Wing Chun gongfu contains three boxing forms, two weapon forms and a wooden dummy form. These are taught progressively through regular training. The core principles of Wing Chun can be summarised as: using efficiency of motion, maintaining relaxation, attacking while defending and employing optimum angles so as to avoid force against force.
Stance, structure & balance
A correct Wing Chun stance is like bamboo, firm but flexible, rooted but yielding. Using a solid stance and structure enables the practitioner to deflect external forces or redirect them. Balance enables quick and fluid movement while maintaining stance and stucture.
Performing techniques in a relaxed manner, is fundamental to Wing Chun gongfu as it increases striking speed, saves energy and enables the practitioner to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. Developing relaxation is at the core of Wing Chun training.
Wing Chun techniques are generally closed, with the limbs drawn in to protect the central area of the body. Wing Chun training focuses on effective positioning and use of structure to control and strike along the centrelines between the practitioner and assailant.
The straight punch is the most common strike in Wing Chun. It is usually thrown with the elbow down, fist vertical and body behind the strike. Punches are often delivered in quick succession (‘chain punching’) and when executed correctly, they can be used as an effective finisher.
Traditionally, Wing Chun kicks are kept below the waist. They are used for both attack and defence, with legs being used to check incoming kicks or to take the initiative in striking before a more circular kick can land. Kicks are usually delivered directly from the stance without chambering.
Chi Sau (sticky hands)
Chi Sau acts as a bridge between the forms and real life combat. It is a training method that enables practitioners to develop a high level of contact sensitivity, quick reflexes, correct body alignment and striking/trapping/tripping skills. Chi Sau is intergral to Wing Chun training and should be practiced regularly to develop its core principles and techniques.
About the instructor
- fully qualified primary teacher (PGCE 5-11)
- began martial arts in 1995, training in Aikido & Aikijujitsu
- trained at the UK Wing Chun Academy since 2004 & attained instructor level in 2010
- fully qualified fitness instructor and sports coach
- Masters graduate of University College London (MSc)
- insured member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS)
- public liability insured
- enhanced DBS clearing