Wing Chun does not pit strength against strength but rather employs its unique understanding of angles and sensitivity to force in order to overcome aggression. The theory behind Ving Tsun is that a smaller or physically weaker person, can overcome an attack from a much bigger and stronger assailant.
Many of the exercises are scientific in approach and training is carried out in a friendly atmosphere of co-operation as opposed to one of aggressive competition. This allows students to develop freely and at their own pace. It is possible for a complete novice to become competent within one year, although, as with any true art, practical ability is only the beginning, there is always room for deeper exploration, further development and personal interpretation. In Wing Chun you are always a student.
Aside from the obvious fighting applications, Wing Chun also helps to maintain a healthy body and mind. Regular practice will help loosen the joints, tone the musculature and improve posture. By the very nature of the practice a relaxed and focused mind is also achieved. This combination reduces stress and allows the body's natural protection mechanisms to strengthen.
Wing Chun is a subtle and complete system of Chinese Kung Fu, developed over hundreds of years, with its roots in the Shaolin Temple tradition. Originally a very secret system, the sophisticated art of Wing Chun was only passed on to family members and close, trusted friends. It was only when the legendary Grandmaster Ip Man arrived in Hong Kong that the style was taught more openly.
Wing Chun employs its unique understanding of angles and sensitivity to force to overcome aggression (fitness, age and sex are of no consequence).
Wing Chun's effectiveness as a practical self-defence or street fighting method is well documented, refined over the years for economy and direct application. The style does not easily lend its self to display or sport as some more flamboyant styles do. This is because the apparent simplicity of the system disguises the devastating power and speed behind its subtle technique.
Typical techniques include; trapping hands, swift low kicks, close body control and short, but devastatingly powerful strikes from the hands (such as the inch punch). Wing Chun practitioners also employ a unique sensitivity training exercise known as Chi sau, or sticking hands.