Resources for WingChun Teachers

Introduction

As a WingChun Teacher, you are a living link in the lineage founded by Dai Sifu Klaus Brand in 2003 as the International Academy of WingChun. Under the classsonal tutelage of his father, Dai Sifu began the pursuit of martial arts over 40 years ago, the last 30 of which was dedicated to the way of WingChun reasearch, innovation and excellence. I joined this process in 1997.

For nearly 20 years, I have cultivated the arts he has passed on to me while threading in my own experience and expression. I incorporate my education in human anatomy, biomechanics and physiology as well as acupuncture, Chinese medicine and philosophy. In the last couple years as a Sifu, I have appreciated even more profoundly the deep honor and great duty to transmit the Self-Defense systems of WingChun and Escrima.

Our students depend on your knowledge, skills and example to motivate them towards their full potential. To help you in this challenging task, you will find useful resources below to support your role as an IAW-US Teacher and responsibility as a Group or Academy Leader. This is a written supplement to my live Instructors Seminars. Please check back periodically as this page will be updated when necessary. If there is any additional information that you need that is missing below, please don’t hesitate to make a request.

Thanks for your dedication and effort,

Sifu Paul Wang
IAW-US Chief Instructor

 

Your School

You may not think of yourself as a leader. Maybe you just want to teach because you are a WingChun geek. It may even scare you to stand in front of others. We all start somewhere, including Dai Sifu and I. You don’t have to be a natural born teacher. The only thing you need is a measure of courage to start. Is there risk involved to start a school? Is there a chance you will fail? Is there an equal opportunity to create a strong, beautiful, meaningful community of WingChun people? Yes, yes and yes. Every game is a gamble, just do your best and take it step by step. Your first Tan Sao was not very good, but, after thousands of reps, look at how solid it is now!

 

Definitions

IAW schools are divided into three designations: a Working Group, WingChun Group or Academy of WingChun. In general, plan to offer 60-90 minute Regular Classes at 1-2 times a week. For instance, you may start with weekly classes and add a second class after 6 months. It is important that your current and future students have a predictable class fee, schedule and location without which your class will not grow.

What is a Working Group?

An 9th Student Level with the Assistant Degree in process is eligible to start a Working Group. This is an informal status for 6-12 months to establish a new Group. Students don’t yet have to pay the IAW Fee. The Teacher doesn’t yet have to pay the monthly Group Fee.

What is a WingChun Group?

A Practician Grade with the Assistant Degree is eligible to start a WingChun Group. A WingChun Group is considered an official status into which a Working Group develops after 6-12 months and attaining 10 students. Students have to pay the IAW Fee and wear an IAW Uniform. The Teacher pays the monthly Group Fee to the IAW and must have a website.

What is an Academy of WingChun?

A First Technician Grade with the Instructor Degree I is eligible to lead an Academy of WingChun. A Working Group matures into an Academy of WingChun status when it reaches 25 students. The Teacher pays the monthly Academy Fee to the IAW, must have a website and offer biweekly classes.

 

Fees

As official representatives of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW), all WingChun Groups and Academies worldwide is submit a monthly fee to the IAW Headquarters in Germany. Since 2003, this has been $75 per month for your first Group/Academy. Each additional Group/Academy is $50 per month. For instance, I pay $125 per month for Berkeley and San Francisco. To conveniently set up automatic monthly billing for your IAW Group/Academy, please use the link below:


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Cancel your monthly payments:


 

Your Students

Take care of your WingChun students like your family. This is both simple and difficult because every one of them has different expectations, need and goals. You don’t need to be a babysitter. However, besides elevating your technical knowledge as a Teacher or Sihing, don’t forget to improve your personal, social and business capabilities. Don’t just be a kick-ass fighter. Overcome your fears through action. Work on your presence and warmth. Resolve your issues around money.

Our main job is to instruct WingChun well, but, more or less, we also have to play mentor, entrepreneur, entertainer, cheerleader, manager and even a bit of psychologist! By broadening your interests, you are able to connect and communicate to a wider array of potential students.

 

The Path

There are four stages in the IAW WingChun path:

  • Student Stage (8): There are 8 Student Levels to lay a foundation in WingChun Self-Defense.
    • Student Levels 1-8
  • Practician Stage (4): There are 4 Practician Levels to focus on applying the basics effectively.
    • Student Levels 9-11 and the Practician Grade
  • Technician Stage (5): There are 5 Technician Grades to begin the exploring the deeper art.
    • 1st-5th Technician Grades
  • Master Stage (2): There are 2 Master Grades to embody full expression of the system.
    • 6th Master Degree and Master of WingChun

 

Annual Fee

As Members of a WingChun Group or Academy of WingChun, your students pay an Annual IAW Fee upon registration. It is prorated based upon their join date. Renewing Members submit a payment of $40 in full by the end of February each subsequent year.

How do you explain the Annual IAW Member Fee to your students? I say:

“Our school is part of the International Academy of WingChun with locations worldwide. As a Member you can train at any IAW location. Your Annual Member Fee helps us provide the best quality WingChun education by funding visits from our Sifu for training intensives. It also entitles you to a 25% discount on our Regular Classes, Special Events and Private Lessons. When you become a Member, we issue you a IAW Member Passport to validate and track you progress in the system.”

 

Monthly Tuition

Group/Academy Leaders set their rates for Regular Classes, Special Events and Private Lessons they teach based on their local economy. Prices should be reasonable for your chosen demographic, either average or slightly above average. These are general suggestions.

Suggested tuition for 2 classes per week is $80-$120 per month.

Suggested price for single classes (if this option is offered) is $15-$30 per 60-90 minutes.

Suggested fee for private lessons is $40-$60 per Unit of 45 minutes.

 

Member Contracts

Another consideration is whether or not to require member contracts. Their benefit is that your externally incentivize commitment to training. Many people do want support to stick with a plan. That is why they pay personal trainers or nutritionists. Don’t be shy to offer options with rewards for choosing a longer term. For instance, if they choose a month-to-month term, their installments are $110. But a 12-month term is paid in lower monthly installments of $90.

If you don’t like contracts and opt to avoid them, that is fine. You can present that as a perk in your sales talk. Mention that you don’t lock students in to a long-term contract like cell phone companies usually do. Students can hold or cancel your membership at anytime as long as they give you a notice before their next installment. However, there is a downside. In my experience, students tend to quit sooner if you don’t offer a longer terms of contract. Most successful Groups and Academies in the IAW start with a one-year term that renews at ongoing 6-month terms.

 

Member Uniforms

The IAW Uniform is black training Pants and a top, either Shirt or Jacket. In 2016, Dai Sifu will make available White Jackets for Student Grades 1-8. This is in addition to Black Jackets for Student Grades 9-11 and Practician Grade and Black Jackets with red trim fro Technician and Master Grades. You may order uniforms from the IAW-US Headquarters. To see the colors for each level, scroll down to “WingChun Graduations” on this page.

Some students will question the need of uniforms. They don’t like to be told what they can put on their bodies. There are two ways you can approach this. One is to be strict and say it is a requirement of all IAW Members in every country. We cannot make an exception for them alone. Second is to explain that wearing a uniform is a tradition that shows respect to the art. The action of putting on a uniform gets you in the mindset of training. It means you identity with becoming your best self through WingChun practice.

 

Member Forms

Feel free to use or adapt these forms for your Group or Academy.

 

School Names

IAW schools are named with the following conventions.

School City Name Example Website
Working Group Chicago Working Group Chicago www.wingchunchicago.com
WingChun Group Los Angeles WingChun Los Angeles www.iaw-losangeles.com
Academy of WingChun New York Academy of WingChun New York www.wingchunnyc.com

Website domain names should feature IAW or WingChun, with www.iaw-yourcity.com and www.wingchunyourcity.com as primary formats. If these two are not available, city abbreviations and various hyphenations may be used, such as www.iawyourcity.com, www.iaw-yc.com, www.iawyc.com, www.yciaw, www.wingchunyc.com, www.wingchun-yc.com, www.ycwingchun.com or www.yc-wingchun.com. For Academies, formats such as www.academyofwingchunyourcity.com, www.academyofwingchunyc.com and www.awyc.com may also be used.

 

Teacher Titles

In the IAW, Grandmaster confers the title “Sihing” or “Sije” to active male or female Teachers, respectively, who have attained at least the Practician Grade and Assistant Degree and taught Regular Classes for more than a year. Furthermore, they must demonstrate ongoing diligence by fulfilling continuing education requirements. Failure to do so for 6-12 months is grounds for revocation. Besides teaching, the duties of Sihings/Sijes include helping their Sifu and the IAW:

  • Communicate and spread WingChun
  • Maintain healthy IAW class culture
  • Enforce organizational regulations
  • Be a strong and positive role model to students
  • Resolve personal conflicts among members

The title “Sifu” is the highest recognition in the martial arts field and signifies a Master who has succeeded as a Senior Instructor and Academy Leader. It is the culmination of many years, if not decades, of consistent practice and extensive teaching experience manifested as leading at least 80-100 students. Specifically, an IAW Sifu is the sixth and final stage of our Degree Program.

We suggest that you and your students use the relevant titles in all communications and advertisements as a form of address and signifier of responsibility.

 

Logos and Images

Download these image files for use in your print and online advertising.

 

Colors and Fonts

The standard colors for the IAW-US are black (#000000), white (#ffffff) and red (#800000) You don’t have to use those exact hex codes for your advertisements and website. However, try to incorporate black, white and red as your main colors. This gives the public a more cohesive image of our identity.

The official IAW font is the Futura family. Specifically, Futura Medium BT in all caps and italics is used for the IAW Logo and Slogans, respectively. Email HQ@IAW-US.com for the relevant font files, purchase them here or use Typekit. Again, it is suggested, but not absolutely necessary that you use the above colors and fonts.

 

WingChun Slogans

The official IAW slogans are below. They are rendered in italics and can be used as independent sentences or in conjunction with the word WingChun.

 

Five Virtues

The five points in our logo symbolize the Five Virtues to which Instructors strive as personal examples for our students. These are in English (and the original German codified by Sifu Klaus Brand):

  • Will (Wille)
  • Courage (Mut)
  • Diligence (Fleiss)
  • Perseverance (Beharrlichkeit)
  • Honor (Ehre)

 

Seminars and Events

Leaders of WingChun Groups or Academies of WingChun with the requisite authority can test their own students (See “Testing Authorization” below). If you have students training 8th Student Grade or above, you are encouraged to offer Primary Workshops as well.

Dai Sifu Klaus Brand or Sifu Paul Wang can be invited to train and test you and your students. You cover transportation (airline fee if flying and/or gas if driving) and housing costs (or an extra bedroom at your residence) but not food or time spent traveling and staying locally. The following Events can be requested.

Combat Classes are 1.5 hours and open to all students.

    • Sifu Paul Wang: $35
    • Dai Sifu Klaus Brand: $45
Escrima Classes are 1.5 hours and Escrima Seminars are 2.5 hours. They are open to all students. See below for Escrima Testing Fees.

    • Sifu Paul Wang: $35 (1.5 hours), $50 (2.5 hours)
    • Dai Sifu Klaus Brand: $45 (1.5 hours), $70 (2.5 hours)
Special Classes are 1.5 hours and open to 6th Student Levels and above.

    • Sifu Paul Wang: $35
    • Dai Sifu Klaus Brand: $45
Technician Classes are 1.5 hours and open to Practician Grades and above. Technician Seminars are 2.5 hours and open to 11th Student Levels and above.

    • Sifu Paul Wang: $35 (1.5 hours), $50 (2.5 hours)
    • Dai Sifu Klaus Brand: $45 (1.5 hours), $70 (2.5 hours)
Degree Modules are 2.5 hours and open to 2nd Student Levels and above. For more information about the Degree Program see here.

    • Sifu Paul Wang: $50
    • Dai Sifu Klaus Brand: $70
WingChun Seminars are 2.5-4 hours and open to all students. See below for WingChun Testing Fees.

    • Sifu Paul Wang: $50 (2.5 hours), $70 (4 hours)
    • Dai Sifu Klaus Brand: $70 (2.5 hours), $80 (4 hours)
    • With 10 Seminar attendees, the hosting Instructor attends for free.
    • With 20 Seminar attendees, the hosting Instructor attends for free and receives 20% of Seminar fees.
S.A.T Seminars are 3 hours and open to all students.

    • Sifu Paul Wang: $75 (3 hours)
    • Dai Sifu Klaus Brand: $85 (3 hours)

 

Private Lessons

Private Lessons with Sifu Paul Wang are available for IAW-US Members by appointment. A Single Lesson is one Unit defined as 45 minutes. A Double Lesson is two Units or 1.5 hours.

Per person: $60/Unit (if 1 student)

Per person: $50/Unit (if 2 students)

Per person: $40/Unit (if 3 or more students)

 

Testing Information

Testing Fees

Testing Fee is $20 for each Student Level 1-4.

Testing Fee is $20 for each Student Level 5-8.

Testing Fee is $30 for each Student Level 9-11. Testing Fee is $50 for Practician Grade.

The following cover two-days of examination, including associated Seminar Fees:

Testing Fee is $250 for each Technician Grade 1-2. Testing Fee is $300 for each Technician Grade 3-4.

Testing Fee is $120 for each Assistant Degree, Instructor I-III and WingChun Diploma. Note this includes the cost of 4-hour Degree Examination and Certification.

Testing Fee is $20 for each Escrima Grade 1-2. Testing Fee is $30 for each Escrima Grade 3-4.

Testing Authorization

Testing Student Levels 1-2 requires the First Technician Grade and Instructor Degree I.

Testing Student Levels 1-4 requires the Second Technician Grade and Instructor Degree II.

Testing Student Levels 1-6 requires the Third Technician Grade and Instructor Degree III.

Testing Student Levels 1-9 requires the Fourth Technician Grade and WingChun Diploma.

Testing Student Levels 1 to Practician Grade requires the Fifth Master Degree and WingChun Diploma.

For the WingChun graduation system, including training timeframes for each Program, please refer to this page.

 

Pre-Testing Requirement

The Black Shirt is conferred upon passing the 9th Student Level Testing. It sets the more advanced and experienced students of WingChun apart. There are special requirements to guarantee this high-quality standard of the IAW.

Upper Level (9th Student Level to Practician Grade) and Technician Grade Testing is only allowed to those who regularly, at least 2 times a week, attend WingChun instruction. Consistent participation for the past 2 years must be confirmed by the responsible Instructor before any Testing.

Furthermore, before any subsequent Testing, a screening by the training Instructor must be passed. The preliminary evaluation (Pre-Testing) evaluates both the current curriculum and that of all previous Programs.

Here is a prerequisite checklist to be confirmed during Pre-Testing for the 9th Student Level and higher:

  1. Attend biweekly Regular Classes for the past 2 years
  2. Attend monthly Special Classes at least 6 times per year
  3. Attend monthly Combat Classes at least 6 times per year
  4. Complete Pre-Testing with your Instructor at least a month before Testing
  5. Acquire Escrima weapon abilities:
    • For advanced students, Escrima completes your skills and is a part of WingChun study
    • For Upper Level Testing, you should attend some Escrima Classes
    • For Practician Grade Testing, you must reach the 1st Escrima Grade (Student Level)
    • For Second Technician Grade Testing, you must reach the 2nd Escrima Grade (Serrada Level)
    • For Third Technician Grade Testing, you must reach the 3rd Escrima Grade (Dos Manos Level)

 

Technician Programs

The Section Fees for the the Technician Grades are listed for your reference. You may also pay your Section Fees directly to Sifu Klaus Brand via the links below:

First Technician Grade

Second Technician Grade

Third Technician Grade

Fourth Technician Grade

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