Frequently Asked Questions (Self-Defence)


In order to get the most out of the lesson, students are encouraged to participate, and to relate what they are learning to how it may be used in practice.


The below are commonly asked questions.  If you would like more detail, or you have further questions, however, please let us know.

 Q1  Do I have to be fit or flexible?

No minimum fitness level is required. While basic fitness and flexibility are advantageous, no applications require major exertion: the physical self-defence techniques taught are, in fact, designed for men and women of all ages, builds and abilities.

All self-defence techniques can also be tailored for students who have particular physical limitations.

 Q2  What should I wear?

Clothing that is comfortable and allows free movement.  Self-defence classes are designed for direct street application, however.  Students - particularly front-line professionals - are therefore encouraged to wear what they would usually wear in order that they can better equate what they are being taught to its application.

 Q3  How do I address the teacher?

By their first name.  Chief Instructor Matt Robbins, for example, is simply known as Matt.

 Q4  Is there any class etiquette?

There is some basic Class Conduct that applies to both Self-Defence and Wing Chun classes.  Details can be found on this site.  There is no other etiquette or protocol - such as those found in martial arts classes - that need be followed, however.

 Q5  Should I take self-defence classes, or learn a martial art?

This is a question only you can answer.  Much will depend on what do you want to achieve, and how much commitment are you prepared to give.

A martial art, including the Wing Chun Kung Fu taught at Evergreen Hall, is primarily aimed at teaching practitioners how use a particular style to fight.  Self-defence, by contrast, is primarily aimed at teaching students how to avoid conflict (and only using physical combat techniques as a last resort).  While there will be aspects of self-defence in a martial art, and the application of martial art techniques in self-defence, martial arts generally take longer to master, and require regular commitment.

If time and commitment are likely to be an issue, self-defence classes may be more appropriate.  Students able to attend regular classes, by contrast (even if once a month), may benefit more from learning a martial art.  However, martial arts students will greatly benefit from attending self-defence lessons, and vice versa.