Commonly Asked Questions About Wing Chun Training, Classes and More!
Questions About Wing Chun Classes
What Will I Learn?
Wing Chun Forms - Sil Lim Tao, Chum Kiu, Biu Ji
Wooden Dummy Form (Muk Yan Jong)
Luk Dim Boon Kwan (Six and half Point Long Pole form)
Baat Cham Doa (Eight Slashing Knife Form)
Chi Sau (Sticky Hands)
Knife and Gun Disarms
Kali Stick fighting
Functional Fitness Conditioning
How to Read Your Environment
Wing Chun Weapons
Defense again Multiple Attackers
Apply Wing Chun to Everyday Living
What Can I Expect from Classes?
Many people are often intimated by martial arts classes. You won't find the typical ego, competition or pressure with our classes.
We believe that learning and training should be fun, exciting, and done in the spirit of cooperation and in a family type environment. There is no room for ego or competition in our classes.
Students are encouraged to help and support each other to be the best they can be. You will measure your own progress against yourself - not anyone else. And you'll make new friends that can last a lifetime!
Do I Need to Have a Martial Arts Background?
Absolutely not. While a Martial Arts background can be helpful in certain circumstances, we find that sometimes, those with no background actually find it easier to learn the concepts since they have no preconceived notions of what they "should be doing".
Do I Need To Be In Good Shape To Try Classes?
No. However if you are interested in getting in shape, learning a martial art like Wing Chun is a great way to do it. Martial arts are fun, and can be a great mental workout as well as a physical one!
When you start, we really encourage you to work at your own physical comfort level. Over time, you'll notice great improvements in your physical strength and stamina. We even have people who have lost weight from starting their Wing Chun Classes!
Are Wing Chun Classes Suitable for Women?
Yes - Wing Chun is great for women. According to Wing Chun legend, the art of Wing Chun Kuen was developed by a woman, Ng Mui, and passed on to Yim Wing Chun.
Wing Chun focuses on using good structure, angles and sensitivity to help overcome an opponent - not brute strength. So it's a great way for women to learn self-defense.
What Should I Wear to My First Class?
For the first class, you can wear a t-shirt (no t-shirts with questionable, or inappropriate logos/phrases), athletic pants (or track pants), non-marking soft soled indoor shoes or bare feet.
Is There A Regular Uniform I Have To Wear?
Yes. Are uniform is practical in nature. The uniform is a Revolution Wing Chun Kung Fu T-shirt. You can wear sweat pants, athletic pants or board shorts. Shoes should be soft-soled, non-marking, indoor running shoes or wushu shoes.
What Does A Typical Class Cover?
A typical class will cover: Martial Foundations (basic drills, conditioning, coordination, balance, stretching, etc); Wing Chun Single Person drills; Wing Chun Two Person Drills (chi sau, pak sau, defenses); Wing Chun forms and theory.
I Heard that Wing Chun is a Martial Art That Focuses Mostly on Fighting - How Do You Teach it?
At Revolution Wing Chun Kung Fu we focus first and foremost on the study and understanding of Ving Tsun Gung Fu as an art. As a result the student will develop skills that they can use in everyday life along with effective self-defense.
Will I Learn Self-Protection / Self-Defense?
Yes. As part of the regular classes we teach self-protection techniques, explain both how and why they work. You then get time to practice these techniques in class.
How Can I Try a Free Class?
To schedule a time where you can try a free class and see if Wing Chun is right for you, you can either email us at our Contact Us page or call us at 657-383-9450.
Questions About Sifu Chuck
Who is Sifu Chuck?
Sifu Chuck O'Neill is a third generation of the Great Grandmaster Yip Man (Ip Man), and is proud to pass on the Ving Tsun tradition as taught to him by Grandmaster Chan. His Wing Chun lineage is as follows:
Yip Man >> Moy Yat >> Nelson Chan >> Chuck O'Neill
Sifu Chuck O'Neill has been training in Martial Arts since the age of 8. He has trained in Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Kosho Ryu Kenpo, Jeet Kune Do, Yang style Tai Chi Chuan and Wing Chun.
He is also a Former CDT/LRT Master Tactical Instructor (through Tom Patire Group) and a Former ITC Certified Advanced Executive and Close Quarter Protection Specialist through the International Training Commission.
He has provided Executive Protection to UFC Fighters Heath Herring & Chuck Liddell at events.
Sifu Chuck has also had the pleasure of training at the Inosanto Academy, and privately with his Wing Chun SiBok (Uncle) Gary Lam in California.
Sifu Chuck also has a series of Wing Chun Videos that you can download online or order (in DVD format) from Amazon.com.
Questions About Wing Chun
What is Kung Fu?
'Kung Fu' or 'Gung fu', can be translated as 'skill through effort' or 'hard work' or 'skilled work'. It is only in the west did the term 'gung fu' come to mean Chinese martial arts in general. This term has become generally accepted throughout the world.
What is Wing Chun?
Wing Chun (also called Ving Tsun, Wing Tsun or Wing Chung) is a Chinese martial art form of self defense specializing in close range combat.
It focuses on efficiency of motion, and using deflection and redirection of an opponent's force. Techniques emphasize practicality and effectiveness over flowery or aesthetically pleasing actions.
The system emphasizes developing good body structure and stance. A proper stance is like a piece of bamboo, firm but flexible, rooted but yielding.
What Are Some Benefits To Learning Wing Chun?
Ving Tsun is a very effective, fast, practical martial art that doesn't rely on a lot of flowery, showy movements. It gets the job done and your attacker neutralized in the shortest possible time.
It also does not require a lot of brute strength (the legend is that it was developed by a woman originally) - but instead relies on good mechanics and using the force of your attacker against him.
Wing Tsun forms help to develop self-awareness, balance, relaxation and sensitivity. They train the student in the fundamental movement and the correct force generation of the system.
Students learn how to defend themselves in different situations (one attacker, multiple attackers, knife disarms, gun disarms, ground fights). They also learn how to be aware of their environments (so fights do not start in the first place).
In addition to this, there are also physical fitness benefits as well. You will learn conditioning and focus. You will notice that your body is more aware and more physically fit from taking Wing Chun.
What Are The Wing Chun Forms?
In the Wing Tsun system there are three empty hand forms (Sil Lim Tao, Chum Kiu, Biu Jee), a Wooden dummy form (Mook Yan Jong), two weapons forms (Luk Dim Boon Kwan & Baat Cham Doa) and Chi Sau sensitivity drills.
Chi Sau ("Sticking hands") is practiced between two partners who maintain contact with each other's forearms while executing techniques.
This trains them to sense changes in body mechanics, pressure, momentum and "feel". Chi Sau is like the laboratory where you learn to test and apply your understanding of Ving Tsun principles and techniques.
Along with the above forms, there are many single and partner drills, such as Pak sau, Pak dar, Lop sau, Jip sau Jow sao and sandbag training.
Is Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) the same martial art that Bruce Lee studied in Hong Kong?
Yes, Wing Chun was the martial arts system Bruce Lee studied during his time in Hong Kong. Bruce Lee was taught by Grandmaster Yip Man.
Grandmaster Yip Man was also Moy Yat's sifu (teacher). From what I understand, Grandmaster Moy Yat was actually Bruce Lee's kung fu big brother (sihing). Many of the Wing Chun drills and principles helped Lee to develop his personal martial-arts system of Jeet Kune Do.