During training for the accreditation trainees are required to run numerous lessons on their own. Chief instructors are there if they need help but during the long training process these trainees will be expected to need help less and less until they are eventually capable of running a lesson completely independant regardless of any problems that might arise.
This stage of the training is a long path of self discovery finding out their own styles of teaching and how they will put their point across to students who might not get the technique the first time.
All full instructors and above have their own teaching style at Chi Wai because each of the instructors are individual characters. Putting their own personality into the lesson is very import as students will then have the opportunity of making choices on the prefered training method and tend to stick with that instructor.
During this training period students learn how to begin to run a class, Take stretching sessions, Warm up the students, These student must train in “first contact” first aid skills, actively chat to students students and learn the skills of meeting and chatting with students both old and new. These additions to their previous training adds to their communications skills which is a must when teaching Martial Arts.
Current Assistant Instructors Level 2
- Ryan Charman
Students training to become assistant instructors Level 2
- Harriet Boyle
- Jack Lewis
- James McIlroy
A S.W.A.T member is a student who has trained with the academy for at least 2 years and has accomplished the grade of orange belt or above. These students are always keen to help others and seek to constantly improve their own skills and abilities.
The responsibilities of a S.W.A.T member is to ensure the academy and dojo (training area) is kept clean and tidy for all visitors and students, help these students prepare for their lesson and aid them in their training, act as a “dojo buddy” for new students to give them a relaxed and happy first experience of our academy.
Current S.W.A.T Members
I started training in Martial Arts as a child in 1978. I have trained in many forms over the years which kept me physically fit but left me mentally still wanting. I took a long break in the late 90’s due to work and family commitments. I returned to Martial Arts in January 2007 under the instruction of Sifu Lee Kent and finally found I could keep physically fit as well as mentally progress in Martial Arts. I was invited to assist in lessons in March 2008 after gaining my Red Sash. The look on a student’s face after they have grasped a technique I have shown them is priceless and knowing I may have helped in some small way makes everything worth it. (May 2008)
When I was about 8yrs old I came to Chi Wai and I was very scared and nervous. I made me more confident and helped me to make new friends and it is loads of fun.
I am now 10yrs old and a Brown Belt, On the 29th September 2013 I will earn my Black Belt and I am very excited.
Everyone is lovely and kind and we are like a big family.
Others training to become S.W.A.T Members
- Matthew Vanables
- James Atkinson
- Danny Spillane
- Steve Spillane
- Hamzah Kapadia
Training towards this accreditation requires the trainee to start thinking about running a training lesson by themselves. There is still a long way to go but at this level we are expecting all our trainees to think about how they would run the lesson, safety aspects that might be taken into consideration. Possible limitations of students and how to maintain a fun and exciting learning experience for the age group relevant to the lesson.
In addition to the running of the session these trainees will begin thinking about running the front of house as well. Aiding in administration, organisation and mental learning aspects. Preparing the trainee for possibly running their own academy in the future.
An assistant instructor is a member who has trained and passed the level of S.W.A.T and seeks to continue improving the new skills they have learnt in our “leadership programme”.
During this training period they will learn how to praise and encourage the children by being aware of their body language and being positive and upbeat during lessons. Overseeing the warm ups and aid in teaching to ensure all students are training in a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment. Finally their responsibilities are to ensure that the students have been informed of the syllabus for the following months training.
Current Assistant Instructors Level 1
I joined the Chi Wai family early in 2007, and since then Sifu Lee, Lisa and other instructors have helped me develop new skills and given me many opportunities. I have grown from white belt to black belt, student to trainee instructor and seen the academy grow from village hall to a permanent dojo. In a further 51/2 years who knows what more we all can and will achieve thanks to the Chi Wai family.(October 2012)
I have been at the Academy for roughly three-and-a-half years now and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Kevin Boyle who is my dad is also training at the Academy, he has helped and encouraged me through my journey so far. I am at the grade of brown belt at the minute and hope to receive my Black Belt in February 2014.
I have now become a S.W.A.T member and I am almost an assistant instructor level 1, and I hope to progress further into the Chi Wai system.
I started studying martial arts when I was 15, first with the Welsh Contact Karate Association (up to purple belt) and then also studied Ninjutsu alongside my karate for a couple of years but when I went to London for university I couldn’t find a club doing the same style and so missed out on a year of training.
I took up Tae Kwon Do in my 2nd year but never really got on with it as a style and it certainly wasn’t suited to someone of my “short and stocky” stature. Then, after moving to Cheltenham and settling in I began to look for local martial arts clubs and checked out a couple until I turned up for a session at chi wai in October 2007. Since then I haven’t looked back and I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed a martial art as much as I enjoy chi wai.
I was thrilled to get my black belt in May 2011 (the first one I’d ever got) and even more so to get my 2nd Dan in May 2013. I have grown a great deal as a martial artist and a person during my time so far at chi wai and feel very happy and privileged to have the chance to assist with training at the academy as I continue to develop my own skills and knowledge.
I have been at Chi Wai for a number of years now. I have enjoyed all of it , plus I have developed my skills and I am very close to my Black Belt.
I have also really enjoyed the events such as the Summer Bash, Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween and Christmas Parties. These are all very fun events for us all.
Chi Wai’s famous quote that Master Sifu Lee says “A Black Belt is just a White Belt that Never Gives Up” and that is what I did…. “I Never Gave Up !”
Students training to become assistant instructors Level 1
- Eddie MacDonagh
- Tom Sallis
- Morgan Lewis
- Fiona Hawker
- Scott Hawker
- Claire Venables
- Zoe Tomlinson
- Clive Birch
- Olivia Hyett
- Drew Brown