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:
Dragons (6 to 8 years old) & Mindful Dragons (9-12 years old)
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!
Kids Grading System
There are three grades in our younger kids classes and five grades in the older kids classes, each with a Junior and Senior level. For example, our younger students are all given a white shirt and start in the 'Junior' White Grade. After approximately three months they are eligable for their first grading which advances them to the 'Senior' White Grade. Upon passing this grading they will be given a Yellow badge that will be fixed to their white uniform which shows that they are at a Senior level of the White Grade. After attending classes for a further 3-4 months, and showing good skill and improvement, they will be eligable for their second grading to advance to the Junior Yellow Grade. In both these gradings the techniques will be the same, however, the expected quality of performance in the grading will be much higher. For example, lets say the student is being tested on a simple Wing Chun Kick that has been taught in the White Grade; in their first grading they are expected to know the name, shape and posture of the kick and be able to perform it at a reasonably competent level. In their next grading, they will also need to perform that same kick but this time the instructor will be looking for shaprness of movement, balance whilst kicking at speed and keeping their hand guards up high and centred.
We have found this grading system to be very effective. It gives the students, and their parents, an idea of which techniques they are expected to perform in their major gradings and gives them a chance to be 'assessed' on their performance of each of these techniques through the minor assessments. The system ensures that each technique is learnt to a sufficient level before moving on to a more advanced technique. The foundations are set and good habits are being developed and maintained. Furthermore, it gives the kids a sense of achievement which keeps their enthusiasm and motivation high for their Wing Chun practice. We intend to keep them striving to reach the next grade so they advance not only in their Wing Chun skill, but also in their development of confidence, self worth and respect for those around them.
Kung Fu Philosophy (Life Skills section of the class)
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)
Mindful Wing Chun Code of Conduct
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.
Expectation and Etiquette
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.
Kids Classes FAQ
If there are any injury or health concerns - Please let the office staff and/or instructors know of any injuries and health concerns you may have. Be sure to self-advocate, and the instructors will do their best to modify the drills and activities to suit your ability. If you need to pause your training due to an injury or health concern, please contact the office.
If we arrive late to class - While promptness is preferable, we would prefer that you come late rather than not at all.
If you are late, please follow the following procedures:
• Little Dragons
o Please remove your shoes and stack them neatly in the shoe cupboard before you enter the school.
o Ask your parent/guardian to sign you into the class on the iPad.
o Then please go to the reception and we will take you to a group.
• Dragons and Mindful Dragons:
o Please remove your shoes and stack them neatly in the shoe cupboard before you enter the school.
o Ask your parent/guardian to sign you into the class on the iPad. If you have come alone, please sign yourself in. If you’re not sure how to do it, please ask the staff member at the reception desk to do it for you.
o Then wait outside of the Gwoon (training area) until the Sifu signals for you to join.
o Remember to bow before you enter the Gwoon.
If we have missed classes to make up - If you miss a class, you’re welcome to register to make it up within 15 days. Please contact the office to arrange this.
If your normal class schedule is no longer meeting your needs, please contact us, as we can often suggest other class times to add flexibility to your training schedule.
Mindful Wing Chun (MWC) Grading System
|Grade||Minimum training required*||Teachings|
|White (3-5 yr. olds)||6 months - 40 classes||Siu Nim Tao Form (1st section) , Basic Stance and Guard , Basic posture awareness , Center-line theory and application , Simple techniques|
|Yellow (3-5 yr. olds)||9 months - 60 classes||2nd section of Siu Nim Tao Form , More strict application of Stance and Guard, Use of Correct Posture, and Center-line theory , Intermediate techniques|
|Green (3-5 yr. olds)||9 months - 60 classes||The entire Siu Nima Tao Form , Advanced techniques , Preparation for moving up to the older kids classes|
|Orange (6-12 yr. olds)||6 months - 40 classes||Siu Nima Tao Form , Dan Chi sau (single sticking hands) , Basic striking and Self-Defense techniques, Basic introduction to the philosophy of Wing Chun Kung Fu|
|Red (6-12 yr. olds)||9 months - 60 classes||Memorizing and performing the entire Siu Nim Tao Form , Memorizing and correct application of Dan Chi Sau movements , Intermediate techniques , Memorizing the Wing Chun Poem written by Grandmaster Chu Shong Tin|
|Blue (6-12 yr. olds)||9 months - 60 classes||Introduction to Double Sticking Hands (Chi Sau) , Advanced Techniques such as being able to defend any random incoming punch , Advanced striking , Understanding and explaining the meaning of the Wing Chun poem|
|Purple (6-12 yr. olds)||12 months - 80 classes||Chi Sau exercises (Double Singles, Running Palms, Forward Force) , Understanding and applying the internal aspects of the Siu Nim Tao Form , Advanced sparring ability , Advanced body mobility|
|Black (6-12 yr. olds)||18 months - 120 classes||Chum Kiu Form (2nd empty hand Form of Wing Chun), Chi Sau Sparring , Advanced Striking , Advanced Self-Defense techniques , Preparation for entering the Mindful Wing Chun Adults classes!|