What is Wing Chun?

Wing Chun is a very unique and scientific form of martial arts. Wing Chun is a style of Kung Fu that originates from southern China and was later refined in Hong Kong. Wing Chun's specialty is in close contact combat, using quick hand techniques and low kicks coupled with a tight defence. Stances emphasize mobility with quick, compact footwork.

Wing Chun is very much a martial art (as opposed to a sport) and is an extremely effective form of self-defence.

Who is Wing Chun suitable for?

The recorded history of Wing Chun shows the style is named for a young Chinese girl called Yim Wing Chun, who was taught by a Bhuddist Abbess called Ng Mui to overcome a local bully who wanted to force her into marriage.

Wing Chun is suitable for males and females, of all ages and physiques. The use of correct positioning and turning, combined with sound physiological structure and muscular relaxation, allow the Wing Chun practioner to negate the physical advantages of larger, stronger opponents.

Wing Chun and Qigong

The effectiveness of Wing Chun is achieved by well coordinated attacks with simultaneous defence and vice versa. The student must learn to deliver the correct amount of energy, whilst staying relaxed when possible. A good Wing Chun Sifu (instructor / teacher) will teach the student to overcome force with positioning and turning rather than meeting it head on.

An important part of building good energy (Qi) to enable your Wing Chun to be effective is the art of Qigong, which we at Hamilton Wing Chun incorporate into every class.

The style uses kicks, sweeps, palm strikes, punches, trapping and control techniques as part of its fighting arsenal.

Wing Chun or Ving Tsun?

Wing Chun is also referred to as Ving Tsun - the difference is simply down to the romanization of the Chinese characters.

Where can I find out more?

Comprehensive additional information, articles, photos and videos are available on the official Samuel Kwok Wing Chun Martial Arts Association website.