This is a listing of the Sifu Ranks and their descriptions. Please file your Sifu under the best fit.
|WingTsun 8th Practician/Master Level 4||
The Practician grades (Master grades) The third class comprises the 5th to 8th Master grades. These WingTsun experts are referred to as Practicians. They are "Masters of WingTsun" in every sense and can exhibit considerable striking power, speed and automatic reactions which are not controlled by the brain as a result of decades of Chi-Sao training. The higher the grade of a Practician, the greater his skill and knowledge. At this level a Master not only knows the theories of WingTsun, but also those of the other styles. Comparisons with other styles give him a better understanding and mastery of his own style. 5th Practician grade in WingTsun
Entry level for Master grading
Complete Wooden Dummy form with all Chi-Sao, Chi-Gerk sections and applications 6th Practician grade in WingTsun
Long pole 7th Practician grade in WingTsun
Double knives 8th Practician grade in WingTsun
Double knives against long pole
|WingTsun 9th Man Of Arrival/GM Level 1||
The Grandmaster grades The fourth class also has four levels, the 9th to 12th grades. The level of the grade shows how well the holder of these philosophical grades understands the theories of WingTsun. At this level the "Grandmaster of WingTsun" should be able to explain and solve all the technical problems not only of WingTsun, but also of other styles. In the end the holder of such a grade should be a living demonstration that WingTsun consists not so much of techniques than of philosophical principles. 9th MOA grade (Man Of Arrival) This no longer involves an examination in the conventional sense, though the candidate must convince the examination board of the IWTMAA that he meets the stringent requirements. He is assessed on the basis of his understanding of WingTsun theories, as shown by his manner of teaching and his published work. The uniform for this grade is black with approx. 4cm wide, yellow stripes and the Chinese lettering for "WingTsun“ in the so-called "grassy style". Only Cheng Chuen Fun (Hong Kong) is a holder of the 9th grade, making him the third-highest WingTsun master worldwide after Great Grandmaster Leung Ting and Grandmaster Keith R. Kernspecht. 10th MOC grade (Master Of Comprehension) This title indicates that the holder is not only a master of the techniques, but has also thoroughly researched the martial arts theories of other styles and is able to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of any style at once. For him there are no barriers between the different styles, as the theories of all styles are merely a unification of the theories of art and science. Only Great Grandmaster Leung Ting and Grandmaster Keith R. Kernspecht (Europe) are holders of the 10th grade. Great Grandmaster Leung Ting, the creator of the Leung Ting WingTsun system, is also the world's only holder of the honorary "Golden Rank". This honorary title was awarded to him by an international council of more than 100 masters and teachers at the suggestion of Keith R. Kernspecht. 11th grade (Master Of Almightiness) This is the highest achievable grade. The holder should have reached a purely philosophical understanding of the martial arts. For him the martial arts are formless and endless philosophical theories. A holder of this honorary title should have made a major contribution to WingTsun and be highly respected in martial arts circles. 12th grade (Sage Of Philosophy) This grade does not actually exist. Such perfection is merely an ideal and therefore not actually achievable. A holder of the 11th grade can have this title awarded posthumously, i.e. after his death, under certain circumstances.