Is this the Wing Chun style that I saw in the Ip Man movies?
Ip Man was a real martial artist who died in December, 1972. One of his disciples, Duncan Leung, is our school’s link to Yip Man’s teachings.
The Ip Man movies show a stylized version of the art that looks exciting on screen. Our focus is on passing the art on as accurately as we can to our students.
Is Wing Chun suitable for women?
The legendary origins of Wing Chun tell us that the style was created by a woman, a Buddhist nun named Ng Mui, and passed to another woman, Yim Wing-Chun. We believe that the principles of Wing Chun can be the foundations of an effective style of fighting for anyone willing to put in the work to learn.
Why is meditation part of the training?
It is our experience that practicing meditation is vital to success in the martial arts. You will learn to control and focus your mind, which allows you to confront stressful situations while minimizing “tunnel vision” and maximizing situational awareness.
Each class begins practicing meditation to clear the mind of outside stress and distraction, as well as to focus attention on the training at hand. Meditation focuses the mind on the act of breathing and cultivates an effortless awareness of your surroundings.
What does a student learn first?
You will start by learning the fundamental movement, striking, blocking, and kicking techniques of Wing Chun. Fundamental instruction includes skills in the core hand techniques, the three open-handed forms, the movements of the “dummy” form, and multiple drills designed to promote sensitivity and instinctive reactions to an opponent’s moment.
Particularly noteworthy skills are the practice of lap-sau, chi-sau, and push-hands adopted from Tai Chi.
Your training will focus on conditioning the body and mind to perform techniques properly, particularly under difficult conditions such as fatigue, distraction, or in hostile environments.
What about combat applications?
While learning the fundamental techniques, you will learn the combat application of those techniques in a safe environment. Attacks are thrown to hit, but not hurt, a partner. Blocks and counter attacks are eventually practiced with full intent, taking care to avoid striking areas that are easily damaged.
As you progress, practice will evolve to a free-form environment that more closely simulates a real attack. The so-called “attack circle” requires that a student instinctively utilize technique appropriate to the situation while maintaining proper awareness, balance, position, and structure.
What is the “wooden dummy?”
The Muk Yan Jong form is practiced on a distinctive apparatus, a wooden post with three arms and a leg mounted on a frame. Wooden dummy practice helps refine your understanding of the fundamental techniques and teaches coordinated and dynamic movement that begins to bring the art together as a whole.
Training against the dummy cultivates an understanding of movement that eventually translates in to fighting technique. More advanced students find that they will reflexively deploy techniques learned on the dummy to good effect in other drills.
Do you teach the use of weapons?
Wing Chun includes training with two weapons, “Butterfly Knives” and the long pole. Drills highlighting the principles of these weapons are taught at all levels to cultivate strength and power, and as a matter of completeness.
As neither weapon is practical to carry in modern society, their inclusion in the system today is less about combat than in past generations.
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Colorado School of Wing Chun
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