HISTORY OF WING CHUN KUNG FU
While many historians agree that Wing Chun was developed over 300 years ago, the actual history of Wing Chun is difficult to trace and therefore prove. For many years, so called stories or legends have been passed down by word of mouth from teacher to student; it is therefore open to personal belief or interpretation.
The most common story is that Wing Chun was originally developed by a Buddhist nun, who passed her theories onto a young girl named Yim Wing Chun, who later became the founder of the style. Wing Chun was then passed on in secret for many years to a few dedicated students, until it was taught openly in Hong Kong in the 1950's by the late Grandmaster Ip Man, who taught movie legend Bruce Lee.
One other story suggest, Wing Chun was developed by five grandmasters of the Siu Lam monastery, who research and developed a new martial art that would overcome and defeat the Manchu warriors, who were not only trained in many martial art styles, but were much bigger and stronger than the disciples of the Shaolin temple. Among one of the five grandmasters, was Ng Mui, who went on to complete and finish the martial art, which later became known as Wing Chun.
Another story suggests, however, that Wing Chun was created by a man named Cheung Ng, who according to records not only existed, but is believed by some believed to be the true founder of the Wing Chun style. Cheung Ng was renowned for teaching Wing Chun in secret to rebellious groups and was also nicknamed Tan Sau Ng, after the hand-technique of Tan Sau, one of the most practical techniques of Wing Chun.
Whatever story you believe, Wing Chun is recognised as one of the worlds most effective and practical martial arts, built on speed, efficiency and economy of motion. It is suited to a female or person of small build, but can be practiced by anyone of age, size or gender.