About Sifu Ranks
New Column! - About Rank
- As if I'm not already trying to cram too much info on a
page, I have added a new column in order to help keep people
informed and cut down on disputes and bogus teachers.
There is currently no ranking system for Wing Chun in general.
Some Sifus have ranking systems they created, but they do not
cross over well to other lineages. From now on when a Sifu
is added I will include their rank and try to show a
picture/image of their certification papers. If the rank
block is empty it means they were added before the Rank column
was added and we are still trying to get that info. For
the lineages that don't use certifications or rank I have made
my own ranking system and will list the following levels based
on the Sifu's word. I will say whether or not this has
been confirmed by the Sifu's teacher(s). Just because
something is not confirmed does not mean it is not legit, but
without confirmation in writing or verbal confirmation from a
Sifu's teacher you should make your own decisions on the
validity of the teacher. There are many great
teachers without certifications from their teacher - Yip Man for
example never gave them. However there is also a growing
number of poorly educated Wing Chun students starting schools
and calling themselves Sifus as well.
for Lineages without them:
1) Instructor Level
- Usually the level where the student is running classes at his Sifu's
2) Certified to Teach/Run a School - This is
essentially the same as Instructor Level, but sometimes when the student has to
move away early the teacher will give the instructor permission to teach.
The Instructor is still learning the system and not a master of it, but can
teach what he knows well. Technically, as soon as you have 1 student you
are a "Sifu" despite your knowledge and mastery of the system.
3) Mastered Complete and Full
System as taught by his teacher - the "as taught by his teacher" is the key
here, because Wing Chun is essentially a different art under almost every
lineage. A "Wing Tsun" master and "Traditional Wing Chun" master are
completely different even though both are in the Wing Chun family.
However, one can be a master of the system under their teacher and be very
lacking if the teacher was.
4) Formal Disciple of Teacher - This rank
implies that the student has taken the oaths of discipleship and sworn among
other things to a) never take another teacher b) master the complete system c)
pass the complete system on unaltered and with their personal modifications
explained. This does not imply the disciple is any good, or that he has
mastered the system yet. This DOES NOT include private students of the
teacher, as that is something completely different. Yip Man had many
private students, but few true disciples. Many people use "disciple" more
loosely than I do. Must have taken the "three kneels nine kowtows".
5) Other/ X Level - Explained in the box. For example maybe it
will say "mastered entire system except for butterfly swords" or something of
that nature. I try to gather as much detailed info as possible.
6) System Ranking - If in a lineage that has rankings/certifications the
level will be noted.
However, despite rank I'd like to
remind you that "Application is the only way to verify the truth".
Make sure the Sifu you train under knows what he is talking about.