Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most frequently asked questions we get here at the Chinese Boxing Institute. If the answer needs more clarity, please contact us and ask for more information.

Are your classes open to anyone?

Yes, anyone with a positive attitude who is willing to learn and wants to have fun training. However, you must be 18 years of age to join the class (16 years of age with parental consent).

Do you have contracts?

No, we do not have contracts. All tutition is paid on a month-to-month basis. If you are just visiting town, we also offer special programs (and per session fees).

Do you offer kids classes?

We do not offer kids classes at this time. Minimum age requirement is currently 16 years of age with parental consent.

Do you wear uniforms?

We do not wear Gung Fu or Karate style uniforms. We typically wear dark sweat pants (karate / gung fu pants are ok) or athletic shorts and a T-shirt (we recommend dry-fit T-shirts). If you require more information, please ask the instructor for details.

Do you have a ranking system?

Yes, our students will receive ranking in Jeet Kune Do & Modified Wing Chun / Non-Classical Chinese Boxing.

You will receive rank through the Chinese Boxing Association. The undergraduate ranks have 5 levels before you reach the "instructor" / "black belt" level. There is no formal test in the CBA and ranking is issued by the discretion of the instructor. Please note, we do not wear belts in our system.

Students also have the option to receive certification through the "Chinatown Jeet Kune Do Association" ( There are 3 undergraduate ranks in Chinatown JKD. The tests for rank will be offered as the student progresses in the curriclum.

How long does it take to black belt / instructor?

We do not have colored rank designation in our system. However, Level 6 would be equal to a "black belt". It may take an individual about 3 - 5 years to achieve this rank.

Becoming a "black belt level" (level 6 or above) does not automatically make you an instructor. We recognize that many do not wish to teach, hence we offer an "instructor path" and a "student path" in our curriculum.

Chinatown Jeet Kune Do Association have their own criteria for instructor ranking. People can typically become an instructor in 3 - 5 years (some may require more time). Please ask the instructor for details.

What equipment do I need?

All students should own a mouth guard and a groin protector. A groin protector should be worn at all times. Female students may wear a chest protector. We also recommend that you eventually invest in your own training equipment. While we offer loaner gear, we recommed you invest in MMA Safety gloves, head gear (with face cage), soft shin guards, and Boxing Gloves.

Please ask the instructor for recommend gear list (all gear can be purchased through the school).

Do your classes include weapons training?

We do include some weapons training to help us familiarize ourselves with both blunt impact and edged weapons from time to time as distance and timing change when weapons are involved.

Do your classes include grappling?

Yes, the curriculum includes standing grappling (joint locks and throws) and some limited grappling on the ground. Our focus is on getting back on the feet, so we do not "roll" as you might do in a BJJ class (as an example). However, you will experience some two-person application drills and games that involved grappling (on the ground).

Do you use Asian terminology in your classes?

We occasionally use Asian terminology (typically Chinese) in our classes since it provides us with a reference to the origin of the techniques (most of our terminology is from the art of Wing Chun). However, we try to keep this to a minimum.

How do I address the instructor?

In JKD / Chinese Boxing, you typically refer to instructors as "Sifu". However, some of our trainers / instructors prefer to be called by their first name.

Will your material work in MMA (Ring or the Cage)?

Although the material we train was not designed for competition, many of the techniques and principles taught in Chinese Boxing classes translate to Kickboxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).

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