DENVER KUNG FU
NOTICE OF THE RISKS IN TRAINING VING TSUN KUNG FU / VOLUNTARY ASSUMPTION OF THOSE RISKS BY A STUDENT AT THE DENVER SCHOOL
Ving Tsun Kung Fu is a martial art and contact sport. Martial art training involves physical blows, strikes, kicks, and other bodily contacts and, as a result, can be a hazardous activity from which an injury is a possibility.
In order to appreciate the risk of potential injury, please read this document carefully. Please take as much time as you require to read and to consider the contents. The Ving Tsun Kung Fu School of Denver has never had a student seriously injured and does not anticipate such an injury will occur. There are however, inherent risks associated with martial arts training that the School wants you to recognize and appreciate. After you finish reading the document, please sign it to acknowledge that you recognize the risk of training Ving Tsun Kung Fu and that you agree to participate in the training in the face of such risks.
Ving Tsun Kung Fu is a martial art and contact sport. Physical blows, strikes, kicks, and other bodily contacts are inherent in the study and training of Ving Tsun Kung Fu. As a Ving Tsun student, your lessons will include the following drills: pak sao (slap block), pak dar (slap block and counter punch), lop sao (forearm punch and block), don chi sao (one-arm block and punch), toi ma (pushing stance), chi sao (continuous blocking and punching), flex kicking, and sao bow (punching sand bag). Each of these drills involves physical contact. The physical contacts include strikes to the forearms, chest, chin, face, hands, legs, and shins; and, occasionally, strikes may be directed at any and all other parts of the body. Although physical strikes and other bodily contacts present certain dangers which may result in injury, Ving Tsun Kung Fu employs such strikes and bodily contacts as part of its training regime in order to teach and train a student in the martial arts. Accordingly, the strikes and other bodily contacts, while powerful, are not a deliberate attempt to injure a student.
Ving Tsun Kung Fu is taught in and about the Kung Fu School located at 1832 S. Broadway, Denver, CO, 80210. (Students may avail themselves to training at one or more of the Moy Tung Ving Tsun Kung Fu schools located throughout the United States; the notification provided in this document applies equally to those facilities.) The entire Denver School is used to conduct a student’s training.
There are cement floors covered with plywood, and dry-wall covered walls in the School’s training area. These surfaces will not be covered with mats or padding of any kind at any time during a student’s training; additionally, students will wear no padding, gear, guards, or protection of any kind at any time during their training.
Part of the traditional Ving Tsun Kung Fu training and the instruction in the Denver School includes physical strikes and other bodily contact (described in “Physical Contact”), which may result in a physical injury; or, which may result in a student falling into, landing on, or being pushed into the floor, walls, other students, and/or other objects or surfaces in or near the School which may result in physical injury.
Traditionally, a Ving Tsun Kung Fu student will train in the context of a series of exercises (2-person drills) with his/her Sitaigung (greatgrandteacher), Sigung (grandteacher), Sifu (teacher), Senior Sihings (senior instructors), Sihings, (older brothers), and Sidai (younger brothers), as well as visiting students from other Moy Tung Ving Tsun Kung Fu schools. The 2-person drills are physical workouts conducted at close range. Each 2-person drill involves physical contact. During any given class, students of all skill levels will train with each other. Although a student’s training is overseen by the Sifu of the Denver School, the Sifu will not monitor each individual student’s training at all times during any class.
Each person present during training individually acknowledges that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) represents a serious health threat to persons exposed to it, and that all persons present during training are relying on the truthfulness and accuracy of this questionnaire made herein. Each person present during their training individually represents that, to the best of their knowledge, information and belief, neither they nor a member of their household with whom they live:
- Has been diagnosed (tested positive) with COVID-19.
- Has a test pending for COVID-19.
- Is under quarantine directed by a healthcare provider due to COVID-19.
- Has or had symptoms in the past 14 days of COVID-19, which include fever, muscle aches, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath
- Has traveled in the past 14 days to any location where there is a high incidence or widespread transmission of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC.
- Has had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
By signing this document, each student acknowledges that they willingly accept personal responsibility for their health and any possible exposure to another student infected with COVID-19. You also agree to release responsibility of the Moy Tung Ving Tsun Kung Fu schools and the Denver location should one become infected with the COVID-19 virus, regardless of a known origin.
This document is an attempt by the Moy Tung Ving Tsun Kung Fu School of Denver to present to a potential student (1) the existence of potential dangers and risks of training Ving Tsun Kung Fu, and (2) the possibility of an injury resulting from such dangers. By participating in Ving Tsun Kung Fu training, you deliberately expose yourself to the potential dangers arising from training a martial art and contact sport; moreover, you realize and appreciate the possibility of injury as a result of such danger.
I HAVE READ AND HAVE UNDERSTOOD THIS DOCUMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY.
I VOLUNTARILY AND DELIBERATELY UNDERTAKE TO TRAIN VING TSUN KUNG FU KNOWING THAT BY DOING SO I EXPOSE MYSELF TO THE EXISTENCE OF POTENTIAL DANGER AND THE POSSIBILITY OF INJURY AS A RESULT OF SUCH DANGER.