Wing Chun Certification

The Ving Tsun Museum is offering a truly unique opportunity. We are currently offering certifications in the Wing Chun System. Those eligible, can earn certifications in Siu Nim Tao, Chum Kiu, Biu Je, Muk Yan Jong, Luk Dim Boon Gwan, and Bot Jam Doa levels. Each document certifies that you have sufficient skill and knowledge to teach each of these forms or methods. This is a necessity for anyone that plans on teaching in the future or even if they are currently teaching. If you are not teaching you still receive the prestige of being certified through the museum.

1 - Requirements
Siu Nim Tao Requirements
*2 years experience in Wing Chun
*Demonstrate skill in the Siu Nim Tao Level

Chum Kiu Requirements
*3 years experience in Wing Chun
*Demonstrate skill in the Chum Kiu Level

Biu Je Requirements
*5 years experience in Wing Chun
*Demonstrate skill in the Biu Je Level
2 - Course Outlines

Now there are efficient ways for you to prepare yourself for the VTM Certification. The VTM has put together packages that will assist you in obtaining the most comprehensive information available. The following certification programs are currently available at the VTM.


Siu Nim Tao


Detailed Outline

This outline contains a detailed explanation of the principles and concepts as they pertain to the SNT level. It also discusses and elaborates the form, techniques, and attributes that are necessary at this level along with the Chinese name for each movement.


Instructional Course

Instructional courses are offered to assist in providing a higher understanding on the material that is covered in the outline.


Videos

Siu Nim Tao: The Foundation by Master Benny Meng, professionally produced in collaboration with TC Media.


Test Fee

The cost of this package includes the cost of the test fee.


$100.00 US for VTM Members
$150.00 US for non-VTM Members

Chum Kiu

Detailed Outline

This outline contains a detailed explanation of the principles and concepts as they pertain to the Chum Kiu level. It also discusses and elaborates the form, techniques, and attributes that are necessary at this level along with the Chinese name for each movement.


Instructional Course

Instructional courses are offered to assist in providing a higher understanding on the material that is covered in the outline.


Videos

Chum Kiu: The Combat Bridge by Master Benny Meng, professionally produced in collaboration with TC Media.


Test Fee

The cost of this package includes the cost of the test fee.
$200.00 US for VTM Members
$250.00 US for non-VTM Members

Biu Je

Once completed, Biu Je represents the stage at which the student is eligible to start teaching on his/her own. What better way to start off your voyage than with a certification from the VTM.


Detailed Outline

This outline contains details of the principles that must be understood before the completion of the Biu Je level. It further explains the purpose of the form, and elaborates on techniques and attributes developed at this level.


Instructional Course

The student will be able to attend instructional courses that will provide a higher understanding on the material that is covered in the outline.


Videos

You also receive 2 videos. The first is Grandmaster Moy Yat's Biu Je video. The second is from the 1997 workshop held at the VTM. This video has explanations of essential concepts and principles of Biu Je.


Test Fee

The cost of this package includes the cost of the test fee.
$300.00 US for VTM Members
$350.00 US for non-VTM Members


*Note on fees: The listed cost covers the certification package and the certification test itself. Additional fees are required for certification participants with no qualifying experience as specified by the pre-requisites section.
3 - Why should I get certified?

Perhaps a better question to ask is, "Why should anyone accept me as a teacher?"" Every student can relate stories about High School and College instructors who may be brilliant in terms of their own knowledge, but are positively impotent when it comes to passing that knowledge on to others. In short, they have no business teaching, yet they hold teaching positions. Their students are subjected to the anguish and unjustified expense of trying to learn from them simply because some school gave them a job. This all too prevalent scenario in today's education systems has prompted movements worldwide for certification of teachers. Why should it be any different for Martial Arts teachers?

What if teaching is not in my plans? What if my martial arts training is for other career reasons such as professional employment in a security related position? Why should anyone accept me as a competent martial artist? These questions directly parallel those society has already imposed for other professionals whose work involves the safety of others. Architects, engineers, lawyers, doctors, barbers, beauticians, dental hygienists, chiropractors, personal trainers, etc. must all be certified because the results of their work directly affect the safety of their customers.

Certification serves as a formal standard for assessing professional credentials. Currently, anyone can open a martial arts business with little or no knowledge of martial arts; all that is required is the proper business license. Likewise, anyone can flash a certificate around showing several years of training in a martial arts school that may or may not have any competent instructors on staff. The need for certification has grown out of irresponsible actions of a small percentage of disreputable individuals who have tarnished the image of martial arts. In the past, martial arts instruction took many forms from private, informal instruction among family members to formal, military education with grades, examinations and levels of ranking. Both formats produced excellent results in terms of practitioners, but not necessarily in terms of teachers. Knowing how to do a thing is not the same as knowing how to teach others to do it. The percentage of "doers" in any activity is always much larger than the percentage of those who can actually replicate the same skill in others. The purpose of VTM certification is aimed towards raising the standards of all martial artists and educating the public rather than just educating a few, exceptional individuals.

Certification carries a connotation that denotes knowledge, understanding, and expertise, but it is not a panacea in itself. Certification must be treasured and employed properly. All to often individuals who attain certification use it simply as a right of passage, displaying it as a badge and forgetting the deeper meanings. Some certified professionals are well qualified and have invested a substantial sacrifice to attain that "honor". They serve well under the standards they have learned. Others go through the mechanics and become enslaved by their own ego, using the certification to feed their own "status". Practitioners categorized in this second group are potentially less qualified than others who have received private training, but sought no formal recognition.

Formal standards exist in martial arts training to serve as a way to identify one's progress towards a goal. If one's teacher corrects one's technique, the teacher must have some form of standard in mind to base the correction upon. As the teacher already has a standard in mind for the student, a written curriculum / ranking structure / training progression is only the logical continuation of that standard. Once written down, the standards become more objective and open to review by others. As long as the teacher maintains exclusive right to information, the student will be forced to accept the dictates of the teacher with regards to system progression, body of knowledge, and course work. This allows the teacher to mislead the student for personal gain due to misinformation as well as inter-school politics.

Written standards provide legal coverage for the teacher and student in the case of injury. As a general rule most jurors and judges are largely ignorant of martial arts training. By having a written progression of training to denote the ability of the student and the "reasonableness" of the training undertaken, the teacher has more legal foundation for protection from liability lawsuits.

4 - How does certification benefit me?

Martial arts are a subject the average citizen is mostly uninformed on. Martial arts theories and techniques are demonstrated to varying degrees of accuracy through movies, television, public demonstration, and the like. As long as people "in the know" about martial arts hold themselves outside of general society and do not attempt to educate their fellow citizens, fear and misunderstanding of martial arts will continue. This fear translates into a need, on the part of ordinary citizens, to protect themselves from that which they don't understand. When it is discovered that there is very little in the way of regulation of martial art instructors, the citizens are alarmed and move to have their elected officials step in and make regulations to protect the citizens from abuse, intimidation, or exploitation.

Martial arts instruction is developing as an industry. With the success of martial arts exercise videos, movie, and TV media, more people are looking to Martial Art instruction. As with any market, standards have to be established for the sake of the buyer to ascertain the quality and safety of the product being offered. If the martial arts community will not take steps to regulate itself, regulation will come from outside.

There is a need for regulation to protect the average, uninformed citizen from individuals using martial arts as a scam in a developing sector of the marketplace. Regardless of format ranging from private, informal instruction to commercial, professional instruction, at some point in the future regulations will be created to govern martial arts. Knowing this is a political certainty at some future date, steps should be taken to prevent governmental action by removing the need for it. Certification is a step in the direction of self-regulation in the martial arts community.

5 - Why should I get certified from your organization?

The VTM is currently offering certification in the Yip Man system of Wing Chun. The format of this certification is based on system thinking rather than focusing on one family's approach. The current VTM curriculum is based on the teachings of eight direct students of Yip Man. A well-rounded educational program is presented for certification based on the collected and codified teachings of Yip Man. Our comprehensive teaching covers history, wisdom, principles, concepts, methods, and techniques in addition to professional school management training.

The certification process is broken down into 6 levels with information available on or off site. All training, grading and examination must be at the VTM or with a VTM approved instructor. Grading and examinations will include oral, written and physical tests covering all subject matter presented in each level. Required proficiencies are available at the time of registration for certification program.

Participation in Continuing Education is required to maintain active VTM certification. This provides certified instructors of the VTM access to the latest information available from the VTM through interaction with many other organizations as well as maintaining a consistent approach to teaching and training. The VTM is the only Wing Chun organization to provide and create opportunities to interact and train with all lineages of Wing Chun. Lineages that have interacted with VTM members include Yip Man, Hung Fa Yi, Chi Sim Weng Chun, Yuen Kay-San, Koo Lo / Pin Sun, Pan Nam, and many other subsystems in China.

6 - What are your organization's qualifications?

The VTM has held a leadership role in promoting unity in the Wing Chun community by providing workshop and training opportunities open to all members of the community. Early activity focused on the Yip Man family and is now beginning to focus on a larger cross-section of the families under the umbrella of Wing Chun.

Believing actions speak louder than words, below is a list of the VTM's activities to promote unity and fellowship for Wing Chun:

  • Founded in 1993, the Museum is the first organization in the entire Yip Man Family to accomplish grand Master Yip Man's lifelong dream of providing a place where Ving Tsun practitioners from all over the world could gather and pay respects to previous generations of Ving Tsun Masters.
  • The first organization to host all of the top instructors of the Moy Yat International Ving Tsun Federation in a joint hands-on teaching seminar featuring two Grand Masters and nine Masters of Ving Tsun in 1997.
  • The first Martial Arts Preservation facility of its kind in the Western World, with an official Grand Opening Celebration in 1998.
  • Hosted the first Senior Instructor Certification Program outside of the Ving Tsun Athletic Association in Hong Kong in November of 1998 in the United States.
  • The first organization to gather 8 original students of Yip Man together to give technical workshops on Ving Tsun Kung Fu in November 1998 and September 1999 respectively.
  • The first organization to introduce the Southern Temple fielded versions of Wing Chun to the public with the presentation of the Hung Fa Yi lineage in May of 1999 and the Chi Sim Weng Chun lineage in February 2001.
  • The first organization to promote 5 different lineages of Wing Chun together through a continuing series of Friendship Seminars offered around the United States.
  • The first organization to promote and standardize Wing Chun into an international competition event.
  • United States Representative to the First World Ving Tsun Conference in Hong Kong and China in November of 1999.
  • First Wing Chun research organization to reveal the true history of Wing Chun's evolution, published in Kungfu-Qigong magazine, September/October 2001 issue.

The Ving Tsun Museum has sponsored workshops with the following direct students of the late Grand Master Yip Man.

  • Moy Yat '93, '95, '96, '97, '98
  • Yip Ching '95, '97, '98
  • Yip Chun '95, '98
  • William Cheung '99, '00
  • Chu Shong Tin '98
  • Mak Po '98
  • Hawkins Cheung '98
  • Moy Bing Wah '98

In addition to the popular Yip Man lineage, the VTM has also promoted Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun, Chi Sim Weng Chun, Pan Nam Wing Chun, Yeun Kay-San Wing Chun, Koo Lo Wing Chun, and Namyeung Wing Chun.

7 - What makes your certification program better than any other program?

Rather than focus on what makes a program "better" or "worse", evaluate the goals of the organization. The VTM is a non-political organization looking to establish higher standards for all Wing Chun through education of the Wing Chun community on teaching methodologies and strategies together with access to a wide variety of information. The VTM program is based on the nature and principles of specific Wing Chun lineages, while also allowing room for an individual's expression of the art. All monies and profits generated by the VTM are focused back into activities to promote Wing Chun on a national and global scale. The VTM is a full-time martial arts learning institution with dedicated, full-time staff. Each year the VTM is involved in workshops, seminars, tournaments, and competitions across the United States. These activities provide opportunities for VTM staff and students to meet and interact with martial artists from all walks of life, professional backgrounds, and martial arts lineages. Through exposure to new and different points of view on martial arts, the VTM certification program can put the latest in training and exercise into practice.

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