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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What Does Wing Chun Mean in English?

Wing Chun, meaning "beautiful springtime", is a Chinese martial art that was invented by a Shaolin nun named Ng Mui. The realistic and practical street-fighting style was named after Ng Mui's famous disciple, Yim Wing Chun. The fact that the inventor of Wing Chun was a female gives it a certain uniqueness apart from other martial art styles. Actually, this particular fact is the reason why Wing Chun focuses on redirecting an opponent's energy rather than fighting force against force (so size does not matter) and attacking the center line; AKA the weakest points on the body. The highlight of Wing Chun: simultaneous attack and defense; striking your opponent as you deflect his or her strikes.

Wing Chun Centerline

Wing Chun gained popularity in the United States after movie star Bruce Lee introduced it on film. Bruce Lee, who famously trained with the Wing Chun Grandmaster Ip Man, was a well-known martial arts fanatic and practitioner with admirable skill.
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." -- Bruce Lee
Although there are a few variations of Wing Chun, the Ip Man lineage most reflects the original Wing Chun moves and philosophy to date. If you're interested in studying authentic Wing Chun, it's important to research the lineage and background to see which school is the best fit for you.

Most martial arts schools offer trial classes for interested students. Burbank Wing Chun offers $20 introductory classes for Teens/Adults ready to try their hand at Wing Chun. Contact us today for more information on how to get started. We're open 7 days a week!

- Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff