Ip Man’s Wing Chun Code of Conduct

Ip Man's Wing Chun Code of Conduct

Wing Chun Code of Conduct by Ip Man (aka Yip Man)

Ethics and behavior of a Wing Chun student was important to Ip Man (Yip Man). He wanted hsi Wing Chun students to strive to conduct themselves with character, ethics, morals and specific standards of behavior. Ip Man’s Wing Chun Code of Conduct did just that… it gave students clear rules of conduct.

Built upon traditional Confucian values, Ip Man wrote the Wing Chun Code of Conduct in Hong Kong in the 1950s. The rules of behavior in Ip Man’s Code focus upon maintaining harmony both within the Wing Chun school and society as whole.


Remain disciplined – Conduct yourself ethically as a martial artist.

Practice courtesy and righteousness – Serve the society and respect your elders.

Love your fellow students – Be united and avoid conflicts.

Limit your desires and pursuit of bodily pleasures – Preserve the proper spirit.

Train diligently – Maintain your skills.

Learn to develop spiritual tranquility – Abstain from arguments and fights.

Participate in society – Be moderate and gentle in your manners.

Help the weak and the very young – Use martial skills for the good of humanity.

Pass on the tradition – Preserve this Chinese art and rules of conduct.

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