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Jun Fan Wing Chun Wing Chun (or Ving Tsun as the style is also known) is a form of Kung Fu that started in the late 18th century. It is unique from other styles of Kung Fu in two aspects: 1) It is the only traditional Kung Fu style invented by a woman. 2) Unlike many other forms of martial arts, Wing Chun boasts a non dependance on size or strength, and uses five basic principles to create an incredibly effective self defense system. Wooden dummy technique The five basic principles of Wing Chun are as follows: Directness Economy of Movement Simplicity Minimum use of Brute Strength Practicality Currently, Wing Chun is one of the most widely known martial arts in the world. One of the reasons for this is because of the international fame that Bruce Lee brought to the Wing Chun martial art before his untimely death in 1973. This fame has now escalated to unparalleled proportions as people all over the world are beginning to realize the benefits of this extraordinary art. Circling the globe, Wing Chun stands tall as one of the most effective, efficient and simplest martial arts to learn anywhere. Listed here are the five basic principles of Wing Chun, and the benefits that can be derived from each.
1) Directness Since the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, Wing Chun utilizes direct line striking as a proficient form of striking. Wing Chun does not contain fancy flying kicks or acrobatic moves, making the style more serviceable and easier to learn.
2) Economy of Movement Where some martial arts forms may apply two or three sets of movements to defend then attack, Wing Chun often uses only one. For example, in many martial arts, the defense against a punch would be first a block, then a strike (two movements). In Wing Chun, a block and a strike may be accomplished in one flowing movement. This reduces the time and effort it takes to defend yourself and end an attack.
3) Simplicity Since all the moves in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system are based on natural body movements, this makes the movements easy and very natural to perform. This simplicity creates a natural way for people to enjoy the physical benefits; such as weight loss, muscle toning and sharpened reflexes.
4) Minimum use of Brute Strength In normal situations, a smaller or weaker person using brute strength against a bigger or stronger person will undoubtedly lose. Because a woman invented Wing Chun it is not dependent on brute strength, and instead teaches the Wing Chun practitioner how to redirect force and use your attacker's strength against them. This makes Wing Chun ideal for people of any size or gender. Where you may be at a disadvantage in terms of size or strength during an attack, Wing Chun techniques can be easily learned and employed as an equalizer, eliminating the attacker's size and strength advantage.
5) Practicality Wing Chun techniques are all practical and can be put into effect easily and quickly in many situations. Since attacks aren't predictable and won't always occur in wide-open areas, you have to be able to defend yourself no matter where you are. The Scimitar Martial Arts Association teaches both traditional Wing Chun Gung Fu and Jun Fan Gung Fu, which is a modified version of Wing Chun developed by the great Bruce Lee in order to cope better with a more modern fighting society. A great deal of the techniques and principles we teach within the trapping range of combat are taken from either traditional or Jun Fan Wing Chun.