a shaolin legacy
Wing Chun quan (咏春拳）
Physical, Technical, And Mental Training
The roots of the wing chun name
The roots of Wing Chun Quan come from the Shaolin Temple, being developed by the Buddhist nun Ng Mui, a Shaolin master. The nun developed this system taking into consideration the weakness of Shaolin Quan for female practitioners. Ng Mui’s first student was called Yin Wing Chun, from where the system’s name came.
There are many theories related to the name of the style. One theory is that this system was first spread in Yong Chun County by Yan Sanniang. Therefore, the name comes from the county, hence Yong Chun Quan’s (Wing Chun Boxing). Rumors say that this system was created by five masters and later taught to one disciple called Yan Wing Chun, hence the name of Wing Chun.
In 1949, Yip Man, the grandmaster of modern Wing Chun Quan, was the first master to spread the style out of China via Hong Kong and then the world through Bruce Lee.
The law of physics
Isaac Newton put the basis of the basic principles of modern physics in the Second Law of Motion that demonstrates the correlation between force, mass, and acceleration.
F (force)= m (mass) x a (acceleration)
The force is proportional to the acceleration. The acceleration is inverse proportional to the force. This law applies to the Wing Chun strike. The higher the strike’s acceleration, the higher the force and the lower the person’s mass.
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Wing Chun is an art
methods of training
Wing Chun Quan is based on skill rather than brute force.
Wing Chun’s system does not look spectacular and does not contain elaborate movements like other styles in martial arts. Instead, the Wing Chun Quan system focuses on efficiency rather than variety, and its movements are designed for practical use. The techniques are not limited in their applications by restrictive clothing or confined space. Wing Chun Quan is designed for realistic self-defense. Therefore, inside the system are not difficult and abstract movements. Instead, the techniques used are designed for practical combat situations. In this way, you will use minimum necessary effort and movements.
The basic principles of Wing Chun Quan consist of simplicity, directness, the economy in movement, minimum use of brute force, and practicality. It includes hands, punches, and footwork.
The centerline is like a vertical line running down the center front of the body. It is the body’s straight path where your main organs live, where you live. On this line are many vulnerable points such as the eyes, nose, jaw, throat, solar plexus, abdomen, groin, knees, shins. Those points are the most effective places to strike an attacker and the parts of your own body. Must be guarded at all times.
The stance must be balanced and stable because it represents the foundation of the system. Without a good combat stance, it is challenging to generate force and overcome the attacker force. When you are out of balance when striking, you become vulnerable and be easily thrown down. It is crucial to have coordination and control of body weight at all times. The Wing Chun stance is mobile and stable at the same time.
Power is developed using proper breathing, body strength, and posture. The body’s power is the muscle workout and a combination of breathing with an appropriate technique. Speed is crucial for self-defense—the routines and movements combined with breathing increase the speed. Body relaxation is a must to maximize speed as stiffness delays movement. Endurance represents the physical capacity to successfully use techniques after physical exertion. The work combined with Qi is the target for the advanced students.
Hard Qigong functions to tighten the muscles to release the strength and aims to reach the goal of abdominal breathing for Kung Fu training.
Hard Qigong combined with abdominal breathing and physical self-defense training increase the conditioned body’s pain tolerance capacity and cell density intensity.
In the Wing Chun Quan system, there are three empty hand routines: Xiao Nian Tou, Xun Qiao, and Biao Ji.
Wing Chun’s weapons routines include a pole and a double knife. In addition, Wing Chun practitioners use wooden dummies and rings for training.
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Wing Chun movements and routines include:
- Movement with stillness.
- The balance between Yin and Yang.
- Hardness and softness.
- The integration of mind and body.
The routines tap deeply into the man’s body’s potential energy.
Wing Chun training path
Wing Chun Quan Martial Arts training consists of the progressive practice of the following techniques:
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The complete training methods are taught at the Temple or Online
Wing Chun Fundamentals e-book
Learn genuine Wing Chun Quan system and understand the fundamentals. Understand the scientific theory and practical efficiency of the style: Centerline Fundamentals, Stance, Hands, Fist, Footwork, and Force. Learn the benefits for Self Defence, A Focused Mind, Body Control & Balance, Postural Alignment and Health. Written by Shifu Shi Yanjun, Shifu Shi Yanpeng and Dr. Andreea McCurry, this e-book is for anyone with an interest in discovering and understanding the science behind Wing Chun Quan style.
One does not accumulate but eliminates. It is not the daily increase but the daily decrease. The weight of cultivation always runs in simplicity.
Wing Chun training, consists of internal and external, shape and spirit. When practicing taolu (routine 套路) techniques, the connection between internal & external and spirit & shape is important.