One of the challenges during the pandemic was to navigate the restrictions while maintaining close enough contact with MWCK and the months of individual training, investigation, discussion and self-reflection led Steve, Dave and Simon to a decision to move away from the organisation of the MWCK, to become self-managing and regulating.
The decision was made with full disclosure and discussion with Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe and it was with his blessing that they moved forward. They still have a personal friendship and connection with Sifu Rawcliffe and recognise that training with him and the MWCK has to date been one of the most influential periods of their Wing Chun lives.
To recognise the move to self-regulation Cheltenham Wing Chun Kuen changed its operational name to The Wing Chun Collective (TWCC). This is in recognition of a move to a collection of Wing Chun students, not associated with any one lineage but able to investigate and integrate ideas from all lineages, ensuring adherence to tradition, with a modern practical, common sense attitude.
TWCC is now fully operational and is offering Wing Chun classes in Cheltenham, Stroud and Pembrokeshire, supported by the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association (BMABA) for insurance and regulation purposes.
As a group they are committed to providing safe and engaging sessions and over the next few months will be updating policies and procedures to reflect the new branding and fulfil the regulatory requirements of a modern, responsible provider of Martial Arts tuition.