WING CHUN is designed to use simple, direct movements to overcome larger, stronger opponents. Utilizing the laws of physics to make intelligent fighters, we do not rely on pure speed and brute strength, but rather develop our position, sensitivity and timing. We believe in building a strong foundation in practice and precision in execution. We strive for the utmost practicality and efficiency in fighting. Proper training develops calm confidence and a healthy mind and body. Wing Chun is suitable for adults of all genders, sizes and athletic abilities.
Specifically, we are practicing the Wing Chun of Yip Man as taught by Leung Sheung to Kenneth Chung.
Student Testimonial of Wing Chun after 6 months of training.
The Wing Chun curriculum is composed of 3 empty hand forms, wooden dummy, 2 weapons as well as several partner drills and auxiliary exercises. Contact training is an essential part of our practice.
LEUNG SHEUNG WING CHUN is the transmission of the Wing Chun Kuen system as taught to Leung Sheung, Yip Man's foremost student. Leung Sheung placed a strong emphasis on accurate position, structure and relaxation to generate the proper energy for application. The following are his 5 points on body alignment:
1) 鉗膝 Engage the knee caps
Cantonese Jyutping: Kim4 Sat1
Mandarin Pinyin: Qian2 Xi1
2) 落馬 Settle the stance
Cantonese Jyutping: Lok6 Maa5
Mandarin Pinyin: Luo4 Ma3
3) 挺腰 Align the waist, connecting spine to stance
Cantonese Jyutping: Ting5 Jiu1
Mandarin Pinyin: Ting2 Yao1
4) 登頭 Lift the crown, relaxing the neck and shoulders
Cantonese Jyutping: Dang1 Tau4
Mandarin Pinyin: Deng1 Tou2
5) 埋踭 Bury the elbows/heels
Cantonese Jyutping: Maai4 Zaang1
Mandarin Pinyin: Mai2 Zheng1
*Zaang/Zheng refers to both elbow and heels
Much can be said about the details of each point and how to develop them. However, in Leung Sheung's opinion a practitioner of Wing Chun must embody these points or else they will never obtain the proper energy feeling, they will merely be doing shapes which resemble Wing Chun.
KENNETH CHUNG (David Davila's teacher) further emphasizes correct execution of Wing Chun structure through the focus on Position, Sensitivity and Timing(Energy).
The Wing Chun structure helps the practitioner maintain stability and balance during combat. The practitioner uses this structure to absorb and redirect attacks. Structure should not be compromised for more powerful attacks as this would create openings that the opponent could take advantage of. In both attack and defence, Wing Chun techniques deliver a constant forward force directed at an opponent’s centreline so as to disrupt his stability.
Sensitivity to an opponent's moves helps us to fight effectively at close range. An initial twitch of shoulder or hip can telegraph an attack the moment before it is executed. Tense limbs and body structures are less able to detect such slight movements.
We practise to execute each move with greater precision and economy of motion. This avoids “telegraphing” an attack so the opponent has less time to react.
These 3 concepts work as an upward spiral. A better position improves sensitivity and an improved sensitivity improves one's timing. Therefore we tend to focus more on macro/micro positions which improve the practitioner's ability to sense tension and intention in the opponent, in turn leading to better execution timing.