What is Wing Chun Kuen?

Wing Chun Kuen (Wing Chun Fist) is a famous Southern style of Chinese Kung fu. It is said to have been created over 400 years ago by a nun from the Shaolin Temple named, Ng Mui. Her first student was a young girl named, Yim Wing Chun and it is after her that the style takes it name.  it was made famous by the late Grandmaster Ip Man and subsequently Bruce Lee.   This style is characterised by its direct no nonsense approach based on using minimal strength to defeat all opponents.

History

Wing chun is said to have been created by a nun by the name of Ng Moi, to assist a girl, Yim Wing Chun, fight off an unwanted suitor. Since that time it has been passed down from generation to generation in Southern China, until being taught to a doctor by the name of Leung Jan, who resided in Foshan. One of his last students was Ip Man, who was to later become iconic in the martial arts world for spreading the art of Wing Chun.

After moving to Hong Kong, Great Grandmaster Ip Man continued to develop Wing Chun and teach many students, including his two sons and the late Bruce Lee.

Ip Man’s eldest son, Gransmaster Ip Chun has continued to teach and promote Wing Chun, conducting many seminars around the world.

After beginning to study Wing Chun with his uncle, Master Michael Tse continued his studies with Grandmaster Ip Chun in Hong Kong.

What will you learn in class?

People take up martial arts for many reasons. Some to improve their health & fitness, some to learn how to defend themselves, some for increased sense of confidence and others simply for a pastime to immerse themselves in. The Wing Chun class with its high level of teaching and the friendly relaxed atmosphere caters for all these differing needs.

Chi Sau (sticking hands)

Chi Sau is the practical training of the applications found in the forms. Whilst training with a partner you will develop sensitivity, footwork and timing. Soon you will begin to understand how to use an opponent’s energy against himself (or herself). Regular practice develops instinctive reactions allowing you to adapt to change without thinking. For successful self defence this is essential. Chi Sau is like a game and is not meant to be treated as fighting or sparring. It allows you to develop your skill in a safe environment because you can relax and let go.

Forms

Wing Chun has three forms. They repreasent different stages in training.

Siu Lim Tao – Reducing Thought

Its main purpose is to train stillness and Gong Lik – internal strength.

Tsum Kiu – Looking for the Bridge

Its main purpose is for training our footwork and turning and also the Bong Sau.

Biu Ji – Thrusting Fingers

Its main purpose is the train long distance and short distance attacking techniques using the fingers and elbow.

Wooden Dummy – Muk Yan jong

The wooden dummy taught at a later stage and helps to bring together all skill from Chi Sau and forms to polish our ’fighting techniques’. It also allows us to practice Wing Chun kicks and train the accuracy of our stepping and body position.

Weapons

Wing Chun has two weapons: The Six and a Half Point Pole and the Baat Jam Dao (Wing Chun Knives). The more you train these weapons, the stronger your bones will become and so your Qi will develop to a very high level.


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Peter Walfisz is an authorised instructor of the Tse Qigong Centre