Midlands Wing Chun
Kuen Assessment Process
Traditionally in Wing Chun there are no belts or grades, however
it is essential for both the instructor and their students to have a logical,
structured approach to training and developing Wing Chun. It is equally
important that each student knows what they are doing well, what they are not
doing so well and what input and work is needed to correct, improve and
overcome those issues.
Whilst in Hong Kong, Sifu Rawcliffe together with Grandmaster Ip
Chun, developed a training syllabus which provides a step-by- step breakdown of
the Wing Chun system into a training/assessment syllabus from beginner through
to senior instructor.
"assessments NOT gradings..."
Assessments are not the same as gradings; there is no 'pass' or
'fail'; they do not get more expensive as you progress and there are no
superfluous and meaningless pieces of cloth to wear as a badge, or to tempt the
Assessments are structured so that both the instructor and the
student can identify the strengths and weaknesses of the individual and
therefore ascertain what input is needed to overcome any problems or
difficulties. Assessment feedback helps the training team tailor and
personalise a students training in order to benefit that individual, whilst
helping that student measure and monitor their training progression and
In the months leading up to an assessment night, the assessment
syllabus serves as a training syllabus. The relevant moves and techniques, in
accordance with that student's level and ability, are taught and a training
diary is maintained on each of the students, their training and progression,
what they are doing well and where and why they have difficulties. This
provides information as to how they perform under relaxed, stress free
conditions, unaware they are under direct observation.
During an assessment, which are held every six months, each
student performs the preset movements and techniques set out in the assessment
syllabus under direct observation and submits the relevant essay. These
assessments deliberately put a student under pressure so that both the training
team and the student can see how that student copes under a controlled stress
environment. The writing of an essay for submission on the assessment night
serves to ensure that students have acquired a detailed knowledge and
understanding of the concepts being taught.
Following the assessment, each student receives an assessment
report which is an amalgamation of their performance on the night and the daily
training record diary. This report outlines any mistakes, explaining and
identifying why they occurred and what positive steps need to be taken to
correct and improve their skills. A copy of this assessment report is also kept
by the training team.
The Midlands Wing Chun Kuen is committed to developing and
maintaining a high standard of Instruction and advanced students. In addition
to instructor training within the Association, instructors are put forward for
the BCCMA coaching courses. Certified Instructors must hold a minimum of a
level 2 Coaching award via the BCCMA. They are then eligible to apply for a
Ving Tsun Athletic Association Instructors certificate and put forward for
National Coaching Foundation certification.
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Kuen" is the trading name of Midlands Wing Chun Kuen Ltd, Reg No. 07162974
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