FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What are the minimum requirements to apply?
Potential students must be at least 18 years old, be independent, and be able to attend all three weekly classes regularly.

I meet the minimum requirements. How do I apply?
Simply email the academy (info@lywc.com) or leave a voice message. Either way, leave your name and phone number and we will call you to answer any questions you may have and determine whether an interview is appropriate.

Why is there an interview?
An interview helps both the potential student and the school ensure that their interests match. Applicants are encouraged to ask questions during the interview process to better inform their decision.

How’s Wing Chun different from popular styles like Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing or MMA?
Wing Chun’s strength is not from muscular strength, but from the power inherent in the body’s structure. Wing Chun’s speed is not from muscular speed, but from eliminating tension and wasted motion. Wing Chun’s strikes do not bash, but strike the most vulnerable areas of the body repeatedly, rapidly, and with a power that penetrates into the target. Recognizing the advantages to fighting on one’s feet, such as the ability to fight multiple opponents and freedom to maneuver, Wing Chun prefers to remain standing. Rather than a long, drawn out, tit-for-tat fight, Wing Chun’s strategy is to close with the opponent, remain in striking range, and disable the opponent as efficiently as possible.

Is Wing Chun practical?
Wing Chun was founded on practicality — it was developed to combat impractical styles that relied on brute strength, flowery techniques, and slow, inefficient movements. It was not designed for the medieval battlefield, as some styles are, but for quick, efficient, close-quarters combat. Its simple, direct efficiency, its ability to defend and counterattack simultaneously, and its legendary speed make Wing Chun one of the most effective, practical martial arts today. As with any martial art, though, Wing Chun’s effectiveness depends on how well the student understands and embodies its principles in combat. Achieving this requires diligent training under a teacher with a deep understanding of these principles, preferably at a school that specializes in Wing Chun.

How long does it take before I can defend myself?
This is highly individual, as progress is directly proportional to the amount of time a student dedicates to training. That said, beginner students are taught Wing Chun strikes, defenses, and fundamental footwork and must demonstrate a basic ability to defend themselves before moving to the intermediate level.

Is there a religious component to this style?
No. Although students bow to each other and to the training area to cultivate the martial qualities of respect and humility, this practice is not connected with any religion. It is a part of all traditional martial arts training that helps students to gradually tame their egos.

Will I get in shape if I join the school?
Not necessarily. Although conditioning exercises are a regular part of training, the academy is focused solely on training students to develop a high level of skill in Wing Chun, and so physical fitness is not our primary concern. A gym or health club would be a more appropriate place to focus on getting in shape.

I am out of shape though. Can I still apply?
Yes. However, while Wing Chun does not require a high level of fitness to use it effectively, the training involved in developing that skill does require a very basic level of fitness. Most applicants easily meet this requirement. We discuss the physical requirements and any health issues the potential student may have during the interview.

What happens if I miss class?
Illnesses, work issues, vacations, and family-related absences are normal, but students are responsible for maintaining good attendance overall. Good attendance is important because excessive absences slow or stop the student’s progress and can cause disruptions for both the teacher and the other students. If a student’s absences become excessive, the student will be alerted and will be given ample time to correct the situation going forward. If the poor attendance becomes habitual, the student will be dismissed.

Are uniforms required?
Yes. Students are required to present themselves in clean, well-maintained uniforms for class.

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