When anyone takes up any sort of martial art, the reasons vary greatly. Some do it to learn how to defend themselves, lose some weight, or even to just get out of the house. No matter the reason, the reasons tend to always have a common root: health and wellbeing. In this article, we will discuss what Wing Chun is good for and some of the Wing Chun’s benefits for self-defense and overall health of both the body and mind.
What are the main benefits of Wing Chun training?
When it comes to practical self-defense, Wing Chun’s effectiveness in close-quarters hand-to-hand combat is pretty hard to beat. This is why realistic self-defense experts often choose Wing Chun because of its in-close pressure fighting specialty.
Wing Chun effectiveness lies in its emphasis upon simplicity and functionality over fancy, inefficient movements. Everything Wing Chun does is direct and to the point.
Wing Chun is founded on the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent. This is accomplished by using concepts of efficiency, physics, geometry and anatomy to use an opponent’s force against them.
So what is Wing Chun good for?
When a person learns Wing Chun, they learn…
- How effective simultaneous attack and defense can be
- Wing Chun is good for responding to an attack with both attack and defense. This not only defends it also immediately puts the attacker on the defense at the same time.
- How to move in more efficient ways in order to make movements faster
- Wing Chun is good for moving in more efficient ways in order to have faster hands than others. Wing Chun is really good at keeping everything compact in order to get to new positions faster than others.
- How to create stable structure in order to combat stronger force
- Wing Chun is good at teaching people how to link the body together to use the ground for solidity for both defenses and strikes. Having a stable structure allows the Wing Chun practitioner to deflect stronger forces and penetrate through with their own strikes.
- How to use positional geometry to deflect an opponent’s force
- Wing Chun is great for teaching how to position the body in order to deflect force from someone else. Never directly taking on force, Wing Chun uses subtle pivots and repositionings to work smarter in a fight
- How to physically harmonize with an opponent’s center in order to feel what they’re doing before it fully materializes
- Wing Chun is also good at plugging into an opponent’s centerline to feel what they are going to do at the origin of an opponent’s movement. Sticking to an opponent’s center makes attackers feel tied up and smothered.
- How to reframe the way they look at a self-defense situation
- Wing Chun is best at transforming the way a person thinks about fighting. This is how Wing Chun can attack an opponent’s attack and immediately put them on the defensive.
However, Wing Chun’s benefits are much more than self-defense. Wing Chun’s benefits are three-fold: mental, emotional and physical.
The Mental Benefits of Wing Chun
The mental benefits of Wing Chun include confidence, clarity and a simpler more efficient way of thinking. The art demands it. Because there’s really no way to become successful at Wing Chun without changing the way you think. The bottom line? Wing Chun changes your philosophical approach to life.With relaxation, simplicity and efficiency at its core, Wing Chun requires that you reshape how you look at problems and their possible solutions.
The Emotional Benefits of Wing Chun
The emotional benefits of Wing Chun include confidence, clarity and a simpler more efficient way of thinking. The art builds confidence through trial and error. When a Wing Chun practitioner learns how to intelligently defend strong attacks they build confidence in their fighting abilities. This empowers the Wing Chun student to have less fear of fighting.
The first is, of course, a better range of motion and mobility that comes with the physical training. The second benefit, the mental benefit, is a more subtle benefit. Wing Chun is good for both your mind and body in ways you will not expect. In the hustle and bustle of modern day society, Wing Chun is good for teaching us not to be rattled by others. It teaches us to stay focused, block out noise and remain centered and grounded. Wing Chun gives us the strength to remain rooted to ourselves, and it gives us presence of mind to look at things differently.
What are health benefits of Wing Chun Training?
Of course, right off the bat, one of the answers is an improvement to fitness—weight loss, stamina, flexibility, strength and cardio. In addition to the overall improvement to fitness, the mind gets a working out too—specifically in awareness. Wing Chun health benefits truly shine in its synergy of mind and body improvement. You will not improve only one aspect of your body, but many! Wing Chun actually has qigong built into it. It is a form of both meditation and energy work. The awareness gained through training Wing Chun can be applied to everything we do in life.
What are some Wing Chun benefits for kids?
A martial art taken up at a young age is an absolute boon for them in the long term. Kids learn how to focus when prompted to do so. They learn early on that there is a time for focus, and there is a time for play. Learning how to focus leads to better discipline that is instilled at an early age. They learn self-confidence, but not a puffing out the chest kind of self-confidence. They know they can do things, and they can follow through. Martial arts development goes hand-in-hand with character development, and setting kids on the path of Wing Chun early on can do wonders for their own growth and development of character.
What are some Wing Chun benefits for adults?
A martial art taken up at an adult age can be a great challenge to the potential practitioner. Unlike a child, an adult has the ever-present challenge of fighting off ego as they learn. A major benefit of Wing Chun for adults is the ability to let go of their ego in order to hone an untapped potential they may not even be aware of. Ego is something that adults will almost always have to fight off when becoming a student of anything. Once they have learned to let go, they can focus, hone, and sharpen a new skill that can very well encompass their entire life. Wing Chun is universal, it is not just for self-defense!
What are some Wing Chun benefits for women?
Wing Chun is a highly aggressive martial art that women can take full advantage of if a self-defense situation arises. Furthermore, Wing Chun teaches all students that you DO NOT need to defend yourself ONLY when you are on the ground. Some martial arts teach you how to defend in a situation when you have already been thrown to the ground. Why wait until that happens? Wing Chun will teach you to defend yourself before an attacker can even attempt to throw you. Similar to children, Wing Chun can give women a self-confidence where they know they can handle a situation.
What are some Wing Chun benefits for seniors?
Wing Chun is a great martial art for seniors because it is a martial art that can be started at any age range. It has physical training, but not an overwhelming amount that might aggravate parts of the body that might suffer from some kind of condition that comes with age. Practicing the first empty-hand form of Siu Nim Tao can even help to strengthen your spirit through its Qi Gong aspects, which in turn can add years onto your life.
What are some Advantages and Disadvantages of Wing Chun
The advantages of Wing Chun are numerous! To keep it condensed, however, let us look at a few of the biggest advantages of Wing Chun. Learning how to relax is one of the absolute biggest takeaways from this martial art. Believe it or not, learning how to relax—truly relax—when pressured is one of the hardest things to master. Learning relaxation in a self-defense situation is one of the biggest lessons learned in Wing Chun. Flexibility comes with Wing Chun. However, it is not just learning flexibility that comes with this martial art. You will learn just how flexible the human body is through Wing Chun. Finally, you will learn how to defend yourself with a brutal efficiency. You will learn to end a fight before it can get out of control. You will learn to always go for the bullseyes of the human body, every single time.
Experiencing any martial art can be a very subjective thing. We at the Dragon Institute to not judge you on whether or not you have taken up martial arts in the past. Wing Chun is not for everybody, this is just the truth of the matter. If you are looking for a martial art with high kicks, Wing Chun is not for you. Wing Chun is about staying grounded, and using only low kicks. Wing Chun is not a bouncy martial art. We like to keep our breath calm, and we prefer to remain relaxed instead of trying to pump ourselves up. Wing Chun is not meant for competing. A fight in a ring/octagon has rules to follow, while an actual self-defense situation has no rules.
What are some benefits of Wing Chun dummy training?
The Wing Chun Mook Jong, or Wing Chun Wooden Dummy, is an essential part of training in Wing Chun. It teaches us how to strike at an opponent, using energy pathways, to take control of their centers. It teaches us how crucial positioning is, and why positioning is so important. Also just as important, is learning simultaneous attack and defense using both arms and both legs. The dummy is also a trainer of sequenced movements, which, over time, will develop into your muscle memory. These sequenced movements are also a fantastic trainer in teaching combos that can be use your opponent’s force against them. We are all about overcoming the bigger, stronger folk, and one of the best ways of doing so, is using their own force against them, which is learned through development of the Mook Jong training. Furthermore, you learn how to efficiently move around the dummy, keeping your movements precise, and maximizing your ability to hit that center.
10 Wing Chun Facts You NEED To Know!
- The legendary origins of Wing Chun says that Wing Chun was first developed by a woman—an Abbess named Ng Mui, who, according to oral tradition from Ip Man, taught her kung fu to a tofu shop owner’s daughter, one Yim Wing Chun, how to defend herself.
- Robert Downey Jr. is an active practitioner of Wing Chun, used this martial art to turn his life around from addiction. Without Wing Chun, the Robert Downey Jr. we know would be a very different person!
- Bruce Lee practiced Wing Chun in Hong Kong before he moved to the United States. His own martial art, Jeet Kune Do, is based upon Wing Chun, using it as a foundation.
- Although Wing Chun is known as the human style of kung fu, it originated from two of the five animals typically seen in Chinese martial arts. Wing Chun originates from attributes from the crane and the snake.
- MMA fighters Tony Ferguson and Anderson Silva use Wing Chun in the UFC. Although Wing Chun specializes in self-defense, a few have used it in the octagon.
- Not only a martial art, Wing Chun is also a life philosophy that based upon principles of success.
- Wing Chun is the martial art epitome of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”. The teachings of Sun Tzu are very strongly visible in Wing Chun.
- Wing Chun brings Taoist and Buddhist philosophy together to form a truly unique learning experience.
- Although it is a very practical self-defense art, Wing Chun follows many of the same principles as Tai Chi, giving it a deeply internal element.
- Wing Chun’s one-inch punch, made famous by Bruce Lee, is capable of delivering an impact of explosive power from only an inch away! It is the real deal, and can often wind someone not prepared to take the impact.