What is Wing Chun?
It is an excellent self-defense system, but it is so much more than that. Beyond combative techniques and defenses, Wing Chun has a mental, almost spiritual quality. It teaches you how to calm your thoughts, how to focus and center your everyday life.
Robert Downey Jr. said, “Wing Chun teaches you what to concentrate on, whether you’re here or out in the world dealing with problems. It’s second nature to me now. I don’t even get to the point where there’s a problem.”
Mr. Downey, and many others, credit Wing Chun with saving his life – not in some physical street fight, but in helping to pull his life together against the battle of his inner demons.
Who can take Wing Chun?
Mature teens and folk well past their 60s can learn Wing Chun. Do not think you are too old, too out of shape, or that you need some sort of pre-training. The only way to learn is to start, even if you have never tried any sort of Martial Art before. While brutal in its use, the training is soft and controlled.
To get fast hands – or feet, or what-have-you – you need to practice. Drills are great for this. Motions rolled into a cyclical fashion so you and your partner can cram lots of repetitions into a small period of time. Here is Master Wong showing a wonderful drill. Though…
There are so many different ways to interpret the moves in Siu Nim Tao. Here is some fun Master Wong ways of looking at some of the moves.