Wing Chun is a close quarters fighting style that utilizes direct, efficient, simple techniques that are easy to learn. Wing Chun practitioners learn how to neutralize threats from opponents much larger and stronger than themselves and are able to fight effectively even in narrow, confined spaces. An effective style for anyone to learn, Wing Chun is particularly well suited to women that are often times much smaller than their aggressors. You will also learn how to use a wooden dummy to refine your techniques (the legendary Ip Man and Bruce Lee practiced and used these same techniques). Master Chan has instructed students in these self-defense techniques since 1975.
A fundamental principle of Wing Chun is the center-line theory, of which one important principle is that a straight line is the shortest distance between two points. Therefore, opponents attacking with a hook punch would be countered by the advance of a Wing Chun straight punch which would arrive sooner.
Another vital principle of Wing Chun is economy of movement and energy. For example, there are no hard blocks employed in Wing Chun. Instead a counter-strike would be delivered to intercept the attack. In this way, energy is not wasted by blocking and countering; both are delivered simultaneously, thus deflecting the attack and landing a blow. Kicks are generally low, aiming below the waist to stop advances or trip-up opponents.
One important technique of Wing Chun is Chi Sau, (also called Sticky Hands) whereby students learn to sense their opponents' energy and anticipate attacks through sensitivity of touch. Wing Chun students quicken their reflexes and continuously advance in upper body technique and footwork.
A central focus of Wing Chun training is the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy. The Wooden Dummy is an integral part of Wing Chun training and is considered a valuable tool for both beginners and advanced practitioners. While it cannot replace training with a live partner, it serves as a supplement to reinforce technique and build muscle memory.
Wing Chun training centers on drills and application of techniques. There are three hand forms, a wooden dummy set, and two weapon sets in the entire system. However, to truly grasp Wing Chun, one needs to understand the ideas and theories behind the techniques. The entire system can be learned in as little as three to five years, but mastery can take a lifetime.