Our Students

Apprentices and Journeymen make up the first and largest group of all our People.

Please note that my use of the word Man in “Journeyman” is used simply from historical context, and includes Women equally. My training programme is based upon the the well-proven three-stage educational system of apprenticeships which has been widely adopted since the Middle Ages, and I are simply using the same widespread terminology.


FWTS | Apprentices & Journeymen


Apprentices

I use the term apprentice to describe a student who is studying Kung-Fu within the Apprentice Level of my training programme. They are all learning the general knowledge of the art, and have no responsibilities except to train hard and learn the system as best they can. Without exception, every person who has studied the Federation Wing Tsun System started out as an apprentice at Student Grade 1.

Passing the different stages of apprenticeship is comparable to gaining your first qualifications (GCSE’s, AS-Levels & A-Levels) in the academic world, or becoming an ever-more qualified apprentice with a recognised tradesman.


Journeymen

The term journeyman describes a student who has completed the Apprentice Level, and is now studying within the Journeyman Level of the training programme. They are learning the deeper lore of the art, and are discovering their own individuality and personality within combat.

Being awarded the various journeyman grades is comparable to gaining subsequent degrees (for example BA, then MA qualifications) in the academic world, or gaining official craftsman or journeyman status from a recognised trade guild.

Like apprentices, my Journeymen Level students have no official responsibilities as such besides continuing to train, explore and understand their art. However in practice they always answer questions and like to share knowledge with students at the earlier stages of training.


Active Journeymen

Although i’m very proud of everybody i’ve taught, there are far too many Apprentice Level students to list here. However the Journeymen Level students have been studying my system for a minimum of five years each, and in some cases for over a decade. I feel they deserve some individual recognition for their hard work and dedication to learning, so here they all are:

The following students are still actively training within the Journeyman Level of the Federation Wing Tsun System:

Name Current Grade Taught By
Sifu Joe Jackson-Taylor
(2002 – Current)
Technician Grade 3
+ Full Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Karl Van Lith
(2003 – Current)
Technician Grade 2
+ Secondary Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Matthew Slightam
(2003 – Current)
Technician Grade 2 Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Duncan Davies
(2006 – Current)
Student Grade 12 Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Scott Wakeham
(2006 – Current)
Student Grade 12
+ Assistant Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Shao-Foong Chong
(2007 – Current)
Technician Grade 1 Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Ben Marsh
(2008 – Current)
Technician Grade 1
+ Assistant Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Sasha Pats-Nougues
(2008 – Current)
Technician Grade 1
+ Assistant Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Ryan Green
(2010 – Current)
Technician Grade 1
+ Assistant Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Andrew Coupar
(2010 – Current)
Student Grade 12 Sifu Joe Jackson-Taylor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron (from July 2015)
Gary Wells
(2010 – Current)
Student Grade 12 Sifu Joe Jackson-Taylor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron (from July 2015)
Marcus Sanderson
(2010 – Current)
Student Grade 12 Sifu Joe Jackson-Taylor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron (from July 2015)

Ex-Journeymen

The following people completed their apprenticeships or were training within the Journeyman Level before coming to the end of their time within the system, for various personal reasons. Good people all, they have my very best wishes for the future, and i’m always happy to see them again.

Name Final Grade Taught By
Paul Hennessey
(1999 – 2010)
Student Grade 12 Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Simon Blissett
(2001 – 2010)
Student Grade 12 Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Mark Galica
(2001 – 2012)
Technician Grade 1 Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Sifu Andrew King
(2002 – 2015)
Technician Grade 3
+ Full Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Oliver David
(2003 – 2012)
Technician Grade 1 Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Jonathan Holford
(2003 – 2014)
Technician Grade 1 Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Steve Peters
(2004 – 2010)
Student Grade 12
+ Assistant Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Mark Williams
(2004 – 2015)
Technician Grade 2
+ Primary Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Paolo Pizziol
(2006 – 2014)
Student Grade 12 Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Jason Potter
(2007 – 2014)
Technician Grade 1
+ Assistant Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Charlie Dineen
(2008 – 2015)
Student Grade 12 Sifu Andrew King
Tom Walker
(2009 – 2015)
Student Grade 12
+ Trainee Instructor
Sifu Lee Paul Heron
Kevin Treweek
(2011 – 2015)
Student Grade 12 Sifu Andrew King

Where Next?

Level Contents
2 The People
3 Apprentices & Journeymen (you are here)
End Of Branch
Masters
End Of Branch
Instructors
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