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History of Wing Chun

Wing Chun is the oldest, the most complete, and the most advanced fighting system in China.  Having been developed in antiquity and refined over hundreds of years, the classical Wing Chun system contains the wisdom, labour and dedication of many people.  The sophistication of the system can be seen in its ability to defeat a far stronger opponent through applying an absolute minimum of force; turning an apparent disadvantage into an advantage and thereby transforming the opponent’s strength into a weakness, Wing Chun wins by virtue of its focus on method, softness, skilful technique and theory.


The original five animal forms of Kung Fu were as follows:


The theory and technique of these five forms were concentrated into a top secret martial art, used in the SIU LAM MONASTERY for its own internal security.  Only one or two disciples from each generation of students were allowed to learn it, and it was never revealed to outsiders.

The reign of Emperor K’anghsi (1662 – 1722) constituted the end of the MING dynasty and the start of its CHING successor.  At this time, the descendents of the MING dynasty used the SIU LAM MONASTERY as a base for rebellion – and when the CHING government became aware of this, troops were sent to attack and destroy the temple.  Only five elders and a handful of monks escaped the attack, and in their flight were dispersed across China.  Amongst those that escaped was a nun named NG MUI, who took refuge in the White Crane Temple on Mount Tai Leung.  NG MUI was one of the few who had been taught this highly secret, highly developed style, and passed on her knowledge to a young girl named WING CHUN, whose name became that of the style itself.

Several generations later a famous Chinese doctor named LEUNG JAN learnt and refined Wing Chun, and he passed on his knowledge to his sons LEUNG CHUN and LEUNG BIK, as well as to an additional student named CHAN WAH SUNG (nicknamed CHAU CHING WAH).  CHAN WAH SHUNG went on to instruct YIP MAN, who later deepened his knowledge of the style through studying under LEUNG BIK.   In the 1950’s YIP MAN taught Wing Chun in Hong Kong, and thereby brought this previously highly secret style to public attention.  The result of this – due in no small part to the popularity of BRUCE LEE, who studied under YIP MAN – was that Wing Chun spread all over the world.  Such prominence, however, has since proved to be detrimental to the style itself, which has frequently suffered from poor interpretations that cloud and obscure the sophistication of the original system. GRAND-MASTER KEVIN LIU’s project is to return the style, through a study of its theory, to a level that is as close to its original purity as is possible.



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