WING CHUN KUNG FU
What is Wing Chun?
Wing Chun is a balanced martial art which merits itself on being simple, direct and economic in its approach. Although it is a fighting art, fundamentally I teach it as a self-defence. It is a short distance close range system, which focuses on developing internal power that enables you to produce efficient low kicks, punches, palm strikes, elbows, sweeps, controlling and trapping techniques.
I work with students to develop a relaxed state of mind so they can deal with incoming forces whilst under pressure. They utilise an agile stance, an impenetrable structure, precise angles, ability to flow around mass, a heightened sensitivity and swift reflexes and reactions. Internally they develop the ability to utilise a precise structural alignment that can issue, absorb and re-direct force flow, all of which help to gain a greater advantage when under pressure. This is more geared towards day to day pressures in life and not just a combative situation.
Control and unification of your body under pressure
An enhanced state of self-awareness and relaxation
With time and practice you will learn to develop explosive power
Wing Chun creates a healthy body and mind
What are the benefits?
You will begin to notice improvements in your balance, coordination and postural alignment. You start to become more aware of how to centre yourself mentally and how applying the correct body mechanics will naturally help you release and let go of any unwanted tension, leaving your body in a state of healthy relaxation.
The forms will help release blocked energy that can inhibit our body, improving your overall health and well-being. The mindfulness state introduced in the first section of Siu Lim Tao is equivalent to a moving meditation, helping you to obtain a peaceful outlook as well as increased physical vitality.
Meditative state calms emotions and balances your energy field.
Your spirit learns to rest helping symptoms of insomnia to dissipate.
Participation of partner drills and exercises helps to reduce blood pressure.
Awareness of breath relaxes and soothes the nervous system.
Improved spatial awareness when learning timing and distance responses.
Control of your fight or flight response which helps to alleviate anxiety.
Forms develop a quality of mindfulness and focus that can be used in daily life.
Learning new skills and connection of mind-body will build a sense of inner confidence.
The practice will increase your focus and mental discipline if applied on a regular basis
Noticeable improvements in posture with regular standing meditation practice.
Yin Yang interplay principles brings more wisdom to your daily life.
With regular practice, the left and right hemisphere of your brain will start to build, activate and strengthen cross neural pathways. The bilateral nature of Wing Chun practice trains both sides of the body simultaneously and with continuous flow.
The level of respect and co-operation required when working with others, along with magnified self-awareness helps reflect subconscious behaviour patterns. It gives you an opportunity to address any egocentric tendencies or emotional/psychological weaknesses. This inner awareness is a path to becoming a more balanced, moral and humble human being.
You will learn a great self-defence that you can continue to practice for the rest of your life. The class which is based on the grounds of a professional boxing gym promotes a positive atmosphere, the training environment is supportive, light and friendly. You will be encouraged to work hard but in an enjoyable way to achieve your training goals.
What will I learn?
You start by learning the first two empty hand forms, then advancing to wooden dummy, third form, knife, and pole. A good understanding of the first two forms will help you create a stable structure and solid foundation, these are vital for being able to control and unify the motion of your body. As you progress you develop advanced skills in explosive power and spiral energies found in the latter forms.
You will learn specific training drills and practical applications, of which various aspects of the forms are continuously explained and incorporated. You will adhere to a set of fighting principles that help enhance your practical skill and application. You will also be encouraged to study the theory and concepts of this art to help deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Wing Chun system.
You will frequently re-visit forms, drills, and applications to help gain a more in-depth understanding. At the heart of Wing Chun is the interplay of yin-yang principles, so you will learn how these techniques transmute into multi-faceted movements creating endless potential becoming almost formless in their natural flow.
Chi Sau is a free flow
partner exercise, unique
to the Wing Chun system. It helps to develop a number of practical skills and abilities which are vital if you want to be proficient as a Wing Chun practitioner.
What is Chi Sau?
Chi Sau (sticking hands) is a unique free flow exercise, it is deemed one of the most important aspects of our training. It will help you assemble ideas taken from all aspects of the system, whilst also being a definitive way to identify your strengths and weaknesses. As your skill level increases and you become more relaxed, you will be able to deal with different types of forces. You will also generate different types of internal energies which go hand in hand with increased awareness and enhanced sensitivity.
You will be taught how to work together with fellow students, ensuring a network of supportive and friendly compliant partners. As well as helping to avoid bad habits from over reactions, this is particularly important to ensure we create a relaxed and safe atmosphere more conducive to learning. You will also touch hands with the class Sifu and receive any necessary correction and feedback to enable you to develop in the right way.
Wing Chun History
Wing Chun is a profound Martial Art which first originated in China over 300 years ago. The origin of its roots still remains a topic of discussion to this day. The late Grand Master Ip Man told us that it was founded by a Buddhist Nun named Ng Mui who was a Master of Shaolin Kung Fu.
Legend states that Ng Mui developed the style by teaching a young woman named Yim Wing Chun how to defend herself. Yim was being harassed and needed to protect herself against a local marauder who was trying to force her into marriage.
Ng Mui took pity on Yim Wing Chun and quickly Yim continued to practice the new style and went on to teach her future husband. set to teach her a fighting style which she derived from the roots of Shaolin Kung Fu. The style had to be agile and quick, it could not rely on muscular strength and it had to be direct and effective. Yim managed to use her new fighting techniques to defeat and finally ward off the bully.
The art expanded into a system in its own right and has continued its growth to this present day. It was decided that the new style would be named Wing Chun (translation Beautiful Springtime) after it's the first student.
Wing Chun is now extremely popular worldwide, which is partly due to the influence of one of it's most renowned students, the infamous Bruce Lee. Bruce was a personal student of the late Wing Chun Grand Master Ip Man who today is still one of the most highly respected Wing Chun Masters.