About Wing Chun

Wing Chun seems to have been created by two women who synthesized different methods of Chinese Boxing arts to create a highly effective and easy to learn system of fighting. Legend has it that the system was created when a Nun from the Shaolin temple,who was well versed in multiple fighting arts named Ng Mui, witnessed a fight between a crane and a snake and noted that neither animal used brute force in the confrontation. The concepts she witnessed in the fight inspired her to create a new system of fighting based on the strategies and tactics used by the two animals and comprised of the multiple boxing methods she had already mastered. The goal of both animals was survival by any means possible. She later taught this system of blade fighting to a young girl by the name of Yim Wing Chun (嚴詠春) for self defense because a local warlord/thug threatened to force this young woman to marry him. As a result Yim Wing Chun was able to protect herself from this individual with the methods taught to her and later marry whomever she chose.(So it can be said that Wing Chun is truly an “anti-bully system”.) Ms. Yim thereafter marries Leung Bok Chau (梁博儔) and teaches him the system, which he names after her. As the story continues additions were added to the system as needed such as the long pole which was used regularly on the Opera Red Boats that traveled on the rivers in southern China.

 

 

WING CHUN is revolutionary in its approach…

 

 

Wing Chun centers on utilizing a strong offensive and counter-offensive methodology with a focus on not getting hit (avoidance of mutual destruction). Offensive and counter-offensive tactics are executed from all angles and positions to develop realistic reflexive actions to neutralize threats. (Firearm and edged weapon retention and or neutralization are included in this training methodology.)With the mindset of “offense is the best defense”, the Wing Chun system as we understand it, enables one to identify the threat, neutralize and dispatch the opponent quickly and effectively.

Here are further differences noted:

1. Wing Chun is a highly practical form of Chinese boxing  based on blade fighting characterized by its natural stances, footwork and explosive attacks and counter attacks which is necessary for any weapons based art.

2. Wing Chun was developed as a woman’s self protection system by two women in China during a time of revolution. They tested the art as they developed it, making it one of the world’s most devastating fighting arts that focuses on survival.

3. Wing Chun is void of rituals, sport aspects or flashy movements. It seeks victory over the opponent(s) by using the minimum amount of movement, energy and time to inflict the maximum amount of injury to them.

4. Wing Chun attacks vulnerable areas of the body that are inherently weak. These areas are exactly the same on everybody no matter the amount of muscle, conditioning or training they remain weak and vulnerable to attack (e.g. the eyes, groin, windpipe, joints).

5. Wing Chun is unlike other martial arts in that it does not have katas. Wing Chun has forms that teach concepts of movement that are combined together to create fighting techniques.

6. Wing Chun does everything simultaneously. It attacks or counter attacks to defend making the Wing Chun Fighter always one step ahead of  the attacker(s). Offense is the best defense is one of our key training principles.

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7.  Much like animals in the wild, Wing Chun utilizes any means possible to survive. It is not bound by rules of engagement. It is a “what works” focused art. Eyes, groin, throat, small joints, illegal blows and or dirty fighting techniques are key components of this non-competitive/non-sport oriented style that is based on the use of edged, impact and improvised weapon use.

8. Special Forces Groups, Law Enforcement Agencies and individuals in protection oriented services seek to train in this system  due to its simplicity, efficiency and practicality. Another reason they seek to train in Wing Chun is because a practitioner can become highly proficient within a very short period of time.

Wing Chun Boxing unlike Western Boxing because does not sheath the hands and use them exclusively. We train to use all parts of the body as weapons. We are bound by no rules of engagement and seeks to end fights as soon as they start as its end result, to ensure our survival. Wing Chun Boxing as we train it, has a  no nonsense approach and a strict adherence to a self defense ethos allowing for the use of weapons of opportunity as well as other more orthodox weapons to be used in defending ourselves in a violent attack. It is an art that is based on modernizing and synthesis/integration to allow its practitioners to ever evolve using its principles and as master Wong Shun Leung would say “(to) Become masters of the system but not slaves to it.”

Wing Chun (詠春), Ving Tsun or Wing Tsun, is a system of Chinese Boxing that is suitable for indivuals 15 yrs old or older and all fitness levels.

 

 

Dustan

 

 

Wing Chun’s Base Curriculum

Our system’s curriculum is totally focused on survival and efficiency. It includes three hand forms or boxing sequences ( Siu Lin Tao, Chum Kil, Bil Jee) one wooden dummy form (Mook Yong Jong), and two weapons forms (pole or Look Dim Gwan and double knives or Baat Jaam Do). The forms are easy to learn but take deligence and hard work to truly master the application of the principles found within them.

At our school, material from the different forms or levels are inter-dispersed throughout the training to create a cohesive holistic approach to the student’s education and training in the system. 

 

 

BRUCE LEE’S CONNECTION TO WING CHUN

Wing Chun is the only fighting system that Bruce Lee ever formally studied. It is the skills that he learned in Wing Chun that catapulted him to stardom in the martial arts world. Wing Chun  formed the core of his Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do.  He stated on several occasions after creating JKD that he would use Wing Chun (NOT Jeet Kune Do) if he were in a fight for his life.

Bruce Lee’s teacher was Master Ip Man(Yip Man).  Dustan Carroll is a well-known instructor in the Ip Man Wing Chun lineage and he continues to pass on the system as he understands it to those interested in using it to better themselves.

bruce & yip man

 

 

 *We reserve the right to choose our students.