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Nowadays there is a proliferation of books about Wing Chun, and the bulk of these books adhere to the Ip Man tradition. Over half of the five million practitioners of Wing Chun noted above fall into the Ip Man camp.
That this is so suggests that the Ip Man school of Wing Chun represents the standard for Wing Chun, passed down intact from generation to generation from master to student. Under this line of thought, all the other branches of Wing Chun splintered off from the Ip Man schools, borrowing elements from it or altering the Ip Man technique and introducing new theoretical and technical principles to the style. Or else these are regarded as completely separate martial styles in the Wing Chun “tradition”. None of these interpretations reflect the true origin and history of Wing Chun. As a system, Wing Chun has always been closed. It was not taught to just anyone who felt like studying it. Each master, as a rule, had no more than ten students. Ip Man, by the way, was the ninth and final student of Master Chan Wah Shun. Because of this secrecy, Wing Chun, as a style, was not well-known around China. It is sad, but true that for the very same reason many unique forms of Wushu fighting simply died out and disappeared. The style attributed to Ip Man owes its global popularity primarily to the legendary actor and martial arts master Bruce Lee. It is because of Bruce Lee that the Western world became aware of the existence of Wing Chun. And after the death of Ip Man, many of his numerous students poured into America and Europe, where they opened up studios in which anyone who wished could study the Ip Man form of Wing Chun. And so today Wing Chun is very wide-spread and available. Under the auspices of various Wing Chun organizations and associations schools have been established in virtually every developed country around the world. And yet in China itself there are masters who, to the present day, maintain and preserve the old traditions, and, despite all their generosity, these masters do not willingly share the secrets of the style even to their compatriots, much less to foreign seekers of such knowledge. This, naturally, has inhibited the development of many truly interesting branches in the Wing Chun system of martial arts. The book you are holding is not intended as a comprehensive work on Wing Chun theory and training methods, nor is it even a full description of the style, itself. The aim of this book, in general terms, is to acquaint the reader with the branch of Wing Chun developed by Grandmaster Chan Wah Shun, the teacher of Ip Man. This is the style which Ip Man began studying as a thirteen-year-old adolescent. Unfortunately, however, circumstances prevented him from completing even a third of the studies involved in the training.
Originating in southern China, Wing Chun is today one of the most popular forms of Chinese martial arts in the world with over five million practitioners. As a branch of kung fu, Wing Chun has evolved in many different directions under the influence of the many different masters who developed the diverse styles of Wing Chun that we see today. The best known of these styles are Ip Man Wing Chun, Gulao/Kulo Wing Chun, Jee Shin Wing Chun, Chan Hwa Shun Wing Chun, Malaysian Wing Chun, Pan Nam/Peng Nan Wing Chun, Vietnamese Wing Chun, and Yuen Kay San Wing Chun.
But this is in no way intended as a denigration of the contribution made by Ip Man as a master of Wing Chun, nor of his style, which is an effective martial arts fighting system when engaged in by the practitioner with the right knowledge and skills. Our aim is to provide you with information that is pertinent to your own practice and speaks to your interests in Wing Chun in a profitable way. In subsequent books we will expound in greater detail on the various aspects of Wing Chun training developed by Grandmaster Chan Wah Shun.
Although all these forms of Wing Chun have a common origin and share basic principles and training methods, they nevertheless diverge in one way or another. Often, these differences are significant. This is why practitioners and aficionados of Wing Chun often find themselves debating the question of which ‘Wing Chun’ is the most authentic.
Have you ever wondered how Wing Chun works in real combat?
How does it rate when up against the other martial arts?
Have you ever felt like there’s something lacking in your own Wing Chun technique?
Would you like to take your Wing Chun to the next level, to a higher plane?
If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then this is the book for you.
Open this book to find little-known tips, techniques, and strategies which will help you re-think your understanding of Wing Chun and dramatically improve your mastery of this ancient form of combat.
If you are new to kung fu, or you simply want to explore the rich tradition of Chinese martial arts, this book is a great starting point for you as you begin your journey into the transformational world of Wushu fighting.
Over 200 photographs are provided to help you assimilate the techniques described in the book.
As an added bonus, video demonstrations are also available at the website for the book: