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In the IAW, certified WingChun® teachers are called Sihing or Sije (male or female instructors, respectively) that have attained a minimum of the 9th Student Level (SL) Graduation and have at least completed the Assistant Degree (AD) Program.

Currently, there are about 25 worldwide who lead, or help teach at, an IAW Group or Academy. They have the responsibility to spread the WingChun® system according to IAW standards. That means they must continually maintain their own quality of training, as well as the consistent progress of their students.

Besides these objective professional requirements, what specific personal qualities do you most appreciate in a WingChun® teacher? Please choose three from the list below. Thanks for your contribution, which will help us optimize our teacher training program:

Instructor Degree III

Although we had been fulfilling qualifications for the Instructor Degree III (ID-III) over a period of time, I was surprised when Sifu Klaus Brand decided to confer it upon me at the Fall WingChun Seminar. Perhaps I should have noticed the incisive questioning and extra pressure during our presumably testing Private Lesson the night before.


With Sifu upon granting the ID-III on October 25, 2009.

The ID-III covers the teaching methodology of the Upper Levels, from 9th Student Level to the Pre-Primary Level. This includes the meaning of the whole First Section, Stick Defenses, Knife Defenses, and Alternative Defenses. It is personally motivating to move forward along the path of greater knowledge and ability with all of my diligent students.

Keep on the way.

First Weekend Recap


Hard-working Technicians with Sifu after their specialized session.

The commencing event of the Fall Event Series 2009 was the Technician Seminar on the first Friday. We covered Entrances and Endings of the 3rd and 5th Section, as well as several of their most important Applications. The eager Technicians thoroughly enjoyed hearing Sifu’s theoretical explanations and witnessing his powerful actions as much as the genuine camaderie of meeting altogether at the Headquarters. Everyone felt stronger and smarter after our seemingly short 2.5 hours of training, and left satisfied but also wanting more.


A few dedicated Escrimadors and their trustworthy weapons.

Escrima is weapons Self-Defense. Sifu shared inspiring patterns from the Student, Serrada, Dos Manos, and Espada y Daga Levels. The exercises he imparted focused on footwork to optimize body positioning and weapon distancing. We also saw how flexible the range of Escrima movements are to rapidly change and cover a wide area. Combinations and coordinations for one and two sticks were dynamically demanding but then flowed with some practice of embodied concentration. If you weren’t able to attend, don’t miss our monthly classes to access this simple and perfect complement to WingChun.


Selected scenes of the day for examining 2009 Degree aspirants.

We finished the weekend with an information-packed Instructor Seminar to culminate this year’s Assistant Degree (AD) and Instructor Degree I (ID-I) Program. Four hours flew by as Sifu explained and inquired about the didatic methodology of WingChun. Each Degree Aspirant was put on the spot to articulate concepts and demonstrate applications from various Student Levels in order to express individual understanding of the teaching Programs. Having to thus defend their ideas was both a challenge and pleasure. The focused effort and sustained poise with which all performed attested to their hard work preparing the last six months. Now we can proudly congratulate eleven newly qualified Degree Graduates:

Brian Watson, AD
Deidre Zafar, AD
Ben Campbell, AD
Manish Bhatt, AD
Norm Waleedej, AD
Brandon Solano, AD
Megan Hemmerle, AD
Chris Bobek, ID-I
Michael Murhpy, ID-I
Matt Hawkinson, ID-I


Four great hours and eleven new Degree Graduates later.

Learn to Teach WingChun®

Professional Degree Program
International Academy of WingChun®

Become officially certified as a professional WingChun® Instructor. Attain the high-quality reputation upheld by the International Academy of WingChun®. Create the possibility to teach Self-Defense as your hobby or career. Be your own boss, never lose your job. Supplement your current income. Support yourself by sharing what you already love doing.

The IAW Degrees Program, culminating in the Assistant Instructor Degree (AID) and Instructor Degree I (IDI), is offered annually. The overall goal is for you to understand the theory and practice of WingChun® well enough to teach it effectively. The AID Program covers Student Levels (SL) 1-2, including Introduction, Basics, and Siu Nim Tau. The IDI Program covers SL 3-5, including Terminology, Chi Sao, and Tsum Kiu.

Location: IAW-US Headquarters
Instructor: Sihing Paul Wang
Modules: Saturdays, 2:30-5:00 pm
Cost: $50/Module
Exam: 10/18/09
Apply: Download Application

Assistant Instructor Degree
Format: 6 Modules
Schedule A: 5/16, 30; 6/13, 27; 7/11, 25
Schedule B: 8/8, 22; 9/5, 19; 10/3, 10
Prerequisite*: 7 SL
Cost: $270 (10% Prepay Discount; Due 5/16, 8/8)

Instructor Degree I
Format: 12 Modules
Schedule: 5/16, 30; 6/13, 27; 7/11, 25; 8/8, 22; 9/5, 19; 10/3, 10
Prerequisite*: 9 SL
Cost: $540 (10% Prepay Discount; Due 5/16)

*You may begin or participate in the Degree Program with any SL, but the prerequisites as defined above must be attained before applying for the Degree Exam on October 18, 2009 with Sifu Klaus Brand.

Leading a WingChun® Group

  1. The first classification is a Working Group, which can be led by a SL 6 who is completing the AID.
  2. The second classification is a WingChun® Group, which can be led by a Pre-Primary Level who has completed the AID.
  3. The third classification is an Academy of WingChun®, which can be led by a First Technician Grade who has completed the IDI.

For More Information
Contact: Sihing Paul Wang
Email: HQ@IAW-US.com
Call: 510-666-9261
Visit: http://www.iaw-hq.com/berufsausb_eng.htm