Every individual has a different journey and will progress at different rates. The Black Belt journey consists of 10 levels, from White to Black with 1000 hours of total training which will include 500 hours of Martial Arts (250 hours of private instruction, 250 hours of self directed learning), and 500 hours of Fitness (250 hours of strength training and 250 hours of cardio training). We will work with you by monitoring your training and bring the very best out of you.
A word about grading
Wing Chun is not about belt ranks and certificates, there are no secrets only hard work will develop the ability and the right tools to help you survive physical confrontation. Traditionally Wing Chun is based around learning basic forms and partner drills, wall bags, Wooden Dummy and weapons. However, the grading structure is designed to provide short and long term motivational goals for students. It will provide a structured and progressive way to learn the complete system.
SIU NIM TAO:
It is the foundation or "seed" of the art from which all succeeding forms and techniques depend. Fundamental rules of balance and body structure are developed here. Using a car analogy: for some branches this would provide the chassis, for others this is the engine. It serves basically as the alphabet for the system. Some branches view the symmetrical stance as the fundamental fighting stance, while others see it as more a training stance used in developing technique.
The second form, Chum Kiu, focuses on coordinated movement of bodymass and entry techniques to "bridge the gap" between practitioner and opponent and move in to disrupt their structure and balance. Close-range attacks using the elbows and knees are also developed here. It also teaches methods of recovering position and centerline when in a compromised position where Siu Nim Tau structure has been lost. For some branches bodyweight in striking is a central theme, whether it be from pivoting (rotational) or stepping (translational). Likewise for some branches, this form provides the engine to the car. For branches who use the "sinking bridge" interpretation, the form takes on more emphasis of an "uprooting" context adding multi-dimensional movement and spiraling to the already developed engine.
The third form, Biu Ji, is composed of extreme short-range and extreme long-range techniques, low kicks and sweeps, and "emergency techniques" to counter-attack when structure and centerline have been seriously compromised, such as when the practitioner is seriously injured. As well as pivoting and stepping, developed in Chum Kiu, a third degree of freedom involving more upper body and stretching is developed for more power. Such movements include very close range elbow strikes and finger thrusts to the throat. For some branches this is the turbo-charger of the car. For others it can be seen as a "pit stop" kit that should never come into play, recovering your "engine" when it has been lost. Still other branches view this form as imparting deadly "killing" and maiming techniques that should never be used if you can help it. A common wing chun saying is "Biu Ji doesn't go out the door." Some interpret this to mean the form should be kept secret, others interpret it as meaning it should never be used if you can help it.
One important aspect of training unique to Wing Chun is contact reflex training. This form of training is only taught to students after completing at least 12 months of study in Wing Chun fundamentals. Contact reflex training develops both the visual recognition and touch sensitivity that is required to trap and control an opponent’s limbs while the Wing Chun Practitioner pummels their enemy into submission.