Learn Wing Chun in China

Learn Wing Chun in China


Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Kung Fu School offers full-time professional Wing chun masters and classes. Learn more about the history and culture below.

Wing Chun (also wing tsun or Yong chun in Chinese)  kung fu is a splendid Chinese southern internal fist style. There is a saying that there is Tai chi in the north and Wing Chun in the south. Wing Chun has a rich 200 years history, but it is less known than other Kung fu style. Wing Chun fist originally was the precious combating martial art, popular in minority folks. With continuous improvements by descendants and with the development of society, it has become a great historical treasure in the history. Originally, only rich young men could have the chance to learn this martial art, which was called “Shaoye fist” (shaoye means a son of a rich family). But nowadays people learn its practical value, wisdom and connotation.

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Learn Wing Chun in China

Chinese martial arts are extensive, profound and have a long history. It is more complicated than other martial arts systems. In Chinese martial arts, more than half the fist forms imitate animals. With observations of animals and with their own wisdom, martial arts ancestors were so smart that they created fist forms which embodied the characters of animals. This embodies the core spirit of Chinese kung fu culture that “Tao (in Taoism) comes from the nature; universe and human being are combined.” This also suggests a profound eastern cultural connotation. In Chinese  kung fu training, there are many animal fist forms such as: tiger form, eagle form, snake form, mantis form and so on.  They are filled with mystery and reach a peak of perfection. However Wing Chun  was also created with animal enlightenment by Chinese kung fu ancestors.

Liu Dian Ban Gun wing chun

Master doing Wing chun Liu dian ban Staff.

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There are many stories about the origin of Yong chun. Among these, the one that it was created by a nun Wumei is the most popular and known by many people.It is said that southern shaolin temple was burnt by the Qing government in the year of emperor Kangxi(1654-1722), five masters( with high kung fu ability) survived that big fire. Of all the masters, Wumei fled to Daliang Mountain which lies in the border of Sichuan and Yunnan province. The other four masters are Zhishan、Baimei、Feng Daode and Miaoxia. After arriving at Daling Mountain, by   chance Wumei saw a snake and a crane fighting and got the fighting principles (crane attacks the center and snake moves flexibly). Then she created a new martial art system which was different from her own fist style, and changed “CHANG QIAO DA MA” (forceful and bold) to “DUAN QIAO ZHAI MA”. It focuses on borrowing power, defending and attacking at same time, protecting and using your center and winning with smart force. The birth of Wing Chun comes from snake and crane, but it is different from the other animal fist. So, Wing Chun is not purely imitating food-hunting or fighting motions of a single animal, but it comes from the enlightenment of fighting between snake and crane, combining the motions of snake and crane together.


    Fatefully, Wumei saved Yan Yongchun, who was being forced to marry to someone by a bully, and taught Yongchun her fist form. After that, Yan got married with Liang Bochou who was from Jiangxi province, and taught Liang this fist form as well.  Learning this fist form helped Liang to win against other people for a long time, but he had no idea what the name of this form was. As he learned it from Yan Yongchun, he named it “Yongchun fist” to show his appreciation. Yongchun was spread by people since then.  And then Liang Bochou passed it to his nephew Liang Langui, who later passed it to the performers of a theatrical troupe named “Foshan Red Boat”: Huang Huabao、Liang Erdi and Lujin. Huang and Liang introduced it to a Foshan person, Liangzan. Lujin passed it to two Foshan people: Feng Shaoqing and Guo Baoquan.


Master doing Wing chun forms.

 Feng Shaoqing was employed as a sergeant after learning wingchun fist and spent most of his lifetime fighting, earning his life. With the superior martial arts ability, he could survive and enjoy the rest of his life back in Foshan after retiring from his career. At the same time, Ruan Qishan who was from a rich family had an interest in Wing chun, and learned Wing Chun Master from Guo Baojin. Hearing that Feng Shaoqing had gone back to Foshan living as a hermit, he went with a large amount of money to ask him for training. Through several years of hard work, Ruan Qishan’s skill matured and became famous around the Foshan area. Ruan Qishan had a talent to digest all the martial arts knowledge scientifically, mastering fist,wooden dummy ,sword and staff. He was called “Yongchun San Xiong” together with Ipman and Yaocai. This title made Ruan Qishan a legend. After that, he taught all his skills to Cenneng(1926-2002). To make a living, when he was only thirteen years old, Cenneng sold desserts in a restaurant. The food maker and Wing Chun master Zhangbao liked him a lot so he took him as a disciple and taught him.


Master Guo showing wing chun movements on the Wooden dummy

 And then they recommended him to learn medical arts from Wei Yusheng. Training very hard and having a good talent, he was appreciated by Zhangbao’s best friend, Ruan Qishan. Zhangbao recommended him to learn from Ruan Qishan. Later Ruan Qishan passed the whole system to him. Cengneng inherited from his master Zhangbao, passed on Wing Chun and got the teachings from Ruan Qishan. Then he set up a medical museum in Guangzhou to teach Wing Chun fist, taking in lots of disciples. He promoted Wing Chun at maximum in Guangzhou, and was named as “The father of Guangzhou Wing Chun” and the most talented martial arts genius in one hundred years as well. He was also called the great Wing Chun master in Guangzhou and a great master in modern Wing Chun.Untill the generation of Huang Huabao and Liang Erdi, there were only word records about Wing Chun. These two people worked in theatrical troupe named “Red Boat”. After retiring from their career, they respectively passed on Wing Chun to a Foshan person, Liangzan.

 
   Liangzan, whose nickname is Mr. Zan, was a very famous and rich Chinese doctor in Canton, and a top martial artist as well. But he seldom mentioned to people what kung fu it was that he learnt. Through his life, he only had four or five disciples, and two of them were his sons. From the time of Chen Huashun, Wing Chun had stepped into a half-publicly teaching state. At that time, to learn Wing Chun was very expensive. People who wanted to learn had to go to the master with money. The price was as high as the real estate value of several streets. So people who had the chance to study Wing Chun were all rich young men. Ip Man was one of the rich young men in Foshan. Ip Man followed Chen Shunhua, learning Wing Chun since he was very young, and came to Hongkong to study. By accident, he met Liangbi who was the son of Liangzan and did business in Hongkong. Then he followed Liangbi, practicing Wing Chu in Hongkong and returnd to Foshan again. At the end of 1949, Ip Man started living on teaching Wing Chun in Hongkong. Since then, Wing Chun fist started to be widely passed and introduced.
The biggest characteristic of Wing Chun is “DUAN QIAO ZHAI MA”, which is suitable for people without any martial arts basics to learn, and can make those people become top fighters. For people who have martial arts basics, they will be more excellent at this point.


   Wing Chun fist is scientific and humanized and its strong point lies in fighting closely: Punching is fast, guarding is continuous, and horse stance is flexible to move quickly, defense and attack are at same time, hardness and softness are combined, and energy is not easy to be consumed.  Based on theories, skill mysteries and body gestures, Wing Chun has basic forms such as XIAO NIAN TOU,XUN QIAO,BIAO ZHI and wooden dummy form. Additionally, there are specific Wing Chun fist forms in Canton: Wingchun Twelve Seeds (from Master Zhang Baozong in foshan); weapon forms like BA ZHAN DAO and LIU DIAN BAN GUN. When practicing forms, we practice sticky hands and practice reactions after touching each other. There is a kind of “CUN JIN” which is a way to make power for attack and defense. From theories and skills mysteries, it pays more attention to (attack the center line),(keep elbows down),(always face opponent’s central line and react correspondently),(keep consciousness of offense and defense on both sides of body), (try to catch opponent’s attacking movements and give him a smooth push when escaping), (attack immediately when there is no feeling of opponent’s arm) and so on. It is particular about attacking and defending with as short distance as possible and as quick as possible.Additionally, there is another way to study Wing Chun: TENG QUAN, which contains three main ways to practice body gestures and skills mysteries. To practice the angle、direction and power with the limited space inside the TENG QUAN can help improve the flexibility and softness of shoulder, elbow and wrist, enhancing the coordination of hands.


   Through the interaction between QIAO SHOU( former part of arm) and TENG QUAN, the hearing ability and the conditioning ability of QIAO SHOU can be improved. It also helps to express precisely the main requirements of Wing Tsun such as: make use of center and guard the center, drop the shoulders, and keep chest and back straight. Thus people who practice Wing Chun can make use of center theory and offensive &defensive techniques consciously, laying a solid foundation for future study and sparring. Moreover, people who practice Wing Chun TENG QUAN can also improve the ability of self-saving and counterattack ability when hands are controlled. 

Wing Chun Twelve Seeds is the most basic form of Wing Chun fist. It takes the intensive defense and attack of central line as the substance. As for its offensive characteristic: punching is at same time as kicking, steps move at same time as your palm. In this way, it doesn’t give the opponent any chance to counterattack. For the twelve seeds, it does not pay attention to the good looks, but it focuses on practical use. And each move has deep meaning and various applications. For the trainers, there are lots of things to practice and they will never feel tired of doing this. To learn Wing Chun well, firstly you have to learn the twelve-seeds form well and you need to know what a "central line" and "Cun Jin" are, hoping all these will offer beginners some inspiration.

Modern Wing Chun Fist was mainly spread in Guangdong, Fujian and other places. With the development in recent years, and the influence of films and TV series, it has spread rapidly into hundreds of countries in China, Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, Oceania and so on. Currently, it has become a compulsory combat skill that is often mastered by multinational agents and Special Forces. It has become one of the martial arts that is most widely spread and has the largest amount of learning people. It is a practical combat martial art which has rich culture of humanity and the poise of a gentleman.




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