The Martial Art Profile blogs were inspired while writing a previous blog ” What Martial Art is best for me? ” yesterday we blogged about the French Martial Art Savate. Today we will be talking about the Chinese Martial Art Wing Chun.
Wing Chun also know as Ving Tsun or Wing Tsun is a concept based Chinese Martial Art and form of Self Defense specializing in close range combat. Wing chun’s focus is on sensitivity, trapping, low line kicks and defending and attacking center line. There are many energy drills found in Wing Chun to help increase sensitivity and trapping skills, probably the most utilized drill is know as Chi Sao ( sticky hands ) and for the legs there is Chi Gerk ( sticky legs ). The energy drills are to teach the practitioner to relax and increase reflexes.
Wing Chun is known for it’s economy of motion, doing 2 or 3 attacks simultaneously, which in turn makes it very difficult to defend against, chain punches which can overwhelm an attacker. The art stresses relaxing, going with the flow and no resistance ”Greet what arrives, escort what leaves and rush upon loss of contact” these are just some of the philosophies found in this traditional art.
Wing Chun unlike many arts only has a few forms, typically there are 6 forms, 3 empty hand forms 2 weapons forms and the Wooden Dummy ( Muk Yan Jong ). The empty hand forms of Wing chun are designed to teach proper structure, through punching, stepping drills, turning and stances. The forms are very compact in nature and precise. Once the student has the empty hand forms down they will move on to the weapons, the Butterfly Swords and the Long Pole. The Muk Yan Jong form is performed against a “wooden dummy”, a thick wooden post with three arms and a leg mounted on a slightly springy frame representing a stationary human opponent. Although representative of a human opponent, the dummy is not a physical representation of a human, but an energetic one. Wooden dummy practice aims to refine a practitioner’s understanding of angles, positions, and footwork, and to develop full body power. It is here that the open hand forms are pieced together and understood as a whole.
Probably the most famous Wing Chun master known would be Yip Man and his most famous student would be Bruce Lee. There are different lineages of Wing Chun, so the exact history will be debated and some of the spellings of terminology will also be different.
There is my quick run down of Wing Chun, I tried to keep it as generic as possible, but to the point. There are a lot of resources out there on Wing Chun, so please if this has peaked your interest check it out.
Resources I used for today’s blog. Wikipedia
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