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All newcomers are welcomed into the beginners group for a compulsory 12 lesson introductory course during which time they are taught the basics whilst encouraged to watch the main class train. There is no uniform or formal training clothing required, training or jogging trousers, a plain t-shirt/sweatshirt and training shoes are all that is required. Over the introductory period beginners get are taught the basics whilst having the opportunity to watch 12 typical classes, ask questions about all and any aspects of the Wing Chun system, the Sifu (teacher), the classes etc.. At the end of the introductory course newcomers can decide whether they wish to apply to join the Association.

However during that same 12 lesson introductory period the newcomer is the subject of a psychological and physical assessment by the Sifu (teacher) and his assistants who listen to the questions, review their attendances and punctuality, note the beginner's respect (or lack of it) and assess their attitude and suitability. At the end of the introductory course the Sifu will decide whether to invite and accept the applicant as a member, student and ambassador to the school.

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"We teach by selection and invitation only, we offer authentic Wing Chun taught in the traditional manner. We set and expect the highest standards, teaching only respectful, disciplined and dedicated martial artists who train hard with the correct mental attitude"
Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe - Chief Instructor MWCK

What does Wing Chun training entail?

A typical training sessions lasts for two hours and covers all the four elements of the Wing Chun System:-


The solo repetitive practice and performance of preset fixed sequence of movements that teach and refine specific concepts, principles and techniques. There are no direct applications of the movements of the forms but they do allow the practicioner to strive for perfect positioning, and the closer the positions when practicing solo, the better they will be when applying them on an opponent.

Application drills:

The constant repetition of individual techniques or sequences, either solo or preferably with a training partner, will build up confidence and understanding of the position, structure and energy useage of each technique. "There is no substitute for mileage"

Chi Sao:

Wing Chun's Chi Sao (Sticking hands) is a unique interactive training method that develops structural awareness, correct energy utilization, distance judgement and sensitivity so that you can learn to feel what is happening, assess the situation and react accordingly. It develops close range distance coordination, mobility, balance, timing, accuracy and the correct use of energy. Chi Sao is often likened to a game of chess in that it is about stratagy, skill and the ability to assess and constantly reassess the on going situation, only in Chi Sao you monitor the proceedings through arm contact. Chi Sao teaches the 3rd and 4th stages of self defence. The 3rd stage being to trap or control their opponents hands, maintaining contact and fighting range, the 4th stage is to remain in control of the situation until you decide it is safe to change range and disengage contact.


Unlike most martial arts, in traditional Wing Chun there is no sparring (this is because sparring involves two martial artists possibly of the same style trying to out guess and out manouvre each other under a semi-controlled, rule governed environment, which does not happen in the street). In Wing Chun we practice 'one attack-one defend' training. This is when one partner will attack using any street-practical techniques, whilst the other employs his Wing Chun to dissolve that attack whilst simultaneously counter attacking. Fighting application teaches you to apply the techniques you have positionally refined in the forms and structurally developed through drilling. Fighting application teaches you the first and second stages of self defence: The first stage, achieved through lots of practice, is to recognise the form and direction of the attack, the second stage is to safely bridge the gap and make contact defensively whilst simultaneously counter attacking.