Wing Chun is a very effective and focus driven Martial art. What makes Wing Chun exceptionally different from other martial arts, like karate, Krav maga, taekwondo, etc, is the principles of our physical and mental movements. Wing Chun focuses on the structure we all have but must cultivate to be grounded and immovable. When practicing our martial art students start recognizing how effortless, yet powerful they are in simple movements. With our precise movements, we are able to defend ourselves with minimal strain and powerful attacks.
This martial arts is not just effective in fighting but it also improves mental health. Wing Chun has a set of standards that we must cultivate in ourselves while sparing and practicing our martial art, they are called the Universal principles. The First principle is relaxation, being able to keep your mind and body calm in fast and stressful situations. The next principle is forward energy, in life if we stop our forward intent we start to falling back and mess up on what we previously knew so well. In order to rise as the victor, we must have consistent energy heading towards our goal. This brings me to my next universal principle “Know your Goal”. When sparing we are constantly asking the question what is my goal? Or where am I heading too? And for Wing Chun, it’s always going to be the center of your opponent’s body. When attacking the center of an opponent’s body we start to disturb their structure ( position), thus letting us dominate the centerline.
When an individual doesn’t know their goal they start to be led by others, making them easier to be manipulated and controlled. After this energy we have the next one being “act upon a stimulus”. When sparing with an opponent we use precise kinesthetic movements that allow users to understand where our opponent’s energy is heading. While sparring with our opponent we are listening to their movements, then change position and attacking accordingly. Our goal while sparring is to not struggle and give you opponents bad energy that can be used to manipulate and break someone stricter. Unlike many martial arts, Wing Chun focuses on the simplicity of small powerful movements. While sparing with an individual the goal is to take them down in a fast and efficient way. The “responses should always be simple” What this means is Wing Chun isn’t about flashy movement or competition it’s about self-defense and taking down your appoint the fastest way possible. A good practitioner of Wing Chun has the ability to not engage with bad energy (strained and forced movements) they just find the simplest path to their goal and they take it. The last universal principles is lower your center of gravity, the lower you are to the ground the stronger your stance and positions will be. Wing Chun Gung Fu is a powerful deterrent for conflict between individuals. While practicing Wing Chun we are trying to harmonize the external and internal movements, not by being reactive but active at all times.
Wing Chun and MMA
At the Dragon institute, we are constantly striving to become better in Wing Chun. Wing Chun doesn’t compete in competition nor is it a sport, this martial art is primarily for self-defense. Wing Chun works very well in real life, when we defend ourselves against an attacker there are no rules and no limitations to the movement and attacks we can do. Some restrictions Wing Chun may have in a Compton might be eye-gouging, crotch and throat hits. If Wing Chun were to join a competition, the rules set for the competitions would drastically restrict movement. There are other Wing Chun lineages that in fact do participate in competitions. Since there are so many differences in the lineages of neighboring Wing Chun schools, there are also differences in how each school teaches and performed there art form.
Is Wing Chun efficient for self-defense
At the dragon institute, we truly believe that Wing Chun is one of the most superior Kung fu anyone could learn. An example of our sufficiency is when one of our previous students/Coaches had to intervene when he saw bullying near his school. Coach Zack tried to stop the bullying from happening and stepped in between the 2 guys then the bully swings his fist at Zack, Coach zacks first response was to boat up ( putting your hands in front of him and his opponent) then while blocking his hit Zack simultaneously attacked, making the bullied, fall to the ground. Coach Zack displayed the universal principles throw his structure and by him maintaining his structure, his response was simple but very effective. The efficiency of Wing Chun is remarkable, the ability to make small movements that have such an impact is a truly powerful tool to have.
Is Wing Chun effective in a street fight?
This martial art is made for real-life experiences. When training with our Sifu’s (Teachers) we try to incorporate real-life experiences in drills, allowing us to be better prepared in the event of an attack. When someone starts to engage with confrontations, as a Wing Chun student our goal is to first try to nullify the situation with words and hand gestures if an individual continues to get closer and/or threatens to attack we will then defend ourselves by focusing on the goal, maintaining structure and keeping your hands between you and your opponent. Wing Chun is not a martial art that’s based on emotion, in our Gung Fu our goal is in fact, to subside our emotions, relax and focus on what the goal is.
What is the difference between the dragon institute Wing Chung and other schools Wing Chun?
There are many differences between the lines and how Wing Chun is practiced. One very distinguishable difference is at the dragon institute we have procured and long-range (boxing Range) stance called Ku Sao. Many Wing Chun Gung Fu schools don’t practice a long rang, In fact, many other schools only have one or two fighting ranges. The most common range between all the Gung fu school is short-range, this range is meant for close combat. Another difference between the schools is our hand positions. Many other schools when putting there hand in a bong so raise their elbow higher then there shoulders. At the dragon institute, we have carefully configured our bong sous to what we believe the most effective method. Like all martial arts schools, there are pros and cons to every school, here at the dragon institute, our goal is to cultivate our movements making them even more precise and effective then they were before.
How many forms are in Wing Chun? When do we practice the forms?
There are three forms in this Gung Fu. The first form is called su nim tao, su nim tao primarily focuses on maintaining structure and position while doing the first form. The next form is Chum ku, Chum ku builds on su nim tao. While doing the second form, Chum Ku, we are trying to maintain good positioning and structure while in motion. The third and final form is Bill Gee, bill gee goes even more in-depth with different motions and positions while maintaining a strong structure throughout the form. Practicing the forms is a crucial part of learning wing, Chun. At the dragon institute many days we will start off the classes with a form, but the Wing Chun forms are most effective when a student consistently practices the forms at home for self-training.
Quick tips for getting better at Wing Chun
This martial art works as hard as you do, so don’t be afraid to ask questions, it’s very good to engage with the Sifu’s when someone doesn’t understand. We implore all students to become more interactive so we can help give the best Wing Chun experience. While sparing or learning martial art go slow so you can see what is happening. There are times where we spar fast and go all out but in the beginning, we really try to focus on sharpening the movement of our students. When new students move to fast they stop applying the internal side of their sparing and focuses more on the physical part. Wing Chun is an internal Gung Fu we believe that the timing and positioning beat strength and speed. In order to accelerate your learning experience practice slowly and understand each movement.