Wing Chun is an Shaolin Kung Fu based on
techniques originally developed at the famous Shaolin temple over four hundred
years ago. The martial system is
thought to have been created as a quicker way of training advanced fighting
skills in the Shaolin monk’s subsequent efforts to overthrow the Ch’ing
government and restore the Ming emperor.
Wing Chun appears deceptively simple, its three hand
forms cover the essential elements of attack and defense. There is a wooden dummy form
and 2 weapons forms to help to perfect and refine your technique.
The first form is called Sil Lum Tao, which
translates into “The Little Idea”. This form incorporates most of the
theoretical basis for the art.
The other empty hand forms; Chum Kui
and Bil Gee, enhance and augment the concepts presented in the
Luk Dim Boon Kwun
is the simplest of the six forms but requires the most precise timing of all.
The pole is 7’-2” long and tapered like a pool cue giving it a whip like
Bart Cham Dao,
the sword form, improves strength, flexibility, and footwork. Perhaps most
importantly, the sword form teaches you to focus energy. The strength, speed,
and flexibility gained in training with the pole and swords will benefit your
open hand fighting.
The Wooden Dummy
is designed so that almost all of the techniques can be practiced on it. The
wooden dummy reinforces correct stance, arm positions, stepping and the
direction of energy. The wooden dummy represents an opponent to train with,
allowing you to practice even when you don’t have a partner.
Chi Sau, which literally means ‘sticking
hands’, is the most important facet of Wing Chun training. Chi Sau
gives a heightened sense of awareness, which greatly enhances your contact
Wing Chun theory stresses
a straight line is the shortest distance between two points, and
you control the centerline you optimize your defense and offense. Wing Chun
relies on speed and finesse developed through training your bodies’
sensitivity and reflexes rather than having to resort to brute force. It is
characterized by close quarters fighting strategies, lightening-fast hand
techniques and effective low kicks. The blocks and strikes are targeted to have
maximum effect. These qualities make it an ideal martial art for everyone
regardless of size, strength, flexibility, age or musculature.
Articles by Great Grandmaster Tsui Seung Tin
Nim Tau 1
Nim Tau 2
from the International Wing Chun Academy
Discussion Forum of the
International Wing Chun Academy