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Wing Chun is a form of Kung Fu and a fighting system characterised by short-range, explosive techniques. It uses simultaneous defense and attack principles, and favours efficiency of movement and sensitivity to the moves of the opponent over strength.


It is a simple system, containing a few forms (katas)  allowing the student to pick up the necessary techniques for self-defence in the minimum amount of time. Extensive training with a partner is used to build reflexes, speed of movement and to train in a realistic manner.


Wing Chun is one of the most widely practiced forms of Kung Fu outside of China with some 4 million practitioners worldwide.


It was made famous by Bruce Lee and is often associated with him. Bruce Lee was taught Wing Chun by Ip Man in the late 60's.


Ip Man was a famous fighter of Wing Chun who moved from Foshan (the spiritual home of Wing Chun) to Hong Kong in the late 1940s. Recently, the Martial Arts action star, Donnie Yen, portrayed Ip Man in the 2008 movie- Ip Man and it's sequel Ip Man 2. They both were a great success at the box office and led to a rebirth in popularity of Wing Chun.


Ip Chun (the eldest son of Ip Man)  along with Ip Ching (the youngest son) have expressed gratritude to Donnie Yen and the producers, for bringing Wing Chun once more to popularity and keeping their father's legacy alive.  


Ip Man was in the final stages of cancer and was concerned about the future of Wing Chun. So many people were teaching a different system, Ip Man asked his 2 sons and his student Lau Hon Lam to film him performing the Wing Chun system as practiced HIS way.


He only managed Sil Lim Tau, Chum Kiu and the Dummy form. This is because he was in a lot of pain and was weak. He was going to do Biu Gee, the knife form and long pole. However Grandmaster Ip Chun and Ip Ching and Sifu Lau Hong Lam stopped Ip Man because they weapons require a lot of energy to perform


Ip Man died December 2nd 1972




























More information on Wing Chun Kung Fu can be found HERE





Did you know that....

IP Man Code Of Conduct

The late  GM Ip Man (1893 -1972) wrote a code of conduct for Wing Chun to remind students that Wing Chun was about more than just fighting. Wing Chun should not be taken lightly and learning the destructive art should come with moral responsibility. Outlined below is the code of conduct wrote by Ip Man that can be seen on the wall of the V.T.A.A. in Hong Kong.


In a nutshell, the Code of Conduct States:


Remain disciplined                                                 - Conduct yourself ethically as a martial artist.

Practice courtesy and righteousness                     - Serve the society and respect your elders.

Love your fellow students                                       - Be united and avoid conflicts.

Limit your desires and pursuit of bodily pleasures  - Preserve the proper spirit.

Train diligently                                                         - Maintain your skills.

Learn to develop spiritual tranquillity                       - Abstain from arguments and fights.

Participate in society                                               - Be moderate and gentle in your manners.

Help the weak and the very young                          - Use martial skills for the good of humanity.

Pass on the tradition                                                - Preserve this Chinese art and rules of conduct

- Short arm bridges and fast steps requires practicing the stance first.

- Siu Lim Tau mainly trains internal power.

- Comprehend the principles of Yin and Yang.

- Lon Sau in Chum Kiu is a forceful technique.

- The Wooden Man develops use of power.

- Fancy techniques should not be used in sticky hand practice.

- The posture complements the hands to eject the opponent.

- The Six and a Half Point Staff does not make more than one sound.

- There are not many sets of training exercises in Wing Chun. They are easy to learn but hard to master.

- Learning the usual ways will allow later variations.

- Short arm bridges and fast steps requires practicing the stance first.

- Siu Lim Tau mainly trains internal power.

- Bui Jee contains life saving emergency techniques.

- Sticky leg practice is inseparable from the single leg stance.

- The steps follow turning of the body like a cat.

- The Eight Cut Sword techniques have no match.

- The thrusting and fast attacks are well suited for closing in.

- Eyes beaming with courage can neutralize the situation.

- Unknown techniques are not suitable for training practice.

- Those who completely master the system are among the very few.

Wing Chun Kuen Kit (Proverbs) - The Keys to Wing Chun

Wing Chun Kuen Kuit are “Words of Wisdom” or Proverbs which capture, in poetic terms, the finer attributes of Wing Chun Kung Fu. “Kuen Kuit” is Cantonese for “Martial sayings” , “Fist poetry” or “Fighting songs.” Below are sopme of the most popular 'Kuen Kit'.........

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