The key to mastering the Wing Chun system




Master the basics on this intensive introduction to one of the most effective and popular martial arts. This course is ideal for students wanting to explore and familiarise themselves with the most basic and fundamental techniques of the Wing Chun system.

Level: Beginners

Duration: 12 months (1 year)  


The Siu Nim Tao foundation course is an ideal introduction for students wanting to explore and familiarise themselves with the basic techniques and concepts of Wing Chun. On this course, you will learn the key concepts and principles of the Wing Chun system, including how to apply them. You will learn basic techniques such as the centreline punch, techniques that form part of the Wing Chun foundation. Students will also be introduced to the first (empty hand) form, Siu Nim Tao, in addition to learning and understanding how to approach ‘Lok Sau’ or ‘Lap Sau drill’ (as it is more commonly known). 

What will you learn?


  • Key concepts and principles of Wing Chun

  • Basic techniques such as the centreline punch, stance and footwork   

  • First (empty-hand) form, its techniques, concepts and principles  

  • Beginners ‘Chi Sau’ training exercise known as ‘Lok Sau’ or ‘Lap Sau' drill’.


I have just completed the Wing Chun foundation course with Sifu John Cossentine and found it an excellent way to get acquainted with the martial art and to ensure that I have a good knowledge of the fundamentals in building a solid foundation. Sifu John Cossentine is a great teacher and has been able to adapt his teaching approach to make sure I understand each lesson fully and how to get the most out of my training. I now feel confident to move on and look forward to continued learning at AMAWCKF. I would recommend The AMA Method to anyone who wants to learn Wing Chun from beginner to advanced levels. – Ben Healsey (Ricky Hatton Academy)


Will I be required to pay an annual membership to complete the course?

Students are not required to pay for a membership during the first three months of their training, however, if you wish to continue your studies then an annual membership of £50.00 is required.   

How is the foundation course structured?

The course is broken down into three parts, each part allowing you to focus on a specific aspect of Wing Chun. The first part deals with learning the basics, how to stand, punch and move efficiently, while the second part deals with learning the first form, its techniques and applications. The third part introduces the beginner to a basic Chi Sau training exercise, known as  ‘Lok Sau’.  

Will there be any sparring?

Yes. Students begin sparring using the Lap Sau (deflecting hand) technique, in addition to understanding how to use Pak Sau (slapping hand).   

Will I be tested or graded at the end of the course?

Yes, students are graded with an aim to test their new-found skills in a controlled environment.    


Will I need any equipment?

Yes, beginners will need a gumshield (for safety) and a good set of focus pads to develop their striking ability. 

What does the foundation course progress onto?

The (SNT) foundation course is a prerequisite to Chum Kiu. On this course, students will continue to work towards a greater level of depth, flexibility and understanding of the Wing Chun system by learning second form concepts and single sticky hands.