Wing Chun is one of the most popular Chinese Kung Fu styles in the world. Its fame came from BRUCE LEE. He created a style called JEET KUN DO with many
Recently, movies like IP MAN with the famous actor DONNIE YEN, extended the popularity of the IP MAN branch of WING CHUN.
The origin of Wing Chun stays in the Shaolin Kung Fu branch called SIU LUM. This has been settled about 300 years ago in FOSHAN which is now considered the birthplace of Wing Chun.
There are 2 big branches of Wing Chun: FOSHAN (CHINA) and HONG KONG.
The most important part of the training in Wing Chun Kung Fu is the BASICS. They represent the foundation of your FORMS (TAOLU). Only a student with strong basics will be able to develop his KUNG FU at the HIGHEST level.
• HAND BLOCKS : Wu Sao, Man Sao, Fuk Sao, Tan Sao, Gan Sao, Bil Sao, Chun Sao, Gum Sao,
Jut Sao, Bong Sao, Huen Sao, Larn Sao
• DOUBLE HAND BLOCKS: Kan Sao and Kuan Sao
• LEG BLOCKS: Bong gerk, Pak Gerk, Lap Gerk, Stomp Gerk
• DEFFENSIVE and ATTACK MOVEMENTS: straight line, inside out, sideways, away from the body
• POWER STRIKES: elbow, L-hook, uppercut
• TAOLU (set of movements)
Wing Chun movements require POWER and SPEED. During your training you will develop the strength of your joints by performing specific exercises as well as the strength of your overall body by undertaking HARD QIGONG training.
All our students must take classes in QIGONG (SOFT and HARD) in order to develop a strong body and increase their QI in the LOWER DANTIAN.
The Forms in Kung Fu mean a set of movements. Forms can be performed with empty hand called Fist Forms (Combat Skills 拳 / Quán) or with Weapons.
We teach all the Wing Chun forms which can be fist forms and with weapons. One of the form uses the Wooden Dummy.
1. Sil Lum Tao (小念頭 Little Idea)
2. Chum Kiu (尋桥 Bridging the Gap)
3. Biu Ji (标指 Thrusting Fingers)
4. Muk Yan Jong (木人樁 Wooden Dummy)
5. Baat Jam Dao (八斩刀 Butterfly Swords/Eight Cut Swords)
6. Look Dim Boon Grun (六点半杆 Dragon Pole/Six and Half Point Pole)
Each form has its complexity and own techniques. The first form you will learn is called SIL LUM TAO. It contains fundamental hand attacks and defense techniques. This form has the specific palm strike, punch, center lines, the gates (upper, middle and lower), blocks, locks, and some footwork.
As you advance as a student, for example, the third form, BIU JI, requires perfect coordination, balance, and footwork. A technique used here is the STRIKING THE PRESSURE POINTS. By this time, you will have already started the CHI SAO or sticky hands exercise.
When you start practicing on the WOODEN DUMMY, by than you should have conditioned your body using HARD QIGONG so you will be able to hit the dummy harder. This way you will avoid injuries.
The SPEED and POWER comes from the QI stored in the LOWER DANTIAN.
Applications always follow the techniques. You must prepare your mind in the same time. In the class we explain the APPLICATIONS for each move in the form, no matter if is for fist forms or with weapons. Only by understanding the applications you can improve your forms to a higher level.
Duilian means when you practice the forms in pairs so you can perform it as a COMBAT form. Each form can be practiced in pairs.
Wing Chun students will perform once per week free fighting against other students who practice other styles such as SANDA, SHAOLIN, TAIJIQUAN and MEIHUA QUAN.
Chi Sao (Sticky Hands) is a practice used to understand how to apply the TECHNIQUES learned in the forms. In fact, this type of practice uses the sensitivity between 2 arms in order to give information about HOW to control the attack of the opponent.
The first step is to learn the Basic Techniques for hands and after start the Chi Sao exercise. Chi Sao helps you become better but is not a way to fight. The purpose of it is to understand your partner intention and should not be used as competition.
Wing Chun, like many other styles of Martial Arts, have health benefits such as improved fitness level, coordination, develops speed and power, eye coordination, better reflexes, stress relief and helps to develop the internal energy for wellness.
When you join, the level of your skill will be assess during practice time and your class will be decided based on this. We have classes for ADVANCED, INTERMEDIATE and BEGINNERS students in WING CHUN KUNG FU. We also run classes for COACHES and ASSISTANT COACHES.
During your training, you can be moved between these classes based on your OWN progress.
INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED students which train for a short term, can train only on the main goals for their trip. The same is for COACHES and ASSISTANT COACHES.