Re: wing chun belts
Ours went like this
C group This lot are all beginners , but when student reaches C group they are required to have a uniform, which is white t -shirt with the logo on the front , black tracksuit pants or kung fu pants and kung fu slippers
After the first grading you get an iron on badge after each grading
Grade 2 - start learning single sticking hands
Grade 3 - start learning double sticking hands and can apply to do the si-hing course where you can become a junior instructor - if they pass they start wearing a red sash
Grade 4 - start learning lap sau and more of using arms and legs at the same time
instructor levels - these people wear blue sash with triangular insignia on there shirt
1st level - learn chum kiu and elbow striking
2nd level - learn bil gee , first 2 sections of wooden dummy , after 70 lessons you get a blue uniform to wear.
3rd level - start learning the whole wooden dummy form , and preparation exercises for the pole and the knives
4th level - advanced concepts of using thought force, and more training on the pole , dummy and knives
5th level -advanced concepts and techniques
6th level - after about 20 years you are considered to be a junior master
Once you get into the levels you stay in each level for about 3 years , but in the lower ranks the gradings happen about every 3 months and its mostly about revenue raising i'm afraid .
People get pushed to do gradings that aren't ready for it. I was a grading instructor and this one time there was a husband and wife from a suburban branch and they come into the city school to do the grade two test , i failed em because they couldn't do the sil lum tao form a basic requirement .
They gave me every excuse under the sun why they couldn't remember the form , they went off in a huff mumbling something about telling their instructor . Next week the branch instructor comes in going off his brain asking me why i didn't pass his students , i said we have a standard to uphold and next time make sure his students are ready before he sends them for a grading .
I found out later he was just worried that they would leave because some people when they fail a grading instead of trying harder they get pissed off and leave and thus the school loses them and their fees. But i think people should strive to meet the standard , not bring the standard down to meet the people .
"Opponent attacks, absorb and neutralise blow. Opponent withdraws, pursue and counter. Dis-engage restriction from arms, retaliate with penetrating thrust."