About Wing Chun

Dynamic Wing Chun Kung Fu

Wing Chun is a direct style of Chinese Kung Fu that wastes no time or effort on superfluous movements.

Wing Chun is a major Chinese martial art or system that is unparalleled in its suitability for today’s urban environment. It is radically different in its general approach from that of most traditional martial arts, as it is not reliant on strength, balletic poise, acrobatic movements, or a complexity of often flamboyant techniques. Instead of being technique oriented and requiring students to learn by rote an endless variety of movements (which often result in a ‘brain freeze’ in real life situations), Wing Chun is based on a clear understanding of fighting concepts and strategies, expressed via a minimal number of techniques which meet the basic criteria of simplicity, directness and efficiency.

Although widely believed to have been founded and developed by a Buddhist nun, Ng Mui, and her female pupil, Yim Wing Chun, about 300 hundred years ago, Wing Chun has evolved over time via a process of “natural selection”, with a continual discarding of superfluous, complex and ineffective techniques and movements. It is the system that the legendary Bruce Lee used as the foundation of his own combat philosophy and has become the most influential style of Kung Fu, allowing even traditional Karate and other Kung Fu practitioners to reappraise and enhance their own skills and techniques.

Successfully tested in real “no-holds barred” fights against numerous other styles in Hong Kong in the 1950′s and early 1960′s, Wing Chun is considered to be one of the most, if not the most practical and efficient martial arts for use in today’s increasingly violent environment. In simple terms, Wing Chun is the “Science of Street Fighting”, designed solely for the purpose of surviving an attack by being a better attacker than one’s assailant. Hence it forms the perfect basis for the concept of Personal Protection.

Concepts instead of techniques

Wing Chun Kung Fu is based on self evident concepts as well as sound body mechanics. Concepts are used to highlight and illustrate ideas and therefore help in information retention.

Wing Chun differs form other styles in that it has a relatively limited ‘arsenal’ of techniques. In fact it doesn’t use its movements as pre-set techniques, but adapts its tools in the most appropriate way dictated by a situation following universally applicable principles (centerline, economy of motion, etc.).

If compared to language learning Wing Chun Kung Fu training focuses more on the grammar, i.e. the structure of fighting instead of rote learned phrases (techniques) that are only usable in a fixed context (if that). It has hence been described as “logic applied to combat” and a form of “physical chess”.