Classes designed for young people from Year 7 up to the age of 16.
In our Youth Kung Fu classes we teach Wing Chun Kung Fu, which is the principle martial art taught by Cambridge Kung Fu. Wing Chun is an excellent Self Defence system and, in addition to this, benefits include improved posture, flexibility, coordination and focus, to name just a few.
Our Youth Kung Fu classes require a greater degree of maturity than our Kids Classes as the children will be expected to work without continual supervision and will be involved in light contact work. As the students progress, the level of contact increases until they have the potential to deal with any type of attack, including; unarmed, armed and multiple attackers.
We offer Beginner Youth Kung Fu classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The weekday Beginner classes are held at St. Matthews Primary School and the Saturday Beginner class is held at Netherhall Sports Centre. All the Beginner classes last one hour.
Our Intermediate/Senior Youth Kung Fu classes are also held on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings at St. Matthew's Primary School and we recommend that students attend on both a Tuesday and a Thursday. However if this is not possible then students are invited to sign up to either a Tuesday or a Thursday although this will mean that they will progress through the syllabus at a slower rate. Alternatively we have Intermediate/Senior classes on Saturdays at Queen Edith Primary School and these last 1.5 hours.
Youth Kung Fu Grading
In both our Weekday and Saturday programme we hold Grading classes every three months and students can choose whether they would like to take the next Grade if they feel ready.
We aim to make the gradings a positive experience for the children, however it is a test and as such is a challenge. We believe self confidence grows from overcoming adversity and so we feel it is our responsibility to give our students the opportunity to meet and overcome challenges in a positive environment.
There are twelve Student Grades in total;
Student Grades 1-4
Grades 1-4 are the Beginner Grades and students working towards these wear a white t-shirt.
The first three Beginner Grades are slightly different to rest of the gradings in Youth Kung Fu as they are 'Self Defence' Grades rather than 'Wing Chun' Grades. The syllabus that students learn is based on Wing Chun but we do not teach the Siu Nim Tao (the first Wing Chun form) until they have passed their third Grade.
There are two components to each of the first three Student Grades; a form component (Pad Form) and a Self Defence component. Our Saturday class incorporates all of these components however our Weekday programme teaches one component on a Tuesday and one component on a Thursday and this will alternate on a termly basis. Therefore students attending BOTH weekday classes, or the Saturday class, will have the opportunity to take a whole Grade each term (approximately every 3 months), as they will have learnt all aspects of the syllabus required to pass the Grade. However students attending one lesson per week (on either a Tuesday or a Thursday) will take two terms (approximately 6 months) to complete each Beginner Grade as they will only be able to grade on one component each term. There is also the option for your child to have private lessons which should help them to progress more quickly through the syllabus.
Student Grade 4 is a Revision Grade; students will have to repeat all the Self Defence material from Student Grades 1-3, as well as formally learning the first Wing Chun form. Therefore this will take longer, depending on how many classes the student is attending each week.
Student Grades 5-8 & 9-12
Grades 5-8 are the Intermediate Grades and students working towards these wear a green t-shirt. Grades 9-12 are the Senior Grades, and students working towards these wear a navy blue t-shirt. There are two components to each of the Intermediate and Senior Grades; a Form component and a Self Defence component. Students taking the Intermediate and Senior Grades will normally need at least three to six months.
When students pass their Twelfth Grade they reach the Advanced Level and wear a black t-shirt.
Once the student's finish their GCSE's or complete the Youth Kung Fu Student Grades, they can join the Adult classes. At this point the Technician Training begins, and it is the Technician Grade (TG) that is equivalent to a 'black belt' in Wing Chun. The first part of this journey involves completing the Adult Revision Grades. Students must be at least eighteen to take the Technician Test due to the level of maturity required. There are four Technician Grades and Technicians wear black and red. The TG is tested by Master Benno Westra, Sifu Ross' teacher. Finally, there are two Master Grades, Unarmed and Armed, Masters wear red.
Youth Kung Fu - Beginners Classes
|Tue||St. Matthew's Primary School, Cambridge||6pm
|Thu||St. Matthew's Primary School, Cambridge||6pm
|Sat||Netherhall Sports Centre, Cambridge||9am