Working Hard on Labor Day


Fun labor, real results during our September HQ WingChun Seminar.

Time really flies by when we’re in the WingChun zone. 2.5 hours seem like minutes. But we concentrated a lot of information and repetitions in this Labor Day weekend Seminar. Good to see everyone motivated and focused, sweating and smiling. All participants made important upgrades and advancements in knowledge and skill. Some enough so to pass their Student Levels. Namely:

Kyriakos Zarifis, 1 SL
Willliam Ma, 4 SL
Leslie Foss, 3 SL
Evan Kha, 6 SL
Manish Bhatt, 6 SL

Summer Seminar Success

USHQSeminar26.07.09_500pxA super successful Summer Seminar Sunday. Thanks to all who participated and contributed their energy and enthusiasm. To those that didn’t attend, make sure to join in the fun next time. That’s in six weeks on September 6.

USHQSeminar26.07.09.1_500pxCongratulations to all who pursued and passed their Testing. These are our proud Student Level graduates this round:

Jesus Cisneros, SL 1
Will Ma, SL 3
Deidre Zafar, SL 4
Brian Watson, SL 4
Marty Patin, SL 4
Alex Johnson, SL 5
Ben Campbell, SL 5
Manish Bhatt, SL 5
Ian Johnson, SL 6

USHQSeminar26.07.09.2_500pxAlso a big thumbs up to those who attended just to train their Program. It says a lot about your dedication to put forth this effort towards consistent improvement. Remember, repetition leads to realization.

Summer Seminar

We have only four WingChun Seminars a year, once per season, at the HQ.

July is the month we have planned for this Summer. All are welcome to attend in order to upgrade the skill set of your Student Level (SL) Program. We’ve planned four great hours to thoroughly review your movements and refine your understanding. It’s always a fun time to meet with everyone and a satisfying feeling to be secure in what you know.

Also, please note that Testing will be available for SL 1-8. Please check with your Sihing beforehand to make sure you are prepared to advance.

WingChun Seminar
Sunday, July 26
1:00-5:30 pm

To register, please send or bring in your payment to:

IAW-US Headquarters
1380 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

For more information, please email us or visit our Events page.

Why Testing?

Few enjoy exams. The rest detest Testing. Let’s balance these views.

Organized as an Academy, the IAW employs a regular schedule of performance-based evaluations: Testings. In the IAW-US, these are currently conducted every 6 weeks, or 8 times per year (see our Events page), either during 4-hour WingChun Seminars (held quarterly on the last Sunday of January, April, July, and October) or 2.5-hour WingChun Workshops (spread evenly between WingChun Seminars). Our curriculum is designed to progressively instill skill and the will to succeed in committed WingChun students. Goals are set and met, which motivates further development and higher achievement.

There are many ways to fall behind, but only one course to forge ahead. Quantity paves the path for quality. In other words, get better by doing more. Repetition by repetition, step by step, insight by insight, you improve in definite stages (with durations conservatively estimated at 33 reps/class and 3 classes/week):

Familiarity: 100 reps, 1 week
: 1,000 reps, 2.5 months
: 10,000 reps, 2 years

No secrets, no shortcuts. Only consistent effort over time will create the results you envision. So what exactly does that look or, rather, feel like? In any unpredictable or challenging situation, you can connect to inner confidence. You quickly overcome insecurities and decisively change weakness to strength. You trust your senses. Thus, perception, decision, and action flow spontaneously, without intervening hesitation. This is the embodiment of mastery, which takes years.

Before then, as calculated above, proficiency requires 2-3 months, which is the average period between and competence required for Testings. Sometimes this timeframe is longer or shorter and depends on (in descending order of importance):

Attendance: Consistency and frequency of training is key
Amount: Some Programs have more material to digest
Ability: Focus, attention, memory, and reflection help

Thus, at least in the Basic and Middle Student Levels, 2-3 months is plenty to become good enough in the respective skill sets. That includes adequate performance of movements, plus sufficient grasp of their conceptual basis and practical application. Naturally, Upper Student Levels and Technician Grades may require greater diligence and self-motivation, attributes which must already exist or be nurtured as part of the aspirant’s character.

In short, Testing serves a dual – individual and organizational – purpose. For one, it is a feedback mechanism to directly check, rather than merely assume, that you really know what you should. This process illuminates areas you both excel at and fall short in, which defines specific points and encourages new directions for personal growth. Also, Testing guarantees that every student meets the overall standards (high, though universally reachable) set forth by the IAW. Each successful member represents and ensures our strength and reputation, which cultivates a source of pride in true achievement.

Although Testing may always remain a source of stress, it is a positive type that clarifies objectives and develops potential. Thus, go for it despite feelings of doubt and inadequacy. By doing so, these and other obstinate obstacles will be, must be, overcome. Meanwhile, the countdown to your next Testing ensues.

Good luck. Best, work.