Like most Chinese martial arts, the true origin of Wing Chun is cloaked in mystery as facts and
popular fictions are mixed and passed down from teachers to students.
Likewise, the Wing Chun family has spawned a multitude of lineages, each walking its own path
but on the whole they contribute to the rich tapestry of its history.
What is Wing Chun Kuen?
Wing Chun Kuen (詠春拳) is a Southern Chinese martial art that was said to have originated from a Shaolin Nun, named Ng Mui (五枚大师i). Ng Mui fled the destruction of the Northern Shaolin Temple in Henan by the army of Qing Emperor Kang Xi (1662-1722 A.D.), and lived a solitary life in Daliang Mountain. One day she watched a fight between a snake and a crane. She combined their movements with her Shaolin Kung-fu and passed down the art to her disciple, Yim Wing Chun (嚴詠春), whom the art was named after.
Wing Chun entered the modern era in the 19th century when Dr. Leung Jan (梁贊, Liáng Zàn), a Chinese herbalist, combined both Leung Yee Tai’s and Wong Wah Boh’s teachings. He refined the art further with Chinese philosophy and technical depth courtesy of his educated background. The art was then passed down to his son, Leung Bik (梁壁, Liáng Bì ), and a robust disciple, Chan Wah Shun (陳華順, Chén Huá Shùn). Both men were the teachers of Grandmaster Ip Man (葉問, Yè Wèn) who subsequently passed down his art to his nephew, Lo Man Kam (盧文錦, Lǔ Wèn Jiàn), the progenitor of our lineage.
The basic principles of Wing Chun
- Economic movements. This takes away sumptuous moves that often define many Chinese martial arts.
- Correct and natural posture alignment for effective attack and defence, instead of extreme/low stances.
- Efficient movements that conserve energy, in which the fastest travel for a strike or a kick is a straight line.
- Excellent timing, trapping and touch sensitivity, such as the block-attack combinations.
- And practical applications that can maim an opponent quickly and effectively.
NEWS & EVENTS
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We hope these articles can help you understand Wing Chun better while keeping tabs on the latest events.
FORMS & SKILLS
Wing Chun emphasises the importance of the Centreline, balance, relaxation and the harnessing of one’s Qi (氣).
It employs mobile foot works to close a distance gap and fight an opponent in fist-range.
Thus Wing Chun is known as a close-quarter combat style or the art of in-fighting.
CLASSES & TIMETABLES
Our teaching method is rigorous but friendly and fun.
We have many outstanding instructors who teach throughout the Auckland region.
Friday 7:00 – 8:30pm
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“I have been practising martial arts for more than 45 years. In those 45 years I have learned many different styles of martial arts but in the end, Wing Chun is the one I stayed with. Wing Chun has the advantage of being easy to learn; it can be “soft”, “hard” or both, it fits the human physique and it is also safe to practice. The practitioner will benefit from the physical fitness and learn the techniques for self defence. Expertise can be obtained if the practitioner can maintain the practice routines. Learning from a good Master is also a must.“ ~ Bruce Cheng ~
Bruce Cheng Martial Arts
c/o Sifu Bruce Cheng
P.O. Box 128119, Remuera
Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: (09) 522 2788 , Mobile: 021-1381828