- A logical and meaningful level system. Alain organised his material in 5 levels (the number of levels is not that important for us). One stick to his level as long as he doesn't reach the not so arbitrary requirements set by Alain. The most basic level fits perfectly into the 2nd and so on. The students understand quickly that skipping any step is not an option. The 2 first levels needs to be solid or they won't be able to fight efficiently.
- It represents the core of his kung fu system. One can have very good results and be able to face most combat or sparring situations with a level 1 in the the pocket. It contains all the essential skills and doesn't need any further knowledge to work.
- This is the fundamental level and the most important. It feel like getting into the very heart of kung fu. It's not necessarily about the number of techniques learned, but rather about how you move and do them. When one has finished this level, he doesn't have to worry to much about facing most opponent.
- This is the final level of the basic techniques.
- Advanced techniques such as weapons.
- You have learned all the techniques the style has to offer. This is where the true understanding begins.
Even after that many years and many experiments, following those 2 principles delivered the best results with my swing dancing students. It can only work if you can teach people for a decent amount of time though. Fortunately for me, having my own school gave me all the liberty I needed to stick to the right principles my old Sifu taught me. Thanks Alain for that heritage.