Wing Chun traces its origins in the Shaolin and Ming resistance to the Qing Dynasty. It is said that during this time the Shaolin temple was destroyed and one of the survivors, a nun named Ng Mui, eventually developed the system which became known as Wing Chun.
Because the Wing Chun style was originally developed by a woman, its effectiveness is based on mobility, speed, economy of movement and accuracy rather than power derived from strength. Attacks are delivered rapidly in an unrelenting series of short fast punches and kicks while defensive movements minimize the motion required to deflect a blow and provide an opportunity for counter attack. Wing Chun is a simple but effective fighting style.
After being popularized by Yip Man in Hong Kong in the late 1960s, the Yip Man lineage of Wing Chun is continued by his disciples. The Colorado School of Wing Chun traces its lineage up to Sifu Duncan Leung.
The Colorado School of Wing Chun was founded in 1978 by Sifu Jerry Gardner and later run by Sifu Bart Mann. Sifu Bart passed away July 5th, 2006. The Colorado School of Wing Chun is now under the direction of Sifu Phil Switzer.