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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. If you've not done Wing Chun before or have only a small amount of experience. 

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 core principles of the Wing Chun system, including how to apply them. You will learn basic techniques such as the centreline punch, stance and footwork 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 there be any sparring?

Yes. Students begin sparring within the context of the rolling-arms exercise (Lok Sau). Students will also learn how to use a simple deflecting and slapping hand technique.    

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

Yes, students are encouraged to grade to test their new-found skills out in a controlled environment.    


Will I need any equipment?

Yes, beginners will need a gumshield (for safety) and a good set of focus pads. 

What does the foundation course progress onto?

The (SNT) foundation course progresses onto the second form Chum Kiu, whereby students continue to work towards a greater level of depth, flexibility and understanding of the Wing Chun system.

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