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Yes. The latest details of certifications are here: http://www.wingchununiversity.com/academic-instructor-certifications/ But let's be honest, 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 master to personally instruct you to master these aspects. It is like trying to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu alone - pretty much impossible. At the very least you will need a partner to practice with. 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. You can also learn quite a bit if you have a partner to practice with. We have 2 certification paths, an Academic one that certifies (via video conferencing) that you have a working knowledge of the material presented; and a Instructor Certification that gives you the right to teach. Instructor certifications requires in person training and testing with your Sifu. 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 (but can be certified academically). 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.
That is the goal, yes. We want to take the new student and teach them step-by-step how to become a master; and to do so with multiple Wing Chun lineages. It is this step-by-step, lesson-by-lesson approach that sets us apart, among other things. To our knowledge we are the first to ever offer this kind of approach to training outside the classroom.
It should be noted that some lineages have systems that are quite in-depth and some not so much. You have to remember that the Wing Chun world is fairly fractured. You have multiple students of Ip Man all teaching the "true" or "complete" system (all of which are different); not to mention there are many non-Ip Man lineages of Wing Chun. Some of these lineage's systems can be put on a few DVDs, where others would take a hundred DVDs. So what you will get on video is the outline and framework of the lineage's "entire system" filled in with as much detail as is reasonable for a video lesson (we are of the opinion the more the better). And while we endeavor to teach all the details, that is impossible to do. Any good Sifu could talk for hours and hours on any one subject. There are many variations and nuances that come with mastery and by working with people of all shapes and sizes. If we put this on a video it would bore most of you to death. So for the most in-depth learning, after you have mastered the framework of the system and details given in these lessons, you will need to contact your teacher. For questions along the way we will be offering testing and video conferencing with your teacher (separate fees may be charged by the Sifu for the their time).
And keep in mind that seeing a system put on video is not the same as being taught traditionally. Traditionally you only learn the next step after the last is completed. So what might take 3 years in real life can be covered in 16 hours of video.
We do not offer any advanced degrees such as a Bachelor of the Arts, Masters Degrees, Ph.D, or even Associates Degrees - no such things exist for Wing Chun Kung Fu. (But we wish it did!). So no, you cannot take what you learn here and get credit at a College or University offering these advanced degrees.
That does not mean, however, that the quality is somehow sub-par or not at a high level. Most of our instructor - professors if you will - have taught/trained for 30-40 years! They have a wealth of knowledge and experience they are willing to share with you for just a fraction of what that knowledge cost them to gain.
In addition, we have changed the way we get you the information from the instructors. We used to have a rigid collegiate-style course, hosted live classes, promoted more video-interaction, etc but found over time that you, the students, just preferred to download and watch the videos that interested you on your own time. And those of you that were interested in certifications - that route is still possible and you can become and Accredited Sifu of these lineages, and even the VTAA (Ving Tsun Athletic Association) through your Sifu, if that is what you desire long term.
You can find a lot of info within the help section of the application itself. Most FAQ's are answered there. We posted a few here for your reference.
Yes. Please contact us first so we can help arrange that. You can upload a video, put one on a private YouTube channel, arrange a live video chat or etc. We definitely want you to get help with your questions.
It depends on the video, but currently all videos are HD 720p (High Definition 1280x720).
Absolutely! If your TV accepts HDMI, DVI, VGA or S-video input, and your computer has the matching output, just connect the two!
- It’s usually easiest if you have a laptop, since a desktop computer might not be located close to your TV set. Just connect the output of your laptop to the input of your TV. If you are using HDMI, sound is carried as well, so it is easy. A DVI to HDMI cable can be picked up for around $15-20 at most electronic stores.
- If you are not using HDMI, you may want to plug a cable with a mini 1/8″ stereo plug into the headphone output of your computer, and the stereo RCA plugs on the other end into aux inputs on your receiver or TV.
- Here is a wonderful guide on connecting your computer to your TV: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/how-to-tech/how-to-connect-computer-to-tv.htm
Our application is only for the PC or MAC. iOS support is currently disabled. Please ignore any in-app help or FAQ that deals with iOS Devices. IOS support will be re-enabled in the future.
The hardest thing about bringing great teaching to you via an online/download method is the fact that many Sifus/Teachers will not participate due to the fear of piracy. Unencrypted .avi files and the like show up on torrent sites and newsgroups very quickly making it impossible to offer the Sifus the security they want in order to produce great material for you. To that end we have to use platforms for delivery that are not able to be easily pirated.
The downloaded files are encrypted movie files. Our application and player decrypt these files as you play them. The player also links your email and info to the downloads.
Right now you can play the videos on 2 computers (A desktop and laptop for example).
If a computer breaks down you can be authorized on a new machine, but we have to de-authorize your older machine first. This works similar to the way iTunes works. It is another anti-piracy measure.
- Download and install our application onto your other computer the same way you did before.
- Launch the Wing Chun University app.
- Click the “options” button in the upper right and choose “authorize this computer”
- Type in the same email address you used to purchase your courses, then click OK.
After a short pause, the products you have purchased will show up under “My Video Lessons” and you’ll be able to download them at your convenience.
For anti-piracy reasons videos can not be burned to a DVD. Videos are only viewable using the Wing Chun University program.
Just follow the directions under “Can I watch my programs on a different computer?” above.
Yes, you can now transfer purchased videos to an external hard drive! Here' how:
- Open the Wing Chun University player, go to the "Options" menu (upper right hand corner) and choose "Choose preferred media storage folder".
- Make sure you read and understand the message about hard drive speed!
- Choose the new folder where you want your videos to be saved, and click "Choose".
- You videos will now be located in the new location!
To delete a purchased video, Alt-Click (Mac Users: Option-Click) on the title under "My Video Lessons". You will be asked you you want to delete the file. Click "Yes" to delete. You will be able to re-download the deleted movie at any time.
Yes! When you purchase a product, just make sure the entire product downloads. Then, you can take your laptop to a cabin in the woods, the beach or on an ocean voyage and watch any program you wish.
It depends on the length of the course and the speed of your internet connection. Courses range from a few hundred MB to a couple GB.
Yes! Our new media player engine has the ability to slow down video without changing the pitch! This ability, along with the ability to loop a section of video, will enable you to go over sections of any lesson and practice along at your own pace until you have it down pat. The new player also has the best playback performance of any player we’ve ever seen and will play perfectly smooth fullscreen video on many computers that have trouble playing other video (such as Netflix or iTunes).
To learn how to use these new features, and to review the easy keyboard shortcuts, visit the Help Center (Question Mark button near the top right of the catalog screen). Here is a quick keyboard shortcut guide for the new BrainPlayer:
- i : set In point (start of loop)
- o : set Out point (end of loop)
- l : (lower case “L”) toggle Loop on/off
- - : slow down video
- + : speed up video
- 0 : (zero) play normal speed
- spacebar : pause and start video
- f : toggle fullscreen
- h or home key : close the player