Galway Kung Fu School
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Wing Chun is a style of Kung Fu which develops health, fitness and self defense.
Classes take place every Monday at 7pm for two hours , except on bank holidays where there will be no class. Students should wear a tracksuit, t-shirt and runners.
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(Yip Man and his most famous student Bruce Lee, practicing Chi Sao or Sticky Hands (c.1955). Chi Sao is an exercise that is designed to improve the reflexes of the martial artist and is a favourite technique amongst Wing Chun practitioners of all levels.)
Wing Chun is said to have been created nearly 300 years ago in China by the Buddhist Mistress Ng Mui. She was highly skilled in Kung-Fu and was a refugee from the Shaolin Temple after it had been destroyed by both Manchurian soldiers and defectors from within the Shaolin Temple itself. Having travelled around the country for some time, she settled in the White Crane Temple at Tai Leung Mountain on the border between Szechwan and Yunnan. Ng Mui wanted to create a new fighting system which would enable her to overcome the Kung-Fu practised by the defectors from the Shaolin Temple. She did this after witnessing a fight between a fox and a crane. The fox kept moving in circles in order to attack the flank of the crane however the crane kept pivoting in order to keep its beak pointing at the fox and used this to attack. This provided the initial idea for Ng Mui to develop an improved system of Kung-Fu.
Wing Chun was taught secretly in small groups until the 1940s when the late Grandmaster Yip Man began to teach it publicly in Hong Kong. Virtually all branches of Wing Chun/Wing Chun being taught today come from him and he was most notable for being the teacher of the actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee who studied with him for about three years.
What is Wing Chun?
Wing Chun is the name of a Chinese martial art that specialises in quick and effective self defence. It is a unique fighting system comprised of interrelated principles, techniques and training methods. While "Wing Chun" and "Ving Chun" are generic names for the style of Kung-Fu as taught by the late Grandmaster Yip Man, "Wing Chun" describes the art taught by his last closed door disciple, Grandmaster Leung Ting and his International WingChun Association (IWTA).
What does it do?
The primary function of Wing Chun is to provide a student with the skills necessary to defend themselves against an all-out attack by a stronger, larger and more aggressive opponent. This scenario is in contrast to martial aports where two athletes of similar size/weight agree to attack each other and where the winner is usually the one who has accumulated the most points. The distinction between the two is important as the characteristics of a self-defence situation are different to that of a competition.
How does it work?
A Wing Chun practitioner will defend themselves by counterattacking their opponent with rapid, powerful strikes using almost every part of the body. However students are also trained in the appropriate use of force so that a more gentle approach can be applied should the situation warrent it.
Wing Chun is not limited to any one range but has strategies and techniques to cover all distances. This includes mid and low level kicks, short range punching, elbow and kneeing techniques, stand up grappling and groundfighting. Also included in the Wing Chun syllabus are options against multiple attackers and weapons.
Rather than just a collection of easily forgotten and hard to apply techniques, Wing Chun is instead based on principles. These principles enable the practitioner to follow a clear strategy when attacked and to determine the most appropriate technique to use. In short, when you follow principles, you learn how to think for yourself.
WingChun follows the maxim, "attack is the best defence" and Wing Chun strategy is based on this simple concept. This strategy acts as a guide for the Wing Chun practitioner and is divided into stages with each stage ranked in order of importance.