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Your free trial class is an actual Wing Chun Boot Camp Class. Experience what everyone is talking about for yourself, then decide if it’s right for you! Plan to spend 2 1/2 hours in class. Bring a notebook, pen and a water bottle. If you like it, sign up! If you don’t, no hard feelings. Either way, we are sure you will feel accomplished and as always, we hope you learn something useful.
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Please read about what to expect in your Free Wing Chun Boot Camp Trial Class!
The Wing Chun Boot Camp Curriculum is an organized, thoughtfully laid out method of increasing your skill and understanding of Wing Chun’s core Principles & Concepts. Wing Chun Boot Camp is a three month introduction to Wing Chun – 12 total classes that move your through the Boot Camp in a comprehensive & logical progression.
In order to develop reflex, speed & technical acuity, Wing Chun’s motions need to be burned into the body. While we include detailed lecturing of Wing Chun’s Principles & Concepts, it is not enough. To know something only intellectually is not to really know it. We must also be able to apply the knowledge. This takes time, practice & repetition. The old Chinese script for Kung Fu means “achievement through accumulated effort”. You have to show up and be willing to do the same thing over and over again. Bruce Lee said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times.”
Additionally, physical fitness is an extremely important part of learning a martial art. If you are attacked, Sifu Bryan, our Chief Instructor for all West Coast Wing Chun Kwoons, wants to make sure you have conditioned your body to deal with the attacker. You do not have to already be fit to learn Wing Chun, but you must be willing to work hard at your own level and increase your fitness level.
While we work you hard in Wing Chun Boot Camp, we also take you through Chi Kung, an ancient form of Chinese Breath & Energy Work. Chi Kung is commonly practiced by martial arts for health & vitality, but also is an important part of learning to direct our energy with our intent. We feel practicing our breath work helps balance our training.
We feel strongly that it is important a student understand why they are doing what they are doing. In order to reach high levels of skill in Wing Chun, a student must study wide and deep. Our Boot Camp course introduces you to Wing Chun’s Principles & Concepts so you may thoroughly investigate & ask questions about the art. This is an extremely important part of your training.
Boot Camp will introduce you to 11 methods of defense and 6 methods of attack, Dan Chi Sau (single Sticky hands) & Basic Footwork. You will learn partnered drills with your to help build your skill in an organized, linear manner. You will explore how each motion can be applied in a basic way, so it abides by Wing Chun’s Principles & Concepts.
At West Coast Wing Chun, the entire system may be learned through our intensive Wing Chun curriculum, including all forms and their fighting applications.. This includes: Siu Lim Tao, Chum Kiu, Bil Gee, Mook Yang Jong (Wooden Dummy), Luk Dim Boon Kwun (Long Pole) & Baat Cham Do (Butterfly Knives) .
Structure of classes moves from strict linear progression to increasingly circular, encouraging free thinking as the student progresses in his or her skill level and fighting maturity.
ALL students who wish to learn Wing Chun at our school must pass our 3 Month intensive foundation training course. The curriculum includes the Siu Lim Tao Form, emphasis on conditioning using correct musculature for proper Wing Chun training, lecture on Wing Chun principles and concepts such as centerline, relaxation, economy, facing, fighting zones etc., paired drilling in which students are introduced to 11 Methods of Defense and 6 Methods of Attack. By the end of the course, students will have developed excellent simultaneous attack and defense skills using these methods. Dan Chi Sau & Footwork are also introduced. An introduction to Qi Gong is practiced.
The second phase, Siu Lim Tao level, builds carefully on this three month foundation and is comprised of 22 specific classes that are meant to develop your skill and knowledge quickly and effectively in San Sik (Footwork and Handwork), Anti-Grappling, Ground Work, the Inside Line, Kick Defense, Sensitivity, & Power Training using Wing Chun’s principles and concepts at their highest efficiency. This will take a student anywhere from six months to a year and a half to complete. All classes must be attended and students will be tested in proficiency (free of charge) for all 22 of the classes. A student must also pass a written test to progress to the Chum Kiu level.
The third phase is where the heart of Wing Chun Fighting lies – Chum Kiu. To not to progress to this level is a huge disservice to one’s fighting development, but it takes strong discipline and commitment to achieve this level at our kwoon. At this stage, the curriculum becomes less linear and is not broken down into specific classes, but into Chum Kiu’s three sections developing a student’s internal and external power, body structure, handwork and footwork, and principles and concepts as each relates to each specific section. Chi Sau and the Mook Jong are used as tools to express Chum Kiu’s lessons. Chin Na is learned. This is a very detailed section and should not be rushed through. Our students are required to test and sign off all the elements of Chum Kiu’s three sections, must write reports on all required readings and learn all assigned anatomy lessons. It will take a student approximately one and a half to two years to successfully pass through this phase.
The fourth phase is Biu Gee. This phase is open to all, but less than 5% of our students will ever reach this level. It is taught only to the most revered students, as these are the ones who are willing to do the work to earn it. We encourage all of our students to stay focused and disciplined enough to make it this far. We hope you become one of the ones who sees the system through to its completion. Biu Gee will take a minimum of a year of training.
To become a Sifu under Sifu Bryan Talbot will require 6-8 years of consistent training. Although Wing Chun is a very simple and direct art and takes only 2 years to become proficient, it takes a lifetime to master. Sifu’s under him must continue to train and learn, always seeking to improve their skill and understanding. To become a Sifu under Sifu Bryan is an achievement of great accumulated effort.
WEAPONS: Our Wing Chun Curriculum includes all Wing Chun’s weapons.
Luk Dim Boon Kwun (Long Pole) is taught first. Baat Cham Do (Butterfly Knives) are the final weapons taught.
Please note that most of our Wing Chun classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours long, and sometimes even longer. We believe that longer classes allow the student to more fully immerse him/herself in the art and understand it at a deeper, more visceral level.
You may download the West Coast Wing Chun Calendar here.