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The Red Junk Opera Company

Shortly thereafter, a salt (or silk) merchant from Shangxi named Leung Bok Cho visited the area. Leung Bok Cho had been a student of Kung Fu at the Honan Shaolin Temple. He stayed at an inn next to Yim Yee’s shop, and witnessed Wing Chun practising her Kung Fu beside the tofu grinders. He fell in love with this beautiful and skilful young woman, and soon, with Yim Yee’s approval, they were married. Wing Chun passed on her skills to […]

Yim Wing Chun

Ng Mui was the principal contributor in the restructuring of Shoalin Kung Fu in terms of simplifying it to accommodate the minimal time span in which they had to train proficient fighters for the revolution. Her ideas of close quarter combat were completely different from those around at the time. Discarding many of the animal forms (although it is thought she was partly influenced in developing Wing Chun after watching a battle between a crane and a snake) she began […]

The Beginnings of Wing Chun

The Wing Chun system of martial arts was developed in southern China approx. 250-300 years ago. Wing Chun Kung fu is just one of many martial arts whose origins are to be found in Southern China. Compared with other arts it is a relatively new style. Often interpreted as a soft style, Wing Chun is in fact a blend of both hard and soft techniques, owing to the fact that it was developed by a woman and refined in the […]

THE WING CHUN WEAPONS FORM

The Wing Chun weapons may have been a practical for combat in the old days, but in modern times training with weapons lends to a more sophisticated method of training and developing Wing Chun skills. Training with the Wing Chun weapons can enhance a practitioners empty hand skills by developing power through the weight training aspect of the practice, and even develop further timing and speed through the freestyle sparing aspect. The knife has direct parallels in the empty hand […]

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THE WING CHUN THIRD FORM: “Biu Jee”

The third form of Wing Chun is called “Bil Jee” or “Biu Jee” in Cantonese. It literally means “Thrusting or Poking fingers.” Often referred to as the emergency form of the Wing Chun Martial Arts system, the form is unique in that it allows the student to practice what to do when things go wrong in combat or self defence situation.

THE WING CHUN SECOND FORM: “Chum Kiu”

The second martial arts form of Wing Chun is called “Chum Kiu” in Cantonese. It literally means ‘Sinking the Bridge’. Conceptually the concept is to create a bridge with an attackers arm, allowing a Wing Chun practitioner the ability to stick, trap and follow up with counter attacks. More importantly, the second form is a logical extension of the first form. Now that the Wing Chun student has developed the necessary ability for strength and focus from a static position, […]

The London Wing Chun Academy

THE WING CHUN FIRST FORM : “Sui Nim Tao”

The first martial arts training form of Wing Chun is called “Sui Nim Tao” (in Cantonese) which literally translates as “Little Idea”. The concept behind this form is to keep your training simple! Conceptually the form teaches the Wing Chun practitioner not only the basic tools, structures, and shapes of this martial art, but also the correct energy and focus of these shapes.

Improving Close Range Fighting Skills: The practice of the third form

Within the martial arts systems there are many that focus on fighting at extreme close range. In fact, the majority of different cultures around the world have their own particular histories that relate to the practice of close quarter martial arts combat. Variations in close quater fighting include martial arts such as: Muay Thai, Wrestling, boxing, Jujitsu, and of course the infamous Wing Chun Kung Fu fighting system.

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Balance and Body Structure

As in any martial art balance is an important aspect of the Wing Chun fighting system. The Chum Kiu Form (2nd form) of the Wing Chun system has a great emphasis on structure, balance and Speed. An alternative way of looking at this is combination is that a well balanced body can move quicker and response to pressure more effectively. When applying Wing Chun or practicing the 2nd form, the trunk of the body is always kept upright to improve speed. […]

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How to Punch

The centreline punch is the defining martial arts technique of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Punches are delivered in fast successive flurries, with the elbow pulled in and close to the body for support and structure. Indeed, the Wing Chun punch is a structure supported by the weight of the practitioner.