About Wing Chun.
Wing Chun Kung Fu (also called Ving Tsun) is a Chinese form of martial art. It has been largely accepted as a ‘Southern Style of Chinese Martial Art”, and is characterized with close-quarter fighting, quick efficient hand striking, jamming and trapping techniques (to help limit your opponent’s ability to counter), and low kicking (typically below the waist, especially the knees and lower body).
It is a very practical, effective form of self defense that aims to disable an attacker in the shortest possible time.
Wing Chun prefers to use good structures and timing over strength, speed or brute force. So you don’t have to be a “musclehead” or in top physical shape to use Wing Chun techniques to bring down an attacker.
The key to Wing Chun is found in the concepts and principles that we study and practice in class.
Wing Chun as a system, has three empty hand forms (Siu Nim Tau, Chum Kiu and Biu Jee), a Wooden Dummy form (Muk Yan Jong), two weapon forms (Luk Dim Boon Kwan and Baat Cham Dou), and plenty of drills and partner training.
The forms build on each other but they can also be independent of each other.
The Siu Nim Tao, Chum Kiu and Biu Jee forms help to reinforce the various theories and techniques found in the Wing Chun system. The forms themselves are not flowery, since Wing Chun focuses more on efficiency of movement and practicality. But they are invaluable in training you in proper technique.
Wing Chun is really a “no-fluff” martial art – focusing more on efficiency and practicality vs flowery or complex movements that you may find with other styles.
If you don’t like the idea of kicking above the waist, and are interested in a martial art that has a heavy focus on effective striking (punching and kicking), locks and holds at close range, Wing Chun may be the martial art for you.
As a Wing Chun teacher, I also try to teach the how’s and why’s behind the techniques. So students can understand why they do what they do – and why it actually works in the physical world. When you understand the theories behind the techniques, the physical actions become much easier to master.