Special Applications Training Program
by Sifu K. Brand
S.A.T refers to the ultimate applications from my complete WingChun System as well as my Close Combat and Weapon Fighting Programs. So to speak, it includes the unlimited entirety of what the International Academy of WingChun has to offer. S.A.T is the essence of what I once developed and have been teaching for three decades. I think it is imperative that everyone, even at the outset of S.A.T training, is given the opportunity to exercise a variety of applications to accelerate the acquisition of functional skills.
Adapted to our modern times, the S.A.T is a martial art which from the start trains applications from all areas of Self-Defence. Even if unarmed skills constitute the major part it is a necessity to train the proficient handling of a stick and possibly other weapons at the beginning of the curriculum. This is the only way to practice defense against slashing and slashing attacks in the first training sessions and to understand the purpose of each weapon. The skills in dealing with these tools trains perception, coordination and the ability to react in a very short time.
Because of my military background as a German Army Ranger (Einzelkämpfer) and Instructor in the Army School of the German Armed Forces, in combination with my 45 years of experience in the martial arts and my work as Grandmaster and Founder of WingChun, Close Combat and Weapon Fighting styles, I asked myself how I could train a special unit, the staff of exclusive security companies or even those interested in self-defence in order to to optimally prepare them for the respective needs. I have come to the conclusion that it is simply unnecessary to train our complete WingChun or the Weapon System Escrima with all their traditional facets due to time constraints. Since there was no need for a graduation system for S.A.T, I could remove all the classical elements while innovating my training concept to drastically reduce the training period. This created a new branch through which I can equip everyone with special abilities in the shortest time, completely independent of pre-existing knowledge. Ultimately, S.A.T also serves martial artists as training which helps them break free from the limitations of fighting sport. However, the structure of this branch also allows inexperienced people access to the world of martial art and self-defense.
With the S.A.T I started a new era of Self-Defence training at the highest level in 2014.
There are no classic graduation exams for S.A.T. However, there are different badges for instructors and heads of training centres. There are also badges for students to indicate the level of training after completing basic, advanced and combat training.
We train effective applications with specially developed programs. Our students learn the principles and elementary basic techniques of fighting in order to be optimally prepared for a wide variety of Self-Defence situations.
Sifu K. Brand
1969 Start of training martial arts.
1985 Start of training as a soldier in the German federal armed forces.
1986 Military training in a helicopter operation group.
1987 Military training to carry out evacuation measures in the event of a nuclear or biological threat.
1988 Start of the training of WingChun.
1989 Start of the training of the weapon martial arts.
1990 Appointment as a professional soldier in the German federal armed forces.
1990 Received specialised education as a German army ranger; hunting squad (EK 2) at the army combat troops school.
1987-1992 Instructor at the army school for the following areas: self-protection, fire-fighting procedures, rescue and recovery under special circumstances, radiation protection, property protection, nuclear, biological and chemical defence.
1994 Opening of the first WingChun centre in Germany.
1994-1998 Full-time study of asian martial arts at a private academy (1994-1996 exemption from military service)
1996 Official termination of the service as a professional soldier.
1996 Development of combat training in addition to WingChun.
1997 Creation of a new style of weapon fighting, in which the original styles on which ‘Escrima’ is based were in the foreground.
1997 Opening of several training centres in the ‘Bay Area of San Francisco’ / California. Start of the commuting between Germany and the USA.
1998 Development of a new, own style of ‘WingChun’ with the merging of the former weapon forms into four newly designed forms and twenty newly created sections of the system. Reforming footwork and increasing the speed and power of arm techniques.
2001 Definition and publication of the Combat Principles
2001 Foundation of the Escrima Squad as Director / Grandmaster.
2003 Foundation of the International Academy of WingChun as Director / Grandmaster.
2003-2013 The time of travel and dissemination. WingChun has spread in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.
2014 Completion of the development of a new, contemporary self-defence system without traditional elements, the S.A.T (Special Applications Training Program), which was created only for the development of highly functional skills.
2015 Start of the S.A.T as the secondary offered self-defence system by the IAW respectively all affiliated training centres.
2022 Complete restructuring with the launch of S.A.T as the primary self-defence system which is offered in all affiliated training centres of the IAW.
2022 Significant Improvements in technical components in terms of penetration and stability. This results in completely new training approaches to promote performance and certainty of victory. Dissemination of the research results is planned for 2023.
2023 Author and publisher of the book "WingChun • The Way of the Warrior": Fundamentals and Beyond of a Superior Martial Art.
With an S.A.T license from the International Academy of WingChun, you can become an S.A.T instructor and lead a training centre in a location of your choice. The prerequisite for this is that no S.A.T instructor is active in this location.
Obtaining the license requires the knowledge and ability to apply the elementary basic techniques of the S.A.T.
Both students and former students of the IAW who have reached the 9th student level in WingChun already have the prerequisites for acquiring a license as an S.A.T Assistant Instructor (white badge), provided that there are concrete plans to open an S.A.T Training Centre. Students and former students of the IAW who have reached the 5th to 8th student level but who can prove at least 5 S.A.T seminars with GM Sifu K. Brand are also among those who have fulfilled the requirements.
For everyone who is interested in training as an S.A.T Instructor, but which I have not yet had the opportunity to get to know, seminars to learn the S.A.T teaching program and to prepare for the exam to obtain the license to become an Assistant Instructor will be offered in the future.
The amount of the annual S.A.T license fees can be requested from the respective academy leader or directly from the IAW Headquarters.
The S.A.T does not include any graduation levels. There is only the identification for instructors in the form of a badge.
- The white badge for Assistant Instructors is awarded upon passing the S.A.T Assistant Instructor exam. Assistant Instructor training does not require running a Training Centre. The training and examination to become an Assistant Instructor (white badge) is open to all S.A.T students of the International Academy of WingChun.
The opening of an Training Centre during the preparatory training to become an S.A.T Instructor is also possible after prior agreement.
- The black badge (Instructor I) is awarded as soon as the certified S.A.T Instructor's own training centre is opened.
- The black badge (Instructor I) can also be awarded to Assistant Instructors without their own Training Centre, provided that the Assistant Instructor was involved in the training of the students in an S.A.T Training Centre for 2 years.
- The silver badge (Instructor II) is awarded to instructors who have successfully managed an S.A.T Training Centre for 2 years.
- The golden badge (Instructor III) is awarded after 3 more successful years as leader of an S.A.T Training Centre. A Level 3 Instructor is authorized to designate the Training Centre as an S.A.T Academy.
Badge for special achievements and Tilel. (without time-bound specifications)
An Instructor who have already produced other instructors from their own ranks and who support me in spreading the S.A.T can be appointed as a Master.
Furthermore, GM Sifu K. Brand reserves the right to one day officially appoint an S.A.T. Master for special merits as a Sifu.
Awarded after passing the instructor exam
Awarded upon the opening of a licensed S.A.T Training Centre as well as to Assistant Instructors after 2 years of supporting service
It is not necessary to run your own training center to reach this level. This is achievable for all S.A.T students
Awarded after 2 successful years as an instructor
Awarded after 3 more successful years as an instructor
Awarded to Level III Instructors for outstanding service in promoting the S.A.T
Instead of a graduation system, there are 2 levels for S.A.T students to indicate the level of training. A 3rd level for special achievements can be awarded by the grandmaster.
- We award a green S.A.T badge labeled 'Primary Level' to students who have completed the basic training program and attend classes regularly for a full year.
- Students who have completed the advanced training program and attend classes regularly for two years are awarded a blue S.A.T badge labeled 'Upper Level' after a test by the responsible instructor.
- After three years, S.A.T students with high technical skills can receive special recognition in the form of the 'Combat Level' Badge. However, this badge is only awarded personally by the grandmaster after an examination. (This level is not intended for students of the children's group).
Awarded after one year of training (no exam)
Awarded after two years of training (after a test)
Awarded after three years of training and special skills (examination by grandmaster)
Of course, most of our instructors also offer regular self-defence classes for children.
The S.A.T classes for children contain the most important self-defence techniques (skills) of the system. The classes are also designed to improve students' strength and body mechanics, as well as boost their self-confidence.
Self-defence techniques, coordination skills and strengthening self-confidence are the primary goals of the training.
The minimum age to start learning the S.A.T of the International Academy of WingChun is 8 years.
The children of the S.A.T Tigers group can achieve the two levels for S.A.T students (Primary Level and Upper Level) and be awarded the respective patches.
I stand for the quality of the training with my name.
Sifu K. Brand, Grandmaster of WingChun / S.A.T
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