AWCA Ranks & Levels
The AWCA follows a progressive ranking structure in a logical manner. As skill sets increase, each level introduces a new set of factors and circumstances so that a full step-by-step level of progression is achieved throughout the system. We have found that these programs result in a faster, more competent learning in which a student can put his/her skills to use as quickly as possible.
There are twelve student grades in the AWCA training curriculum, with each level being a different colored patch. A student level takes approximately 3 months of training to complete if training 2-3 times a week for a minimum of 45 minutes to 1 hour each session.
Naturally, everyone has more or less time, depending on their particular work/life situations. Some have been known to reach Technician Level 1 in barely 18 months, while others have worked 6+ years and only reached Student Grade 6. Everyone is different and has different circumstances.
Remember that it is not a race to achieve rank. Instead, the journey is the true experience. Rank means nothing. It is only an indication of one's achievements. It all comes down to a simple fact: can you can use what you have learned?
I have seen those with high-ranked self-awarded levels being soundly and quickly defeated by a trained member at Student Grade 3. So the patch means nothing. It indicates achievement and should be worn with pride. A lot of hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and persistence went into earning it, that's for sure.
But in the end, when all is said and done, it is about skill and being able to use what you have learned.
The uniform for all students consists of the white AWCA t-shirt and black kung fu pants (alternate: black shorts).
Student Grade 1 (SG01)
1. Siu-Nim-Tau Section 1
Student Grade 2 (SG02)
1. Siu-Nim-Tau Section 2
Student Grade 3 (SG03)
1. Siu-Nim-Tau Section 3
2. Refine Chi-dan-sau
3. Introduction to Luk-sau
Student Grade 4 (SG04)
1. Chum-Kiu Section 1
2. Refine Luk-sau
3. Chi-sau Section 1
4. Lap-sau Section 1
Student Grade 5 (SG05)
1. Chum-Kiu Section 2
2. Refine Chi-sau Section 1
3. Refine Lap-sau Section 1
Student Grade 6 (SG06)
1. Chum-Kiu Section 3
2. Refine Chi-sau Section 1
3. Refine Lap-sau Section 1
4. Chi-sau Section 2
5. Lap-sau Section 2
Student Grade 7 (SG07)
1. Refine Chi-sau Sections 1 & 2
2. Refine Lap-sau Sections 1 & 2
3. Combining Chi-sau & Lap-sau
4. Introduction to Takedowns & Ground Fighting
Student Grade 8 (SG08) - Apprentice Instructor
1. Continue refining Chi-sau sections 1 & 2
2. Continue refining Lap-sau Sections 1 & 2
3. Intermediate Takedowns & Ground Fighting
4. Introduction to Weapons Defense
5. Escrima Level I
Student Grade 9 (SG09) - Apprentice Instructor
1. Chi-sau Section 3
2. Lap-sau Section 3
3. Advanced Takedowns & Ground Fighting
4. Escrima Level II
Student Grade 10 (SG10) - Apprentice Instructor
1. Biu-Tze Section 1
2. Continue refining Chi-sau Sections 1-3
3. Continue refining Lap-sau Sections 1-3
4. Continue Advanced Takedowns & Ground Fighting
5. Escrima Level III
Student Grade 11 (SG11) - Apprentice Instructor
1. Biu-Tze Section 2
2. Chi-sau Section 4
3. Lap-sau Section 4
4. Biu-Tze Chi-sau Section 4
5. Escrima Level IV
Student Grade 12 (SG12) - Assistant Instructor
1. Biu-Tze Section 3
2. Continue refining Chi-sau Sections 1-4
3. Continue refining Lap-sau Sections 1-4
4. Chi-sau Section 5
5. Lap-sau Section 5
6. Biu-Tze Chi-sau Section 6
7. Escrima Level V
There are four Technician (instructor) levels at the AWCA, signifying completion of the Wing Tsun system. Although all Technicians have the same patch, the level indicates a different program of completion.
The uniform for all Technicians consists of the AWCA black t-shirt or polo shirt, and black kung fu pants (alternate: black shorts). Technician Level 1 is solid black with no striping, while Technician Levels 2 and 3 include a ½-inch red stripe encircling the shirt sleeves and pants/shorts.
The uniform for Technician Level 4 includes 1-inch striping on the sleeves and pants/shorts vs. the previous ½-inch striping. This indicates completion of the Wing Tsun system.
Technician Level 1 (TL1)
1. Demonstration of Siu-Nim-Tau, Chum-Kiu and Biu-Tze, including all drills and applications
2. Demonstration of Chi-sau Sections 1-5, including fighting applications and concepts/theories
3. Demonstration of Lap-sau Sections 1-5, including fighting applications and concepts/theories
4. Competent free-fight, including single unarmed/armed and multiple unarmed/armed opponents
Technician Level 2 (TL2)
1. Muk-Yan-Chong Sections 1-8
2. Chi-sau Section 6
3. Lap-sau Section 6
4. Muk-Yan-Chong Chi-sau Sections 1-4
Technician Level 3 (TL3)
1. Luk-Dim-Boon-Kwun Sections 1-8
2. Chi-sau Section 7
3. Escrima Level VI
4. Competent Chi-sau Free-fight
5. Competent Free-fight with Full Protective Equipment, Pole vs. Pole and Pole vs. Knives
Technician Level 4 (TL4)
1. Bart-Cham-Dao Sections 1-8
2. Competent Free-fight with Full Protective Equipment, Knives vs. Knives and Knives vs. Pole
Practitioner levels are the culmination of Wing Tsun expertise. Practitioner Level 1 denotes master ranking and is only conferred by the AWCA Board of Directors. This Practitioner has demonstrated expertise in Wing Tsun with precision, control and power. His/her at-will skill level is evident by being flawless in all areas.
The uniform for Practitioner Level 1 is denoted by the red AWCA t-shirt/polo shirt and Practitioner patch. The only striping that remains is the 1-inch red striping on the pants.
Practitioner Level 2 is the highest level of Wing Tsun Kuen at the AWCA. It is only awarded to a Practitioner Level 1 with a minimum of 10 years at this level, and even then, generally only upon retirement or death.
"Retirement" is denoted as being when a practitioner closes his door to actively teaching. He no longer accepts personal students and has turned over any school(s) he maintains to his successor.
The uniform for Practitioner Level 2 is comprised of the yellow AWCA t-shirt/polo shirt and the Practitioner Level 2 - Senior Master Instructor patch. The 1-inch red striping on the pants is replaced with 1-inch yellow striping to denote senior master level.
Practitioner Level 1 (PL1)
1. Master Level of Wing Tsun Kuen
2. Demonstrates expertise in all situations for today's environment
Practitioner Level 2 (PL2)
1. Senior Master Level of Wing Tsun Kuen
2. Previous PL1 with 10+ years active teaching experience
3. Only awarded via unanimous approval by the AWCA Board of Directors