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Is it Possible To Learn Wing Chun Kung Fu Online?
One of the first questions people ask is “can I teach myself Wing Chun“? They want to know if you can you learn Wing Chun at home by yourself. Since this is such a popular Wing Chun question, we’ll answer that in this article. By “learning Wing Chun online” we are referring to learning online Wing Chun forms and drills at home without going to a Wing Chun school, teacher or hands-on instruction.
Know This Before Learning Wing Chun Online!
Before you consider teaching yourself Wing Chun or learning Wing Chun online, it is important to first learn this about the art of Wing Chun…
Wing Chun has two different, yet very important types of training… solo training and partner training. Neither can be exclusive to how you train Wing Chun.
Both at-home training and partner training MUST be a part of a balanced Wing Chun training program. If it isn’t you simply won’t progress properly. Wing Chun at home training gives you the foundational practice you need in order to take into your partner-based training.
Can You learn Wing Chun Online at Home?
Despite what many, even long term teachers claim, the reality is YES, you can learn Wing Chun at home by yourself! You can learn several Wing Chun at home exercises online. You can also gain lots of self knowledge from watching online Wing Chun lessons instructional videos. So if you want to teach yourself Wing Chun, you can learn…
- Wing Chun forms (step-by-step)
- Empty Hand forms
- Siu Nim Tao (Sil Lim Tau) 小念頭 (Wing Chun’s 1st Form)
- Chum Kiu 尋橋 (Wing Chun’s 2nd Form)
- Bil Jee (Biu Jee) 鏢指 (Wing Chun’s 3rd Form)
- Wooden Dummy (Muk Yan Jong) 木人樁 (Wing Chun Dummy Form)
- Solo Footwork
- Solo drills (san sik)
- Wing Chun Concepts & Principles
- Stances and Postures
- Wing Chun Drills to practice with a friend (Partner Drills)
… these are all important parts of Wing Chun that can be learned online at home.
So anyone that says you can’t learn Wing Chun online is clearly missing ALL of this!
However, and this is important too…
In order to completely learn Wing Chun, a student must also have partner-based training. Whether you are an adult or looking for martial arts for your kids, you can not only train Wing Chun online.
That’s why the answer to the question “can I ONLY teach myself Wing Chun” or “can you ONLY learn Wing Chun by yourself” through online lessons alone is no. A student will need someone who can apply Wing Chun better than them …a hands-on Wing Chun training partner to help them, to pressure them, to uproot them, to punch and get punched, and to physically challenge a student.
Because that’s the only way to get really good at Wing Chun and learn the correct touch in order to learn to apply Wing Chun properly.
At the end of the day, no matter how much knowledge you gain, you must be able to turn that knowledge into realistic application. And application requires hands-on training.
Can you Learn Wing Chun Online (the video)
Can I Teach Myself Wing Chun?
Below we answer a more specific question, “Can I teach yourself Wing Chun without a teacher? I mean, can you learn Wing Chun by yourself, without one specific teacher or sifu? Don’t fool yourself. If you want to get good at Wing Chun, you cannot teach yourself Wing Chun without at teacher. You need a teacher (whether online or in person). You need someone who has dedicated their time to Wing Chun and who knows what they’re doing.
Online Wing Chun School
The Dragon Institute’s Online Wing Chun school features a 90-day Online Wing Chun course for Beginning Wing Chun students. For more info, go to Online Wing Chun school.
Should I learn Wing Chun from Multiple Teachers at the Same TIme?
Free Wing Chun?
What about free Wing Chun? I mean, what about learning Wing Chun for free online? YouTube has tons of videos, people sharing free Wing Chun advice and free Wing Chun lessons. YouTube can be a good place to start teaching yourself Wing Chun online, but after a month or so trying to teach yourself, you’ll get confused when trying to learn from multiple Wing Chun teachers at the same time. This is when you need to decide on which one teacher to learn from. Assuming you don’t have an hands-on teacher, find an online Wing Chun course from that one teacher. This takes spending money, but you must invest in yourself in order to honestly progress. Don’t limit yourself to only free Wing Chun. After a month or so, you should do what successful Wing Chun students do and find that one specific teacher you want to learn from and invest in their training. After all, it is investing in yourself. And investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make!