What is Wing Chun Kung fu?
Wing Chun is a martial art made famous by Bruce Lee and his master Yip Man. The training builds internal energy and power, emphasizing softness, yielding techniques and counterattack strategies.
Principles of Wing Chun
This martial art system is based on the following logical and comprehensive set of principles:
The emphasis on flowing relaxation is especially useful for softening muscular tension due to stress or other strenuous activities throughout our daily lives. The softening of the muscles is the very foundation for internal energy flow which allows the proper power generation required for correct body movements without muscular force. This eventually leads to a deep level of relaxation, awareness and control of the entire body.
The technique used sensitises the mind, making it alive and calm. When practiced correctly and sufficiently, this technique leads to an expansion of the mind so that it can link to the body that will allow you to feel the flow of internal energy throughout your body with great clarity. Constant awareness of the movements and will sharpen your mind on a deeper level, which in turn increases your concentration.
Correct biomechanics is not only the key to energy efficiency but for power generation. Students are instructed to be very attentive in the precise execution of the forms and movements used.
This Wing Chun is simple and straightforward. Based on natural movements of the body, therefore it is easy to learn and to apply. Because the technique does not involve complex or contorted movements, it is suitable for an individual of any age, size, gender or body type
Movements are not meant to be flashy or spectacular, (such as jumping or 360 spins etc), they are not limited by the environment or restrictive clothing.
Internal Wing Chun training
The internal aspect of Wing Chun does not involve exercises, forms of psychotherapy, or spiritual healing techniques. Sifu Wan guides the student through Sil lum tao (first form) and movement, observing and working with whole patterns of bio mechanics, which include tension and postural patterns, how a student thinks about moving, and active movement itself. The student actively participates in this fascinating process, learning to apply his/her own intelligence to effectively change habits.
The internal training of wing chun is rarely taught. Most often, the wing chun schools focus on the fighting aspect rather than the internal energy work. This internal energy practice in wing chun was taught to Sifu Wan by Sigung Chu Shong Tin. Sigung Chu passed on knowledge on how to incorporate the internal energy practices into Wing Chun, thus making this Wing Chun style not only for 'fighting' purposes but to make the mind/body connection for total well being.
Sil lum tao (First form)
The Sil lum tao form movements relax and regulate the central nervous system, releasing physical and emotional stress, and promoting mental and emotional well-being. It gives the practitioner a great physical sense of how chi gets embodied into movement and enables the practitioner to experience and work with energy in a very subtle, complex manner.
Often when first learning the Wing Chun form you must spend many days or weeks simply learning the external movements. At some point once you have learned the external movements so that you don't have to 'think' about doing them, you can then start to focus more on sensing the chi flow.
once you have the external movements and are starting to feel and sense the internal chi, new possibilities open up to use Wing Chun for meditation (moving meditation).
Wing Chun is a potent internal martial art that builds internal energy and power.
It is an art-form that can be practiced alongside many other martial art forms, building greater sensitivity and strength for self defense.
The advantages of practicing Wing Chun go far beyond than learning to effectively defend yourself and getting in shape.
This learning process can have many benefits, including freer and more comfortable movement, relief from strain, chronic pain, and excess tension, more comfortable and erect posture, easier and healthier breathing, increased vitality and strength, and most importantly, the development of skills that can be used to change habits that interfere with optimal functioning.
Why study Wing Chun Kung Fu with Tao de Wan?
Tao de Wan caters to all people wishing to learn this traditional martial art. The method and techniques used are derived from Sigung Chu Shong Tin teachings. Private training ensures the highest quality of training for anyone wishing to learn Wing Chun Kung Fu. Students are able to learn up to 15 to 20 times faster in this teaching environment than in a large class structure.
Personal training offers more hands on work between student and instructor, allowing more time for internal energy training and mind/body connection.
I have injures from the past, can I practice Wing Chun Kung fu?
As long as it has been informed prior to booking your session, give details of the nature of your injury. The Sifu will assess whether you can participate or not. Only under extreme cases where one is turned down. Wing Chun works on natural body movements, correct postural alignment and relaxation, this will actually help you with improvement of your body through natural healing.
Are my children also able to train?
Tao de Wan offers private lessons for both children (ages 7 and over) and adults.
Can Women participate in Wing Chun Kung fu?
Since Wing Chun was developed by a nun, most females pick up Wing Chun faster than men. This makes Wing Chun the most appropriate system of training for women as you are taught to generate force without using brute strength.
Can I train with my partner or friends during the private lesson?
Private lesson can cater up to 6 students at one time. You can bring your partner, kids, friends or family along. This is a cost effective way to reap the benefits of personal training. check the pricing table for the number of people you will bring along.
How long are the lessons?
Each lesson is a minimum of 1hr. Additional hours can be included before scheduled appointment (hourly rate applies).
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing you would wear to a fitness session.
Where are the classes?
Classes are held at your home (Sydney region only) or an agreed place.
How to do I book?
Call 0424-853-380 or contact us to make a scheduled appointment.