Martial arts is very popular not only in the East, but across the globe as well. Although it has mainly originated from China, it is currently being adapted by many other cultures as a form of self-defense, exercise and meditation.
One of the many forms of martial arts is Wing Chun which is also known as Ving Tsun or Wing Tsun. What sets this form or martial arts from others is the emphasis on striking and grappling which is suited for close-range combat.
Wing Chun can be traced back to as early as the late 1800s during the Red Boat Opera period. Tracing it accurately back to its actual source is difficult because there are many legends on how it came about. However, there is one particular common legend about Yim Wing-chun who used this new system of martial arts that she learned from a nun to defeat a warlord. The new form of martial arts was said to have been developed from an observation between a confrontation between a snake and a crane.
The Practical Use of Wing Chun in Everyday Life
Usage of Wing Chun is not only limited to self-defense and man-to-man combat. It has a wide range of practical and beneficial uses in everyday life as well.
- Improved balance, structure and stance
Wing Chun focus on having a correct stance which can be likened to the bamboo – firm and rooted but flexible and yielding at the same time. This posture and stance is not only useful in fights but it is also highly useful for people who are undergoing therapy.
People who get injured will have to go through intensive physical therapies in order to recuperate. Although it may be a lengthy process, Wing Chun can help them bring back or even improve their posture and balance.
- Relaxation and meditation
It is common enough for martial arts to induce people into a state of relaxation and meditation while at the same time doing something that requires a lot of physical effort. This is because Wing Chun requires a person to focus on one’s center to fully perfect the art. It is not a mindless combat of power but on agility and skill which can be likened to a dance or gymnastics.
- Strength build-up
Basically, Wing Chun is mainly used for self-defense so it actually follows that body strength and impact is increased. Most of the body’s muscles is exercised particularly the arm and legs since there is a lot of punching and kicking in Wing Chun. This is best applied for people who need to gain strength in their arms and legs.
Wing Chun may be one of the most physical forms of martial arts since it specializes on close-range combat, but it remains true to the grace and fluidity of martial arts. Because of this, teaching Wing Chun is not for people who want to learn how to fight for defense, but also for those who also wish to find their strength as well.
In martial arts movies Donnie Yen is pretty much the poster child for Wing Chun you can see him doing much justice to the style in Ip man parts one and two- if you haven’t seen them already you should because they are definitely to be described as some of the top martial arts films.
This is one of the movies that really made his career and truely set him apart from all of the other martial artists out there. In this movie he plays the part of Master Yip which is the guy who trained the legendary Bruce Lee! If that doesn’t say it all then I don’t know what will, in fact check out the video above to know what I am talking about…