Wing Chun is probably the most widely practiced form of kung fu in the world today. With its heavy emphases on positioning and adherence to several core principles, the system of Wing Chun is able to train students to become efficient and practical fighters in a relatively short period of time. Wing Chun aims to be simple but effective. Its no-nonsense approach is designed for coping with real world self defense on the street.
Wing Chun teaches automatic, explosive subconscious counter attacks with a lot of time spent on training sensitivity and contact reflexes. Wing Chun will teach you how to face a wide variety of physical conflicts from single and multiple aggressors to assailants armed with bottles, knives or other weapons. This is the same kung fu style that was studied by the legendary Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was taught by Grandmaster Ip Man who brought it to Hong Kong from mainland China in 1949.
Like many martial arts, the exact origins of Wing Chun are lost in history. There are many versions of how it came to be. One popular story is that it was a style of unarmed fighting that was practiced by the lady Yim Wing Chun and thus bears her name. Legend says that Yim Wing Chun lived during the period when the Southern Shaolin temples of China were being systematically destroyed by the Qing government. A Qing warlord had offered to marry Wing Chun but she had refused, prompting the offended warlord to make a deal with her; she could walk away from the proposal on the condition that she first beat him in a martial arts match. In order to fight the warlord Wing Chun trained with a Buddhist nun by the name of Ng Mui in a then nameless kung fu style. With this new martial art, Yim Wing Chun defeated the warlord and earned place in history. When she eventually did marry, she passed on her martial arts to her family. As it was passed down it took on the name “Wing Chun Kung Fu” in honor of her.
Why practice Wing Chun?
Besides being an excellent method of self defense, Wing Chun is also a great way to improve your overall health and fitness. As a practitioner of the martial arts you will develop excellent balance and coordination while enjoying an exciting and challenging way to build your physical fitness. Wing Chun offers an excellent alternative to the gym while teaching you to defend yourself at the same time. As a martial art, Wing Chun fosters both a healthy body and a healthy mind. Regular practice will improve your self esteem and inspire you to lead a more fulfilling and prosperous life.
What makes Wing Chun different?
Wing Chun is unique among Chinese martial arts styles. Unlike other martial arts, the focus is on close quarters fighting. It is reputed to be more realistic for street fighting because of its close up approach as well as emphases on direct line of attack and combinations of explosive punches, elbow and palm strikes, open handed chops and low kicks. Students are taught to direct attacks towards the centre line of their opponents’ body. Imagine a line from your opponents head running down their throat and chest and past their abdomen. This is the centre line and it contains the most vital parts on a person’s body. Students are taught to protect this area on their own bodies while simultaneously attacking their opponent along this line. Simultaneous attacking and defending along with its speed and efficiency make Wing Chun a force to be reckoned with.
In a nutshell
Wing Chun is exceptional as a martial art and is an important piece of Chinese culture. It promotes health and well being as well as teaching students how to defend themselves if they are ever involved in a physical confrontation. Students learn to counteract force with force giving them the confidence they need to live their lives without fear and become productive members of society.