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 (Sil Lim Tao, Chum Kiu and Biu Ji), a Wooden Dummy form (Muk Yan Jong), two weapon forms (Luk Dim Boon Kwan and Baat Cham Doa), and plenty of drills and partner training.
The forms build on each other but they can also be independent of each other.
The Sil Lim Tao, Chum Kiu and Biu Je 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.
Benefits of Wing Chun:
There are many benefits to Wing Chun. Some are obvious and others more subtle. Through Wing Chun training you will develop:
- Expert Knowledge of Self Defense and Self Protection
- Practical Tools to Defend Yourself Against One or Multiple Attackers
- Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem
- Knowledge on How To Read People and Your Surroundings
- Improved Memory
- Improved Strength and Endurance
- Improved Reflexes and Sensitivity
- Improved Coordination and Balance
- Improved Flexibility
- Stress Relief
- Friendships that Last A Lifetime!
Wing Chun is not just a practical fighting system, it is also an art form. Wing Chun allows you to use your creative side by exploring the concepts and principles, and finding ways to express your understanding of these principles. I like to call it a much more "intelligent" martial art than most.
For more information on training with Sifu Chuck see our page on Wing Chun Classes
For more reading check out the following articles:
Wing Chun System - Learn About the Wing Chun System including Ving Tsun forms
Wing Chun Code of Conduct - Learn about the code of conduct we practice at our school.
Sifu Chuck's Wing Chun Blog - Read more articles and thoughts by Sifu Chuck