Training Wing Chun
Our classes begin by giving you an introductory education into the world of self defence, to raise your self confidence, to generally help you feel empowered through knowledge of what potential threats you may encounter and most importantly to support you in understanding what you are capable of. The goal is to help you understand how your body works now, and how to make it work more effectively through coordination exercises and drills. We teach you a system to develop your body to become more aware both visually and kinaesthetically.
As you progress, the aim is to teach you a complete self defence system that allows anyone, regardless of size or strength, to defend themselves effectively against the modern threat they may face on the street today. You will become adept at understanding all aspects of modern combat including, range, timing, balance and movement. You will learn how to move softly in the face of superior strength, and to move with power into an opponents weak areas. As you continue your trasining, your development through the Wing Chun system allows you to grow as a martial artist and as a person.
We will support you in your goals and teach you the beautiful system of Wing Chun, showing you how it can apply to all aspects of your life, which will help you to become a more confident, happier, healthier and safer person. This is the ultimate aim of Wing Chun.
The four main aspects of our classes are:
- Forms: The Wing Chun forms serve as a reference for the principles, theories, and techniques of the system. There are three unarmed forms, one form practiced on the wooden dummy, and then two weapons forms.
- Chi Sau: Translating as ‘sticking or clinging hands’, Chi Sau is a way of training your muscles to respond unconsciously to impulses given by another person. You are retraining your unconscious mind and physical body to respond automatically in a highly intelligent and strategic manner. Chi Sau can be summarised as ‘tactile training’.
- Lat Sau: Translating as ‘free hand training’, Lat Sau focusses on bridging the gap and making a connection with your opponant through developing hand-eye co-ordination. Once connection is made, you are then able to utilise your Chi Sau skills. Lat Sau can be summarised as ‘visual training’.
- Self Defence: Situation based exercises and scenarios, this is where we put all your skills together in a less structured framework. For each scenario (eg. someone trying to grab and hit you) we will give you different options to experiment with so that you start to develop an understanding of how Wing Chun works outside the contraints of Chi Sau and lat Sau training.
Our classes also include elements of:
- Pad Work: Striking exercises working with a partner, whereby we will teach you how to use your bodies natural weapons in a relaxed and powerful way. This is a safe way to develop the eability to both give and recieve pwerful strikes, as well as training how to hit safely.
- Awareness Exercises: Games and exercises designed to raise your conscious and unconscious awareness of both your external and internal environment. You will learn how to move in a more coordinated, appropriate and relaxed way to potentially dangerous attacks.
- Sparring Drills: Drills aimed as pressure testing specific parts of you Wing Chun, whether is’s a group of techniques, a tactic, or an over-arching concept. Each drill begins slowly and increases in speed, power, or intensity based on the ability and comfort levels of the specific students taking part.
The practice of Wing Chun can promote good health and it is very stimulating to the mind of the practitioner. The more intelligent a person is the more likely he or she will do well in Wing Chun. The simplicity and ingenuity of the system can only be fully appreciated by experiencing it first hand.
Wing Chun is a pure fighting system with a high degree of sophistication and an emphasis on techniques. It is a direct no-nonsense system, yet profound, with depths that will take a lifetime to explore. It is mentally stimulating and physically conditioning. It is an excellent example of a problem solving system. Wing Chun is direct, ingenious, and elegant in its simplicity.