Wing Chun is a very deep well, so to speak. We have a wide variety of training methods, ranging from various levels of hand to hand self-defense, weapons, empty hand vs. weapons, sparring, reflex development and conditioning.
We also have an array of training aids, such as heavy bags, focus mitts, kicking shields, modern and traditional weaponry, speed bags, body opponent bags (B.O.B.s), a virtual fleet of Wing Chun Wooden Dummies - ingenious, "interactive" wooden opponents, once unique to wing chun - and, for the particularly brave, a set of "iron palm" training bags for conditioning the bones in the hands...
In its entirety, wing chun encompasses footwork, blocks and strikes, kicks, sweeps & takedowns, locks & holds, pressure point attacks, knees, elbows, weapons, Chi Gung (breathing exercises), 3 empty hand forms, the Wooden Dummy form & applications, contact reflex training (known as "Chi Sao"), light to full contact sparring, grappling & anti-grappling, and conditioning.
We can guide you from absolute beginner, all the way through to becoming a martial zen master or a professional martial arts champion.
However, not everyone is ready to embrace the full scope of the Wing Chun system all at once. Therefore, the system has been broken up into 4 Elemental Programs, with varying degrees of commitment, access to the system, its training methods, and levels of intensity:
Our introductory program. It is a 6 month program, designed to introduce you to the basics of wing chun: mentally, physically and philosophically. The curriculum is from beginner to white sash.
Typically, you are training with us once or twice per week, attending the Basic classes only.
You are like a guest, visiting our art form, experiencing the various classes and training methods, to see if it really makes sense for you to set larger and longer training goals, have more access to the system, its training methods, and become part of its powerful lineage and history...
It also allows our Instructors to assess you to see what kind of student you will make. We work very hard to ensure the safest, most dynamic environment possible. In order to do that, we demand the highest level of focus and respect from every student. Only individuals with these qualities will be accepted into our Full, Intensive Training Programs.
Our Primary program. This is a dynamic, 36 month program, engineered to shape you into a wing chun Black Sash - with all the mental & physical benefits that go with it.
Includes intermediate and advanced sparring, Beginning through intermediate weapons, intermediate wooden dummy, MMA (mixed martial arts) training, intermediate and advanced chi sao, a monthly master class/seminar, and wing chun's dynamic second form: Chum Kil. Two to three classes per week is normal, you are allowed up to 5.
Even as a beginner, you are now accessing another level and scope of the wing chun system (sparring, weapons, Chi Sao, Wooden Dummy, MMA, etc.), and have set firm, and more long-term goals on the path to self-mastery.(By way of comparison, this is approximately the level of wing chun training that Bruce Lee was exposed to...)
The heart and soul of the Wing Chun Academy, and is by invitation only. This is an all access pass to the wing chun kung fu Chinese Boxing system. It includes advanced sparring, complete Strategy and Concepts, complete Wooden Dummy curriculum, advanced Chi Sao, wing chun's legendary Bil Jee (pressure point attacks) form, all Black Sash and Basic classes, with unlimited training days per week.
You have now embraced the wing chun system beyond a hobby - it has become a philosophical way of life. You are devoted to the ongoing process of Self-Mastery.
Even as a beginner to intermediate student in this program, and you are attending 2-3 classes per week, you have the full range of curriculum, training, and specialty classes to choose from each week, with a variety of times to choose, as well.
And, Sifu Oram personally oversees this program - upon joining, you will be treated as the future Gold Sash you are going to become.
Whether professional instructor or not, you will posses professional levels skills, with benefits that will stay with you for a lifetime.
4) Certified Instructor Training (CIT) - the Master's Path:
Our professional training program.
Must be intermediate level or above to be considered. Program trains through Red Sash, and includes the full pressure point attacking and healing systems, the Dragon Pole (wing chun staff), and Butterfly Sword forms & applications, and the infamous Iron Palm Training.
This is it - everything wing chun has to offer.
And we'll cross this bridge when we come to it...
* NOTE: Our full membership programs (Black Sash, Gold Sash and CIT) are RANK BASED, not time based..
What does that mean?
For example, if you don't reach the rank of Black Sash in three years (your payment program and your goal), you will continue to train until you reach your rank, even if takes longer than three years. But you will not pay longer than 36 months.So, if your schedule is erratic, out of town, work in the film industry, work from project to project; as long as you pay your tuition, follow the Academy's protocol, and never, ever quit - you will reach your goal.
Remember: a Black Sash is a white sash that kept on going...