Wing Chun

Wing Chun is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense specializing in close-quarters combat that utilizes both striking and grappling. Wing Chun is practiced also under the name Wing Tsung in several European countries.

Wing ChunWing Chun was originally passed down from teacher to teacher orally rather than through written documentation, making it difficult to confirm or clarify the differing accounts of its creation. The common legend as told by Ip Man involves the young woman Yim Wing Chun (Wing Chun literally means forever springtime or praising spring) at the time after the destruction of the Southern Shaolin and its associated temples by the Qing government. After Yim Wing Chun rebuffs the local warlord’s marriage offer, he says he’ll reconsider his proposal if she can beat him in a martial arts match. She asks a Buddhist nun who was one of the Shaolin Sect survivors, to teach her boxing; this still nameless style enables Yim Wing Chun to defeat the warlord. She thereafter marries Leung Bac-Chou and teaches him the style, which he names after her.

Since the system was developed during the Shaolin and Ming resistance to the Qing Dynasty many legends about the creator of Wing Chun were spread to confuse the enemy, including the story of Yim Wing Chun. This perhaps explains why no one has been able to accurately determine the creator or creators of Wing Chun.