What is Wing Chun?
Wing Chun Kung Fu is considered one of the most effective forms of unarmed combat known and practised throughout the world. The Wing Chun system is approximately 400 years old and was created by a Buddhist Nun named Ng Mui.
Wing Chun's female creator took note of physical differences between men and women, therefore the emphasis is not upon force and strength to succeed, but the use of skillful hand and footwork combined with speed and technique to overcome opposition in the shortest possible time.
"Forever Springtime" is the literal translation of Wing Chun. As legend goes, Ng Mui witnessed a fight between a crane and a snake. She adopted the attack and defence mechanisms displayed by both animals to devise this unique, but highly efficient and effective fighting system.
Wing Chun is extremely effective in combat situations due to the principle of economy of movement. In a combat situation, by keeping the movements simple, direct and applying the techniques correctly, a Wing Chun exponent can gain the upper hand and end the fight quickly. Therefore there are no prerequisites in fitness or physique to start Wing Chun. Through regular training, health and fitness become a by-product. Development of qualities such as discipline, focus, patience, respect, courage and confidence begin to integrate into the student's life.
Wing Chun is regarded for being consise fighting system and is based on the following three main principles:
Simultaneous attack and defence
Short distance power
Each principle, with correct understanding and application, allows one to become a skilled Wing Chun practioner. The Wing Chun Kuen has a syllabus consisting of empty hand forms, weapons forms, equipment training and Chi Sao. Chi Sao is translated as 'sticky hands'. It is unique to Wing Chun and has various levels of practice drills. Chi Sao allows Wing Chun practitioners to test the skills they are developing as well as heightening their own sensitivity and awareness of being within a combat situation.