Wing Chun is a style of Chinese kung fu known as one of the most effective fighting systems ever developed. Created by a nun from the Shaolin Temple, the Wing Chun system was designed to enable a smaller, weaker person to destroy a larger, stronger opponent within a few seconds. In contrast to karate, tae kwon do, or many other popular styles that rely on brute strength and large movements to battle an opponent, Wing Chun uses precision and efficiency to quickly defeat an attacker with the least amount of motion and effort.
Wing Chun’s martial philosophy can be described in two words: simplicity and efficiency. Movement is small and extremely efficient, utilizing subtle shifts of the body to deflect, evade, and counterstrike all in one motion. Kicks are low, swift, and usually simultaneous with the hand techniques. Rather than “blocking” an attack by knocking it out of the way with muscular strength, attacks are parried by redirecting them off course, requiring a minimum of motion and strength. Instead of pulling back or “winding up” to strike, attacks are quick and direct, and power is generated over short distances (Wing Chun’s famous “one-inch punch” is a demonstration of this principle). Contact is maintained with the opponent at all times, as the Wing Chun student is very comfortable and effective fighting at close range.
Due to the simplicity of Wing Chun, it can be used effectively by beginning students. At its most advanced, this simplicity is also what makes Wing Chun such a devastatingly efficient style.