What is Wing Chun?
Wing Chun is a complete self-defense system whose purpose is to stop an attack as fast as possible, by any means necessary, without compromising the user’s safety. Below are a few examples of how it is unique in the martial arts and self-defense world.
Wing Chun’s hallmark is simultaneous Defense and Attack. This is accomplished with unique concepts, structure, pressure, and muscle memory. Put simply, every strike also shields, and every protective move also threatens. Proprietary reflex training (Chi Sau and Chi Gerk) minimizes reaction times. All this enables Wing Chun to be hyper-efficient and VERY fast.
Wing Chun is no-nonsense: All our kicks are below the waist. We wear shoes. We avoid acrobatics and theatrical moves. Every movement is pressure tested in scenario-based training.
Wing Chun is simple yet sophisticated. We use scientific concepts like the Wedge, Magnetic Zone, Center Line, and Spring Energy to take the guess-work out of Practical Defense.
A very abbreviated history of Wing Chun
Wing Chun is a Chinese Kung Fu system that is a hybrid of other arts and has evolved into one of the most popular Chinese martial arts in the world. It is believed to have been taught by invitation only from the 1800′s until the 1940′s when the late Grand Master Ip (Yip) Man began to teach the paying public. He taught several Master-level students, but most of the art’s popularity is owed to Bruce Lee, his most well-known student.
Wing Chun’s recent popularity is owed directly to several films about Ip Man. Additionally, Wing Chun (and Filipino Martial Arts) is now frequently featured in dramatic fight scenes in major motion pictures and popular television shows. Everything from the Bourne films to Arrow to the Sherlock Holmes movies features these arts. In fact, Robert Downey, Jr. is a student of Wing Chun and his Sifu, Eric Oram, is his fight choreographer!
Wing Chun Naming/Spelling
Diverse geography, lineages, and spin-offs have led to at least a dozen different spellings, all of which are pronounced roughly the same. Wing Chun is the most common English spelling and phonetic pronunciation for the art in general, regardless of unique versions. Our school’s lineage begins with the late GM Ip Man (Ving Tsun), to Leung Ting and Keith Kernspecht (Wing Tsun), to Emin Boztepe (Wing Tzun). So, generically, we train in Wing Chun, but, specifically, we train in Emin Boztepe’s Wing Tzun, which is of Yip Man and Leung Ting descent.