Often when students enquire about grading, they are curious about the time frames surrounding the path to black belt, or whatever equivalent that may be. Advancement depends on a students’ learning style, consistent commitment to practice, exposure and repetition of training, previous experience, and aptitude for Wing Chun. While the focus of CWC is not on belts, rank signifies a mastery of a set syllabus.
With annual gradings and ongoing improvement it tends to take a consistent student about 7-8 years to attain the equivalent of a black belt (Grade 6). A continuous assessment option for grading is also available.
As Sifu Jim Fung pointed out, Wing Chun is an art which is easy to learn yet extremely difficult to master. However, with persistence and determination, all students have the potential to reach that level. Wing Chun should not be looked upon as a rigid system to be blindly followed. It is flexible and adaptable to individual requirements as all true art forms are.
All martial arts were created with an individual or committee appointing themselves in charge. Those people then graded other people and are often above the grading system themselves. Capital Wing Chun has its own historical lineage that some value highly, but for others it is largely irrelevant. At the end of the day when it comes to legitimacy in a poorly regulated industry, prospective students must make their own educated decision.
If you wish to grade in any school or discipline, then ensure that you grade from someone whose technical form, philosophy and personality you respect. Or if not, you can ask your own questions about the legitimacy of your grade.
- One – Yellow stripe
- Two – Orange stripe
- Three – Green stripe
- Four – Blue stripe
- Five – Brown stripe
- Six (Level 1) – Black stripe
- Seven (Level 2) – Black and Red stripe