What is Wing Chun

尚武精神 – 詠春拳



Chuck Chi Sao

Chuck training Chi Sao

Wing Chun (Ving Tsun, 詠春拳) is an Chinese Martial Arts system that focuses on close-range combat and practical applications. Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) is noted by the use of linear movement, simultaneous attack and defense, and independant movement of the limbs.

Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) consists of three empty hand forms, Sil Lim Tao (Little Idea,小念頭), Chum Kil (Searching Bridge) and Biu Tze (Thrusting Fingers). These three forms create a lexicon or library of techniques and principles in the Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) system. Each of the Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) empty hand forms build foundation for the next form.

Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) also includes (as a form) the famed Mook Yun Jong (Wooden Dummy). The Mook Yun Jong is one of the classical signatures of the Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) system. The Mook Yun Jong (Wooden Dummy, 木人樁) is the incorporation of the three empty hand forms (Sil Lim Tao, Chum Kil & Biu Tze).

Chuck and Nelson Chan Chi Sao

Chuck and Nelson Chan training Chi Sao

Another signature of the Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) system is Chi Sau (Sticky Hands, 黐手). Chi Sau (Sticky hands) allows a Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) practitioner to apply the lexicon of techniques and principles from the three empty hand forms in a dynamic laboratory, while developing sensitivity.

In addition to the Sil Lim Tao, Chum Kil, Biu Tze and Chi Sau, are foundational drills such as Lap sau, Pak Sau, Pak Da, and various footwork drills.

Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) has two weapon sets the Luk Dim Boon Kwan (6 1/2 point pole) and the treasured Baat Cham Do (Eight Slashing Knives).

Moy Yat and Nelson Chan Ting Lick

Moy Yat and Nelson Chan Ting Lick

Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) practitioners are taught to understand the application of principles in a logical and analytical manner. This allows for the Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) student freedom and creativity within the framework of the Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) concepts and principles. These concepts and principles are known as the Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) kuen kuit. These kuen kuit are often short, sing-song, sayings and rhymes.

Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) stresses relaxation, limiting risk, use of balance, body structure, redirection of force and protection of the centerline. This is why Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) masters who truly understood the Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) principles such as Sigung Moy Yat and Soji Yip Man were able to defeat students in Chi sau (sticky hands) well into their advanced years.