Frequently Asked Questions
A: Yes. We have several payment options to choose from. Please see the payment schedule posted at your local Chung Wah System branch.Q: Can I save money if I pay for several months at once?FEES, ETC
Q: How do I join the student club?
A: You automatically become a member of the Chung Wah Kung Fu Student Association when you join the program. The level of participation and contribution is up to you. More information on this topic available on request.
Q: What will my belt rank be in comparison to other martial art styles?
A: This is difficult to answer. Some styles are very simple and the quantity of information is extremely rudimentary in comparison with our System. For example, there are some styles of martial arts that require the black belt level to competently perform only about 15 to 20 kata (forms). A graduate of our System will be proficient in a significantly greater amount of material. It is reasonable to say that in comparison with other belt levels, by the time you complete Advanced Martial Training Level you will be at least a 2nd degree black belt. For your interest, there is a comparison chart found at the back of this booklet in Appendix B.
Q: Do I have to buy a uniform immediately?
A: Yes. At the time of registration, you’ll purchase a Chung Wah Kung Fu System uniform T-shirt (or one will be included your student package). Additional uniform items are acquired as you progress to different training levels and classes. For further information, please inquire at your regional Chung Wah Kung Fu System branch.
Q: Does your system use belts and sashes to indicate rank?
A: In our System, we wear traditional kung fu belts. There are three belt colours worn in levels prior to Instructor Training Level. However, rank is indicated by either the traditional training level names or by the grading system (Grades 1-5). The belt colours are largely symbolic.
Q: What do the belt colours mean?
A: When one first enters the martial world, they are without experience, knowledge and wisdom, ignorant and oblivious to the vast potentials of the deeper aspects of martial learning, and of themselves. Black represents the unknown and distance from truth.. In time, one’s experiences lead to greater understandings and a broader vision of things. Things become more clear, and an appreciation of how things fit together into a larger picture is attained.
A blue belt of represents the clear sky or broad sea spreading before one as a glimpse of the vastness of martial arts is revealed.
In Chinese philosophy and medical theories, red the colour of fire, life, longevity, and corresponds to the heart. This heart is symbolic of one’s mind and dedication. Those who have the dedication to study kung fu to the advanced level wear red, to reflect their time and level of commitment.
Q: What belt colour does the student wear in Instructor Level and beyond?
A: At the Instructor and Professional levels, one who has a true heart with true devotion does not consider only themselves, with the dedication and devotion to martial arts to contribute something back to society.
At these higher levels, the belt colour is now irrelevant. At this point one should have reached the deeper understanding that learning is continual and there is no true ‘mastery’. The outward colour is less important than the inner comprehension of this reality.
TESTING AND EXAMINATIONS
Q: Does your system use examinations?
A: Yes. You are given a course exam every three months. You also take a comprehensive final exam each time you complete a major Training Level/Grade (about once every year).
Q: Is there an examination fee?
A: Fees for course exams are included in your tuition. Fees for final exams are posted a few weeks prior to examination dates at each branch.
Q: If I fail an exam, can I try again?
A: Yes. A repeat/make-up exam schedule will be posted approximately two weeks after the initial exam date. There is no academic penalty for repeated exams.
Q: Will I receive any feedback on my progress?
A: Aside from daily training, you will receive a copy of your class exam, giving valuable feedback on your skills. A report card is issued at final exams and gives even more details on your physical and social progress via categories covering Physical and Technical Development, Physical Endurance, and Personal and Social Development. Students in the Children’s Program also have a section which is marked by their parent(s), evaluating their behavior at home. The rest of this booklet will help to increase your general knowledge of kung fu and its benefits. There is also more information on our System found in the last sections.