Wing Chun is a southern martial arts form which focuses on close range combat with particular attention on the center orientation of the body for defense and attacks.
Origination of Wing Chun
Wing Chun—literally meaning “spring chant” or “forever springtime”—was 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.
Characteristics of Wing Chun
1. Wing Chun is a type of traditional Chinese martial arts. Wing Chun movements are small and simplified, but it’s a precise and integrated system. It is best suited to close fighting.
2. Wing Chun is also internal Kungfu training. It aims to ensure mind and body work as one. ‘Heart’ generates “mind”, mind drives and instructs the cooperation of hand, waist and body, thus, the full body becomes unified.
3. Wing Chun emphasis is on the attack and defense with “explosive force “. The cultivation of explosive power is very important part in Wing Chun training.
4. The centerline theory is the most important theory in Wing Chun fighting. This refers to the line from head to tail bone. During fighting, combatants should attack their opponent’s centerline from their own centerline according to Wing Chun theory. By attacking the centerline it becomes very hard to redirect force, an opponent will feel more pressured as a result.
Benefits of training Wing Chun
1. Suitable for various age groups of people to learn and practice, no matter whether young or old.
2. Delivers physical improvement of the body, drives internal organs to work in a way which is healthier, benefitting overall internal fitness. It develops enhanced body resistance to pain, increased endurance and alertness.
3. Practical self-defense kung fu; Wing Chun techniques provides skill with a variety of hand combat techniques and leg techniques.
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.