WHAT IS WING CHUN (詠春)?
Wing Chun 詠春 aka 'Chinese Boxing' 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