What is Wing Chun?
Wing Chun is a practical style of Kung Fu. It is a martial art that was intended strictly for martial combat but can be used effectively as a means of self-defense or more accurately stated, self-protection. Practiced correctly, 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.
The Wing Chun system’s main goal is protecting the head and other vital areas of your body from a strike while “simultaneously” striking the vital areas of your attacker. The purpose of its strikes is to create injury so that you can escape and live to see another day. It is not a sport. It is designed to end a confrontation quickly.
Wing Chun employs the body’s natural weapons including strikes, low kicks, knees and elbows. Unlike what the movies portray, Wing Chun does not use high kicks or acrobatics.
Wing Chun does not require you to memorize hundreds of different techniques because Wing Chun is a concept-based system. It is taught in progressive student grades and practiced until the responses becomes reflex.
Wing Chun is a martial art whose design is based upon the laws of science, physics and anatomy. It does not rely on muscle or brute strength but instead yields to the other person’s force and then redirects that force back to the attacker. The result is a dynamic system of self-protection that allows the average 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.