What is Wing Chun?

Ip Man Suit

Wing Chun is a unique and scientific form of martial art. It is known for its close contact combat, which uses a tight defence and quick punches, coordinated through agile stances for a quick advance. Wing Chun is so effective because it coordinates attacks with simultaneous defence and vice versa. The Wing Chun practitioner delivers the correct amount of energy, while remaining flexible and relaxed.

Unique to Wing Chun is ‘Chi Sau’, a form of training that helps develop and practise the techniques and theories learnt during training. Chi Sau teaches and develops responsive reflex, positioning, how to overcome your opponent’s strength, correct use of energy and how to take advantage of the shortest possible distance between you and your opponent.

The principles, theories and techniques of Wing Chun are founded on the three hand forms and the wooden dummy techniques. Ip Ching and Samuel KwokTraining begins with ‘Sil Lim Tau’ (little idea), ‘Chum Kiu’ (seeking the bridge), and ‘Biu Gee’ (thrusting fingers). The most diligent students will learn ‘Muk Yan Ghong’ (wooden dummy), ‘Luk Dim Boom Gaun’ (six and a half point pole) and finally ‘Bart Cham Dao’ (eight cutting double knives).

Pictured above is Grandmaster Ip Man, in the only known photograph of him wearing a suit. To the right are his sons, Grandmasters Ip Chun and Ip Ching, and their student, Master Samuel Kwok.

Ip Chun Samuel KwokIt was Ip Man’s dream to spread Wing Chun around the world. Samuel Kwok, who was taught by Ip Man’s sons, has played his part in realising this dream over the last twenty five years. He has brought Wing Chun to the forefront of martial arts practice today. There are Wing Chun schools in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Australia and the United States, as well as other countries. Many of the Sifus (teachers) at these schools owe a great deal of their understanding of the art to Master Samuel Kwok’s teaching of traditional Ip Man Wing Chun.


Traditional Ip Man Wing Chun Association

Samuel Kwok, under the guidance of Ip Chun and Ip Ching, continues to represent Traditional Ip Man Wing Chun in Europe, as he has done for many years. Use the links on the left to navigate the site, and learn more about Traditional Ip Man Wing Chun.


Next page: The Origin of Wing Chun

^ Top