Frequently Asked Questions about Training at Red Boat Kung Fu Redfern

Whether you’re new to martial arts or are a seasoned athlete there will always be questions, if yours is not answered here please call or email us today as we are more than happy to help.

I’ve never done Wing Chun before, Do you have beginners kung fu classes?

All classes cater to all levels. We usually have a “theme” for the week and the class may be divided into beginners, intermediate and advanced, or if suitable senior students may work with beginners so that they can learn how to coach and that you have a more experienced training partner to learn from. If you would like to attend a beginners specific class, then please check our timetable for Beginners Class times.

How many levels are there in this system of Wing Chun Kung Fu?

There is a total of 17 levels. 7th level is the first of 3 Black Belts and 10th level is a Gold Belt which is the first of the “Master Levels”. Level 17 is a Red Belt, at that level you are considered to have achieved mastery within our system.

I’m a woman and would love to do Kung Fu but am worried that I may be the only girl in the class or that I might be walking into a "boys club"

We really do encourage the female aspect of our school and one thing that many people love about the attitude on our mat is that we all leave our egos at the door, we are all kung fu brothers and sisters and if for some reason you happen to be the only girl in the class no one will really notice! Please watch our Women in Kung Fu Documentary to gain an idea of what we are like.

I’m worried that I might be too old to learn kung fu

The classes we offer here include self defense and fitness and we will encourage you to push your boundaries. Age, fitness levels and gender should not prevent anyone from learning these valuable skills. Our youngest student is currently 4 and we have many students in their late 50’s actively training within our school.

I’ve lost a lot of fitness over the years, will I be able to keep up? Should I get fit first and then join?

We want you to challenge and test yourself, if that’s what you want for yourself also then you’re in the right place. The more you train the fitter you will get, anything else is just procrastination. Work at your own pace to the best of your ability and you will go from strength to strength.

How do the belts work?

The progression of belts are as follows

  • 1st Level – White Belt
  • 2nd Level – Blue belt with white stripe
  • 3rd Level – Blue Belt
  • 4th Level – Brown belt with blue stripe
  • 5th Level – Brown belt
  • 6th Level – Black belt brown stripe
  • 7th Level – Black belt with red characters
  • 8th Level – Black belt with purple characters
  • 9th Level – Black belt with gold characters
  • 10th Level – Gold belt with red characters

There are 7 masters levels after Gold Belt.

How long does it take to get to Black Belt?

How long it takes really depends on a few different factors: how often you attend classes, how much you practice on your own, your own aptitude to learning martial arts and how goal oriented you are. Typically if you train regularly around 3-4 years.

How long does it take to get to Gold Belt?

How long it takes really depends on a few different factors: how often you attend classes, how much you practice on your own, your own aptitude to learning martial arts and how goal oriented you are.

How often do you hold gradings?

Gradings are held at the end of each quarter, typically March, July, September and December.