IAW Headquarters Trip – Day Four

The day began early with a sequence of five Private Lessons planned with Sihing Ralph, Sihing Tobias, Sihing Chris and Sihing Martin. Because of the mental and physical intensity of these sessions, it was nice of Sifu to schedule a break so we could refuel. I filled up with a big salad and small coffee.

We are all working on the Fourth Technician Grade. Of course, it is essential to note that this not only includes Section 13-17 based on the Mok Yan Jang form, but equal treatment of all Programs to date.

I really like this characteristic equanimity throughout the entire IAW system, where no one and no thing is more important than another. There is no best concept or movement, perhaps save for that which you actually train to do, let alone magical secrets and shortcuts. Continue reading

Fall WingChun Seminar


The grand finale of the 2009 Fall Event Series was a fitting finish to the variety of topics we offered. It was indeed a broad and interesting mix of material which you were able to access. From Escrima weapons to WingChun applications, from Instructor to Basic training, everyone had the chance to appreciate the depth and quality of the IAW curriculum directly from its creator and founder, Sifu Klaus Brand. With the sure gratification of all that we accomplished, perhaps the only disappointments were that you missed some teachings and that the two weeks, now suddenly over, went by so quickly.


It was a pleasure to witness everyone’s determination to learn with unflagging and focused effort. Once again, one of the most pride-worthy characteristics of our WingChun family, both here and abroad, is this personal culture of doing your best. Nothing speaks more to the goal and intent of our community, its leaders and members, than the demonstration of ongoing passion for the art. Part of that means always being patient enough to invest in your own progress, an advancement that must be proven at the completion of each Program such as the following graduates did this day:


Austin Liu, 1 SL (Berkeley)
Cinna Wu, 1 SL (Berkeley)
Alex Hansen, 1 SL (San Francisco)
David Luevano, 1 SL (Santa Cruz)
Antal Beryeni, 4 SL (Berkeley)
Leslie Foss, 4 SL (Berkeley)
Will Haskell, 4 SL (Berkeley)
Deidre Zafar, 5 SL (Santa Cruz)
Marty Patin, 5 SL (Berkeley)
Brian Watson, 5 SL (Santa Cruz)
Ben Campbell, 6 SL (Santa Cruz)
Jim Allen, 6 SL (Berkeley)
Manish Bhatt, 7 SL (Berkeley)
Evan Kha, 7 SL (Berkeley)
Tyler Gouvea, 8 SL (Berkeley)
Justin Yang, 9 SL (Berkeley)
Chris Bobek, 10 SL (Berkeley)
Norm Waleedej, 10 SL (Berkeley)
Brandon Solano, 11 SL (Berkeley)
Eric Swing, 11 SL (Berkeley)
Michael Murphy, 11 SL (Berkeley)
Megan Hemmerle, 11 SL (Berkeley)
Alfred Lee, 11 SL (Berkeley)

Academy Programs

The International Academy of WingChun® offers one primary course of study: WingChun.

However, we present the Art and Science and Self-Defense™, which is a comprehensive rubric. Thus, in addition to the universal major of WingChun, we also have supplementary fields of inquiry. These are optional minors for members intent on pursuing a broader range of expertise beyond specialization in the standard WingChun Program:

Combat Program
Weapon Program
Degree Program

WingChun in and of itself is already a complete system, which is more than enough to master as a single curriculum. However, for the curious and ambitious, there is more. Read on to familiarize yourself with additional specific information on each of these parallel tracks.

WingChun Program | Standard Major

The ongoing basis of your education at the Academy is the WingChun curriculum taught during Regular Classes. These are offered 2-3 times per week at each training location. You will learn and refine the first 12 Levels, which gives you a diverse repertoire of practical knowledge for complete Self-Defense. To promote your tangible assurance in these skills, your progress is evaluated every 6-12 weeks.

Prerequisite: None
: Regular Classes, WingChun Seminars
: 2-3/Week

Combat Program | Optional Minor

Combat is about spontaneity and autonomy. As a parallel course of study, it is a valuable supplement to the standard WingChun Program. In particular, you gain confidence in close ranges and late situations where attacks such as locks, grabs, throws, knees, and elbows are possible. Another valuable element of Combat is physical conditioning and psychological preparation for Self-Defense.

Prerequisite: None
: Combat Classes
: 6/Year

Weapon Program | Optional Minor

For weapons Self-Defense, the Academy offers Escrima. Simple exercises and clear strategies allow you to quickly learn and apply yourself effectively. Protective objects such as a stick are most useful when you understand how to mobilize it properly. Escrima gives you the ability to achieve that security. This additional competence makes it a perfect complement to WingChun.

Prerequisite: None
: Escrima Classes, Escrima Seminars
: 12/Year

Degree Program | Optional Minor

Become officially certified as a WingChun Instructor. Training WingChun is one thing, teaching it is another. So the IAW institutes this level of practice to encompass additional information relevant and conducive to a clear and effective transmission of the system. Not only must an Instructor be more well-versed in practical movements but theoretical comprehension as well. This first two phases of this process leads to the Assistant Instructor Degree (AID) and Instructor Degree I (IDI) which are qualifications to lead a WingChun Group and an Academy of WingChun, respectively.

Assistant Instructor Degree
Instructor Degree I-III
WingChun Diploma
WingChun Sifu

Prerequisite: None
: Degree Modules, Degree Exams
: 12/Year