No. New students are not ready for fighting practice. It would be dangerous, and counter productive to a new student’s learning. Basic Wing Tsun fighting practice takes many months of training in footwork, hand drills, and skill building techniques. We strive to make the school a safe and fun learning environment for everyone. Contact drills are closely supervised and depend on the student’s rank grade. We do not try to injure each other, Learning self-defense requires a student to learn the basic training in the tools of self-defense; defending, punching, kicking, etc. Any classes that claim to teach hand-to-hand self-defense carry some degree of risk of injury and anybody that trains in a legitimate martial arts school will eventually get bruises. Special classes in realistic free-hand-fighting that involve a moderate step-up in contact are optional, and not required for beginner rank testing. If you have any concerns in regards to this feel free to ask an instructor at any time.