FAQ About Sifu Ken Lau's Wing Chun School

We do not offer "Free Trial Class" and hard sell you expensive gym packages, or collect expensive membership fees! If you are serious about learning Wing Chun just register and sign up at one of our training venue.

Not sure if Wing Chun is for You? Drop by at any one of our classes and we will be more than happy to talk to you in person & answer any question you may have! And you are always welcome to sit-in and observed our class in session.

Our classes are on-going, there is no specific enrollment or intake date as such, you can join us any time! And because fees are collected on monthly basis and will NOT be prorate, as such its best to join us on 1st week of each calender month!

Go to the front office or cashier counter at your chosen training venue; register and make payment there in person on the 1st week of each calendar month before class or on-line at hosting venue's website!

Sports or gym attire for class and for regular student club tee shirt is mandatory! Proper sports shoes with flat sole is recommended as we do not train bare foot. And don't forget to bring a towel and a bottle of drinking water as you will be sweating a lot!

We have Dummy available in our class for teaching, Knives and Long Pole have to be purchase by individual students and bring to class when required. Also if you are involved in sparring training, bring your own personal safety equipments such as safety glasses, gum guard, chest protector, shin guard, groin guard, etc.

If you just want to pick up Wing Chun for fun, exercise, health or self-defense, then age is not so critical, you can be as young as 6 or as old as 80 to take part in Wing Chun.

On the other hand if you intend to be involved in competitions, then you should start in your early teens, as most professional fighters retire in their early 30's!

All experts were once beginners! We have a structured teaching syllabus in place. You will be taught according to your ability and to progress at your own pace.

Size DOES matter in all physical sports! if using strength against strength; the person with a smaller body frame will have disadvantages. However since Wing Chun principles advocate using deflection or diversion of the on-coming force for defense rather than go against it, borrowing momentum, using leverage, even a person with a small stature, with the necessary skills, can have a chance to be equal!

This is why Wing Chun is refer to as "gentleman's martial arts" particularly suitable for person with small stature, also effective self-defense arts for ladies! If you don't already know the Wing Chun system is actually named after a lady!

The term "Kuen" normally refer to the empty hand form or the fist, Kung Fu or Gong Fu is refer to the skill proficiency through repetition, hard work and persistent effort over time; also generic term for martial arts system as a whole.

Today the terms are used interchangeable, so What is Wing Chun? Wing Chun is a Southern Style Chinese martial arts system, renowned as a close range combat system, the characteristic of Wing Chun are straight line concept, simultaneous deflection and direct attack, using deflection to neutralize attacks rather then rely on size or strength. One-inch punch delivering explosive power at very short distance liked releasing a compressed spring. Hands are like snake that tie and constrict opponent, kicks rarely go above the waist are often felt and not seen!

The Wing Chun system was introduced from China into Hong Kong by Grandmaster Yip Man in the 50's and popularize by late Bruce Lee.

"Common sense" is the best self defense system you have and require no training or conditioning; not having to put oneself in the dire state is best self defense solution.

Having said that Wing Chun is most definitely very capable martial arts system for combat & self defense; it is concept base meaning no need to memorize individual techniques; just the principle, enable you to adapt & change according to the situation.

Its low maintenance; ie no need to do excessive amount physical condition, stretching, punching wall bag or required extreme flexibility. As all Wing Chun strikes go for "soft target" like eyes, throat, ears, small joints, pressure points etc. which require only nominal strength to cause irreversible damage, and of course you don't need to be able to do a full split in order to kick the shin or knee the groin & testicle to get you out of trouble!

Apart from being able to defend one-self, as a form of exercise, learning Wing Chun with us can help you improve your general health. Our calisthenics exercise will also help you increase joint mobility, built core strength, maintain body fitness and flexibility through classical Qigong movements.

Similar to other martial arts, practicing Wing Chun will also boost the self-confidence of the individual, instill discipline, improve the physical and mental well-being, and bring about a more balanced and relaxed state of mind.

Wing Chun is a relatively simple system to learn and has a fast learning curve, if you want a context of time frame; 2 to 3 years you should able to go through the entire system; namely the 3 empty hand Forms, Chi Sau, Wooden Dummy, Knives and the Long Pole.

Learning and remembering the sequence of movement of the Forms is just the beginning and that is the easy part, the difficult part is the discipline and time commitment; to be good at what you do, you have to put in the thousands of hours of practice, years of sweat and tears, practicing the same movement over and over again, day after day!

The Chinese saying… 3 minutes on stage, 10 years hard work off the stage!

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.” - Bruce Lee

Bottom line: to make something look easy is a actually a lot of hard work!

Time is relative: Someone who train 2 hours per week for 10 year and someone who train 2 hours everyday for 3 years, who put in more time?

Martial Arts are like cars, Formula One race cars are suitable for the race track, 4 wheeled drives are suited for off road trails and multi-purpose vehicles are good for family transportation etc.

All martial arts were designed for a purpose and have evolved so as to be best suited for that purpose. Similarly, there are no better or worst martial arts system as they had originally arisen due to a specific context and environment. How good the martial art is will be, is all be dependent on the individual and the amount of effort he/she makes in learning and practicing the art.

In short, there are no good or bad martial arts, only good or bad martial artists; Its not the car but the driver.

We don't use belts to reflect rank in our school, traditional Chinese martial arts do not operate on a grading or belt system. Many modern school adapted the belt system from the Japanese system for ranking level of competency according to skill and knowledge of the art.

We agreed the belt system give quick indication of one's proficiency, on the other hand we feel that, ability should be demonstrate (in the street) and not wear around the waist! Certificates on walls, trophies display in cabinet or colour belt around the hip are meaningless when one can not applied real skills for real life!