Wing Chun is known by its distinctive punch, wing block, and stance. These three are enough to demonstrate Wing Chun’s function as a system in the mathematical sense.
The vertical fist provides the Sunken Elbow needed for JeetKune (slicing fist). The BongSao (wing block) snaps up momentarily to cover the attractive opening above the sunken elbow. The small stance provides mobility as well as leg trapping and kicking. Like a finely-tuned basketball or soccer team, these three “pass the ball” from strength to strength.
Wing Chun training improves stability, balance and coordination. Things happen fast and close in Wing Chun - strikes and jerks are explosive and surprising. Two or more things are almost always happening at once. Learning to use both hands and both elbows as a finely-tuned team shows you things you never imagined your body could do.
Wing Chun learning improves thinking skills including decision making, organization and planning, and situation awareness. It is important that we emphasize Wang Kiu’s principle-based approach, as demonstrated in Herbert Maier’s Ph.D. research.
Wing Chun character develops the critical attribute of Initiative, as well as calmness and forethought.
Wing Chun’s ChiSao exercise, popular as a sensitivity drill, teaches interacting with the complexity of a live partner, while maintaining technical accuracy.
Wing Chun’s forms teach critical basics of motion. Each movement performs numerous different applications.
Wing Chun’s Wooden Man trains advanced technique and allows us to “go at it” harder than we might want to with a partner.