What is internal WingChun KungFu ?
Wing Chun 詠春 (Chinese: 咏春 Yǒng Chūn) is the largest famous non-sport Cantonese martial art ( KungFu 功夫 ), WingChun is unique defense art of martial art than combat sport i.e. defense under unfair conditions and environments e.g. physical stronger/bigger against weaker, many against alone or under dark narrow environments etc.
WingChun is an unique tradtional martial art, martial art is translated to Wushu (武 “Wu” = military or martial, 術 “Shu” = art) in Chinese, but WingChun don’t belongs to the category of modern Chinese Wushu which have an other approach today than fighting skills. WingChun is a pure Cantonese martial art and is therefor related to the category KungFu which have still meaning of skillfully. All term within WingChun is Cantonese terms which includes Cantonese culture. WingChun have it’s strongest base in Hong Kong where we have the strongest Cantonese culture and languages.
Hong Kong is a SAR of China and is open part of China and the last place for preserving the Cantonese culture and language.
Many people ask what is the meaning of Wushu, it is literally direct equivalent translated to Martial Art in English. Deeper in the philosophy or theory of WingChun system (WingChun is as architecture system based on components) it is more a martial art than just skills (meaning of KungFu) or “way” like in the Japaneses term Budō (武道) = martial way. The meaning of art here is the creation capability than just follow a created way. WingChun is based on an architecture component system which means it gives you the tool for create something new. One famous creator using the WingChun system was Bruce Lee, created the Jeet Kune Do (JDK) 截拳道 . JDK have the meaning of Straight Fist Way which is one important concept in WingChun. The interested part is the name of “Do” (means Way) rather then art, which means it a “way” from the “art” , while WingChun is more an concept of “art”. This is the same concept of “Technology is the art of science”. While understating deeper WingChun theory you will realize that WingChun principles can be applied on something else that is conctreate.
WingChun is an architecture system that all components are dependent of each other, the concept is very similar to IT systems
Within the traditional Chinese martial art culture, non martial art people will look if an martial art system are internal or external. But from the definition of internal martial art are more abstract and is based on internal body energy, structure, relaxation, softness mindful and mind-power training. Internal martial art system start from internal part rather from external parts, like for external martial art systems. External systems starts and focus on muscular strength, speed and stamina. Internal martial art system are theoretical but more adapted for more calm and non muscular peoples, this means also it is not suitable for e.g. children like external martial art systems are, bur rather for people with weaker body structure e.g. females. Which means it can be applied for defense under unfair condition with stronger opponent or more that one opponent.
WingChun Training for Hong Kong Airlines Flight Attendants
Many martial art have it origin from ascent war in the field, but WingChun was developed for the ascent city environment with narrow dark streets and be practice with peoples with limited training space. Since WingChun was developed for defense fight in narrow environment then the moments needs to be very small and also economic for close range combat. This is why it have the highest efficiency on e.g. flight, boat, lift, subway etc.
Since WingChun is the larges Cantonese martial art in Hong Kong and been trained by many famous martial art movie actresses like Bruce Lee. WingChun have also been subject within many famous KungFu movies, such as the famous the Ip Man movies. Ip Man was the famous WingChun master, most known as the WingChun teacher for Bruce Lee. But maybe the less famous movie is about the founder of WinChun system, who is girl called Yim, Wing Chun 嚴詠春, the story can been seen in the movie Kung Fu Wing Chun from 2010.
Martial art actress Bai Jing 白静 demo the WingChun Wooden Dummy for the movie Kung Fu Wing Chun (2010)
Good in WingChun does not mean good fighter, the fighting art of WingChun require good competences/skills and background on of how apply it for fight.
WingChun applied in fight have a totally different fighting concept and strategy than may modern martial art and is very strange for them since is is not created for known competition fight like in martial sports. WingChun in reality is not that flashy like from the outside in the movies and the skills are in the inside and are therefor more aligned with internal martial art more than external martial art.
Internal soft WingChun is like water flowing with any specific form and can there for formed after the opponent and getting into the WingChun close range combat where few other martial art have it strength. The concept is based on to use very low economic resource for bit a stronger and skillful martial artist for defense fight. So WingChun can be applied for both self-defenses (non agreed fight under unfair condition for survival) and for competition fight (agreed fight under fair condition for win). But the goal for practice WingChun is primary not for fight but more for heath, awareness and self control for achieve life quality with social aspects. One important property is awareness of stress with stress control for take right decisions.
WCAA-Sweden 詠春拳學會 – 瑞典 Internal WingChun system is developed by Sifu. Peter Yeung (born 1967). The WingChun system is derivatives direct from Sifu and Grand-master Ip Chun 葉準 in Hong Kong (older son if the famous legend Ip Man 葉問 and is one of the oldest alive WingChun master, born 1924).
Sifu. Peter Yeung is currently only certified WingChun instructor issued by Sifu and Grandmaster Ip Chun in Sweden. WCAA-Sweden started August 2006 by teaching WingChun officially.
Sifu. Peter Yeung had trained many martial art system but started with WingChun at the age of 17 and was dedicated to learn WingChun direct from Sifu Ip Chun from year 2002 in Hong Kong.
WCAA-Sweden is currently the only full year outdoor academy for WingChun in Sweden