A Brief History of Wing Chun
Hailing from China, Wing Chun is a concept-based, aggressive martial art focusing on controlled grappling and striking while combating in close range. In comparison to other forms of Chinese martial arts, Wing Chun is new, with most historians believing it originated in the south of China around 300 years ago.
While it has been difficult to pinpoint and identify the ones responsible for developing the art in the early days, it is widely believed the style of Wing Chun was formed by Buddhist nun, and master of many kung fu styles, Ng Mui. She was thought to be influenced by the styles of Crane and Snake as well as the movements of the animals themselves. By using her knowledge and training of martial arts as well as her personal experience, she was able to create a compact form of kung fu which would manipulate weaknesses in the styles of her opponents while giving her small frame an advantage over larger fighters. This new style, later referred to as Wing Chun allegedly named after Ng Mui’s first student, a woman named Yim Wing Chun, was kept protected and only taught to the most dedicated disciples.
*Other stories also mention a Siu Lum training hall known by the name of Wing Chun (Eternal Springtime Training Hall), where the art may also have potentially derived it’s name, inspired by the soft/responsive nature applied to the techniques in application.
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