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WingChun

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.

Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Flexibility
WingChun teaches to quickly determine the best technique for each situation instead of following a fixed doctrine.  A precise, swift, and powerful movement at the right time is preferred over a large quantity of movements.  WingChun can be very fast as a consequence of its emphasis on directness and efficiency.
Body Mechanics
WingChun emphasizes natural movement instead of trying to force the body into awkward positions in order to look cool or conform to esoteric principles.  A WingChun practitioner prefers to use technique instead of physical strength, power, and speed alone.  In fact, the correct use of body mechanics enhances your physical attributes.
Balance, Stability, and Protection
WingChun teaches you to protect yourself at all times even when attacking.  We prefer not to use high-risk movements because they  easily expose openings and have a high possibility of major injury.  Stability of the entire body is emphasized so it can withstand powerful attacks.
Unsporting Attacks
WingChun has attacks to the vulnerable, vital parts of the body like the knees and throat.  There are also attacks to the opponent’s guard, therefore, it is not necessary to find an opening with a lot of moving around and faking.  WingChun even has defenses that damage the opponent’s limb when it attacks you.
Close-Range Combat
As a self-defense system, WingChun is prepared for all ranges, but trains mostly within fighting range instead of moving back and forth.  When close, WingChun utilizes controlling, pinning, and trapping an attacker’s body and limbs, therefore, preventing further attacks.