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Everlasting Spring: Wing Chun of Shaolin   
Wing Chun
Wing Chun
It was during the resistance movement of the Shaolin and the Ming against the Qing Dynasty that a new system of Chinese martial art was established and developed. Wing Chun, a Chinese word which when translated to English language means “Spring Chant” is one of the martial arts of the Chinese which is focusing on an aggressive close range combat. There were no written documents in history that will either clarify or confirm the different claims upon the creation of Wing Chun since it was only passed down from a teacher to a student orally.

Legends of long time ago said that there was once a young woman by the name of Yim Wing Chun whom a local warlord wants to marry, but Yim Wing Chun refused to. The warlord said that the only way he will forget about the marriage proposal is if she will beat him in a fight. So Yim Wing Chun asked the help of the local Buddhist nun, and in return the nun taught him fighting styles and techniques which helped Wing Chun in defeating the warlord. After the victory against the warlord, Wing Chun married the man she truly loved and she taught him the styles and techniques she used in order to defeat the warlord, thus the origin of the martial art Wing Chun.

In the martial art Wing Chun, it is important that the practitioner can sense the energy behind all their movements. Practicality, efficiency and the economy of movements are some of the essential elements in doing Wing Chun. Wing Chun has a belief that in order to be able to defeat an enemy, there is a need for positioning to be properly timed. Properly timed positioning can be achieved through body structure, balance and relaxation. Wing Chun also believed that in any fighting situation, only the least amount of required force should be used. Wing Chun practitioners use counter attacks and deflection. Strikes are only performed with the intention of injuring or disrupting the opponent. Aside from the efficiency which was defined to be “the shortest possible distance to the core of the opponent”, practitioners should also know and understand what is meant by energy efficiency. It is very essential to any Wing Chun practitioner that he or she fully understands structure so that he or she may be able to use the correct amount of energy needed. With effective use of structure, any Wing Chun practitioner will be able to defeat a stronger opponent.

Wing Chun is considered as an ancient Chinese Kung Fu. Consisting of only three unarmed forms, it is considered to be a highly simplified combat art and is very effective. With these in hand, anyone will surely be able to defeat any opponent and be able to defend himself or herself against any attacker.

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