Traditional Wing Chun’s approach to self defence is based on the concept that every potential attacker or attackers are bigger, faster and stronger than yourself. With this concept in mind, the Traditional Wing Chun practitioner applies Wing Chun’s effective strategies and principles to each and every situation. Traditional Wing Chun is for all body types and genders. Whilst we also focus on health and fitness, athleticism is not a requirement to ensure your self defence skills are effective when using Traditional Wing Chun.
Traditional Wing Chun encompasses skills at all ranges, including punching, kicking, elbows, knees, trapping, throwing, take-downs, joint locks, chokes, ground striking and grappling: all of which are applied without the need to integrate other martial arts styles.
Traditional Wing Chun is not a style, but is a system of scientific self defence, designed to give you the physical and psychological advantage. Other components include meditation, healing, weaponry and many other components which make Traditional Wing Chun a complete martial art.
It is one of the most sought after and popularly practiced self defence systems to emerge from China and is often found integrated into specialist military combat training programs for units such as the US Navy Seals. Whilst there are over 100 different types of Wing Chun Kung Fu to date, it is Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu which contains the complete system including advanced footwork, applications, pressure point striking, healing and conditioning methods which other Wing Chun Systems do not possess. Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu was developed by a Buddhist nun and made popular by famous actors such as the late Bruce Lee and Robert Downey Jr in movies such as “Iron Man” and “Sherlock Holmes”.
Whilst many of these attributes make Traditional Wing Chun sound complex, it is a system which is suited to everyone due to its construction and range of skills trained.
Put simply “Real skills for Real life”.
At the Tas Wing Chun Training Centre you will learn many things, not just Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu.
We incorporate many modern Western training techniques as well as Eastern methods which have been passed down for hundreds of years. We also concentrate on the physiological and psychological aspects of combat & self defence, providing you with a reality based, well balanced and informative syllabus. We also teach CMT Cheung’s Meridian Therapy (pressure point healing) so that you can treat illness, injuries and heal others.
You will learn self discipline, self control, respect and confidence whilst getting fitter, faster and stronger! You will also train in a way which will challenge your mind.
Some of the Traditional components of the Traditional Wing Chun System you will learn include:
- The Traditional Forms
- The Principles & Strategies of Wing Chun
- The comprehensive Traditional Footwork
- The Traditional Punching and Kicking movements
- The Traditional Wooden Dummy movements/sets
- The extensive trapping movements
- Sticky hand & sticky leg touch sensitivity/reflex training (Chi-Sao & Chi-Gerk)
- Iron palm & hand and leg conditioning
- Pressure point striking (Dim Mak)
- Pressure Point Healing (CMT)
- The Traditional weapons (Butterfly Swords & Dragon Pole)
You will also learn modern day weapons and training techniques.
A modern approach is applied to many areas such as strength, fitness & flexibility training to ensure you are well informed and up to date with the best training practices. Ground fighting and grappling is also addressed.
Skills to assist you in dealing with the psychological, the physiological reactions and habits of the human body in violent situations are also taught.
Understanding violence is a key component and one we will address.
also banned for the Hons, however the Manchu Government was adopting the Hon culture. They respected the Shil Lim Temple as a Buddhist sanctuary.
When all weapons were outlawed by the Manchus, the Hons began training a revolutionary army in the secret art of Kung Fu. The Shil Lim Temple became the secret sanctuary for preparatory trainings of a classic style which took 15 to 20 years to master.
To develop a new form, one which would have shorter training time, five of China’s grandmasters met to discuss the merits of each of the various forms of Kung Fu. By choosing the most efficient techniques from each style, they developed training programs that would develop an efficient martial artist in 5 to 7 years, one third the original time. However before this new form could be put into practice, the Shil Lim Temple was raided and burned by the Manchus.
Ng Mui, a nun, was the only survivor of the original five grandmasters. She passed her knowledge onto a young orphan girl whom she named Wing Chun. The name represented “hope for the future”. In turn Wing Chun passed her knowledge on to her husband. Through the years the style became known as Wing Chun. Its techniques and teachings were passed onto a few, always carefully selected students.
In 1950 Yip Man started to teach Wing Chun in Hong Kong. One of his first students was the new Grandmaster, William Cheung, head of the Global Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Association and teacher to Tasmanian instructor Sifu Leigh Duff.
We will train our hearts and bodies for a firm, unshaking spirit.
We will pursue the true meaning of the martial way so that in time our senses may be alert.
With true vigour, we will seek to cultivate a spirit of self-denial.
We will observe the rules of courtesy, respect our superiors and refrain from violence.
We will pay homage to our creator and never forget the true virtue of humility.
We will look upwards to wisdom and strength, not seeking other desires.
All our lives, through the disciplines of Wing Chun we will seek to fulfil the true meaning of the way.
I believe constant practising of the art of Wing Chun will enable me to transcend to a
higher mental and physical level.
I shall show respect for the Art, Grand Master Cheung, my Sifu, Sihings and Sidis.
I shall exercise my utmost tolerance and consideration in dealing with people and
general matters in and outside the Academy.
One 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 enemies does not join issues.
One who excels in employing others humbles himself before them.
This is the virtue of non contention matching the sublimity of heaven.
When fear is removed, the arrogance of uncertainty is dispelled.
There, it is no longer necessary to prove yourself in any form of combat.
By learning how to fight, you learn how not to fight.
- Guard the centre
- Economize movement
- Touch reflexes: Chi Sao
- Watch the leading elbow
- Use linear striking action
- Avoid fighting force with force
- Train to use two arms at the same time
- Use pressure points to make striking techniques more effective
- Use the same meridian pressure points as treatment of sports injuries
- Use entry technique
- Attack the opening
- Trap the leading elbow
- Attack the opponent’s balance
- Pin the arms from the blind side
- Control the opponent’s blind side
- Use the centre line to force the opponent to use the outside path
- Keep moving
- Don’t present a steady target for your opponent
- Be calm, have confidence in yourself, let your reflexes guide you
- Use elbows in close quarters, use palm or fist in the next distance, use kicks with front foot for further distance, use the rear foot in furthest distance.
- Preparation or non-contact stage
Side neutral stance
Tai Jung and Tai Sut (Chi Sao)
With arms or legs, but not to main body
Protecting central line
Contact to head and body
Touch reflexes (Chi Sao)
- Reorganise or retreat
Backward stepping with Fut Sao