Is it Possible To Learn Wing Chun Kung Fu Online?
One of the first questions people ask is if you can learn Wing Chun online. Since this is such a popular 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 school, teacher or hands-on instruction.
Know This Before Learning Wing Chun Online!
Before you consider 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! You can learn several Wing Chun at home exercises online. You can also gain lots of knowledge from watching online Wing Chun videos.
In fact, online you can learn:
- Wing Chun forms
- Empty Hand sets
- Siu Nim Tao (Sil Lim Tau) 小念頭
- Chum Kiu 尋橋
- Bil Jee (Biu Jee) 鏢指
- Wooden Dummy (Muk Yan Jong) 木人樁
- Solo Footwork
- Solo drills (san sik)
- Wing Chun concepts & principles
- Stances and Postures
- Drills to practice with a friend
… 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 you only learn Wing Chun by yourself” or 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 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.