On becoming a WT professional


What are the professional prospects?

The professional prospects? They are as good as the energy you put in. Every WT instructor basically learns the same program, i.e. they are all given the same armory. Some alumni of our professional training program have managed to become the self-employed proprietors of more than a dozen WT schools in a short time, or even been appointed the national instructor for a European country, while others are barely scratching a living with just a few students.
It's the same as everywhere else: it is not enough to have skills, you also have to get people interested in learning them. And you must be able to "sell yourself" well. Being a WT instructor is not a generally recognized profession, although the German armed forces have repeatedly contributed to the training fees of former members training with us. It is a vocation for pioneers, though it is now already possible to take one's lead from a number of successful trailblazers.


How do I become a WT instructor?

WT instructors are usually self-employed, or retained by one of the many sports centres or fitness clubs that have sprung up everywhere. We advise you to start on a part-time basis until you have gained enough self-confidence and experience, ands can also assess the financial prospects fairly reliably. You are protected against competition from within our own ranks by the area exclusivity scheme operated by the worldwide WT organisation for the Leung Ting system, which is currently represented in 65 countries and is the largest Chinese martial arts association (for a single style).


What is about that trademark?

Not everybody can call himself a WT instructor. The terms "WingTsun", "WT" and "Leung Ting Wing Tsun" are protected by copyright to prevent misuse and ensure that the interested student receives training to a high quality level. WT training for instructors in Europe is organized by the WT Performance Centre at Langenzell Castle near Heidelberg, which offers various training courses to WT instructor of assistant WT instructor level. In the Netherlands the WT profession can be learned only at the NWTO academy in Amsterdam. Combination courses and individually tailored courses of study are also possible.


Who can take part?

Anybody over 18 years of age who does not have a criminal record for violence.


How long is the duration?

How long will it take? In the case of a trainee with little or no WT experience, the entire technical and theoretical training including teaching practice etc. takes approx. 2 to 3 years. An individually arranged combination course is also possible on request if the student is unable or unwilling to take up permanent residence near Amsterdam. In this case he can e.g. come to Amsterdam on certain days, take part in weekend seminars near his home town and use holiday periods for intensive studies at Amsterdam. In individual cases it may even be possible to find a tutor for additional, local training.


What are the costs?

What does the profession training cost? At present approx. € 300.- per month, with up to 6 hours of training per day (Not including travel costs, accommodation and meals of course). Naturally it is also possible to pay for each lesson on the spot. To ensure that there is no misunderstanding: training (approx. 2 sessions per week) in the local WT school costs only approx. € 30.- to 40.- per month.


When can I start?

You can begin training at any time except during July. Instruction at the NWTO academy Amsterdam is on an individual basis, as the classes are very small. Instructor training is supervised by the Dutch Chief Instructor, Sifu Frank Schäfer, 7th Master level Leung Ting system (Europe) and Lady-Sifu Petra Schäfer, 6th Master level Leung Ting system (Europe).


WT as a (part-time) profession?

Classic teaching and learning concepts are cast in stone, but are often no longer adequate. Entire professions are dying out, and some industries are disappearing entirely. Nowadays, how many school-leavers can say what they will be doing in five years time? Nobody really knows what the future holds. Bus new opportunities are opening up for well-trained people who are not afraid to work hard and enter uncharted territory.
The transformation from an industrial to a service economy is gathering pace, and the recreational sector in particular is growing in importance (fitness, sport, relaxation, self-discovery etc.). Many have already achieved a good income, independence and self-fulfillment here. Some have even created a new career which would have been beyond their wildest dreams in their old jobs. And others have made their hobby into a profession or a satisfying part-time occupation.


Making a dream come true?

Have you ever thought of building your future on WT? Well, you need to be flexible and entrepreneurial in outlook, also wide-awake and active. Are you good at handling people? Can you take physical and mental stress? Do you have at least some start-up capital? Do you want to be independent, be your own boss and organize your time to suit you? Why not put the WT skills you have gained to profitable use?


How can I continue now to get more information?

The best way would be to make an obligation free appointment at the academy with the Dutch WT chief instructor, Sifu Frank Schäfer. You can also send a request right from our site; mails which arrive from the NWTO site (InterAction/Contact) will always have a kind of 'priority treatment'.