Academy Policy

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Academy & Class Policy

China Hand Kung Fu Academy has the following policies and procedures.  These policies and procedures have been put into place to maintain an honest, open relationship with the student, while maintaining a safe and friendly environment for quality kung fu instruction.  

Private Instruction

China Hand Kung Fu Academy offers privates lessons for those who seek more individualized instruction and a custom training plan.   Private instruction includes four one hour private classes each month.  This is (1) one on (1) one instruction with Shifu. 

In addition to your regularly scheduled private classes, your monthly tuition allows you to attend all group classes for all other styles offered at your level. In order to maintain your time slot, your tuition must be paid every month with no exception.  The student will be responsible to notify the instructor at least 24 hours in advance to make prior arrangements for make-up classes that are convenient to the instructor and/or student.

 Scheduling your private session is based on availability of the instructor and varies accordingly.  Scheduling is made on a student to student basis.  The student will be responsible to notify the instructor at least 24 hours in advance to make prior arrangements for make-up classes that are convenient to the instructor and/or student.

 Though we understand many unexpected circumstances arise, if you cancel your class in less then 24 hours, you forfeit your class.  Any cancellations made in advance can be made up according to availability and is the students responsibility to make arrangements for all make-ups classes. 

All classes need to be made up with in 30 days of missing your class. 

Group Instruction

 Students can attend Group classes each month according to their payment of tuition.  Upon approval of the instructor, students may attend another class of a similar type if one is available during the month which you missed class.  Otherwise, there are no make-up classes for Group & Adult Education Students.

Those classes offered through one of the local community schools can be made up at the Academy anytime prior to the scheduled ending date of the class.  However, once the class has concluded, there are no makes available.   Any community class being offered through the local community school and being taught at the Academy also needs to be made up by the scheduled ending date of the class. 

Participation is not mandatory in any class, form or exercise. Class participation will be defined as the following:  

The attending of class whether there is active participation or observation, this is your class time.
 Do not attempt to perform techniques or movements that have not been taught directly to you by a qualified instructor.
Arrive at class on time (no sooner than 15 minutes before your class).
Do not interrupt classes in progress or delay the start of another.

Free Sparring

Who can Free Spar/Fight?

Adults Only those students who have completed their Elementary Level training and have been advanced to the Intermediate/Advanced Levels are allowed to participate in Free Fighting/Sparring.  

Students do not have to participate in any Free Sparring/Fighting activities.  This is an elective activity and not required for any promotional advancements. 

Students also are not required to attend any tournaments in order to advance or be promoted. 

Children No children under the age of 13 will be allowed to Free Spar/Fight.

Those children between 13 and 17 years old will be required to complete Basic Level training before being allowed to Free Spar/Fight.  

How long does it take to get to Intermediate/Advanced Level Classes?

Students need to be with the Academy for a minimum of one year, however, that doesn't automatically advance the student.  They must complete all requirements of the Basic Level for their style in order to advance to the

Intermediate/Advanced Levels classes.  

When will Free Sparring/Fighting be held?

Free Sparring/Fighting will only be held when a Senior Instructor or higher Ranked Instructor is present and supervising the activity. 

What kind of safety equipment/gear is required? 

All students will be required to wear the following padded gear and equipment

1. Hand Pads - a soft

2. Kicking Pads - a soft padded surface must cover the instep, sides, toes, ankle, and back of the heel of the foot.

3. Head Gear - the front, sides and back of the head must be covered by a soft padded surface.

4. Mouth piece - a properly fitted mouthpiece is required.

5. Groin protectors - properly fitted groin protector is required.

6. Chest protectors  - optional but are recommended.

Target Areas

What are the allowable target areas and techniques?

 The following areas of the body will be consider targets areas:

  • Head, but not the face - Always light contact only. 
  • Chest Thigh Non-target areas

The following areas of the body will be considered non-target:

  • Spine, back, back of the neck, sides of the neck, throat, groin, legs from the knees down, knees, hips, buttocks, shoulders, elbows, spleen, feet, or against any joints.  

Allowable techniques

All controlled techniques except those listed as not allowable.  

Unacceptable techniques

  • Head butts, hair pulls, scratching, elbows, knees, eye attacks of any kind, take downs to the rear foot, stomps or kick to the knees, groin, ankles, any part of the opponent while on the ground, uncontrolled blind techniques, or any other unsafe, uncontrolled dangerous techniques.

What type of force is to be used?

Light touch

  • Light Touch is defined as no penetration or visible movement of the opponent as a result of the techniques. 
  • No facial contact is permitted. 
  • Light contact will be allowed to the body but it must be controlled and non-malicious. 
  • Light touch may be made to all allowable target areas.  

Excessive

Contact Excessive

Contact is made when an opponent strikes with force in excess of what is necessary to make light contact. 

The following would be considered excessive contact:

  • Visible snapping back of the opponent's head from the force of a blow.
  •  Visible snapping back of the opponent's head from the force of a blow.  
  • A knockdown on an opponent.
  • A knockout of an opponent.
  • The appearance of severe swelling or bleeding.
  • The distortion or injury of the body from the force of a blow to the body.