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  • Can You Be To Old to Learn Martial Arts?

    19th September 2020

    Can You Be To Old to Learn Martial Arts? There’s a common saying in boxing, “An old boxer never loses his punch”. His reflexes...

  • Major Signs of Dominance You Must Pay Attention in Self Defence

    12th September 2020

    Major Signs of Dominance You Must Pay Attention in Self Defence Displays of aggression can come in many forms. The most obvious are acts...

  • How Do Criminals Choose their Victims?

    9th September 2020

    How Do Criminals Choose their Victims? Looking at a crowd of people walking on a busy street, how would you choose a victim for...

  • Why Are Some People Targeted for Bullying or Violent Crime

    5th September 2020

    Why Are Some People Targeted for Bullying or Violent Crime Psychologists have known for years that human predators select their prey based on signals...

  • 3 P RULE to Defend Yourself in Street Fights

    29th August 2020

    How to Defend Yourself: The 3 P RULE to SURVIVE Street Fights This week we look at the best approach to defend yourself when...

  • How to Overcome Fear in Street Fights

    26th August 2020

    How to Overcome Fear in Street Fights Most people train martial arts because they don’t want to be hit. In fact, they spend most...

  • Does Anger Help in a Fight?

    22nd August 2020

    There are many people that feel that the best form of self defence is to get angry in a fight. Just watch our video...

  • Is the Best Self Defence to Run Away?

    15th August 2020

    People always say the Best Self Defence technique is to run away. Some even call it “Run Fu”. But is it really true? Telling...

  • Beginners Course Starting 10th Aug 2020

    8th August 2020

    Announcing our NEW Beginners Induction Course, 10th August 2020. If you have been thinking about getting in shape, taking up a new hobby or...

  • Covid Safety Policy

    28th July 2020

  • HOW TO HIT FASTER WITHOUT TELEGRAPHING YOUR PUNCHES

    19th June 2020

    Most people telegraph their punches by winding their hands and shoulders back. The problem with this is that the bad guy can then see...

  • 3 WAYS INTENTION CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR FIGHT GAME

    19th June 2020

    Fighting, and self defence, is as much a psychological matter as a physical one. When defending yourself in, say, an attack on the street,...

  • BEST WAY TO FOLLOW UP A BLOCKED PUNCH

    19th June 2020

    One idea in self-defence is to hit from where your hands are, as this makes any follow-up more efficient and likely to land. It...

  • 6 MENACING WAYS TO PSYCH OUT BIGGER OPPONENTS

    19th June 2020

    Nothing is more frightening than facing an opponent who makes quiet, controlled, and purposeful movements in a fight. Especially when you can’t read what...

  • 3 WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED IN MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING & NOT GIVE UP!

    19th June 2020

    Motivation is your ability to begin and continue action. It’s what makes you wake up and want to train day in and day out....

  • Pro Boxing: Clinch Fighting Tips & Tricks

    19th June 2020

    Wing Chun vs Boxing: Testing Wing Chun Chi Sao Skills on a PRO Boxer Watch the video below for a simple analysis about what...

  • Setting Up the Double Over Hook Throw for Street Fights

    19th June 2020

    Here’s a great alternative to punching that will end a Fight in Seconds. It’s taken from Jiu Jitsu and relies on throwing or slamming...

  • 3 Important Factors that Affect Your Performance in Fights

    19th June 2020

    In the actual moment of a fight, how can you improve your performance? How can you fight better during the event itself? Surprisingly, the answer...

  • MMA: THE TRADITIONAL WING CHUN TECHNIQUE JON JONES USES TO WIN FIGHTS

    18th June 2020

    Why Oblique kick the knees in MMA? Stomp kicks are effective in Self Defence as well as in mixed martial arts (MMA). You only...

  • THE LWCA CODE OF CONDUCT (FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS)

    18th June 2020

    The London Wing Chun Academy CODE OF CONDUCT For the Parents and Guardians of Little Dragons, Under 12s and Under 16s. This code of...

  • 3 Key Tips to OVERCOME FEAR & take a PUNCH

    26th August 2017

    The fear of being punched is a common problem, particularly for beginners. After all, how can you fight well if you’re afraid of getting...

  • Fight Science Tactical Workshop New York 2017

    12th August 2017

    *Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to train with one of the leading Wing Chun practitioners in New York on 23rd September 2017*

  • Fantastic Seminar with Rafael Lovato Jr. at LWCA (With Photos!)

    9th August 2017

    A big thank you to Professor Lovato Jr. and our students and visitors for making this such a fantastic night.

  • 1 Simple Trick to Punch Harder: SHOCKWAVE Power Comes from the Ground

    27th July 2017

    It doesn’t matter what Martial Art you practice, what you need to know is that power comes from the ground. Get this right and...

  • Fantasy or Reality: Kung Fu vs MMA Challenge Fight!

    20th July 2017

    Is Traditional Kung Fu Fantasy or Reality? It is important to note that within the Chinese martial arts there is a wide spectrum of...

  • How to Handle INSULTS & INTIMIDATION in a Fight

    13th July 2017

    Chicken, Loser, Clown, you can say much worse to provoke a fight. We touched on the power of words in our video on Trash...

  • Lovato Jr. BJJ Seminar at London Wing Chun Academy, Aug 2017

    29th June 2017

    The London Wing Chun Academy is pleased to be hosting a seminar from Professor Rafael Lovato Jr. in August 2017.

  • 1 KEY Self-Defence Technique Everyone MUST Know! How to Stand Up & Fight In A Street Fight

    24th June 2017

    It may seem all too obvious, but one MAJOR MISTAKE most people make in a fight is failing to stand up properly. This is...

  • Bodybuilders vs Skinny Guys: Who punches harder & fights better?

    22nd June 2017

    What often fascinates people is whether bodybuilders can fight. People always debate who would do better in a street fight: a bodybuilder or a...

  • DEADLY Invisible Fists in MMA

    10th June 2017

    How is it that sometimes you don’t see a punch coming? Or that when you do, you can’t move out of the way in...

  • Striking vs Grappling: Which is BETTER When Trapped? | HOW to FIGHT

    3rd June 2017

    The problem Imagine you’re in an enclosed space, a lift for example, with somebody and they attack you. The attacker is likely to start...

  • Dr Mark Phillips to Teach #WingChun in Boston, May 2017

    16th April 2017

    Sifu Mark Phillips will be teaching Wing Chun seminar in Boston, on Saturday the 20th of May. It will be a full day of...

  • MENTAL TOUGHNESS for Fighting: Mount Attack Analysis

    10th April 2017

  • How To Spot Critical Pre-Attack Assault Cues

    1st April 2017

    We’ve all come across situations in public where a person is behaving aggressively and antagonising those around them, seemingly looking for a fight!

  • Best Distance to Keep in a Street Fight for Self Defence

    27th March 2017

    When it comes to street fights and self-defence, what would you say is the best distance to stand from your opponent?

  • Street Fight vs Self Defence Training: Do you Train for the Right Kind of Fight?

    11th March 2017

    You may learn how to fight or even how to defend yourself against someone bigger or stronger than you, but is that realistic? In...

  • How to Get Out of a Headlock: 4 EASY STEPS TO ESCAPE HEADLOCKS

    4th March 2017

    A headlock is a common hold used during fights to control another person. Its effectiveness lies in its ability to break the victim’s posture,...

  • Dr Mark Phillips Interviewed by addicted2wingchun.com

    25th February 2017

    Sifu Mark Phillips was recently interviewed on The Sifu’s Stories, a new Wing Chun podcast founded by Bogdan Rosu. His website, Addicted2WingChun.com, provides training...

  • How to Defend Yourself Against a Knife Attack

    24th September 2016

    How do you defend yourself against a knife attack? Well common sense bids that you should never willing face a person holding a knife....

  • 3 Self Defence Moves Every Woman SHOULD Know: Women’s Self Defence Tips

    2nd July 2016

    Let’s say that you are checking your mobile phone when someone suddenly grabs hold of your arms to drag you to a secluded area...

  • 3 Simple Tricks to Increase Punching Power

    29th April 2016

    How to increase your punching power in 3 simple steps. Watch our video below to get the best method of delivering unstoppable power.

  • Beginners Induction Course 6th April 2016

    4th April 2016

    If you are thinking of starting a new martial art in order to get fit or to learn how to defend yourself then look...

  • How to Defend Yourself Against a 2 on 1 Sucker Punch Attack

    2nd April 2016

    How to defend yourself is hard enough, but made worst when you have two people confronting you in a street fight. Often you may...

  • London Wing Chun Academy: What Makes us Different

    10th March 2016

    The London Wing Chun Academy adopts traditional martial arts values of discipline, dignity, and integrity. However, it is a Wing Chun school in every...

  • How to Instantly End a Fight with Short Distance Power

    13th February 2016

    Punches to the body are just as effective as aiming for your attacker’s head. In fact you could say destroy the body and the...

  • How to Knock Someone Out with One Punch

    6th February 2016

    In this week’s video we discuss some simple ideas of how to fight and knock someone out with one punch. Wing Chun is a...

  • 3 Things YOU Must Do to Fight Fear & Intimidation in Self Defence

    17th January 2016

    Imagine someone standing in front of your face threatening you with violence, what would you do? What would you say? Or where would you...

  • 4 Phases of Preparing for a Fight

    1st January 2016

    There are four phases that combine to create a training cycle when preparing for Beimo. These involve the physical and psychological preparation of the...

  • 3 Ways to Avoid Getting Kicked in the Face on the Ground

    19th December 2015

    How to avoid being kicked in the face when trying to stand up from the ground is an important skill for self defence training....

  • The Art of One Armed Wing Chun Fighting

    4th December 2015

    There are aspects of Wing Chun that focus on using or training with one arm. For example Dan (Single) Chi Sao or even certain...

  • Defending Ground and Pound Attacks with BJJ

    21st November 2015

    In this week’s video instalment we take a break from Wing Chun to look at some simple Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Self Defence concepts...

  • The Reality of Simultaneous Attack and Defence in a Fight

    7th November 2015

    Wing Chun is a highly conceptual martial art. A fighting system based on a number of key concepts that make Wing Chun an effective...

  • How to Fight Back When Attacked from Behind

    24th October 2015

    How to fight well when you are being attacked from behind depends on two key factors. Firstly, that you move in the correct direction...

  • Best Takedown Techniques for Wing Chun

    18th October 2015

    Can you do takedowns in Wing Chun? Well, here are 2 of the best takedowns that can easily be added to your Wing Chun...

  • 5 Common Beginners Mistakes to Avoid When Punching Pads

    10th October 2015

    New students to any martial art, especially beginners in Wing Chun should punch focus pads as part of their self defence training. However, there...

  • How to Fight Someone Stronger When Pushed Against a Wall

    31st August 2015

    Being pushed against a wall is difficult enough to deal with, but worse when your attacker is stronger than you and intent on punching...

  • Wing Chun Illustrated Issue 25 | Mark Phillips Front Cover

    22nd August 2015

    Wing Chun Illustrated is the world’s only magazine dedicated to Wing Chun regardless of lineage making it an unbiased peer credited publication and a...

  • Is Wing Chun Chi Sao Useful for Self Defence?

    8th August 2015

    While the concept of sensitivity training is not unique within the various martial arts, the form and complexity that it takes in Wing Chun...

  • Self Defence Technique: Standing Rear Naked Choke Defence

    31st July 2015

    How do you stop someone using a choke to drag you off to another location? In fact, how do you defend the rear naked...

  • What Makes Wing Chun Effective?

    25th July 2015

    What Makes Wing Chun Effective? The answer lies in the strategy of Wing Chun fighting. What distinguishes Wing Chun from most martial art styles...

  • Wing Chun vs Boxing: What is all the fuss?

    19th July 2015

    Wing Chun vs Boxing: What is all the fuss? On searching YouTube you’ll find lots of Wing Chun videos on the subject of Wing...

  • Does Wing Chun Work?

    19th June 2015

    Surprisingly there are some people outside of the Wing Chun community that have the opinion that Wing Chun does not work well in a...

  • Is Wing Chun Trapping Useful for Self Defence

    29th May 2015

    Trapping hands is a popular aspect of Wing Chun. By definition this classical Wing Chun technique can be described as the action of crossing...

  • How to Avoid Being Taken to the Ground

    22nd May 2015

    Avoiding a wrestling shoot or takedown in San Shou Kickboxing or even MMA is challenging at best especially when a takedown or wresting throw...

  • What Seeking the Bridge REALLY Means for Self Defence

    17th May 2015

    Wing Chun is a martial art that is well known for the concept of Seeking the Bridge. There are many different ways in which...

  • How to Catch Head Kicks in San Da Kickboxing or MMA

    12th May 2015

    Is traditional Wing Chun technique useful for training in San Shou Kickboxing or Mixed Martial Arts? Well we say yes. In fact, we strongly...

  • Man Sao is Not a Wing Chun Guard Hand

    10th May 2015

    The Wing Chun system uses the idea of Man Sao for self defence. The term literally translates as ‘Questioning’ arm, but is often referred...

  • Why Lok Sao is the Best Self Defence Training for Beginners

    14th April 2015

    When you visit a beginner Wing Chun class you will see what could be considered a strange looking exercise. Understandably the sight may be...

  • Wing Chun vs Martial Arts: Biemo with BJJ, MMA, KICKBOXING

    8th April 2015

    Testing your fighting ability is natural when learning any martial art especially in combat styles such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, and Mixed...

  • The 3 Best Methods to Elbow Strike in Self Defence

    28th March 2015

    Elbow Strikes are great for Self Defence. In fact, these weapons are probably the most sophisticated compared to most martial arts, including Krav Maga,...

  • The Wing Chun Battle Punch: Chain punching self defence

    7th March 2015

    The Chain Punch (also known as a Battle Punch) is a common characteristic of the Wing Chun martial arts system. Yet, the question remains...

  • What Wins a Fight: Kickboxing, Boxing, or Self Defence?

    4th March 2015

    Boxing, Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts rely on a competitive sparring. This develops many fighting skills, but what really wins a fight? How does...

  • Kicking in Self Defence: What not to do

    21st February 2015

    Kicking in a Self Defence confrontation should be avoided, but if the opportunity arises then there are some basic rules that you should follow...

  • 5 Life Saving Rules to Survive a Gang Attack | Self Defence

    27th January 2015

    Self defence is not easy and even harder when faced with a gang of attackers. This is a simple self defence strategy for managing...

  • Condition Your Hands for Better Self Defence

    18th January 2015

    It is undeniable that the ability to punch hard in self defence is important. Logically, if you can throw a powerful punch then you...

  • Pak Da Training: Clearing the Obstruction?

    10th January 2015

    Ever since the classic scene in ‘Enter the Dragon’ the Pak Da movement has been iconic of Wing Chun. What is the real purpose...

  • How to Train Wing Chun Forms: 3 ideas to consider

    31st December 2014

    In Boxing and Kickboxing shadow sparring is used to develop practical fighting skills. This approach is effective and valuable because it relies on repetition...

  • The 5 Best Exercises to Improve Your Wing Chun

    29th December 2014

    One of the most common questions we often get is how long will it take to be good at Wing Chun? The answer relates...

  • Forms to Fighting: How forms Improve Chi Sao

    27th December 2014

    Some martial arts, such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, have no structured approach for training specific techniques without a partner. Granted, Boxing and Kickboxing have...

  • LWCA to Appear on Greek Television and Newspaper

    24th November 2014

    The head of our school Dr Mark Phillips was recently invited to coach the Crete San Shou Kickboxing team in preparation for future competitions...

  • The 5 Best Exercises to Improve Wing Chun Footwork

    9th November 2014

    Good footwork is key to any martial art. Whether you are Boxing, Kickboxing, or practicing Wing Chun excellent footwork will make all the difference....

  • Wing Chun Footwork: How to train Biu Ma

    7th November 2014

    The footwork of Wing Chun is very simple, direct, efficient and not much different to the directness of boxing or kickboxing footwork. Although there...

  • What to Self Practice in Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    23rd October 2014

    We’ve all been in the position where we want to practice our martial art, but we don’t have a training partner to hand. Of...

  • The Importance of Shadow Boxing for Wing Chun

    5th September 2014

    Shadow boxing is a great tool to improve your martial arts ability and skills. In any boxing or kickboxing gym you will find many...

  • Should a Warm Up in a Martial Arts Class relate to Self Defence?

    29th August 2014

    Of course it is important to warm up properly for any training session at the gym. A Martial Arts class is no different, but...

  • San Shou Kickboxing: Modern challenge fights in Chinese martial arts

    17th August 2014

    In the past, Kung Fu schools would fight bare hand on a Lei Tai (a raised platform) to see which was the better fighting...

  • Is Group Fitness Training Better than the Gym?

    9th August 2014

    Fitness training in a group is very different from training on your own in a gym because you are motivated by the group of...

  • Functional Fitness for Wing Chun: Why press ups are important

    4th August 2014

    Of course it is important to warm up properly for any training session at the gym. A Wing Chun class is no different, but...

  • Why Wing Chun?

    1st August 2014

    As a woman, choosing the right martial art for you can take time, especially while exploring many different types of classes. Before settling with...

  • How Fit Do You Need to Be for Self Defence?

    25th July 2014

    Ask any new student why they wish to train martial arts, and they will invariably reply “To get fit, and learn how to defend...

  • Not Just an Ordinary Wing Chun School

    28th April 2014

    Our success does indicate that we are different from the typical Wing Chun school. We are effective, dynamic, and capable of fighting in arenas...

  • Why Fitness Training is Important for Self Defence

    19th April 2014

    Good fitness training is essential for well rounded self defence ability. By focusing on functional fitness requirements rather than simple gym exercises you can...

  • Free Open Day – Saturday 26th April @ 3.30pm. Come look around.

    18th April 2014

    Are you interested in getting fit, and staying healthy while learning to defend yourself? Then consider joining our unique 4 week martial arts and...

  • LWCA Fight Team Succeeds in BCCMA San Shou Tournament

    17th April 2014

    The format of the competition was simple. Three 2 minute rounds, the winner is decided by knock out, or points accumulated by clean strikes,...

  • The Challenge of Martial Arts: A woman’s perspective

    22nd March 2014

    Training martial arts is fraught with challenges. There will always be people bigger, better, stronger than you. So, the question remains: Are these challenges...

  • Why Train at the London Wing Chun Academy

    13th January 2014

    We have been creating the complete martial artist since 1989. Our approach is simple, professional, and unique to our gym. Regardless of who you...

  • How Wing Chun Weapons Improve Your Strength & Fitness

    30th November 2013

    Wing Chun weapons may have been a practical form of combat in the old days, but do these weapons truly relate to modern fitness...

  • The Eight Cutting Knives: Does it unlock your ability?

    25th November 2013

    Baat Jaam Dao means eight cutting knives. Although, the weapon is a short Broadsword with a guard. The name of the form refers to...

  • Luk Dim Boon Kwun (Dragon Pole) Form: Should you learn it?

    22nd November 2013

    Historically the Wing Chun Pole form is thought to have been modelled on the Dragon style of Kung Fu. However, what is the significance...

  • The Importance of the Wing Chun Centre Line Theory

    15th November 2013

    The Centre Line Theory of Wing Chun is considered a major component of this martial art style, but why is it so important to...

  • The London Wing Chun Academy to Teach in Crete

    5th October 2013

    We are pleased to announce that the head of our team Dr Mark Phillips has been invited to Chania, Crete to teach a two...

  • Try Our San Shou Kickboxing

    28th September 2013

    San Shou (also known as San Da) Kickboxing could be considered the modern application of traditional Chinese martial arts. San Shou (San Da) Kickboxing...

  • How Training a Martial Art Can Improve Your Life

    21st September 2013

    Martial arts training teaches true values for living a well rounded and healthy life. Not only does practicing a martial art instils the right...

  • How does a Small Person Hit Hard in Self Defence?

    6th September 2013

    Often underutilised in self defence, the basic Turning Punch in Wing Chun combines a number of essential concepts for this martial art. Not only...

  • In Self Defence: What type of martial art punch do you need?

    27th August 2013

    Is it necessary to understand the differences between a Boxing or Karate style punch and a Wing Chun punch? The simple answer is yes....

  • Punching in Self Defence: How to form a fist

    19th August 2013

    Correct fist formation is essential for self defence in any martial art. After all, if you cannot form a proper fist you will have...

  • Focus Pad Training for Fitness & Self Defence

    16th August 2013

    Training your martial arts skills on focus pads offers a realistic form of target practice for martial arts, self defence, or even fitness training....

  • Is Speed Important in Wing Chun?

    10th August 2013

    In Wing Chun physical speed of movement is emphasised in order to develop power. The simple analogy being that a dead weight travelling at...

  • Training on the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy

    3rd August 2013

    The Wooden Dummy form in Wing Chun is simply an extension of the empty hand forms of the Wing Chun system. It relates more...

  • Wu Sao in Wing Chun

    18th July 2013

    In Wing Chun, Wu Sao is the rear protective hand within the self defence position or fighting stance of this martial art. In essence,...

  • Wing Chun is Ambidextrous for Self Defence

    17th July 2013

    To a certain extend Wing Chun could be considered an ambidextrous fighting style. Although, this sounds hard to learn, the benefits of being versatile...

  • Does Wing Chun Compare to Mixed Martial Arts?

    10th July 2013

    Wing Chun is not a combat sport style of martial art. Wing Chun is a simple style of Self Defence for the ordinary person...

  • Why Wing Chun Uses a Forward Facing Stance

    6th July 2013

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of always facing forward in comparison to being side facing? There are advantages and disadvantages for both. If...

  • The Self Defence Stance of Wing Chun

    5th July 2013

    The fighting or self defence stance in Wing Chun is simply a variation of the basic Ma practiced in the basics of this martial...

  • What is the Wing Chun Stance for?

    3rd July 2013

    Yee Jee Kim Yeung Ma is the foundation stance from which all variations and the Wing Chun fighting stances and footwork are derived. It...

  • WING CHUN SELF DEFENCE TRAINING

    28th June 2013

    Wing Chun is a perfect martial art for learning self defence. Its simplicity makes it an effective martial art for close range fighting because...

  • London Wing Chun Interview by Wing Chun Geeks

    27th June 2013

    Sifu Mark Phillips was interviewed for the podcast Wing Chun Geeks. Wing Chun Geeks interviews some the world’s leading authorities and recognised Sifus from...

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Self Defence

    25th June 2013

    The London Wing Chun Academy is pleased to announce that we have added a new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class to our range of martial...

  • Belts and Progression

    8th June 2013

    Considering the young age of this cohort, we believe that rank advancements should be based on attendance. Hence, all students will receive a certificate...

  • Guidelines for Children’s Classes

    8th June 2013

    Please see below a general list of rules and practical safety guidelines for appropriate behaviour within the London Wing Chun Academy. We ask parents...

  • Kids Classes

    8th June 2013

    We believe that Martial Arts should raise a child’s self esteem and build character and confidence. In order to achieve these qualities we have...

  • THE WING CHUN THIRD FORM: “Biu Jee”

    8th June 2013

    The third form of Wing Chun is called “Bil Jee” or “Biu Jee” in Cantonese. It literally means “Thrusting or Poking fingers.” Often referred...

  • THE WING CHUN FIRST FORM : “Sui Nim Tao”

    8th June 2013

    The first martial arts training form of Wing Chun is called “Sui Nim Tao” (in Cantonese) which literally translates as “Little Idea”. The concept...

  • Improving Close Range Fighting Skills: The practice of the third form

    8th June 2013

    Within the martial arts systems there are many that focus on fighting at extreme close range. In fact, the majority of different cultures around...

  • Balance and Body Structure

    8th June 2013

    As in any martial art balance is an important aspect of the Wing Chun fighting system. The Chum Kiu Form (2nd form) of the...

  • How to Punch

    8th June 2013

    The centreline punch is the defining martial arts technique of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Punches are delivered in fast successive flurries, with the elbow...

  • Returning Energy

    7th June 2013

    On first sight of the Chum Kiu Form (2nd form), one will notice that the practitioner spends a considerable amount of time turning on...

  • Wing Chun Characteristics & Principles.

    6th June 2013

    Wing Chun is not simply just a collection of unrelated ideas and martial arts techniques. It has a core set of guiding principles. This...

  • The Benefits of Martial Arts Training

    5th June 2013

    There are Four Reasons why Every Adult should be enrolled in the London Wing Chun Martial Arts Academy.