Free Yourself

The 12th Student Grade (abbreviated to 12SG) is the last of three grades which together make up the Advanced Stage of the FWTS Training Programme.

Although 12SG is indeed the final step of an apprenticeship in Wing Chun Kung-Fu, it would be very lazy to require students to merely revisit their earlier training programmes. So the purpose of the 12SG programme is not to re-do the previous grades, but rather to add the final pieces of information, and start to remove the ‘scaffolding’ from your actions.

To use an analogy; when building an arched stone bridge, the structure only becomes entirely self-supporting once the keystone is placed. Until then, some kind of supporting apparatus is required to keep everything in place. Once the keystone goes in, all supports can be removed and the structure should stand firm, ready for purpose.

By scaffolding, I mean of course all the little sequences, drills, exercises, concepts, principles, programmes and applications that have helped you get to this point. They are not the truth, they are merely steps towards your own, personal truth in combat, just as in life.

Oh, and don’t be tempted to think that this final piece is somehow the ‘best’ – not at all. Any keystone is only useful when surrounded by the rest of the structure to which it belongs. Otherwise it’s just another piece of stone, some raw material awaiting useful purpose.

So, depending on how well you’ve understood the design and how correctly you’ve built each piece of the bridge (meaning each grade of the training programme), your own personal structure will be of greater or lesser quality. You might discover that some parts are not as well-built as others – in which case feel free to go refine & polish anything that needs more work.

It is this process, and the utterly stark realisation that YOU ALONE are responsible for the quality of your skills, that will mark the end of your apprenticeship, and the beginning of your Journeyman Level training within the Federation Wing Tsun System.


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12SG Syllabus

The syllabus is a summary of all topics which you’ll cover during the 12th Student Grade training programme.

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12SG Training Programme

The training programme expands upon each topic of the syllabus, adds detail, and provides a personal lesson plan. Your instructor will introduce and explain each part, and help you work through all the drills & exercises contained within.

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12SG Assessment

The assessment asks you to demonstrate your practical ability with the material listed in the syllabus.

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Where Next?

Level Contents
4 Advanced Stage
5 10th Student Grade
End Of Branch
11th Student Grade
End Of Branch
12th Student Grade (you are here)
End Of Branch