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.
The key with Tan Sau (Dispersing or Deflecting Hand) is how it spirals or screws outward. Here is an excellent article form Wing Chun Origins Magazine on the subject: Tan Sau Spiralling.
Most Martial Artists train with bare feet. It is possible this grows out of the Asian tradition of removing one’s shoes before entering a home. These days, most schools require bare feet to protect their expensive mat floors. Forty-plus years ago, when learning under Sensei Logue, we trained barefooted outside,…