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Wing Chun is the Cantonese name of a simple and practical, Southern Chinese Kung Fu system developed in China approximately 300 years ago. It is one of many martial arts, which combines the principles of self-defence, health and fitness to cultivate a healthy mind and body. 

Historically, it is said to have been created by a Buddhist nun, Ng Mui, who developed a martial art that could overcome the inherent weaknesses of the Shaolin systems at that time. She 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, until it was eventually taught openly in the 1950's by Grandmaster Ip Man, who became famous for teaching many well known masters, including the worlds most famous martial artist, Bruce Lee.   

Today, Wing Chun is recognised as one of the world’s most effective and popular Chinese Kung Fu systems practised around the world. It is generally suited to a female or person of small build however, it is suitable for anyone regardless of age, size or gender.


There are three theories of principles that support the technique and applications of Wing Chun they are the centreline theory, simultaneous attack and defence and economy of motion. These principles are the essence of Wing Chun and are the reasons why Wing Chun is considered one of the most effective street, self-defence systems. 

  • Centreline theory 

  • Simultaneous attack and defence 

  • Economy of motion 


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 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.  

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