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CLASSES

We strive for excellence and set high standards in our kids classes, while treating each student as a unique individual with their own special needs and style of learning. Our philosophy and approach to teaching in every class are based on the strong belief that all students, regardless of their strengths and weaknesses, are gifts. All students, whether they are athletically elite or have delayed motor skills, are welcome, because they all add something distinctive and valuable to everyone’s learning experience.

Little Dragons (Classes for 3 to 5 Years Old)

In these  classes, the emphasis is on empowering and nurturing students to develop good manners, respect and self-discipline. We train students to improve their basic co-ordination, agility, flexibility and core-strength. We model fair discipline and a consistent structure, and students learn to communicate effectively and respectfully. Little Dragons learn to co-operate in small and large groups as they become more confident in interacting with others. True respect is developed first through self-respect and acceptance. Our primary objective is to support your child’s evolving positive self-esteem.

In these classes, we introduce the students to the basic principles of Wing Chun Kung Fu, such as correct posture, stance, guard and the Centreline theory, as well as basic striking and self-defence techniques. Since the kids in these classes are still very young, it’s important for us to fill the classes with fun, delight and excitement, while still retaining the students’ attention and ensuring that they learn the correct techniques, which is why we’ve designed many “Wing Chun games” for the children.

After 15 years of teaching Wing Chun to kids in Hong Kong, we believe most kids are ready to join our classes at around the age of 3, but the level of concentration varies between children so we recommend a trial class so that we (and you) can assess whether our Kung Fu class is suitable for your child. 

We offer a 10 week curriculum for this age group. While the theme and exercises of each week’s curriculum are different, the structure of the classes remains the same so the kids know exactly what is expected of them and can really get to grips with the routine of the class.

Dragons (Classes for 6-8 YO) & Mindful Dragons (9-12 YO)

These multi-grade curriculum-based children’s classes are suitable for anyone aged 6 and above, with participants being arranged into two separate classes according to their ages: 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 years old.

In these Kung Fu classes, we help kids understand the attributes of Wing Chun through progressively advanced techniques, according to their grades. The techniques include the first 2 Wing Chun Forms, Chi Sau, and self-defence techniques that help the children understand and apply Wing Chun’s martial arts Principles. Correct postural alignment through developing a strong and active core is an important thing around these ages so that is also a big factor in these classes. We also introduce meditations and deep-breathing sessions to balance out the sparring and self-defence aspect of the classes.

For kids at this age, apart from placing more emphasis on the technical and self-defence side of the art, we also introduce philosophical concepts and life-skills tools (Kung Fu Philosophy and Codes of Conduct), with an emphasis on effective communication skills and self-esteem, Bully-proofing etc. which promote a solid foundation for the children’s emotional intelligence and their dealings with the world around them.

Our kids’ curriculum for this age group is based on 12 grades, identified by different-coloured Sashes (White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Red, Blue, Purple, and Black).  All kids start with the white Sash, and when they’re ready they’ll be promoted through a Grading.

The curriculum for this age group lasts for 22 weeks. While the theme and exercises of each week’s curriculum are different, the structure of the classes remains the same. For a clearer picture of the curriculum, here’s an example of a 50-minute class:

Beginning Bow – to promote mindfulness and respect for themselves, the training hall, teachers and classmates, and to formally begin the kids class!

Class intro / Reciting the 6 Kung Fu virtues (2 minutes) – to discuss any issues or questions that may have come up for any child since the last class. This section also gives the teacher a chance to motivate and inspire the students for the upcoming class.

Warm-up, Strength and conditioning (10 minutes) – Wing Chun Kung Fu  techniques are done at a fast pace, with the addition of simple stretches and mobilisation exercises to warm up the muscles.

Forms (8 minutes) – the practice of Siu Nim Tao (or other Forms for advanced students) is taken very seriously at our school, because the Forms are the root of the art and promote relaxation, focus and discipline.

Techniques / Pad Work (15 minutes) – we practise the self-defence techniques of Wing Chun and pad striking.  Chisau and eventual sparring is also within these sections.

Kung Fu Philosophy (5 minutes) – we discuss and share important life skills in this section of the class such as dealing with emotions, leadership, bullying, the keys to success and much more!

Meditation and Closing Discussion (5 minutes) – we do guided meditations on different themes, and have a group discussion in which students can share their insights and ideas about what they learnt (or felt) in the class.

Ending Bow – to promote mindfulness and respect for themselves, the training hall, teachers and classmates, and to formally end the class!

FAQ

If there are any injury or health concerns?

Please let the office staff and/or instructors know of any injuries and health concerns your child may have. Be sure to self-advocate, and the instructors will do their best to modify the drills and activities to suit your ability. If you need to pause your training due to an injury or health concern, please contact the office.

If we have missed classes to make up?

If you miss a class, you’re welcome to register to make it up within 15 days. Please contact the office to arrange this.

If your normal class schedule is no longer meeting your needs, please contact us, as we can often suggest other class times to add flexibility to your training schedule.

What should my child wear to class?

Children are asked to wear their MWC Kids Kung Fu to every class. This is part of their effort to show effort, caring, respect and unity with their classmates and the instructors at the club.

Should be still come due to adverse weather conditions?

Mindful Wing Chun will only close due to black rain or typhoon signal 8 alerts. However, we will always recommend that you call ahead of your class if you are unsure. If you do miss a class due to weather conditions you are more than welcome to to arrange a make-up class within the original start and end dates of your membership.

It's a public holiday, should I still bring my child to class?

Mindful Wing Chun is closed on every public holiday for normal kids, group and private classes. We sometimes hold special camps, workshops and seminars on these days but you should be notified of these additional events in good time. Please do not come to class on a public holiday unless you have signed up to a special event.

If we arrive late to class?

While promptness is preferable, we would prefer that you come late rather than not at all.

If you are late, please follow the following procedures:

Little Dragons

  • Please remove your shoes and stack them neatly in the shoe cupboard before you enter the school.
  • Ask your parent/guardian to sign you into the class on the iPad.
  • Then please go to the reception and we will take you to a group.

Dragons and Mindful Dragons:

  • Please remove your shoes and stack them neatly in the shoe cupboard before you enter the school.
  • Ask your parent/guardian to sign you into the class on the iPad. If you have come alone, please sign yourself in. If you’re not sure how to do it, please ask the staff member at the reception desk to do it for you.
  • Then wait outside of the Gwoon (training area) until the Sifu signals for you to join.
    Remember to bow before you enter the Gwoon.

What if it is my first/trial class?

Then it will be advised that you dress your child in something they will be comfortable in and that is free moving. Shorts and t-shirts are often ideal but this will be weather dependant. Shoes and socks will be removed for class to avoid slipping accidents, be sure to speak to the instructors ahead of time if this may be a problem for whatever reason by calling 6620 7050.

Can I stay and watch the class?

It is completely up to you if you stay or not. We only ask that if your child is not used to staying by themselves, is known for not coping when left alone or for any other reason you feel it may not be a good idea to leave, we ask that you stay at the club for the duration of the class. 

What are the options and costs of membership?

Feel free to contact us using the contact form on the website, email info@mindfulwingchun.com.hk or call 6620 7050 for more information.