About Wing Chun
WHAT IS WING CHUN?
Wing Chun is a system of Kung Fu that originates from China and was developed by a female nun, Ng Mui. Ng Mui named the art after her student Yim Wing Chun, a young girl of 15 whom she taught the art to so that she could protect herself from a local bully who tried to force her to marry him. She eventually challenged the bully to a fight and defeated him! She later married Leung Bok Chau and taught him what she had learned from her master, Ng Mui
Wing Chun’s specialty is in close contact combat, using quick punches and kicks with a tight defense, coordinated through agile stances and footwork for a quick advance. The effectiveness of Wing Chun is achieved through its skill and science rather than brute strength. Due to its effectiveness, this martial art makes for an optimum form of self defense. The student must learn to deliver the correct amount of energy, while staying relaxed when possible. A good Wing Chun Sifu ( instructor / teacher) will teach the student to overcome force with positioning and turning rather than meeting it head on. The style uses low kicks, sweeps, palm strikes, punches, trapping and control techniques.
Wing Chun is highly effective on the street because it uses principles and concepts rather than memorized technique allowing the practitioner to adapt to any situation. It is direct, simple and can be highly effective in a short amount of time compared to other arts, but can take a lifetime to Master.
WING CHUN FORMS
WING CHUN POPULARITY
Wing Chun was originally made popular outside of China by legendary martial artist and film star Bruce Lee whose Wing Chun Sifu was the late Grand Master Ip Man, as shown in the picture below.
Currently, Wing Chun has seen a resurgence in popularity due to the highly popular films about Ip Man himself. The first of a series, “Ip Man”, was critically acclaimed and won several awards. Ip Man 2, The Legend is Born, & Grandmasters and Ip Man 3 additionally have seen great popularity,