Red Boat Kung Fu in Sydney (Global HQ) has always been a martial arts academy for adults. Sifu Rick never had any intention of teaching martial arts to children. While our satellite schools have strong kids martial arts programs, the decision to not teach children was to only ever effect the HQ here in Sydney.
Our school has a reputation for being a tough place to train and we like that reputation. We thought it would be counter-productive to try to maintain that reputation AND attract families with young children to the mat!
But, one day a long term student and member stated how much they would love for their own child to have to opportunity to learn this fantastic discipline of Wing Chun Kung Fu and be given the opportunity to develop the attributes that learning such a discipline develops – from a young age. For their child as much as themselves they liked that we train hard and keep things realistic and at times a little raw.
That was essentially it. We realised that the environment on our mat could be suitable for children to learn and thrive and that there are parents out there who appreciate how we train and want that for their child. So we then mapped out a training program for the kids relevent to the Sydney academy. Now we offer 3 Kung Fu classes each week during the school term for children – Mondays and Wednesdays after school and Saturday mid-mornings.
The kids are great, the classes are fun, all the while teaching discipline and respect and of course the Art of Wing Chun Kung Fu.