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.
For a long time I have been saying the moves in Siu Nim Tao, or any form, are not specific techniques. They are positions, which represent multiple options and multiple opportunities. Take 20 Wing Chun instructors and have them isolate the same move within Siu Nim Tao (for example), and…
No matter what you do, it is the first time you will do it, and the only time you will do it. ‘But Sifu, I’ve done this kick 100 times.’ Then this will be the first time you have done it 101 times, and the only time you will do…