence. Used by elite police units all over the world including the FBI, SEK, RAID and NOKS, in addition to being the foremost school in civilian self defence, WT is considered the ultimate stage in the evolution in self defence.
The most important aspect of any system of self defence even before its effectiveness is that when it is being learned it is both safe for the practitioners and enjoyable. Since being attacked is usually a once in a lifetime experience, there seems little point in practicing a system which over a lifetime of practice will have exposed you to more danger and unpleasantness than the original threat.

• Flexible Body
Forget about stress - we find your balance. Work out with peers in the classroom.

Objectivies Of WingTjun

The main objective of Wing Tsun (or WT as it is commonly abbreviated) is to be a realistic system of self-defense. WT does not focus on fighting “techniques”, instead relying on fighting and energy principles to be followed at all times. The central idea is that, under pressure, it is impossible to visually recognize the precise direction and speed of an attack and make a conscious decision on an effective way in which to react, all within the very brief amount of time you have before your opponent's attack lands. Rather, one must (counter) attack immediately in a very direct and protected manner and rely on reflexes to determine how to react if the opponent's attack continues to pose a problem. Chi Sao, or “sticking hands” trains students to respond reflexively to the speed, force, and direction of an attack, based on tactile information - which the human brain processes much faster than visual information.

The main difference between Wing Tsun and other Wing Chun styles is the WT teaching method. The style's creator Leung Ting developed the system to be easier to learn and teach compared to more traditional styles of Wing Chun. This idea was later expanded upon by Sifu Keith Kernspecht in Germany by introducing many of the WT specific forms (like the Leg Forms). In comparison to other styles WT has a much more modern, school-like curriculum of teaching.

Fighting Principles
Go Forward
Always move towards the opponent, both with your movement and strikes.

Stick to the opponent, maintaining constant contact. This will both limit the attacker, and mean they cannot attack without your knowledge.

Yield to the greater force, the attacker finds no resistance - like hitting air.

Follow Through
A companion to the first principle. Attacks should flow towards the opponant into the gaps in his defence, not stopping, merely changing.

Force Principles
Release yourself of your own force.
Tension will only slow down your reactions, as you will have to fight yourself too. You need to be relaxed in order to move and react dynamically to your opponent.

Release yourself of your attackers force.
Nullify your opponents attack by either moving the force away from you or to move yourself away from it.

Recycle your attacker's force.
Use the force they give you to power your own attack. Act as a compressed spring.
Add your own.
In addition to recycling, add your own force into the attack.

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