Wing Chun is a close-combat martial art from 17th century China. The exact history of Wing Chun is uncertain because during the time of its creation, all martial artists in China were forced into hiding. However, the most popular legend tells the stories of a Buddhist nun named Ng Mui, who escaped the destruction of a Shaolin temple and a young woman, Yim Wing-Chun, who was being forced into marriage by a bandit. When the two women crossed paths, Mui taught Wing-Chun techniques she had developed after watching a confrontation between a snake and a crane. Wing-Chun fended off her suitor successfully and proceeded to spread her new knowledge over China. As time passed, only select martial artists had access to Wing Chun, but in 1948 the Grand Master Ip Man became the first to teach Wing Chun to the public. You can learn more about Wing Chun history at The Internation Wing Chun Organization.
Wing Chun Training
Wing Chun is a martial art that requires very little force to use effectively and efficiently. The techniques utilized are uncommitted, meaning if the primary connection fails, position and balance are less affected. This also allows the creation of chains of movements that flow easily into each other. Wing Chun directs movements to the body’s centerline (from the top of the head to the groin) because of a belief that the best targets—the groin, the eyes, or the solar plexus—lie near it or upon it.
Because Wing Chun is a more graceful form than others, it is performed in a more relaxed state of mind.
Wing Chun Instructors
Wing Chun instructor development and training seems to come from the school level instead of from a larger organization because of a seeming lack of associations. Each school does require that their instructors have been well taught in the art of Wing Chun to inspire passion for mastery in their students.
Wing Chun Classes and Schools
There are standard classes offered for all ages because of the applicability and relative ease of Wing Chun, as well as classes geared towards weapon usage. Schools tend to vary their ways of showing rank advancement. Some prefer visual signs, such as colored sashes. However, others base their estimates off the time and dedication each individual student puts toward mastering the art. Most, if not all, schools offer free trial classes if you aren’t entirely sure that Wing Chun is right for you.
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Wing Chun at a Glance
Wing Chun, also known as Ving Tsun or Wing Tsun, is a martial art form originating from China. Wing Chun techniques focus chiefly upon trapping and striking while teaching students the concept and practice of simultaneous attack and defense. The martial art form itself is said to be a derivative of the Fujian White Crane, a southern style of Kung Fu. Jeet Kune Do, the martial art form developed by famous actor Bruce Lee, is a descendant of combat Wing Chun training.
Wing Chun Training
Wing Chun, which is literally translated as “fist of Spring chant” or “fist of eternal spring”, is a conceptual martial art that focuses on training students using real world fight contexts. The combat techniques typically taught include grappling or wrestling, and striking or punching, all the while at close proximity to one’s opponent. The idea behind Wing Chun is that should you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation requiring self-defense or attack, you are unlikely to use the more patterned, choreographed combat techniques taught by other forms of martial arts.
Combat Wing Chun is very much focused on equipping the student with the quick reflexes, confidence, moves and decisive physical techniques necessary to neutralize a threat. Also important in Wing Chun training is balance, flexibility and stance. It is maintained that mastering the correct fight stance will help you move faster, deliver more powerful blows and escape harm with greater agility and dexterity. Meditative and relaxation exercises are also central to Wing Chun training.
Wing Chun Equipment and Uniforms
As with most of the martial arts, it is desirable but not necessarily required for students of Wing Chun to purchase the uniform. This consists of a comfortable and loose-fitting black shirt and pants with a colored sash. Colors and designs of the shirt may vary from martial arts school to school. Kung Fu slippers are included in the Wing Chun uniform and equipment is typically provided by the training school or academy.
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