Wing Chun Chuan
Wing Chun (also written Wing Tsun, Ving Tsun and Yong Chun, amongst others) is one of the many types of Chinese martial arts known collectively as Kung Fu. Kung Fu means success achieved through hard work and peseverance, and Wing Chun Chuan means ‘the eternal spring fighting system’. It is an extremely sophisticated and effective martial art.
Wing Chun is, first and foremost, a system of fighting, as opposed to being a sport or an art. There are no fancy moves or wasted motion in Wing Chun. It is not as visually appealing as other forms of Kung Fu, but it is extremely effective and efficient. Wing Chun allows the practitioner to defend and counter quickly with as little effort as possible and with almost no regard for the size or strength of the opponent.
The Benefits of Wing Chun
Wing Chun is an excellent self defence system and in addition to this the movements are all fundamentally beneficial to health. In our classes you will learn to move and coordinate your body in effective, efficient and dynamic ways which will allow you to defend yourself and help to make you stronger, healthier, more balanced and more relaxed. You will also develop a greater awareness and understanding of how your body and mind relate and work together.
Wing Chun teaches correct posture, structure and alignment; once these are balanced effectively you will be stronger. Often strength is associated with hardness, and stiffness, but, due to the way that you achieve strength through training in Wing Chun, one of the key benefits is that you will also learn to become more relaxed and more responsive.
The Aims of Wing Chun
Wing Chun seeks to find the answer to being simultaneously soft/flexible (spring like) and strong. This combination of qualities can enable a much smaller practitioner to defeat a larger opponent. However the idea of ‘soft strength’ has many greater applications than just in combat and it is our aim to teach our students not only to be able to defend themselves effectively but more importantly to teach them how being both flexible and strong in their minds and their bodies can benefit them in every aspect of their lives.
Wing Chun employs the strategies of the Chinese classic General Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’, which is what helps to make it such a highly effective martial art for self defence. Cambridge Kung Fu students learn to understand the ways in which they are inherently strong and weak and how to be able to identify this in others. The aim is that knowing oneself and ones ‘opponent’ gives us confidence and the ability to be successful in whatever conflict type situation we may find ourselves in.
“If you know yourself and you know your enemy, one hundred battles may be fought without fear!” General Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’.
This quote epitomises the goal of Wing Chun training, which is to live your life freely, full of confidence and with the ability to conquer your fears. This is possible through understanding who you are, which will enable you to see others as they truly are. At Cambridge Kung Fu we believe that although this is a difficult path, it is one that leads to you achieving your goals and living a happy life.
We welcome everyone to come along and try out a couple of classes for free, so that you can get an idea of what and how we train, as well as meeting the instructors and other students.
Face to Face & Zoom Classes
Mondays 7.30pm – 8.50pm: All Levels, CKF HQ
Wednesday 6.30pm-7.50pm: Intermediate & Senior, CKF HQ
Wednesday 8pm-9.20pm: Beginner, CKF HQ
Thursdays 7.30pm – 8.50pm: Senior & Advanced, CKF HQ
Saturdays 9.30am – 10.a0pm: Senior & Advanced, CKF HQ
Saturdays 11am – 12.50pm: All Levels, CKF HQ
Private lessons and small group sessions are available on request.
Please get in touch if you would like to try out a free class or book a private lesson.