Are you looking to become a certified instructor, or certified in your academic understanding of Wing Chun / Ving Tsun / Wing Tsun? Great! Certifications are now offered by certain Sifus in conjunction with their Wing Chun University ® video courses.
But let's be honest for a second - you cannot learn Wing Chun to a high level from videos alone. It is a system that relies heavily on structure and sensitivity, and you need a Sifu (Teacher) to personally instruct you in order to master these aspects. People who say you can watch a video alone to master this martial art are lying to you. We have no interest in doing so. Our goal is to bring you the best instruction available, not gimmick you into thinking you are going to become a master of this art by watching a few videos; and definitely not giving you a piece of paper saying so.
That said, you can learn a lot from videos, especially if used in conjunction with live training, or if you trained in the past. There are 2 certification paths that you can take. The "Academic" certification, and the "Instructor" certification. The important thing here is that the quality of instruction is kept high and that the Sifu knows YOU have mastered the skills to be certified under them.
Academic certifications are done via video conferencing and allow you to demonstrate to your Sifu that you have a working knowledge of the materials covered. This certification does not require you to travel to work with your Sifu, but it also not not certify you to teach. It is a personal certification to show you acquired the academic knowledge of the subject mater.
Instructor Certification and Video Grading
The Instructor certification does give you the ability to teach the course material. To become a certified instructor one must pass the Academic certification as well as an "Instructor Path Practicum" - which means public and private training with your Sifu in person and testing by your Sifu (and SiGung for the higher sashes). You must understand one cannot learn from videos alone, much less become an instructor. You will have to pass all the same testing requirements as the other instructors in your lineage. If you live too far away and cannot travel to meet the instructor personally, or arrange for them to come to you, then you cannot be certified by them to teach (only certified academically).
Sifu Belonoha and Sifu Fernandez are offering both Academic and Instructor certifications at the WCU.
Be sure to download the 2016 Training Plan and System Overview from Sifu Belohona that tells you:
1) The best way to train with a daily training plan for 62 week mastery of the courses.
2) How to become certified as a student or instructor.
3) How to send in and get video assessments.
4) How to integrate and use the WCU course with his Blu-Ray DVDs and books.
5) What to buy and when (with coupons!)
6) And more...
- Please review Sifu Fernandez's WCU - Sifu Fernandez's WingTchunDo Intro & Grading PDF (updated 2015) for more details on the certifications he offers.
If you have any questions, please post them below. Please make your your brain is engaged before typing ;) To become an instructor there are certain IQ requirements.