Wing Chun is currently the most widely practiced form of Chinese Kung Fu in the world, although it was not openly taught on a class basis until the 1950’s. It has found major popularity in the east and the west as Wing Chun was Bruce Lee’s foundation art. More recently, it has gained additional popularity through the Ip Man movies.
As you can imagine, with so much popularity, and so many teachers, there are massive discrepancies concerning how Wing Chun is trained and realised from school to school. From a practical combative perspective, some methods are viable, some less so. You will find creation myths concerning the conception of Wing Chun all over the web. Strip back myths and legends, and you are left with a very practical scientific analysis of the human form specific to combative activity. Wing Chun draws from physics, mathematics, and geometry to augment physical form and guide human choices for efficient violent exchange.
Wing Chun utilizes a body structure mechanism. This means joint configurations are learned to build the body into powerful base shapes that can be used to collect and redirect pressure as well as creating space. These shapes assist in establishing and maintaining close proximity, in the understanding that during violent assault, space is a luxury and pertinent to maintaining safety. Distance also underpins the ability of an individual to both manifest and deliver power, as well as manipulate balance.
Power manifests through bone and mass. The ability to use muscle to deliver force may be circumstantially mitigated during combat. To account for this, Wing Chun is designed to formulate the body into set structures where angle, alignment, compression and rebound are employed as key methods in creating and dispersing force in confined space, by employing rotation, collection, compression and release. This also creates a fighting method that carries great capacity to maintain its efficacy during injury, loss of concentration, or fatigue, making it exceptionally efficient during hostile exchange. It also supports smaller individuals confronting larger stronger individuals, where a deficit of muscle or body weight would usually impinge on the likelihood of success.
Unlike the majority of ‘stand up’ Martial practices, Wing Chun utilizes touch reflex. Touch reflex is a gradual process of attunement to directional pressure to identify threat, and stimulate reaction instinctively. In assimilating to the pressure of another, we are dealing in the known not the assumed. Learning to read pressure this way enables the individual to work instinctively to modify and manipulate circumstance. Regular practice creates sensitivity so that we may deduce and adapt with an enhanced probability of success. Rather than attempting to deal at close range with a static guard, Wing Chun operates a dynamic redirection system. Force may be collected, absorbed, added to, or quashed. On a proactive or reactive basis, it is highly efficient in the scheme of command and operates to support timing where semi- simultaneous attack and defence activate to bring violent confrontation to a premature close.
Wing Chun as a system is built upon a series of concepts and principles. It is a collection of applied ideas rather than a collection of techniques. With this in mind, Wing Chun is concerned with reduction (as opposed to collection), in manifesting and streamlining a direct approach to violence. Through observation and testing, Wing Chun exists as a comprehensive tool box, simple enough to be absorbed and utilized, dynamic enough to remain malleable and tactical. Concise enough to refine existing fight competency for superior output. To watch Wing Chun training, please visit our Youtube Channel here.