What is Wing Chun Kuen?
Wing Chun Kuen translates to “Eternal Springtime Fist”. It is a concept based Chinese martial art and excellent form of self-defence, it utilises, speed, structural power, direct efficient striking & controlling, Wing Chun is primarily a close range fighting system.
Some say Wing Chun Kuen was created by an Abbess called Ng Mui, it is also said to be based on the sightings of a fight between a snake and a crane, after developing the fighting system further, Ng Mui passed the art onto a lady named Yim Wing Chun, to help her defend herself against a warlord’s impending forced marriage.
Many hundreds of years later a Grand Master named Ip Man (Yip Man) taught Wing Chun Kuen in Hong Kong to many students, some of which still teach to this day across the world, one of his most famous pupils was martial artist and movie star Bruce Lee.
Wing Chun is practiced today by lots of movie stars such as Liam Neeson, Robert Downey Jnr and Nicholas Cage, and demonstrated in many action films including Taken, Sherlock Holmes and Bangkok Dangerous and most recently The Ip Man Movies.
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Training Wing Chun Kuen is simple but is also hard work, the Wing Chun Kuen learning process consists of the following aspects.
- Fitness: Warm-up, stretching, core strengthening and cardiovascular exercises.
- Striking Drills (Tool Sharpening) : Using almost every part of your body as a potential weapon, It is important that your tools remain sharp, develops muscle tone, speed, accuracy and power.
- Chi-Sao (Sticking hands): A tactile sensitivity exercise, students practise chi-sao to heighten their sensitivity when in contact with an opponent.
- Forms: A series of tools and techniques practised for Stance, stepping, correct positioning, structure and energy. more about the individual forms.
- Form Applications: Student exercises to instil a deeper understanding of each tool and technique, knowing the movements of a form is not enough, it is important that all students understand what each tool/technique is used for.
- Lat-Sao: A valuable part of training to improve students tools, instil concepts, improve timing and develop correct reactions.
- Applied Reality: Using all aspects of a students training in real situations. There are many ways attackers could attempt violence , All variations must be practiced to ensure effectiveness, should you ever need to defend yourself.