TRADITIONALLY, KUNG FU DID NOT HAVE RANKING SYSTEMS. Although levels of mastery were established within schools, a lack of a standardized teaching and testing methodology created a disparity between many styles and schools. The fact that traditional kung fu as been denied access to the Olympics on several occasions due to a lack of standardized ranking criteria is proof of this.
At Yee's Hung Ga, we use a standardized way of indicating a student's progress through the various levels of knowledge and skill of our system. Our ranking system will allow our students' level of mastery to be acknowledged wherever they go in the world. The chart below compares our levels with their karate equivalents.
|Hung Ga Level (Sash)||Karate Equivalent Level (Belt)|
|Yat Cup Jr.||White Belt|
|Yat Cup Sr.||Yellow Belt|
|Yee Cup Jr.||Green Belt|
|Yee Cup Sr.||Purple Belt|
|Saam Cup Jr.||Brown Belt|
|Saam Cup Sr.||Brown Belt|
|Jo Gow Cup||Black Belt|
At the Jo Gow level, a student is considered an Assistant Instructor. To become a full-fledged Instructor (Sifu), 2 years of additional intensive training is required.
Training does not end with becoming a Sifu. Sifus must continue their training and testing to progress through the 10 Dan (Levels) if they wish to understand the full depth of the Yee's Hung Ga art - a feat that requires great dedication, loyalty and passion for the art.
Through these rigid training and testing protocols, Yee's Hung Ga is able to preserve the highest levels of quality and integrity of the Hung Ga style passed down through its lineage, while simultaneously and uniformly advancing the art itself. Very few martial arts systems go to such lengths to maintain quality instruction.