Wing Chun Kung Fu (Gung Fu in China) is a well-known Chinese Martial Arts style in both the East and the West. In the beginning Wing Chun Kung Fu was used as description of any skill or ability that had been trained by continual attempt over time. This description is useful to those who have decided to start the life journey of studying a martial art. Not every types of martial arts is so hard to study as others; on the other hand not every style is such effective as others are either. Wing Chun Kung Fu is one of the most known, effective martial systems all over the world. As Wing Chun Kung Fu is practiced entirely, then it really becomes a system of accomplishments that demand specific and patient effort over time to because a professional. It is absolutely a Wing Chun Kung Fu style in the actual meaning of the phrase, as well as the modernistic meaning.
Wing Chun Kung Fu History
In 1644 Shaolin Chinese martial arts were based on animal movements. To master those skills, martial artist was needed to develop tens and hundreds different forms, taking fifteen to twenty years. The Shaolin grand masters realized that this method was wrong for the fast development of martial arts. They started to build up a new style of Kung Fu based on human bio mechanics instead of animal movements, leaving only a few useful and essential techniques of the animal systems, which shortened training time to become skilled martial artist to five years instead of twenty five. The butterfly swords were chosen as the system’s weapons.
There are few different stories how Wing Chun Kung Fu name was given. Some believe that it was named after the training hall in Shaolin temple. Others think that that name was given after Yim Wing Chun, who was taught by one of 5 monks, who escaped Shaolin temple – Ng Mui. A story tells that Yim Wing Chun learned how to defeat the stronger, bigger and more experienced gangster in one year.
The most modern Wing Chun Kung Fu was developed by Grandmaster Yip Man. I highly recommend you to watch movie about him – Ip Man, which are based on real story.
Wing Chun Kung Fu Principles and Philosophy
He who excels as a warrior does not appear formidable.
One who excels in fighting is never aroused in anger.
One who excels in defeating his enemy does not join issues.
One who excels in employing others humbles himself before them.
This is the virtue of non-contention and matching the sublimity of heaven.