How long does it take to be a black belt?
This depends on you as an individual. For example, Depending on how often you come to the school, your ability, whether you take privates or semi-privates, whether you concentrate on one style rather than a few, it can take roughly 4-6 years.
Where does the art of Wing Chun come from?
The Shaolin monasteries in China were the only beacon of light in an otherwise dark dynasty. The government was corrupt and began taking over by force. No one could stop the government except the Shaolin monasteries and their monks. Government officials bribed certain monks, who helped the government by burning down the monasteries. Only a handful of people and five elders escaped through secret escape passages in the temples. These elders became known as the invincible five. The best of the five was a female nun whose name was Ng Mui, the founder of the Wing Chun system. She adopted the best martial art skills that Shaolin had to offer, then simplified it and made it more efficient and effective. Two of the arts from which she derived Wing Chun, the Crane and Snake, are still visible in the movements in the Wing Chun forms. She began to teach this simplified, more efficient art form. One of her prize pupils further refined the arts. This pupil was Wing Chun, which translates to "beautiful springtime." It was Wing Chun's husband who added the weapons to the system.
What are the age restrictions?
We take students as young as 13 years of age for the adult Wing Chun program. For younger kids we have a wonderful child-oriented Wing Chun course offered earlier in the day.
What if I don't have any experience?
Experience is not necessary. We will have someone work directly with you until you feel comfortable. The way the program is designed, anyone can start at the beginning of any rotation. Rotations are generally three months.
What time are classes?
Wing Chung classes are held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30pm until 9:30pm. We also have a class on Wednesday from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. For a more detailed schedule please click here
When does enrollment begin?
Today! We offer open enrollment through our academy so we are ready as soon as you are. Please feel free to call us 239-482-4300 or enter your information below to email us directly.
Who teaches the classes?
Classes are taught by Grandmaster Gallaher. Grandmaster Gallaher was trained and certified in Hong Kong under Chan Chee Man; one of Ip Man's senior students. He also has studied with several other original Ip Man students, including Ip Ching, the son of Ip Man, with whom he trained privately with in Hong Kong. Grandmaster Gallaher is assisted by some of his students who have reached instructor level and have been training with him for more than 15 years.
How long have you been in business?
Our school was established in 1992 here in Fort Myers, FL.
Do I have to be in shape to start training?
Our program will get you into shape! You will hear positive affirmations about health and fitness while attending our school. You will be around a group of people that are constantly evaluating themselves to do better, to be greater, to revolt from the status quo and go after life whole heartedly. We will not only address the physical side of martial arts, but also the mental side. To quote Bruce Lee, "Knowing is not enough, willingness is not enough, you must apply." Knowledge is power, but it's the application that makes you powerful.
How much is tuition?
Tuition varies depending on the number of classes taken. We have a few payment options including month-to-month, which is slightly higher because your commitment is minimal, or a yearly agreement which is an automatic debit for convenience which is processed once a month. You can also pay in advance 6 months or one year for an additional discount. We also have excellent family plans available. We have a special internet rate to try our program out for one month of $59.95. This gives you two nights a week for the full month.