Brief History

The origins

of Wing Chun can be traced back to the legendary Shaolin temple in China where it was developed some 350 years ago by a Buddhist nun whose name was Ng Mui. Her intention was to create a martial art system which would allow a physically weaker person to overcome a larger and more powerful opponent.

Late Grandmaster Yip Man, Koo Sang and Yip Chun.

The story

has it that the Manchus attacked and burned down the monastery out of fear that Shaolin with its highly skillful warrior monks might pose a threat to their government one day. After escaping the fire, Ng Mui took refuge in a temple on Mt. Tai Leung. There she accepted a young lady by the name of Yim Wing Chun as her first student; hence the system's name: Wing Chun Kuen.

Subsequently, it got handed down from generation to generation as a close-guarded system. It was only in the 1950's that it became more widly known in the martial art circles through the late Grandmaster Yip Man when he moved from mainland China to Hong Kong.

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Footage of a challenge fight in Hong Kong

It was in those early days of Wing Chun in Hong Kong, that through the martial exploits of Yip Man's students such as Leung Sheung, Lok Yiu and later Wong Shun Leung the fame of Wing Chun Kuen started to spread. As a result, its efficiency and scientific approach to dealing with aggression became more known and appreciated.

One has to understand that even up to the mid-1950's, Wing Chun was a relatively unknown style since it was transmitted from one master to the next generation in a rather secretive way. It's a style which is not intended for public demonstration, but instead provides its practitioner with a superior martial tool enabling him to minimize the chances of defeat in a physically violent confrontation.

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