Kids Classes

Kids Classes

WE ARE COMMITTED TO ASSISTING OUR STUDENTS ON THEIR JOURNEY TOWARDS SELF-AWARENESS AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

We strive for excellence and set high standards, while treating each student as a unique individual with their own special needs and style of learning. Our philosophy and approach to teaching are based on the strong belief that all students, regardless of their strengths and weaknesses, are gifts. All students, whether they are athletically elite or have delayed motor skills, are welcome, because they all add something distinctive and valuable to everyone’s learning experience.

 

Through training and openness, the true human qualities of determination, forgiveness, compassion, respect, honour and integrity can flourish inside us. As we bring this presence into our daily lives we become steady and confident, firm yet flexible, disciplined yet spontaneous, intense yet light, focused while flowing.

 

At MWC, we strive to develop inner peace and stillness so that the highest potential of each individual can emerge through the vehicle of Wing Chun, meditation and contemplation/discussion. Our programmes take place within a non-competitive atmosphere where students are invited to accept themselves and each other non-judgmentally. We model and teach unconditional acceptance in all aspects of the students’ training. They are encouraged to do their best without feeling that they have to be the best in order to be accepted or appreciated.

 

We have designed our kids’ system so that it promotes an ethical culture based on responsibility, respect and mindfulness. Students are accountable for their own behaviour and for following the agreed procedures and instructions.

 

By implementing and promoting such a wonderful and welcoming learning atmosphere, we aim to ensure that the following concepts are areas of growth in every student:

•       Martial arts skills, with the intention to use such skills only for self-defence, protecting the weak and upholding justice

•       Good manners, self-respect and self-discipline

•       Comradeship and respect for other people

•       Life skills and practical tools for effective and open communication – the ability to truly listen to the needs and feelings of others                   while assertively voicing their own

•       Positive attitudes and enduring persistence

•       Greater self-confidence and inner awareness of their emotions and thoughts

•       Understanding and applying healthy lifestyle habits such as physical fitness and a knowledge of nutrition and basic anatomy

 

Our method of Wing Chun has been passed down through a very direct lineage that fosters many beneficial skills. Our team of instructors have many years of experience teaching kids of all ages, and have done extensive training to teach MWC’s unique Kids’ system to pass on the principles and benefits of Wing Chun in a disciplined yet fun atmosphere.

 

 

 

The many benefits of Wing Chun for Kids

 

These days, most kids are exposed to smart phones and tablets from a very young age. These devices might be very helpful and educational, but sadly they don’t do much good to our kids’ postural health and sense of body awareness as they sit hunched over and absorbed in their iPad. Unfortunately, most schools and households don’t put enough emphasis on correct posture and general bodily awareness, which is why it’s highly beneficial for kids to participate in activities such as Mindful Wing Chun classes from a very young age, to balance out these unconscious and unhealthy postural habits.

 

Another advantage of learning Wing Chun is that it develops kids’ confidence. A healthy level of confidence established at an early stage can be beneficial in every step of a child’s development in life. Kids naturally develop their self-confidence by learning self-defence skills. Furthermore, our teachers aim to build confidence in kids by praising them in every class for accomplishing their goals.



By practising this beautiful art, kids can also improve their concentration, relaxation and sense of balance.

 

 

Little Dragons (3 to 5 years old)

 

In these classes, the emphasis is on empowering and nurturing students to develop good manners, respect and self-discipline. We train students to improve their basic co-ordination, agility, flexibility and strength. We model fair discipline and a consistent structure, and students learn to communicate effectively and respectfully. Little Dragons learn to co-operate in small and large groups as they become more confident in interacting with others. True respect is developed first through self-respect and acceptance. Our primary objective is to support your child’s evolving positive self-esteem.

 

In these classes, we introduce the students to the basics principles of Wing Chun, such as correct posture, stance, guard and the Centreline theory, as well as basic striking and defence techniques. The kids work through the movements of Siu Nim Tao (the first Form of the art) in these classes. Since the kids in these classes are still very young, it’s important for us to fill the classes with fun, delight and excitement, while still retaining the students’ attention and ensuring that they learn the correct techniques, which is why we’ve designed many “Wing Chun games” for the children.

 

After many years of teaching Wing Chun to kids, we believe most kids are ready to join our classes at around the age of 3, but the level of concentration varies between children so we recommend a trial class so that we (and you) can assess whether our class is suitable for your child. 

 

We offer a 10 week curriculum for this age group. While the theme and exercises of each week’s curriculum are different, the structure of the classes remains the same. For a clearer picture of the curriculum, here’s an example of a 50-minute class:

                                              

 

These multi-grade curriculum-based classes are suitable for kids aged 6 and above, with participants being arranged into two separate classes according to their ages: 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 years old.

 

In these classes, we help kids understand the attributes of Wing Chun through progressively advanced techniques, according to their grades. The techniques include the Wing Chun Forms (including the well-known Wooden Dummy Form), Chi Sau, and self-defence techniques that help the students understand and apply Wing Chun’s martial arts Principles. We also introduce meditations and deep-breathing sessions to balance out the sparring and self-defence aspect of the classes.

 

For students at this age, apart from placing more emphasis on the technical and self-defence side of the art, we also introduce philosophical concepts and life-skills tools (Kung Fu Philosophy and Codes of Conduct), with an emphasis on effective communication skills and self-esteem, which promote a solid foundation for the children’s emotional intelligence and their dealings with the world around them.

 

Our kids’ curriculum for this age group is based on 12 grades, identified by different-coloured Sashes (White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Dark Green, Red, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Purple, Brown, Grey and Black).  All kids start with the white Sash, and when they’re ready they’ll be promoted through a Grading.

 

The curriculum for this age group lasts for 22 weeks. While the theme and exercises of each week’s curriculum are different, the structure of the classes remains the same. For a clearer picture of the curriculum, here’s an example of a 50-minute class:

 

Beginning Bow – to promote mindfulness and respect for themselves, the training hall, teachers and classmates, and to formally begin the class!

 

Class intro / team-building (1-3 minutes) – to discuss any issues or questions that may have come up for any child since the last class. This section also gives the teacher a chance to motivate and inspire the students for the upcoming class.

 

Warm-up (7-10 minutes) – Wing Chun techniques are done at a fast pace, with the addition of simple stretches and mobilisation exercises to warm up the muscles.

 

Deep breathing (1-2 minutes) – guided relaxation breathing is used here to promote concentration, calmness and relaxation, to transition from the warm-up exercises into the Forms section.

 

Forms (6-8 minutes) – the practice of Siu Nim Tao (or other Forms for advanced students) is taken very seriously at our school, because the Forms are the root of the art and promote relaxation, focus and discipline.

 

Chi Sau / Cross Punching (7-10 minutes) – we practise Wing Chun’s famous Chi Sau and Cross Punching exercises, which we have broken down into simple exercises to be practised according to the student’s level. This will lead into Chi Sau sparring for higher levels.

 

Kung Fu Philosophy (3- 5 minutes) – we discuss and share important life skills such as dealing with emotions, leadership, bullying, the keys to success and much more!

 

Techniques / Pad Work (9-12 minutes) – we practise the self-defence techniques of Wing Chun and pad striking.

 

Meditation and Closing Discussion (2-5 minutes) – we do guided meditations on different themes, and have a group discussion in which students can share their insights and ideas about what they learnt (or felt) in the class.

 

Ending Bow – to promote mindfulness and respect for themselves, the training hall, teachers and classmates, and to formally end the class!

 

                                                      

 

 Our kids program for children 6yrs and above is divided into 3 levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced.

Each level is separated into different grades which are specified by colored Sash's which the students wear as a part of their uniforms. 

 

 

Foundation Level

 
White Sash


In this grade the students learn the basic principles of Wing Chun such as Centerline, Stance, Posture and Guard. By the end of this Grade they will know the first sequence of the Siu Nim Tao form (the first empty hand form of Wing Chun), all the main postures (Upright Sitting, Attention Pose, Stance and Guard and Bowing), and the most basic techniques and striking.


Required Training for grading eligibility: 24 classes – 3months

 
Yellow Sash:

 
By the end of this Grade, students will know the entire 7minute sequence of the Siu Nim Tao Form and will know the movements by name. They will also have a good understanding in how to use their structure to absorb and deflect incoming force (with one arm). At this stage, they are beginning to have a few more self-defense techniques and tools!

 
Required Training for grading eligibility: 32 classes – 4months

 

Orange Sash


The famous Wing Chun exercise of Chisau is introduced in this grade which will begin to develop the student’s force absorption, sensitivity and power. They begin to delve into techniques and exercises which will begin challenge their reflexes, balance and coordination.

 
Required Training for grading eligibility: 48 classes – 6months

 
Light Green Sash

 
The level of self-defense, fitness and flexibility will have noticeably improved by this grade! Therefor the students are now ready to begin realistic sparring in a safe and supportive environment. By the end of this grade, they will be able to defend themselves against an attacker who is attacking with random (not predetermined) punches.

 
Required Training for grading eligibility: 32 classes – 4months

 
Dark Green Sash

 
By the end this grade, which is the last of the Foundation level, the students will be able to defend themselves against any incoming kick from an opponent of similar age. Their foundation in the Wing Chun principles have developed to such a level I which they can begin to attack and defense within their Chisau exercise.

 
On the other hand, their understanding of the Kung Fu philosophy and life skills as well as their relaxation, focus and body awareness will be at such a level that can be very clearly observed by the parents and the Wing Chun practice will be well and truly influencing the Child’s life outside of the Wing Chun Classes.

 
Required Training for grading eligibility: 48 classes – 6months

 

 

AT MWC, we believe that the self-defence aspect is only a small branch of the Wing Chun tree. That’s why all our classes and special events (and some gradings) include life-skills sections called “Kung Fu Philosophy”, where we discuss and share the other important aspects of mastering this art. This interactive section of the class gives us the opportunity to share concepts about important subjects that help develop students’ life skills. These 3-5-minute sections are conducted in front of the parents so that they can be a part of their child’s learning experience and provide support and perspective to each lesson. We cover the following subjects:

1- Wing Chun Principles

2- Self-Defence Awareness

3- MWC’s Kung Fu Code of Conduct

4- Understanding Emotions

5- Authentic Leadership

6- Confidence and Self-Esteem

7- Peaceful Communication and Relationship-Building

8- Keys to Success

9- Healthy Habits to Live By

10- Our Body (Anatomy and Physiology)

11- Bullying

 

 

Our Kung Fu Code of Conduct is an excellent set of guidelines to live by. For this reason, we aim to ensure that our students understand each of these guidelines fully through our Kung Fu philosophy segments of the class, quizzes and homework.

 

1-    Show respect for all – Show equal respect for everyone regardless of their behaviour. Always treat others with respect and show respect for their beliefs and opinions. Show good manners not only to your elders but even to those younger than you.

 

2-    Be confident and believe in yourself – Back this up with hard work to achieve anything you want.

 

3-    Adopt a healthy lifestyle – Exercise, eating, sleeping. Practise cleanliness and order.

 

4- Never give up – Problems are what make up grow, so if you fall 1,000 times, pick yourself back up 1,000 times.

 

5- Befriend your emotions – Learn to be calm. Don’t participate in arguments or fights. Always exercise self-control. Instead of losing your temper or reacting in anger, learn to befriend and understand your emotions through meditation and self-reflection.

 

6-  Use your Martial Arts for the good of humanity – Use your skills only for self-defence and to protect the weak and the helpless. Never bully others.

 

7-   Set a good example – Your behaviour always sets an example for those around you. “Be the change you want to see in the world,” said Gandhi.

 

8-   Have compassion – Learn to understand others and feel for what’s alive in them. Do this by first understanding yourself and befriending what’s alive in you. Compassion must first start in you. Understand compassionately the feelings and needs of fellow students. Let empathy and honesty be your guide when dealing with yourself and others.

 

9- Help others – Look for opportunities to help those in need without expecting anything in return. Serve your community and co-operate with people. Be civilised and gentle in your manners.

 

10- Use communication that is supportive and truthful.

 

At first, you might need to remind yourself constantly of this code of conduct, but in time the principles will become habits and a part of your character. That is when you have truly attained a high level of Kung Fu.

 

At MWC, we set high, consistent standards that encourage students to strive for excellence in their thoughts, words and actions. Each student increases their awareness of behaviours that promote respect, acceptance and harmony. 

 

• Always treat everyone in the school with respect. You are a member of a group sharing common goals and interests, and that progress is always achieved as part of a team.


• Never use profanity or coarse language in class. Please do not raise your voice to anyone while talking to them.


• Bow every time you enter or leave the Gwoon (the training area of the school), and also at the start and end of each class.


• Practise cleanliness and order. Keep your uniform clean. Keep your school tidy and clean by placing pads and equipment away neatly and not touching the walls and mirrors.


• Always listen attentively to the instructor or Sifu. Raise your hand if you have a question and wait patiently for his/her response.


• Instructors are addressed as Sir, Sifu or Instructor so and so. Please respond to instructors politely, followed by “Sifu”. Examples: “Yes Sifu” and “Thank you Sifu”. 


• Please do not eat, drink or chew gum during the class. Ensure you drink enough water BEFORE the start of the class as there will be no drink breaks during the class.


• For safety reasons, children are asked to wait outside the Gwoon before the class begins, unless they would like to meditate or to practise Siu Nim Tao (the first Wing Chun Form) quietly.


• Please, no talking during the Breathing and Meditation sections of the class.


• Students are expected to be in uniform during their classes.


• Please leave your footwear on the shelves before you enter the school. For safety reasons, please also remove your socks before the class.


• Remember that your actions outside the school reflect its character and spirit. You are an ambassador of your school. Always behave appropriately, with good manners and respect.

We encourage students and parents to suggest ideas for discussion in our Kung Fu philosophy sessions. Please suggest topics, concepts or areas of interest, along with direct questions that will guide our Kung Fu Philosophy section of the class.

MWC is committed to assisting our students on their journey towards self-awareness and character development. We will attempt to answer questions that are respectful and that are appropriate for that particular age group. The goal of the MWC is to honour all people and to provide an environment that is accepting and respectful towards them regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or age. Our objective is not to indoctrinate our students or to bias them with our own unique perspective; rather, we wish to facilitate an open sharing of wisdom concepts and, to the best of our abilities, to provide information that reflects universal truths.

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Thank you in advance for your fabulous suggestions and questions!

 

Our kids program for children 6yrs and above is divided into 3 levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level is separated into different grades which are specified by colored Sash's which the students wear as a part of their uniforms. 

 

Intermediate Level


Red Sash

 
We begin the Intermediate level by introducing the sequence of the Chum Kiu Form (the 2nd empty hand form of Wing Chun). This form will greatly improve the student’s power and mobility. By the end of this grade, they will have learnt the most advanced techniques of Chisau and are ready for free-sparring. We believe that this grade is equivalent to 1st  Dan Black Belt level of other martial arts (meaning the students who successfully complete this grade can spar with a black belt level of any other Martial Art i.e. Karate, Taekwondo, Judo etc.)

 
Required Training for grading eligibility: 48 classes – 6months

 
Light Blue Sash

 
Students will now have all the necessary tools for a complete self-defense scenario including many tools for avoiding a physical altercation, as well as knowing their exact range and how to automatically respond to all hand to hand combat situations. 

 
Conversely, they will have a deep level of experiential understanding in relaxation and mindfulness which will lead to a calmer and more peaceful attitude.

 
Required Training for grading eligibility: 32 classes – 4months


Dark Blue Sash

 
Students are not delving into the internal aspects of the Art! They will be understanding and practicing how to use their ‘center of mass’ as the power source behind all their movements which will increase their power by multiple times. This grade, being the last of the Intermediate Level, put emphasis of practice on realistic sparring and self defense situations.

 
Required Training for grading eligibility: 48 classes – 6months

 

 

 

Our kids program for children 6yrs and above is divided into 3 levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level is separated into different grades which are specified by colored Sash's which the students wear as a part of their uniforms. 

 

Advanced Level

 
Purple Sash

 
Advanced Level begins with introducing the Biu Jee Form (3rd empty hand form) AND the famous Wooden Dummy Form of Wing Chun. Since we introduce both forms at the same time, in this grade the students will only be shown the first half of each form.  They will also begin to be pressure tested on the stepping and pivoting movements of the Chum Kiu Form. Chisau and Wing Chun sparring will be part of every class at this grade!


Required Training for grading eligibility: 48 classes – 6months


Brown Sash

 

The sequence of the second halves of Biu Jee and Wooden Dummy forms will be shown to the students in this grade. Their balance, focus and endurance will also be tested within this grade as they will be able to perform the entire Siu Nim Tao form while standing on one leg (with the knees held above waist height)

Required Training for grading eligibility: 48 classes – 6months

 

Gray Sash

 
By the end of this grade, Students will know all of the empty hand forms of Wing Chun plus the Wooden Dummy Form. Since they will be nearing the end of the Mindful Wing Chun kids system, they will now be given body armor (pads) and spar with each other with high intensity. Part of the requirement of passing this grade is an extremely high level of fitness which they will be put to the test with a highly intense Wing Chun style of fitness routine (10minutes non stop)

 
Required Training for grading eligibility: 32 classes – 4months

 
Black Sash

 
This is the final grade in the Kid’s Mindful Wing Chun System! Students will work on performing the Bui Jee form with maximum speed! Also they will be looking at the power generation and application of the Wooden Dummy movements in a self-defense scenario.  Finally, as part of the requirement of finishing the system (in their final grading), the student will be required to do a few minutes of high intensity sparring with the Sifu! 


Required Training for grading eligibility: 96 classes – 12months

 

 

Mindful Wing Chun (MWC) Grading System

GradeMinimum training required*Teachings
White Sash24 classes – 3monthsStudents learn the basic principles of Wing Chun such as Centerline, Stance, Posture and Guard. They will know the first sequence of the Siu Nim Tao form (the first empty hand form of Wing Chun), all the main postures (Upright Sitting, Attention Pose, Stance and Guard and Bowing), and the most basic techniques and striking.
Yellow Sash32 classes – 4monthsStudents will know the entire 7minute sequence of the Siu Nim Tao Form and will know the movements by name. They will also have a good understanding in how to use their structure to absorb and deflect incoming force (with one arm). A few more self-defense techniques and tools introduced.
Orange Sash48 classes – 6months The famous Wing Chun exercise of Chisau is introduced in this grade which will begin to develop the student’s force absorption, sensitivity and power. They begin to delve into techniques and exercises which will begin challenge their reflexes, balance and coordination.
Light Green Sash32 classes – 4monthsThe level of self-defense, fitness and flexibility will have noticeably improved by this grade! Therefore the students are now ready to begin realistic sparring in a safe and supportive environment. They will be able to defend themselves against random (not predetermined) punches.
Dark Green Sash8 classes – 6monthsThe last of the Foundation level grade, students will be able to defend themselves against any incoming kick from an opponent of similar age. They can begin to attack and defend within their Chisau exercise. The Kung Fu philosophy and life skills as well as their relaxation, focus and body awareness will be at such a level that can be very clearly observed by the parents and the Wing Chun practice will be well and truly influencing the Child’s life outside of the Wing Chun Classes.
Red Sash48 classes – 6monthsIntroduction to the sequence of the Chum Kiu Form (the 2nd empty hand form of Wing Chun). This form will greatly improve the student’s power and mobility. Chisau and are ready for free-sparring. We believe that this grade is equivalent to 1st Dan Black Belt level of other martial arts
Light Blue Sash32 classes – 4monthsHave all the necessary tools for a complete self-defense scenario including many tools for avoiding a physical altercation, as well as knowing their exact range and how to automatically respond to all hand to hand combat situations. Conversely, they will have a deep level of experiential understanding in relaxation and mindfulness which will lead to a calmer and more peaceful attitude.
Dark Blue Sash48 classes – 6monthsStudents are now delving into the internal aspects of the Art! They will be understanding and practicing how to use their ‘center of mass’ as the power source behind all their movements which will increase their power by multiple times. This grade, being the last of the Intermediate Level, put emphasis of practice on realistic sparring and self defense situations.
Purple Sash48 classes – 6monthsIntroduction to the Biu Jee Form (3rd empty hand form) AND the famous Wooden Dummy Form of Wing Chun. They will also begin to be pressure tested on the stepping and pivoting movements of the Chum Kiu Form. Chi Sau and Wing Chun sparring will be part of every class at this grade!
Brown48 classes – 6monthsThe sequence of the second halves of Biu Jee and Wooden Dummy forms will be shown to the students in this grade. Their balance, focus and endurance will also be tested within this grade as they will be able to perform the entire Siu Nim Tao form while standing on one leg (with the knees held above waist height)
Gray Sash32 classes – 4monthsStudents will know all of the empty hand forms of Wing Chun plus the Wooden Dummy Form. Since they will be nearing the end of the Mindful Wing Chun kids system, they will now be given body armor (pads) and spar with each other with high intensity.
Black Sash96 classes – 12monthsThis is the final grade in the Kid’s Mindful Wing Chun System! Students will work on performing the Bui Jee form with maximum speed! Also they will be looking at the power generation and application of the Wooden Dummy movements in a self-defense scenario. Finally, as part of the requirement of finishing the system (in their final grading), the student will be required to do a few minutes of high intensity sparring with the Sifu!
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