Training FAQ

Q. What kind of training can I expect?
A. Our Core Pillars of Training:
1. Kung Lik(Traditional Chinese Kung Fu Strength) Training in the Ip Man Traditional Ving Tsun Forms and Principles
2. Speed, Agility and Reflexes
3. Combat Conditioning and Stamina Training
4. Realistic Self Defence and Contact Sparring
5. Psychological Training and Traditional Chinese Kungfu Culture
e.g When to walk away, When to Make a Stand, Legal Implications, Martial Virtue
  
Q. Will training in Martial Arts make me violent?
A. Well, generally fighting out of class will get you expelled immediately unless it was done in the spirit of self defence, and even in that, we will teach you to control the extent in which you inflict damage on another person, to the extent of the attack. However we do live in a violent unpredictable world, and mastering effective self defence, to be strong for ourselves, our families, children, loved ones is no longer an option. We will train you to make a defensive stand when stepping back is no longer a choice you can make, and how to identify situations where you can walk away without conflict
  
Q. What age can I start training? Is it suitable for children or elderly?
A. We train students from an average age group of 13-80. We did not accept students below 13 unless we ascertain on a case to case basis. As we progress in life, we become more tense due to stress, lose flexibility and  have less time to exercise. Part of wingchun training is to train the reflexes, to engage the mind, and also to loosen up the ligaments, tendons and muscles so you can regain flexibility.
For elderly, we teach Sil Lim Tao to enhance deep breathing and slow movements concentrating on the "Yi", intention to power the body over tense muscular tension. We also have catered programs for people who would like to lose weight and get fit.
 
Q. Is this suitable for ladies?
A. Wing Chun was actually created by a Nun and then passed on to Yim Wing Chun- a lady who needed to defend herself. The truth is that women tend to not want to do martial arts as much as men, but actually they might need it more than men in the realm of self defence. Statistics show that when women are attacked it is normally quite violent and not like male fights where its commonly about the ego, women tend to need simple and sometimes lethal self defence techniques to survive the attack against a stronger bigger opponent. Our training is catered for these purposes, and using traditional kung fu principles of striking with the whole body, relaxation to give weight to the strike and also proper body structure we will teach you the art of ving tsun self defence .
  
Q. What will I be be doing in the training and how long is a session? 
A. Our trainings are conducted in sessions of 1.5- 2 hrs consisting of warm ups, techniques, drills and forms. Depending on the ability of the class, we may do combat training consisting calisthenics, short runs and skipping and various boxing and muay thai exercises that train reflexes and hand eye coordination during the class or at the end of the class. We also used improvised weapons to teach self defence e.g a padded stick, ropes, keys   
  
Q. Are there systematic gradings or a syllables that you follow?
A. Grandmaster Kwok has a specially catered grading system that is recognised by the VTAA in Hongkong. We follow that syllables. However, Wingchun is really about mastering the empty hand forms of Sil Lim Tao, Chum Kil, Bil Jee, Woodeny Dummy, and Weapons Lok Dim Bun Gwun and Bart Cham Dao. Chi Sao is a training tool we use to hone the skills we learn in the forms.
 
Under the Traditional Ip Man Ving Tsun System the Forms include
1. Sil Lim Tao
2. Chum Kil
3. Bil Jee
4. Mok Yang Jong
5. Lok Dim Bun Gwun
6. Bart Cham Dao
 
Training tools
A. Ratten Rings
B. Candles Training
C. Bundled Chopsticks training
 
Misc:
Qigong
 
Q. Do I have to spar? And if I do, how do I know it will be safe for me?
A. Sparring is optional and is done with protective gear- a combination of hand wraps, mouth guards, head guards, body pads, groin guards, shin guards and gloves. Equiprment is personal and will require one to purchase their own for hygiene reason. Under the traditional ip man ving tsun class there is no sparring, for ip man ving tsun combatives there is sparring and sparring gear is required.  
 
Q. What equipment do I need to commence training?
A. Basically you can come in loose clothing, covered shoes, bring your own water and a small bag for your personal belongings.  
 
Q. Where do you conduct your training?
A. Once a week. Every Sat, 9am and 5pm in Ghim Moh Estate. 5 mins away from Bouna Vista MRT
We train outdoors because its better for breathing and pespiration like boxers, taiji quan masters, hsing i masters. It also simulates actual self defence terrain
 
Main Training Grounds 24 Ghim Moh Link, Singapore 270024 on Level 3 MSCP
 
(if occupied please call me 96957884)   

 
Q. Can I come and watch the training first?
A. Yes send me a text formally at 96957884 telling me who you are, your background, and I will arrange a slot for you to come by. We have only 1 slot/week a month to "view" our classes. Do not send me a SMS and not turn up, Wing Chun Kuen is a serious Commitment, and it is not for the mere curious.
The best times to ask questions are before class or after. I do not interrupt class to talk. We forbid any video taping or recording (secretly or openly) of our classes, it is considered rude and unethical in martial arts. These are simple privacy issues and martial culture.
If you do come and do sit on the bench, so you will not interrupt training or be hurt by standing or sitting on the training ground.
  
Q. How do I start training? How much are fees per month? |s there Private Training available?
A. Traditional Ip Man beginners class are ongoing currently so you can begin by just coming down and start training immediately. Fees are $80 Traditional Ip Man Ving Tsun Kuen Class per month, to be paid at the BEGINNING of lessons.
 
Fees Note:
For those months with 5 weekends- Sat, we will train 4 and take 1 week off. Fees as per normal. Only when we train less than 4 sessions a month do we prorate the fees.
 
I currently teach Private Training to very selective students. Fees are at $200 per hour, $180 per person if there is more than 1 pax.  
 
Q. In what language are classed conducted?
A. Classes are conducted in english, some terms are in cantonese. I am effectively lingual in english, mandarin and cantonese.  
 
Q. Again. How much are the fees per month?
A. As of Jan 2015 $80 is the fees for the month, consisting of 4 lessons. Students are to make sure they can commit as there is no refund. If you can only make it for 1 lesson per month(not adviced) its $30. Half month is $40, Training for both sessions, 9am and 5pm for the whole month, 8 lessons is $150. Private lessons are $200 per hour and $180 if there is more than 1 pax