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).
* For the complete Student Grade 1 curriculum, I invite you to check out Distance Learning Program. Here you will see a link to the sample Student Grade 1 curriculum as presented in our program.
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.
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 5 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.