Yuen Kay San Wing Chun; is a practical fighting system which focuses on rapidly destabilizing and disabling an opponent. Unlike karate or many other martial arts; Wing Chun is an ‘internal system’ which relies on technique, reflexes, body positioning, and rapid strikes to critical points; rather than strength. While strength can be helpful in most situations; finesse; not force; is our focus. Wing Chun was initially established over 300 years ago by a woman to defeat larger and stronger male opponents through redirection and precision strikes to vulnerable areas.
Wing Chun is an internal system as its primary focus is using the body’s structure and positioning over strength. External systems; such as boxing; require a great deal of strength and endurance, while Wing Chun does not. Wing Chun is an art and science, which relies on mental and dynamic stillness, and can be pursued and improved upon over a life time. Because Wing Chun was developed to apply body structure and positioning by a woman to overcome a larger and stronger male opponents power advantage; it is ideal for self-defense, regardless of gender, strength, or size.
Practitioners train in various positions to develop structure, balance, posture, centeredness, and an ‘explosive’ spring which powers our short, fast, yet powerful strikes. Wing Chun practitioners can fight using any stance and bodily position deemed necessary for a given encounter. However, elbows will usually remain in the center and an opponent can expect to receive anywhere from 4-20 strikes, kicks, and/or techniques per second (depending on the practitioner’s skill level); all directed toward vital structure or organs; in a real fight. –every strike intent on incapacitating the aggressor. There are no set combinations for an opponent to anticipate; everything is in the moment. Every movement made by an aggressive opponent determines how and when the Wing Chun practitioner’s body responds to protect itself from potentially life-threatening harm.