ACADEMY OF WING CHUN Kung Fu
5 Bryant Avenue, ROMFORD, ESSEX RM3 0AP
Raising the Standards of Martial Arts
Safeguarding at the Academy of Wing Chun Kung Fu
Wing Chun is an activity where safe practice is essential to help prevent injury. *Children are particularly vulnerable as they are still developing mentally and physically, so traditional training methods are modified as described below. (*also includes Adults at Risk)
1. Warm Ups
All activities should include a thorough warm up, and head to toe stretching and gradual cardiovascular activity with press ups, sit-ups, squats and burpees. To help reduce injury, specific attention is paid to those muscle groups that will be used during later activity.
Press-ups, warm up the upper body, chest, shoulders and arms.
Sit-ups, warm-up the core muscles in the hips, abdomen and lower back.
Squats (own body weight) engage the leg muscles and joints for kicking
Burpees are an overall body warm-up that engages all muscle groups and gets the heart & lungs ready for training.
2. Wing Chun Kung Fu primarily involves strikes, punches and kicks
The risks are: concussion (brain injury) from heavy blows to the head; damage to internal organs and joints from heavy blows; injury from inappropriate stretching and other exercises.
Safe practice includes:
(a) Sparring is practiced only in Black Belt Club for advance students and is light contact only, especially to the head. (Light contact means the technique is targeted but controlled so that whilst the opponent is touched the technique is not followed through). Padded gloves and head protection are to be worn when sparring at all times. (Expert advice from a neurosurgeon is that the use of helmets, mitts or foot pads does not eliminate the risk of brain injury from full contact strikes.)
(b) Drills in all other children’s classes are light contact only and contact to the head is forbidden.
(c) We avoid excessive stretching and exercises such as press-ups on the knuckles or hitting heavy bags as the joints of children are still developing and can be damaged by these exercises.
3. Wing Chun Kung Fu and the practice of grappling and strangling
The risks include: falling on unsuitable surfaces: landing on the head: damage to the joints from locks: strangulation.
Safe practice must include:
(a) Checking the matted area for suitability, particularly where the mats have been joined.
(b) Checking that there are no hard surfaces or sharp/hard objects around the matted area.
(c) Having an experience instructor who will ensure that children are not taught to use locks, throws or strangles which will injure their training partner.
4. Wing Chun Kung Fu and it’s use of weapons
The children’s training syllabus does not extend to the use of Wing Chun’s weapons system.
Safe practice includes:
(a) No live blades (sharp or otherwise) in the training hall when children are
(b) Safe protocols for the use of training weapons by children
(c) Good supervision at all times by Instructors
Above all, safe practice means having a suitably qualified and experienced instructor who will ensure that children are not exposed to the above risks and who can make a training session enjoyable whilst maintaining the discipline essential to learning a Martial Art.
Sifu Ian Gleed (07905) 427237