The system we use to develop personal safety has been around for a long time, and it’s specifically designed to be zero-impact, for people of smaller stature, and be able to continue training well into old age. It’s called. . .
Wing Chun Kung Fu
It’s a system of self defense by developing physical, mental, & emotional control. It was developed by Chinese nuns several hundred years ago, and it’s characterized by its focus on techniques, sensitivity, and appropriate timing to neutralize someone’s natural advantage of size or strength.
It was made internationally famous by Ip Man and his many students, including Bruce Lee who studied Wing Chun shortly before coming back to America.
The system is “Principles Based” which means it looks to the fundamental laws that govern reality (like, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line), and then figures out the best way for the human body to capitalize on that principle. This is different than the “Emulation Based” schools of thought who borrow the strength of the Tiger, the unpredictability of the Monkey, etc.
We’re humans, so your system of cultivating self defense skills should be based on the human body.
The Wing Chun system is composed of 6 forms. Each form is composed of various postures that are performed in sequence in a sort of Kung Fu choreography.
Each subsequent form builds on the previous form, so progression is straightforward. Learn the first form, then the second, then the third, and so on.
The Wing Chun System
1. Siu Nim Tau
“Little Mind Fist”
Focus is on cultivating a solid structure, and giving you the tools to defend yourself.
2. Chum Kiu
Focus is on taking the structure you’ve build, and moving it in order to make & break connections.
3. Biu Jeet
You’re human, so you’re going to screw up when you try to apply perfect principles. These are your “oh shit” plans.
4. Mook Jong
This is one of the most essential pieces of equipment in the Wing Chun system. This is your perfect training partner.
5. Bart Jom Do
Combines structure, movement, and technique to control a greater area around your person. Focus on coordination.
6. Luk Dim Boon Quan
Fighting techniques with a 9 foot pole to cultivate strong arms, solid footwork, and coordination. Transferable skills to grappling.