Wing Chun

Wing Chun is a southern martial arts form that focuses on close range combat initiating from the center of the body for defense and attacks.

History

Wing Chun—literally meaning “spring chant” or forever springtime”—is named after Yim Wing Chun from southern China during the Qing dynasty. According to legend, Yim Wing Chun rejected a local warlord’s marriage proposal telling him that she’d reconsider if he beat her in a duel. Yim met a Buddhist nun, Ng Nui, a Shaolin sect survivor after the destruction of Shaolin and its temples by the Qing government. Ng Mui agreed to teach Yim to fight and, per legend, taught Yim a new form of martial arts Ng Mui created after observing a confrontation between a snake and a crane. The new style helped empower Yim to win the fight against the warlord and was thereafter named after her—Wing Chun.

Form & Style

Wing Chun focus on close range combat with attacks and counter-attacks initiating from a firm, stable centerline. It involves kicks, sweeps, strikes, punches, trapping and control techniques. The study of Wing Chun includes Siu Nim Tao (literally “little thoughts or imagination), Chum Kiu (“seeking bridge”) and Biu Tze (“thrusting fingers”), among other forms. The wooden dummy is a signature Wing Chun training tool that integrates the fundamental elements of the three barehand forms, greatly improving proprioception, body awareness,  stance, footwork and technique.

Wing Chun at Tianmeng Academy

Beginners will learn the essence and philosophy of Wing Chun, Wing Chun basic forms including Siu Nim Tao, Biu Tze, and Chum Kiu as well as 108 dummy techniques. You will then move on to the 12 free forms (12 san shi) of Wing Chun and, after, advance to weapon forms such as the Dragon Pole, Long Pole and Double Butterfly Sword.

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