Wing Chun is a Southern Chinese martial art. It can be learned as an art, as a means of self-defense, as preparation for competitions or as part of personal development and/or health. There is a regular core curriculum, which can be supplemented with individualized fitness work.
Wing Chun helps develop a martial person who acts reactively, creatively, uniquely and effectively in facing crises. A concern for good health is not ignored, but it’s primarily a martial art that helps coordinate body, mind and spirit. It requires no cult, religion or sectarianism, though it respects martial ethics as contained in a well-known calligraphic essay by Ip Man, which hangs in the school.
Brief or casual exposure to Wing Chun does not result in the development of Wing Chun skills. At Tempe Wing Chun, we look for serious students of good character and reserve the right to accept or reject someone for membership. In turn, we make every attempt to provide excellent instruction. Students assume their own liability for their actions and are expected to be socially and ethically responsible individuals. We also expect our students to exercise mature judgment and take personal responsibility for their actions at all times.
Tempe Wing Chun Kung Fu, LLC is based in Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A. in the Phoenix metropolitan area,
but instruction can be provided elsewhere by arrangement. It does not take any responsibility or liability for misuse of the art. The name Tempe Wing Chun Kung Fu and/or Tempe Wing Chun Gung Fu has been used by Sifu Joy Chaudhuri since 1985, when he began teaching in Tempe, Ariz., after moving his school from New Mexico. Copyright provisions apply to all text and pictures. All rights reserved.
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Until the late Ip Man escaped from Fatshan to Macao and then to Hong Kong around 1950 and began to teach Wing Chun there, the art was not known outside of fairly closed groups of practitioners mostly in mainland China. Like many arts, Wing Chun evolved into a new synthesis based on earlier arts. Some think that there were influences from the areas of Fukien and Emei. Wing Chun likely was one of the arts practiced by some of the rebels during the southern opposition to the spreading of the Qing dynasty in the south.
There are many versions of Wing Chun involving much diversity. But the Ip Man legacy remains as the rich mainstream of contemporary Wing Chun. Wing Chun is not easy at the beginning for some, but improvements can continue into fairly advanced age. Fairly early effectiveness and lifelong learning are both possible developments for dedicated Wing Chun students.
The art teaches spontaneous and effective flow and motion rather than being a list of techniques to be mechanically applied. The art teaches control and understanding of natural forces such as gravity. Also important is controlling oneself, rooting when necessary, balance, mobility, footwork, coordination and body usage. Wing Chun also helps develop sharp perception, good focus and clarity in thinking and emotions. As in the case of Sun Tzu in the classic The Art of War, one first learns how to control oneself, then proceeds to control the adversary.
Given the importance of control, Wing Chun develops heightened sensitivity to contact and in interpreting intent. For this purpose, diverse types of “chi sao” (loosely interpreted as “sticky hands”) and “chi gerk” are part of the curriculum. Three empty-hand forms, a wooden dummy and weapons (the bot jam do, or eight-way knives, and the long weapon, the pole) are used for learning key motions, combinations, appropriate strength and timing. The weapons training creates the basis for versatility and adaptation to whatever distance or instrumentation is involved.
Unlike many arts, Wing Chun includes and specializes in close-quarters explosive work. The assumption is that if one is confident at close quarters, closing in from a distance is made much easier. The mastery of timing and space in reference to contact also is important.