It takes over 20+ years to complete the Wing Tsun system, check this out: Wing Tsun starts off with 12 Student Levels: These 12 Student Levels cover Sui Nim Tao and Chum Kiu. It takes about 4.5/5 years to complete these 12 Levels. You get a new badge for each level, so you would end up with 12 new badges which get stitched onto the training t-shirt the person wears to class. It means going through 12 gradings and paying £12 for the first 4 levels and £17 for last 8 levels. After the Student Levels, the person goes onto the “Technician Level". This has 4 levels to it. To complete the 4 Technician levels, it can take upto 10 years or even more, in some cases. The Technician Levels are personally graded by Kernspecht, who is Leung Ting's most senior Student in Europe. The 1st Technician covers more of Sui Nim Tao and Chum Kiu, and this level takes 18 months to complete. And this grading costs about £100 or so. So it took around 4.5 years to complete the 12 Student Levels with badges and then another 1.5 years to do the Sui Nim Tao and Chum Kiu applications in the 1st Technician Level. The two hand forms have taken 6 years to complete. After completing the 1st Technician Level, the person is now an Assistant Instructor. Then the person moves onto the 2nd Technician Level , which takes 2 years to complete and this covers Biu Tze, the 3rd form. After this level has been completed, one can be regarded as a full Instructor. The 3rd Technician Level takes 3 years to complete. This covers the applications of Biu Tze and some parts of the Wooden Dummy (first 3 sections). With lots of Chi Sao. The 4th Technician Level takes 4 years or so to complete. This covers some more of the Wooden Dummy (sections 4 to 6). With lots of chi sao. After the 12 Student Levels and the 4 technician Levels, which have taken at least 15 years to do all 16 levels so far. The person then comes onto the “Practionner Level". This is the Master Levels and there is no time limit for how long it can take to complete them. These last few levels could be graded by Leung Ting himself. This starts off from level 5PG to level 8PG. For level 5PG, it completes the remaining two last sections of the Wooden Dummy (7 and 8) and lots of chi-gerk applications. After completing 5PG, one is considered a Master and able to fight unarmed in all situations. For 6PG, it covers most of the Long Pole forms with application. For 7PG, it completes the Long Pole. For 8PG, it completes the knives. This now makes you a Grandmaster of Wing Tsun. Breakdown It took 4.5/5 years to complete 12 Student Levels. It took 10 years or so to complete 4 Technician Levels. It can take as long it takes to complete the 4 Master levels. So you are looking at 20+ years to complete the whole system in Leung Ting Wing Tsun. What if you took time out in training, that would mean more time added on top. Also to train in the weapons, one has to pay a lot of money to go to Germany to train in at a Castle.