Wing Chun

Evolution of the Art of the Warrior


Wing Chun: Evolution of the Art of the Warrior

Wing Chun is a classical Chinese martial art or system of “Kung Fu”. It evolved during the mid-1600s, after the demise of the Chinese Ming Dynasty at the hands of the Manchurian invaders, out of a fighting system called “Weng Chun”. During that time, Weng Chun was synthesized by five different masters from a number of other then-existing fighting systems and was then completely revamped with a laser-like focus on effectiveness and efficiency.

In its revamped form it was passed on under the slightly altered name of “Wing Chun.”

Here in the West, after several decades of training, fighting, and teaching experience, aided by the more analytical nature of the European mind, several of us earlier European instructors discovered mistakes and knowledge-gaps in the then-existing teaching structure of the art. That was the beginning of a veritable Odyssey in the search for the - up to then - incorrectly interpreted and passed-on former knowledge.

To avoid the dilemma created by this watered-down teaching method, we began in earnest our search for the lost secrets of unarmed single combat.

What followed was the same ordeal that all weapon less fighting systems of the time were forced to undergo. Martial art masters were then often part of the organized resistance to the Manchu invasion. Many of these masters were also high-ranking members of various secret societies (“triads”) devoted to the overthrow of the foreign regime. Many of them were persecuted, tortured, and killed by the Manchu officials, like the way the Spanish Inquisition in Europe dealt with the “heretics” of its time.

When Wing Chun training finally became available to a great number of students in Europe during the mid-1970’s and early 1980’s, several different organisations evolved, each of which used several different anglicised spellings of the name. Because of their often only sporadic visits to their European students, the Chinese grandmasters.

Wing Chun to the student as a Martial Art is a constant progress of personal development in mind and physical abilities. In Self Defence to the attacker is what the hell just happen to me...

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