The Art

Wing Chun

Wing Chun is a southern Chinese martial art featuring short-range striking, trapping, and low kicks.  Oral tradition attributes its creation to Ng Mui, a Buddhist nun in Qing-dynasty China, who developed Wing Chun as a method through which a smaller and weaker practitioner could overcome a larger and stronger opponent.  Wing Chun was first taught publicly by Ip Man (1893-1972) in Hong Kong, whose students have since popularised the art worldwide.

 

Wing Chun training includes three empty hand forms: Siu Nim Tau (The Little Idea), which contains the foundation movements of the art; Chum Kiu (Seeking Bridges), and Biu Gee (Darting Fingers).  Partner work focuses on Chi Sau (Sticky Hands), an exercise in honing the principles and practical tools of the art.

 

Wing Chun also includes the Mook Yan Jong (Wooden Dummy) training tool, and two weapons: the Baat Jam Do (Butterfly Knives) and Look Dim Boon Gun (Six and a Half Point Pole). 

 

 

 

Chu Shong Tin (1933-2014)

Sigong Chu Shong Tin was the third student of Ip Man, who brought Wing Chun to Hong Kong in 1949.  He was known in the Wing Chun community as “King of the Little Idea”, a name given to him by Ip Man in recognition of his dedicated practice and depth of skill in Siu Nim Tau, the first and foundational form of the art. 

 

Sigong Chu opened his own school in 1964 in Hong Kong, where he continued to teach until his passing in 2014.  His approach focuses on developing a balanced, structured, and relaxed body with a simple and clear mind, allowing a practitioner to move freely with power and stability.