Wing Chun is a system of close range combat that is said to have developed in the Shaolin Temple 200-300 years ago by a nun (woman) named Ng Mui. It was passed down generation to generation from master to disciple. It was known to have been a very secretive martial art due to the oppression of Shaolin Temple from the Ching Dynasty. Since Great Grandmaster Yip Man's generation, Wing Chun has become open to the entire world, and was popularized by the great Bruce Lee.
Wing Chun is a system that seeks to avoid using speed and power during a fight to overcome an opponent. Instead, using the proper "rooting" and "body structure", Wing Chun Practitioner can borrow power from the ground and from the opponent to use it against him. Wing Chun speed is simply a result of "forward pressure" which is much like a coiled spring. Once the spring is released, power and technique rushes into the opponent instantly.
For practical fighting application Traditional Wing Chun is slightly different than many Wing Chun Lineages in that it emphasizes:
- Center line and Central Line Theory
- Attacking on the "blindside"
Advanced development of Wing Chun can empower the practitioner with:
- Internal power or Inch Power
- Heightened sensitivity of the body to react to attacks
- A focused mind and peaceful spirit
The Traditional Wing Chun system consist of 5 empty hands form and 2 weapon form.
5 Empty handed forms: 型
Sil Lim Tao - 小念頭 / Advance Sil Lim Tao
Chum Kil - 尋橋
Bil Jee - 標指
Wooden Dummy - 木人椿
2 Weapon forms: 武器型
6 1/2 Dragon Pole - 六點半棍
Butterfly Knives - 八斬刀
Dan Chi Sao (Single Arm Chi Sao)
Sheung Chi Sao (Double Arm Chi Sao)
Parallel Arm Chi Sao
Cross Arm Chi Sao
Free Chi Sao
Gor Sao (Sparring)
Internal Structure Training - 内部構造トレーニング
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