WingChun was created many years ago in a world of war and chaos. The prosperous Ming Dynasty was overthrown by Manchurian invaders. They were called the Qing and established the last imperial dynasty of China. The Chinese resented the oppressive foreign rule, and some groups of resistance fighters sought to return the Ming back to power. From this WingChun was born.
Over the centuries, WingChun continued to be practiced and developed underground. Not until about halfway through the 20th century did it emerge from obscurity. It became notorious in Southern China for its effectiveness in combat and eventually was refined into our WingChun of the present day.
The characteristics of WingChun are economy of motion, directness, and practicality. There are no flashy movements or high kicks, so you do not have to be very athletic to train WingChun. WingChun has a wide range of techniques that includes punching, kicking, knees, elbows, forearms, shoulders, joint breaking, etc. Students learn to defend against both WingChun and non-WingChun techniques. The following is a brief explanation of the important aspects of WingChun.