Dragon Family Wing Chun serves the following cities and locations:
Orange County Wing Chun - Laguna Beach
Orange County Wing Chun - Newport Beach
Orange County Wing Chun - Tustin
Orange County Wing Chun - Laguna Niguel
Orange County Wing Chun - Irvine
Orange County Wing Chun - Laguna Hills
Orange County Wing Chun - Ladera Ranch
Orange County Wing Chun - Dana Point
Orange County Wing Chun - Mission Viejo
Orange County Wing Chun - Aliso Viejo
Orange County Wing Chun - San Juan Capistrano
Orange County Wing Chun - San Clemente
Orange County Wing Chun - Huntington Beach
Orange County Wing Chun - Fountain Valley
Orange County Wing Chun - Lake Forest
Orange County Wing Chun - Anaheim
Orange County Wing Chun - Santa Ana
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditation and associations does The Dragon Institute have?
The Dragon Institute is proud to be one the leading institutes of Kung Fu in the US. Recognized internationally
for the quality of its instruction and training, the school’s professional curriculum offers distinguished qualification for certification.
The Dragon Institute is proud to have the honor of being Orange County's representative of the Yip Man (aka Ip Man) method of Wing Chun as passed down by his senior-most Hong Kong student, Leung Sheung. The school is Orange County's first professional
The Dragon Institute is the headquarters of the California Wing Chun Association.
Our owner and head instructor, Sifu Adam, is one of the foremost experts in the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu recognized by several of today's top international organizations. Sifu Adam practices the art today as given to him by his instructor Sigung Bill Graves - having had the humbling experience of training under Bill for nearly 15 years. Make no mistake, Bill is one of the best practitioners in Wing Chun today. Bill recognizes Sifu Adam as one of his very top students and is one of only 4 people in the world to have earned instructor status under him. and as a Director and State Representative of California for the World Ving Tsun Athletic Association. He was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, is an Associate Member of the International Kung Fu Federation, member of the Independent Martial Arts Federation, International Combat Martial Arts Unions Association, the United States Kuo Shu Federation, Hong Kong's Ving Tsun Athletic Association, National Qigong Association and more.
What kind of time commitment is involved?
Committing yourself to your training is a requirement of The Dragon Institute. We require our members to commit themselves to training with us at least twice a week. Ask questions, take notes and practice at home.
What kind of financial commitment is involved?
At The Dragon Institute, we promise you the best value for your money in all of Orange County! However, don't confuse this with the cheapest. The knowledge you will receive is second to none! In fact, we guarantee the highest quality instruction. You'll see this in the quality of our instructors and the passion of our students. We've found that when you're surrounded by the best, that is what you aspire to because thats the standard you set for yourself.
Do you guarantee your program?
Absolutely. Our risk free program offers a 100% money back guarantee. It is the perfect way to start training with us without worrying about getting into something you can't get out of.
Do you have any age limits?
We have different classes for children, adults and families. Our classes group hildren ages 4-6 together, ages 7-11 in another group and ages 12-15 in another. Our Adult classes are ages 16 to those well over 60.
What benefits does your children's program offer?
Our children's reward system improves self-esteem. Our structured classes teach mental discipline. Our activities help channel children's aggression. Our classes enhance children's assertiveness. Our program teaches lifetime self-defense skills.
What benefits does your adult's program offer?
Our workouts are a great way to get into shape. Our classes relieve stress. Its like a mini-vacation twice a week. Our classroom practice sessions help build confidence. Everything we teach is reality-based and could very well save your life. Our program is a lot of fun. We've found that if classes are fun, people learn faster.
How does Wing Chun work?
Wing Chun students defend themselves by using the simplest actions possible as well as leverage and angles to turn attackers' strengths against them. Wing Chun is effective for everyone, regardless of size, strength or gender. It teaches smaller, weaker people to be able to over come stronger, larger people.
The Dragon Institute includes Wing Chun grappling on the ground and standing up. A modern approach to Wing Chun should include all ranges, standing and on the ground. It is very complete, flexible and fluid.
Does Wing Chun have boxing?
Yes. Our Wing Chun does. Using our research into both modern boxing and classical pugilism, Our modern approach to Wing Chun includes emphasis on mobility, elusiveness and "outside" power as seen in boxing.
How is your Wing Chun school different from other Wing Chun schools?
Unlike other Wing Chun schools, we cover all ranges of self-defense (kicking, punching, knees & elbows & grappling - both on the ground and standing up). We are dedicated to the integrity of a realistic modern-day self-defense situation and although we are very proud of our Wing Chun traditions, we also refuse to let tradition stand in the way of realistic application. For us, knowing is only the first step in becoming proficient. Our coveted Wing Chun instructor certification (equivalent of a black belt), only comes after years of smart training. Being consistent and working hard for several years are the main factors that will separate the proficient from an aspiring "black belt." Our particular family of Wing Chun is unlike any other in the world. Our system has uniquely distinct influences from European bare-knuckle boxing, modern boxing and fencing. It not only delves deep into the hardcore realism of self-defense as well as the healing power of mind-body movement from health to meditation to philosophy.
Do I need to be in shape to join?
No you do not! Wing Chun training is geared toward the individual. Everybody trains at his or her own level, pushing just a little bit more every time. There is no pressure to do things that your body isn't able to do. Most students notice an increase in fitness, joint flexibility, and general strength after just a month.
Is our training good for self-defense?
It is second to none! Our training program is designed to teach students what REALLY works in the street. Our Wing Chun training places a strong emphasis on giving students solid responses to real-world attacks, not for the ring, octagon or some other sports competition. Regardless of your size or age, the bottom line is that our methods work when it matters the most!
Do I need previous experience to start?
Absolutely not! In fact, students with little or no previous martial arts experience tend to have fewer bad habits to break.
Is Wing Chun good for women?
According history, Wing Chun is the only martial art to be created by a woman! Therefore it is geared for smaller or weaker individuals to enable themselves to defend against stronger or more aggressive attackers. In fact, women are often the ones who pick up Wing Chun quicker because they can allow themselves to "feel" what is going on before reacting and seem to have an easier time allowing themselves to "yield" to overwhelming force in order to use an attacker's force against them.
Is Wing Chun for everyone?
No. Wing Chun is not for everyone! At The Dragon Institute, we want to teach students who have a desire to learn and a desire to improve themselves physically and mentally. If you have these qualities, then Wing Chun is for you. Character is really important. We reserve the right to refuse people with poor attitudes or ill intentions.
Is our training safe?
Student safety is a primary concern during all classes. Students are taught how to train intensively and safely with a partner. In addition, the completion of the basic level curriculum reduces the possibility of injury to a minimal level.
What can I expect in the training?
The classes are fun and challenging! We impart information in a friendly environment where the students engage in a wide variety of drills, exercises and training routines helping each other in a family-like atmosphere.
In class, students engage in:
- Moving meditation training - energy development exercises which teach concentration, mental focus, and precision of body movement.
- Strength training - to build and improve your abilities to apply the powerful actions of Wing Chun.
- Reflex training - used to improve hand-eye coordination and timing. Chi Sau - a training exercise unique to Wing Chun which uses tactile reflex development and muscle memory to "program" the limbs to react to contact with an opponent's attack.
- Analytic sparring - a unique interactive approach to learning that that teaches these unique rather than translation and memorization drills. Learn more about our method:
- Sparring - free-fighting training, where the student learns to use the movements of the forms, drills and chi-sau for actual fighting.
- Footwork and kicking drills - provide for mobility and agility in attacking and defending.
- Equipment training - Using equipment such as wooden dummies, sand bag training, wooden blocks and 4x4 platforms to help the students develop striking force, structure, energetic connections within the body, coordination, body conditioning, rooting and stance development, distance measure, angle orientation and just to improve general fitness.
We have small group classes that allow our instructors to focus more on the individual needs of the student. With this much individual attention, most students noticeable improvement after 3-6 months. However, due to our high standard, black belt level certification usually takes no less than 3-4 years to obtain (depending on the student). However, in Wing Chun getting "good" is extremely relative. You'll find in many other schools, "black belt" level certificates are awarded much too quickly. We hold firm that giving out easy "black belts" is ultimately to the detriment of students when they realize their training is ineffective.
Am I too old for Wing Chun?
Wing Chun can be practiced with great benefit well into your later years. We have students well into their 60s that train with people that are 19. It's never too late to open a new chapter in your life.
I am a student of another Martial Art/Wing Chun organization, can I come just to learn some of your techniques?
At The Dragon Institute, we do not discriminate based on previous martial arts background or affiliations. However, all new students start as a beginner regardless of previous experience. If our own students have to work hard to earn the right to learn, why should we just sell them to outsiders? On the other hand, if a student is very talented or gifted, then that student will be promoted and advanced accordingly.
What should I wear? Do I need special clothing or equipment?
Wear comfortable clothing. There is no special requirement for intro students. All jewelry that can be readily taken off will need to be removed. All permanent piercings should be covered with tape or a bandage. Once a student becomes a member, the uniform consists of a shirt, kung fu pants and kung fu shoes.
What values do you profess?
We are deeply committed to meeting life's challenges head-on, constant growth through taking ourselves out of our comfort zones, being truthful to ourselves and to others, seeking to constantly improve ourselves, focusing on priorities, having courtesy to others, being respectful to others - especially those that are different than us, serving the community, learning from those that have come before us, mentoring our juniors, respecting the environment and many more. Our developmental journey through Wing Chun can easily influence every aspect of your lives. The concepts, philosophies and training experiences bring about a refreshing perspective of life's challenges - helping us to deal with life's situations in a whole new way.
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