More about this incredible Martial Art:
Wing Chun is a self-defence martial art, originally from China, so it comes under the generic Kung Fu banner. The system, based on adaptability, speed and directness, is suitable for all regardless of stature.
Students of Wing Chun are taught how to deal with all types of self-defence situations using the strongest and least complicated techniques. What follows is a brief overview of what makes Wing Chun so effective:
Wing Chun is not a sport, but a sophisticated self-defence system. Sometimes when a martial art is made more sport-orientated, some of the most efficient and effective techniques (for real self-defence) are taken out for the safety of the competitors. This is not the case with Wing Chun. Of course safety is paramount in training, but the realities of self-defence are also addressed.
Logic and Efficiency
Wing Chun uses only the most efficient of movements and a sophisticated understanding of angles and spatial awareness to make it one of the most effective self-defence systems in existence.
Sound Body Mechanics
Because Wing Chun makes the best use of our body structure it is effective even against a stronger and larger attacker. Wing Chun teaches the dedicated student to understand their body and how to coordinate it as one unit to generate maximum speed and power.
One of the most important aspects of Wing Chun is adaptability:
- The techniques adapt to the movements and physical size/strength of an attacker
- The training teaches the student how to adapt the system to their own capabilities
- Although the system as a whole is very sophisticated, it is taught in a structured and logical way, allowing the student to gradually adapt to the new ideas
Concept vs Technique
In the early stages of training, a student must learn many techniques that are unfamiliar to them. However, once a student has learnt the basic movements, they learn a variety of ways to use them rather than learning more and more movements. This means that in self-defence, less time is spent on wondering what to do, and more time is spent on dealing with it!
Progression through our structured grading syllabus gives our students a sense of pride and achievement. The increased self-confidence and awareness that a student will feel through consistent training can make for a more positive and fulfilling life.
On the terminology sheet there is a glossary of terms we use at Wing Chun -UK to describe our arm and leg techniques and stances. They are complied from names we have long been using and a comparison with the glossaries of the many other styles of wing chun. Our main aim in compiling this list was to keep the most common names we have been using so as to not cause unnecessary confusion (there are a number of variations of many of the terms) and to settle on the simplest spelling for each for ease of pronunciation. Also, for simplicity, we have used the general terms, listed first, to connect our terminology where appropriate. Translations do vary so in many ways what we have here are simply the versions that best describe the physical movement as we do it to help the students learn the syllabus.