Student rules

Training martial arts can lead to serious injury or in extreme cases death. All students must read (or have read to them) and abide by the following rules in order to maintain a safe training environment.

In Class
  • On first entering or leaving a training hall or “Kwoon” the student should bow as a mark of respect.
  • You should always refer to your schools senior instructor as “Sifu” this means teacher or father, other senior members of your club are usually called Shi Hing (older Brother) or Si Je (older sister).
  • Students must listen to and follow the instructions of the class Coach. Always listen to and obey your Sifu.
  • Students must ensure fingernails are not sharp.
  • Students must wear suitable, clean clothing (loose trousers and tee shirt) or a club uniform if required (mandatory at association events).
  • Students should show respect to each other, themselves and the class coach.
  • Students must not drink alcohol or take drugs (including illegal performance enhancing drugs) before classes.
  • Students must inform the coach if their physical ability changes (like suffering an injury etc).
  • When training with a new partner you should always bow as a mark of respect at the beginning and end of your training session.
  • When receiving a certificate or other award you should always bow to show your gratitude and respect to your teacher.
In the presence of GM Kwok
  • When you meet Grandmaster Kwok you will refer to him as Sigung (grandfather) or Sifu (only if you are a direct student of GM Kwok), never by his name or first name.
  • You always show respect to GM Kwok when talking to him or in any other way of communicating with him.
  • Do not question his teachings in public, test what he says and if you have a remark ask him privately.
  • When entering a room always let GM Kwok go first.
  • Ask GM Kwok if you can have a picture with him first before taking pictures with others.
  • When meeting with GM Kwok be on time and wait for his arrival even if he is not on time.
When having dinner
  • Do not sit at GM Kwok’s table unless invited.
  • Show respect and be humble, don’t monopolize the conversation.
  • Don’t talk loud or laugh loudly.
  • If necessary make sure his tableware is clean before dinner is started.
  • Don’t drink or eat before GM Kwok.
  • Make sure GM Kwok’s tea cup is never empty.
  • Wish GM Kwok an enjoyable meal.
In general
  • Students must conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times.
  • Students must respect students and teachers of other schools, other Wing Chun lineages and other Martial Arts.
  • Students must only use Wing Chun in emergencies / for self-protection.
  • Students must be responsible for their own physical ability and consult a doctor if in any doubt about training martial arts.
  • Students represent the SKWCMAA at all times and are responsible for their own behavior, alcohol nor drugs are an excuse to misbehave.
GM Ip Man Code of Conduct

The late GM Ip Man (1893-1972) wrote a code of conduct for Wing Chun to remind students that Wing Chun was about more than just fighting. Wing Chun should not be taken lightly and learning the destructive art should come with moral responsibility. Outlined below is the code of conduct wrote by Ip Man that can be seen on the wall of the V.T.A.A. in Hong Kong.


In English

  • Remain disciplined – Conduct yourself ethically as a martial artist.
  • Practice courtesy and righteousness – Serve the society and respect your elders.
  • Love your fellow students – Be united and avoid conflicts.
  • Limit your desires and pursuit of bodily pleasures – Preserve the proper spirit.
  • Train diligently – Maintain your skills.
  • Learn to develop spiritual tranquillity – Abstain from arguments and fights.
  • Participate in society – Be moderate and gentle in your manners.
  • Help the weak and the very young – Use martial skills for the good of humanity.
  • Pass on the tradition – Preserve this Chinese art and rules of conduct.