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Wing Chun

Wing chun (aka ving tsun; Mandarin: yong chuin) is a Chinese martial art that arose soon after the burning of the Song Shan Shaolin Temple circa 1735. Because of a lack of written historical records, wing chun’s origins are still heavily debated.

One story states that Shaolin monk Zhi Shan and Shaolin hero Hong Xi-guan created a fighting style that could generate punching power even in confined spaces. The style was named wing chun after either the Shaolin Temple’s Wing Ching Hall (named for a nun named Wing Chun), or after Hong’s wife Fang Wing-chun.

Another version explains that anti-Ching revolutionary Yim Yee taught his daughter Yim Wing-chun the style taught to him by the art’s creator, Wu Mei (Cantonese: Ng Mei). Upon Wing-chun’s death, her husband, Leung Bok-chau, named the martial art wing chun in her honor. An alternative version has Wu Mei teaching Yim Wing-chun to defeat a bully.

Much of today’s wing chun popularity stems from the fact that Bruce Lee trained extensively in the style under the late Hong Kong-based master Ip Man.

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  1. The Nature and Origins of Chi Power in Wing Chun Kung Fu Training

    The Nature and Origins of Chi Power in Wing Chun Kung Fu Training

    Wing chun kung fu grandmaster William Cheung delves into chi, human pressure points, meridians and energy flow as it relates to wing chun kung fu training in this excerpt from his vintage book, How to Develop Chi Power.
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  2. Yip Man: Wing Chun Legend and Bruce Lee’s Formal Teacher

    Yip Man: Wing Chun Legend and Bruce Lee’s Formal Teacher

    Think you know everything about Bruce Lee’s teacher, Yip Man? Through comments from fellow Yip Man disciple William Cheung and written notes from Lee himself, get the true story behind this Chinese martial arts legend.
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  3. William Cheung: Hong Kong Bullies, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Bruce Lee

    William Cheung: Hong Kong Bullies, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Bruce Lee

    The kung fu master talks about growing up on the streets of Hong Kong, where he confronted triad members, learned wing chun from the legendary Yip Man and trained with a very young Bruce Lee.
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  4. How the Wooden Dummy Can Enhance Your Wing Chun Training

    How the Wooden Dummy Can Enhance Your Wing Chun Training

    Improve your reflexes and step up your wing chun training with sifu Eric Oram and his master, William Cheung, as they demonstrate techniques to safely train with these ancient man-made stand-in warriors!
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  5. How to Win a Street Fight Using Wing Chun Techniques, Part 1

    How to Win a Street Fight Using Wing Chun Techniques, Part 1

    In the martial arts, one school of thought holds that you should change your game to match your opponent’s. Example: If you’re a stand-up fighter and you’re facing a grappler, you should immediately switch into grappling mode. Problem is, that requires you to train to such an extent that each
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  6. Wing Chun Techniques: The Secret Weapon Against Leg Attacks

    Wing Chun Techniques: The Secret Weapon Against Leg Attacks

    In 1966, karate legend Joe Lewis rocketed to stardom by winning Jhoon Rhee’s U.S. Nationals in Washington, D.C. Incredibly, it was his first tournament, and he won every single point with only one technique — the side kick.

    For six years, Chuck Norris ruled the karate world with his spinning kicks.
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  7. Wing Chun Kung Fu Grandmaster William Cheung Shows You How to Deal With Low Kicks From a Muay Thai Fighter!

    Wing Chun Kung Fu Grandmaster William Cheung Shows You How to Deal With Low Kicks From a Muay Thai Fighter!

    Learn how martial arts legend William Cheung defeated a muay Thai fighter in his new DVD, Street Fighting Applications of Wing Chun! WATCH PREVIEW!
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  8. Dr. Mark Cheng’s Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense

    Dr. Mark Cheng’s Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense

    Almost every day at Black Belt, we’re asked the same question: “What’s the best martial art for self-defense?” To find out the answer, we asked Dr. Mark Cheng, an expert in Chinese medicine and martial arts.

    “I chose the following arts because of my personal experience with them,” Dr. Mark Cheng
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  9. Fight Smart in Close-Quarters Combat Using Wing Chun Techniques

    Fight Smart in Close-Quarters Combat Using Wing Chun Techniques

    In the martial arts, one school of thought holds that you should change your game to match your opponent’s. Example: If you’re a stand-up fighter and you’re facing a grappler, you should immediately switch into grappling mode. Problem is, that requires you to train to such an extent that each
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  10. Wing Chun Street Fighting DVD 1 Preview

    Wing Chun Street Fighting DVD 1 Preview

    In the martial arts DVD series Street Fighting Applications of Wing Chun, Grandmaster William Cheung, the longtime friend and wing chun training partner of Bruce Lee, recalls some of his most dangerous street fights and deconstructs the techniques he used to survive the encounters. In Street Fighting Applications of Wing
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