What is Wing Chun KungFu?

     The Wing Chun System of Martial Arts was designed over 250 years ago during the Ching dynasty in China. This art of kung fu was born from a need for a revolutionary army to overthrow the Ching monarchy. Five masters pulled their expertise from each of their styles to create an efficient and effect fighting art. Only the necessary combat elements were included in this new combat art. The training time was condense from minimum 20 years for mastery to a maximum of 5 years for the new art. This art is now known as Wing Chun, named after an orphan girl. Today, Wing Chun is widely considered the most practical of all the KungFu arts.

Eight Theories of the Wing Chun System

     The Wing Chun system is a theory-based system instead of a technique based system. A technique based system uses predefined counters for a series of attacks. This poses many problems in acquiring the correct counters to match the presumed attacks. In real-time combat, it almost impossible chose from numerous of techniques to defend from an unknown attack. A Wing Chun practitioner uses a set of theories to zone their body in many parts. Primarily, the practitioner uses six zones or gates to defend from an attacker. Hence, the practitioner would occupy the zone or close the gates with a certain hand position. The method of combat eliminates the need to learn large numbers of predetermine techniques. In the end, a theory-based system has an advantage over a technique based system through a simplified methodology of defense.

Eight Pillars of the Wing Chun System

     The system consists of eight pillars, which is symbolized by a Trigram. Each of the eight Trigrams is associated to a pillar level such as Síu Nihm Tàuh. These trigrams circle to form a Baat Kwa in which is display below. The goal is to circle the Baat Kwa by completing each of the eight Trigrams in sequence. Hence, the practitioner will start at the Síu Nihm Tàuh trigram, indicated at the lower right with three solid bars, and move to the next Trigram in a clockwise direction. Along the path, the practitioner will be required to achieve more skills until he or she reaches the final Trigram or the Baat Jáam Döu pillar. Here, the practitioner will continue his or her endless journey around and around the Baat Kwa again by themselves, without instructors; only then, the practitioner would have mastered the art of Wing Chun.

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