FAQ

Is your style traditional?
Tradition depends on the time period, region, and the instructor’s personal style of teaching.  If by traditional you mean exactly how people did things in the past without refinement over the centuries and decades, then no.  If by traditional you mean using WingChun as it was intended as a form of effective combat, then yes.
Will I learn something like in the Ip Man movies?
Ip Man was a past practitioner who brought the style into the open. You will learn similar-looking moves, but not exactly like the movies.
What is your lineage?
Our Instructors are direct students under Dai Sifu Klaus Brand, founder of the International Academy of WingChun©, and Sifu Paul Wang, US Head Instructor.  Since Dai Sifu Klaus Brand developed his own system, previous lineage is irrelevant, however, we recognize and respect those who contributed to wing chun in the past.
How is your system different from other styles of wing chun and other martial arts?
WingChun is a martial art that focuses on self-defense rather than culture, tradition, aesthetics, or sport.  It is difficult to compare our style to others since there are many variations of wing chun, kung fu, and martial arts.  One style might share some some similarities while also having many technical differences.  The best way to learn about WingChun is to try it out.
Is your style hard or soft?
Both and neither.  We believe that such terminology as hard, soft, internal, and external are too general and do not use them.  WingChun has several principles, strategies, and tactics depending on what works best for the situation.
Why don’t you follow relaxation, centerline, chain punching, etc. commonly associated with wing chun?
We share aspects of other wing chun styles to some degree, but we believe that an overemphasis of one or more aspects leads to technical mistakes.  For example, arms too relaxed without any tension will collapse, but too tense is also a mistake.
Why does it seem that you do “hard” blocks?
Two concepts of WingChun are stability and attacking the attack.  WingChun defense is supposed to be stable enough to withstand a powerful attack without collapsing and hurts the opponent at the same time.  In fact, some other wing chun styles do have “hard” blocks.
How does WingChun work against a bigger, stronger person?
Instead of using only physical strength, WingChun relies on technique, body mechanics, body alignment, positioning, timing, leverage, and attacks to the most vulnerable parts of the body.
What benefit do I get by taking your WingChun class besides going to the gym, learning from my buddy, a book, the Internet, YouTube, or any other martial art class?
If you are seriously considering taking something, we believe that our WingChun class is the best way for building real skill for self-defense and will benefit your life.  We have experienced Instructors that are hands-on, explain things in-detail, and correct mistakes in real-time.
What can I do if regular class does not fit my schedule or I live far away?
Some training is better than doing nothing.  Also, a little knowledge goes a long way.  You can request to schedule a private lesson, take an occasional drop-in class, or attend our special events that are held every 2-3 months.  Additional practice at home will also help you between training sessions.
Do you have any other locations? Do you recommend any other schools not affiliated with you?

There are IAW locations in California as well as in some countries in Europe and Asia.  Please contact other schools directly.

Do you have a kids class?

Currently, we only accept ages 12 years old and up.  The class consists of mostly adults.  Students under 18 years old must have a parent or legal guardian come in to sign the waiver and other paperwork.

How much are classes?

Since no class is the same, we’d like you consider value, quality, and what fits your goals when shopping around.  In general, decent martial arts classes usually average starting around $100 per month and can be cheaper or more expensive depending on the school.  We keep our pricing fair and comparable with other martial arts schools, so there is no “sticker shock”.  It is best for us to present you with our requirements and pricing plans in-person.  We want you to understand how our Academy works and the various pricing options available to you in black-and-white.  That way you can choose the option that suits you best, and we can answer any questions that you may have on-the-spot.

Can I come and watch the class?
You can come participate in an Intro to see what the class is like.
I have previous wing chun/ martial art experience. Can I come in and practice my chi sao?
If you are really curious to learn our WingChun style, then start from the beginning with an Intro because there can be many technical differences from what you already know that require remedial training.  During class, you have to follow whatever the Instructor has planned just like the other students.
How long does it take to become proficient in WingChun or a WingChun Instructor?
Each rank in our curriculum has an average time frame based on 2 classes per week.  Your skill depends on your talent and the time and effort that you put in.  Some people advance quicker while others slower.  What is important is that you have fun and receive the benefits.  Instructor certification requires instructor lessons on how to teach WingChun in addition to the regular curriculum as well as upholding instructor standards.
When do I start learning chi sao?
You will learn chi sao at the intermediate stage.  The simplest techniques are more valuable in combat, so you learn them first.
Do I get to learn Biu Jee and Wooden Dummy?
Yes, after learning the prerequisite material.  Each form has a different set of techniques, exercises, concepts, and applications and is organized according to complexity.  Biu Jee is the 3rd form. The Wooden Dummy is both a training tool, like a heavy bag, and is used in the 4th form.  You can only do so much with the dummy because it cannot think and move.  The best way to train is with a live partner.
Does your class have Qi Gong and meditation exercises?
WingChun is a holistic style with built-in postures and movements for qi gong, however, we do not focus on any specific qi gong and meditation exercises.
Is WingChun a good workout? Will it help me lose weight and get into shape?
Yes, if you work hard enough.  A moderate amount of fitness is good for fighting, but our class is not necessarily a fitness class.  The main focus is efficient use of the body for combat.  The other benefits are side effects of the training.
Do you spend a long time on strength, conditioning, endurance, and cardio?
Regular training involves lots of resistance training against your partner and collisions to the limbs.  We have special event weekends every 2-3 months when you can train for multiple hours a day.  Since WingChun is designed to be efficient, cardio is not emphasized like in sport fighting.
Will I learn about Chinese culture and history in WingChun class?
You will learn some things like the names of the movements in Cantonese, but most of the class is devoted to learning and training the martial art.
Can I train WingChun if I am older, a petite woman, uncoordinated, overweight, or out-of-shape?
Yes, WingChun does not require a lot of athleticism, so many different types of people can practice.  Our Instructors are happy to help and will work with you at your level.
Does WingChun fight on the ground?
Most of the training is standing, but we do have methods for ground situations.
Will I get injured training WingChun?
We try our best to make the training both realistic and safe, but injuries do occur in martial arts.  Mostly what you can expect are occasional bruises.  Don’t be shy or embarrassed to let someone know if you need stop an exercise or decrease the intensity.
Since WingChun is for self-defense, do you have any offensive techniques?
Offensive techniques are often necessary to end a fight, but we do not start fights. Self-defense is our focus instead of culture, tradition, aesthetics, or sport.