What is Wing Chun
Chun is Kung fu style that is very different from many of today's popular
styles such as karate, tae kwon do, and Shaolin kung fu. While these styles block
first then attack, a Wing Chun student will defend and attack simultaneously.
Wing Chun students also do not draw back before striking; instead, they
strike from any position. This method both increases the speed and eliminates
the telegraphing of the strike. In this way, in one or two punches, a Wing
Chun student will throw at least nine.
While most other styles rely on a windup to generate striking force,
Wing Chun uses the structure of the entire body to create power in a small
space. Wing Chun's famous "one-inch-punch" is a testament to its
striking power. Because proper positioning will overcome sheer strength, much
of a Wing Chun student's time is spent training his body to move precisely
and efficiently. Wing Chun uses chi sao (sticky hands) training to develop
this precision and economy of motion.
Wing Chun is efficient - It uses
economy of motion and energy to accomplish the task at hand. No unnecessary
movement or motion is used along with the minimum amount of energy. Movements
are linear from point a to point b. Wing Chun uses the opponents energy
Wing Chun is fast - Students are
trained to punch relaxed. This means that there is a minimum of muscle
resistance when the punch is launched allowing for maximum acceleration.
Force=mass X acceleration. The force of a blow can only increase with the
acceleration since mass is constant.
Wing Chun is powerful - The Wing Chun
student is trained to generate extremely high amounts of energy by
coordinating movements of the body when a punch connects to maximize the
amount of mass and acceleration behind the technique. Force=mass X
acceleration. The force of a blow can only increase with the acceleration
since mass is constant.
Wing Chun is thought provoking - Wing
Chun was developed in a logical way. There are a lot of hidden meanings in
each technique or theory. The challenge is to discover and utilize the deeper
meanings to improve your understanding of the art.
Wing Chun can be fun - When you learn
Chi-Sao (Sticky Hands), things start to get fun. The object is to incorporate
all the previous teachings and figure out (with an opponent) the best,
fastest, and most efficient way to defeat techniques. It becomes a challenge,
like a game of chess.
Wing Chun is not just for guys - a
woman developed Wing Chun whose first student was a woman. Women may have a
better predisposition to learning the art because of their inherent
relaxation. Generally men have to train to relax and tone down energy usage.
Wing Chun is a way of life - Lessons
learned in Wing Chun can be directly related to everyday life. Relax, don't
use so much energy, see things at their basic level and then understand them
better, and so much more....