By Joanna (Age 9)
1) What is your name?
2) How old are you?
3) What style of martial art do you practice?
4) When did you start training?
4 years ago.
5) Where did this martial art originate?
Wing Chun originated in south east China and later introduced to HongKong by Ip Man in the 1950’s.
6) Can you tell us something about this style? Describe it?
Wing Chun is a principle driven martial arts system, it consists of 5 principles;
iv) Economy of movement
v) Minimum use of brute strength
The Wing Chun Kung Fu system also consist of 3 open hand forms these are ; Sil Lim Tao, Chum Kiu and Biu Jee. There are also two weapons forms the Baart Jam Do (Butterfly Swords) and Lok Dim Boon Gwun (6.5 Point Pole), and the Mook Yan Jong form (Wooden Dummy Form).
7) Compare this style to Karate and Taekwondo?
Unlike Karate and Taekwondo Wing Chun is not practiced as a sport, with students seldom taking part in competitive sparring. Like Karate and Taekwondo, the basics of Wing Chun can be easily learnt, but can take a lifetime to master.
8) Can you give an example of how you would defend yourself?
In Wing Chun the principle of minimal use of brute strength is always utilized this means that when an opponent attacks you, you would redirect his incoming force and allow him to essentially fall into your attack.
9) How many days do you train?
I go to class twice a week, and train at home whenever I can.
10) How long do you train?
Each Class goes for at least 2 hours.
11) What type of exercise do you do?
Simple body weight exercises such as push ups and pull ups etc.