My Experience with Wing Chun – Lucaryu
The Chinese art of Wing Chun is an interesting style to say the least.
It’s origins are unsure and its official history goes back less than 300 years before becoming the subject of legend, but its origin is not important. Whether you believe in the story of Ng Mui and Yim Wing Chun or one of the other stories – what matters is the art.
In my early teen years I trained WSL Ving Tsun (Wong Shun Leung) and have continued to study the style while delving further into the world of Martial Arts. The things I learned from it will always be with me in martial arts. Wing Chun, even in its legends, is a style of adapting. Grandmaster Ip Man taught his students different techniques depending on their needs in training. He added and took away from the system, as did Leung Bik before him. And, in theory, before that in the legends of Ng Mui and the Southern Shaolin temple; by combining White Crane with other styles and adapting it to work against other systems. Wing Chun was made to adapt and it does this with its core principles and drills for them.”The theory of Wing Chun has no limit in its applications.” Looseness and fluidity in your body gives you striking power and ease in grappling and wrestling.
This is trained by drills like Chi Sao; where you learn to move with and control pressure, feel it and move with it and use it against them.
“The Yin Yang principle should be thoroughly understood.”Where there is force (yang) relax – and where there is no obstruction (Ying) use your force.” “Soft and relaxed strength will put your opponent in jeopardy.”
Basics of trapping and striking.
Block strike and control, like with the Lap Sao drill, gives you the ability to react on instinct. Wing Chun uses trapping to create openings and attacks them to win.
“Retain what comes in, send off what retreats.”
Rush in on loss of hand contact. Do not be lax when your opponent is not advancing.
“Counter punch and always follow through with strikes. Block and hit – even when used in defence Wing Chun is an offensive style. Protect yourself by fighting back.”
Charge into the opponent. Execute three moves together. Strike any presented posture if it is there. Otherwise strike where you see motion.
“The distinct guard of Wing Chun protecting the centre line gives you a good defence, easily adapted to any strike and more pushing force with your own striking “Complement the hands with posture to make good use of the centerline.”
There is much more to the style, too much to cover. No two schools or lineages are the same because of how much the art adapts over the years. But these are some of my favourite aspects of the style.
All the quotes in this post are from the Wing Chun maxims. Rules passed down by masters in old Chinese proverbs and before I finish I’ll leave you with one more
“Upon achieving the highest level of proficiency, the application of techniques will vary according to the opponent.” Wing Chun is a system of concepts and drills that you can adapt to any area and style and in my opinion well worth training. Till next time this has been Lucaryu – peace