So, you decided to learn Wing Chun? Your next question should be, what do I want to get out of it? Self-defence, health, interested in the art or a combination of each?
You probably googled “Wing Chun Singapore” and many school listings popped up. Which will fit me and how to choose? In this post, I want to share with you my thoughts into these questions.
You might wonder why are there so many different styles of Wing Chun?
Some schools claim to be original Ip Man or Traditional Wing Chun. What is the difference? Does it matter? This is a question I often hear.
To be frank, not really, more than 95 % of all Wing Chun schools outside China are from the Ip Man Hong Kong lineage.
Yip Man had many students, these 1st generation masters had their own concepts of training and teaching Wing Chun based on their personal preferences and understanding. However, the Wing Chun fundamental techniques and forms of all Ip Man lineages are nearly identical.
As a beginner, I should not worry or be misguided by claims about “we are authentic Wing Chun” and lineage.
It makes more sense to ask yourself, what can this school offer me, and how does it fit my needs (health, self-defence etc.)?
Training and syllabus
Go to the school’s website and do some research. Ask yourself, does this school or lineage offer a training method that covers all aspects of Wing Chun and Kung Fu training? For example, Qi Gong or do students practice sparring?
- Review the school syllabus. How does it compare to other school’s syllabus?
- Is the syllabus progressive (does each higher training level build upon the previous level)?
- What else do they have to say about their training? Are there articles or videos that explain their training concepts and philosophy?
Group or private classes?
Private classes, of course, are more expensive but have some clear benefits. Your training schedule is more flexible, and you have direct access to the teacher. You will make better progress and more quickly.
- Contact the school and ask what the average class size and the private lesson fees is. Consider the pros and cons of private or group classes.
The school location and class schedules very much depend on your personal work/life situation. How long does it take to travel to school by car or public transport?
- Can you commit to train and travel at least 1-2 classes per week?
Wing Chun school fees are relatively cheap compared to other sports. Most schools charge $ 100 for four (4) classes per month. Some schools have an option to join unlimited classes.
- Ask if there are make-up classes in case you cannot make it for class.
Uniforms and equipment
Some schools ask you to buy uniforms or equipment. For instance, at our school, CSL Wing Chun Singapore, students need to purchase punching gloves (about $ 20). Female students also wear chest guards for sparring and close-quarter training (about $ 20). Our club t-shirt is free when you sign up for the 3 (three) months beginner’s course.
- Ask the school if you must buy uniforms or other equipment.
Testimonials and reviews
These are a good source to learn more about the school. Go to the school website or FB and see if others have posted any reviews or testimonials. They are an important feedback mechanism.
- Go to the school’s website or FB. How many reviews? Are they consistent?
Wing Chun is after Tai Chi the most practices Chinese martial art. It has a long history, a rich heritage and a comprehensive training method with its signature techniques and combat strategies. Wing Chun has the best Kung Fu can offer.
If this appeal to you and you have decided to learn Wing Chun. Give it a try for at least 6 months or a year. It takes time to understand what Wing Chun or martial arts all is about.
I hope you find this post useful to help you choose the Wing Chun school that fits your needs.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Chu Sau Lei Wing Chun Singapore