The system was designed by Shaolin Monks to develop high level fighting skills in a very short time.
Of course, not many of us have the same background and discipline as a Shaolin Monk, but compared to developing in other martial arts you should find this a very quick and easy system to begin developing.
The fastest route to development is the traditional way of learning on a one-to-one basis. One-to one instruction is available with Sifu Bennett, see the Private Lessons page for more information.
This may seem a strange response, but each school will offer something unique and it is important for you to be sure that you have selected the right place for you.
For example, if you wish to go along to a class to spar and make yourself feel tough, perhaps going home each week with bruises and the odd injury then this certainly is not the school for you.
The best thing to do is to go along and try out a few classes at each school to get a good feel for what they do and the way they do it. Once you have trained at a few places you will find it much easier to decide if you have found the right match.
New students at Natural Wing Chun are welcome to train at a reduced drop in rate for the first four sessions to get a feel for what we do and the way we do it. Please contact SiFu Bennett to arrange a visit to class or for more information.
Within your own school SiFu (師父) means your teacher with specific reference to the family line. So for example, SiFu Bennett is the head of Natural Wing Chun therefore his students should refer to him as SiFu.
If referring to an instructor, from a school other than your own, as SiFu (師傅) then this would have a different meaning and is more of an honorary title referring to their high level of skill. In China for example this term can refer to a cook, mechanic, artist etc that is highly respected for their craft.
Attending a Foundation Course is highly recommended, as this is a dedicated course designed and refined over the years to give you the best possible start for great value.
You do not however have to wait until a course to begin your training. You can simply come along to a group class where you will be ‘buddied up’ with an assistant instructor or senior student who will help guide you.
If you wish to start, cannot wait until the Foundation Course, but would like some degree of competence before joining the regular classes then the other option is private instruction. This is the traditional way of passing on the system and by far the best way to start you journey in Wing Chun.
Probably not in the sense you are thinking…but there is an equivalent in Wing Chun called Chi Sau. Once you have gained a good level of control over your own motions you are encouraged to engage in more ‘free-style’ training where nothing is predetermined.
There are of course still rules and principles to follow to ensure you are developing rather than trying to massage your own ego, but as your skill and control develop these rules become less important.