Wing Chun at Nashville Kung Fu
Key points about Wing Chun Kung Fu, the system and the art.

Wing Chun at Nashville Kung Fu

Wing Chun is a practical style of Kung Fu and a martial art that is extremely effective as a means of self-defense or more accurately stated, self-protection.  It is a very fluid, tactile, close-range system which makes it especially effective in confined spaces such as an elevator, hallway, staircase or a crowded urban area.

Wing Chun’s method of training allows for individuals of any age and in good health to participate.  Some martial arts are prone to continuous injury as a result of how the art is taught or practiced.  The Wing Chun system allows students to gradually increase their speed and complexity of movements in order to avoid injury.  When studying Wing Chun, practice and repetition are vital to learning the art.  One cannot learn if he or she is constantly in a state of injury or in fear of an injury.

Wing Chun is often described as a form of “self-offense”.  That’s because Wing Chun does not rely on traditional blocking methods but instead uses the unique concept of simultaneous attack and defense.  Wing Chun employs the body’s natural weapons including strikes, low kicks, knees and elbows.

Wing Chun does not require you to memorize hundreds of different techniques.  Wing Chun is a concept-based system which simply means that once you have learned the system it can be employed without having to “think” about the specific response to any given situation.  It is taught in a series of student grades and then practiced until it becomes reflex.  It is an art whose design is based upon the laws of science, physics and anatomy.  It is the only known system to have been originally created by a female.  The system has continued to evolve for nearly four centuries.   The result is a dynamic system of self-protection that allows a smaller person the reasonable means to defend themselves while under duress against a larger, stronger attacker.

The successful use of Wing Chun in a “self-defense” situation will require instruction, practice and repetition.  In fact, the translation of Kung Fu means simply,  “Hard Work and Practice”.   But don’t let the hard work and practice discourage you from discovering all that Wing Chun has to offer.  The methods used to practice Wing Chun are actually the most fun and addictive part of studying the art.  Literally, hours practicing Wing Chun in class will seem to go by in a few minutes. While training,  you will find yourself immersed, excited, challenged and longing for more.

Ken Smart, 1st Technician and Senior Instructor.