Just a few hours ago, a 6 year-old boy tried our class for the first time. After the class, his mother said to one of our instructors, "I really like that you teach how to use the moves. He just tried a class at another school yesterday and they didn't show the kids how to use the moves at all. Just had them in the mirror kicking and punching."
Here at California Academy of Martial Arts (Wing Chun Los Angeles/Kung Fu Los Angeles) we believe it's important for all students to know the applications of movements, deflections, and strikes. This may seem obvious - why on earth would one learn how to do a move but not learn how to actually use it for self-defense? Sadly, many schools, especially competition-focused schools, neglect teaching applications.
Meanwhile, ALL of our students, even our Little Pandas (ages 3-5), learn how to use basic hand and kicking techniques during their kung fu classes!
(Of course, if you don't know the application of a move you've learned, you should just ask...)
Here's Sifu Tei explaining some applications:
Here's a video from 2007 showing some of our youngest kids practicing Wing Chun applications such as pak sau, tan sau, bong sau, and even using the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy:
-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff