Wing Chun is a Chinese style of Kung Fu that was largely made famous by, perhaps the most famous Grandmaster of the modern era, Yip Man, and his most famous student, Bruce Lee.
It is a very unique and scientific style that specializes in practical and effective close quarters self-defense techniques which utilize biomechanics, centerline theory and angular deflections to create simple, direct, and efficient attacks and defenses.
Due to its scientific basis, this style is often a good fit for people who do not possess a great deal of “brute strength.” It is an ideal choice for women, young adults and smaller men, as well as anyone who appreciates a highly evolved fighting style that has the potential to simultaneously attack and defend.
Students of this style learn to overcome force and strength with positioning and turning rather than meeting incoming attacks head on.
The fighting arsenal is well-stocked as it offers its stylists punches, palm strikes, elbows, kicks, knees, sweeps, trapping and control techniques, and more.
Like all of the combative
systems taught here, Wing Chun is very customizable to the individual
practitioner because it is based on concepts, principles and theories, not
This is a very complete system whose sum is certainly greater than its parts.
An example of this can be found in the empty hand forms of the system.
Beginning students receive instruction in the first form.
Intermediate students receive instruction in the second form, which allows them to counter movements learned in the first form.
Advanced students receive instruction in the third form, which allows them to counter movements learned in the second form.
Students who continue to persevere and increase the depth of their knowledge return to the roots - the first form.
With diligent study and training and quality
guidance, these students are able to counter movements learned in the third
Are you familiar with the game Rock, Paper, Scissors?
If so, you're probably wondering what is has to do with Wing Chun, right?
In the game, it's the matchup that counts!
In other words, no one thing is superior.
If you make a rock and your opponent makes scissors, you win! Your rock smahes his scissors.
But if you make a rock and your opponent makes paper, you lose! Your opponent's scissors cover your rock.
While the rock can produce a win one time, it can also be defeated the next time.
It's the same in this system.
The matchup is what matters!
No one technique is superior.
There is not one technique that cannot be countered by another.
In fact, there's an old proverb that reads, "Bock Gai, Bock Jeet."
This translates to "for every attack, there is a
Remember that this system is built on simplicity.
Consequently, you should not be surprised to learn that the system is comprised of only six “forms” - three “hand” forms, one Wooden Dummy form, and two weapon sets.
Do not confuse the minimalistic nature of this system with a lack of substance or applicability!
Sure, the system seems almost too streamlined to those who are unfamiliar with it.
Furthermore, these same individuals become even more disillusioned when they realize that the forms are easy to learn.
Do not be fooled!
While learning a form is easy, truly understanding and being able to apply the teachings of a form is not!
True understanding and applicability require years and years of patience, perseverance, and determination.
If you are not fooled by the appearance of simplicity and have the passion to pursue substantive knowledge, you will learn that forms are fruitful.
In other words, you will learn that the forms possess a plethora of ideas and principles.
In short, you will learn that the forms are
the keys to the system.
Make no mistake, Wing Chun is a classical Chinese art!
It has very traditional roots.
But despite its roots, there is tremendous freedom within its structure.
This freedom within structure has been referred to as the “Non- Classical” stage.
It is from this tremendous freedom that a “personal
fighting system” emerges.
If you’re familiar with Bruce Lee’s revolutionary creation, Jeet Kune Do, doesn’t it make you wonder if Wing Chun wasn’t the impetus for Jeet Kune Do?
In other words, if Bruce Lee had not been a student of Wing Chun would he have created Jeet Kune Do?
While the answer may certainly be debated by many, I believe
that his exposure to the “Non-Classical” element of Wing Chun cultivated the
birth of Jeet Kune Do.
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