Wing Tsun Kung Fu
Wing Tsun is a branch of Kung Fu that focuses on effective and efficient self defence. Legend has it that the art was created by a Ng Mui, a Buddhist nun from the Shaolin Monastery and taught initially to a young girl called Yim Wing Tsun from whom the art receives it's name. Originally a secret art, it was made popular by the late Grandmaster Yip Man and made famous by his student, Bruce Lee.
Compared to many other Kung Fu styles, Wing Tsun is a simplified art that focuses on finishing a fight as quickly as possible. It is a principle based art and all fighting strategies, use of force, movements, techniques, drills etc, are interrelated and an extension of the principles.
Beginning students are introduced to the foundation Siu-Nim-Tau (Little Idea) form. In this form, the core bio-mechanically efficient movements that make up Wing Tsun are performed in a sequence. Students are then taught how to apply some of these core movements as self defence techniques against common attacks. At the same time, these core movements / techniques are practiced in specific drills to hardwire them into the nervous system as implicit memory. The result is that students can more automatically react to a physical altercation instead of trying to remember techniques. As the student grows in proficiency, the forms, techniques, drills and strategies grow in complexity.