Ip Man was born in 1898 and started his training in Wing Chun when he was 13 years old. Ip Man was Chan’s last student. Due to his master’s age, Ip was able to learn the skills and techniques, up to excellence, by Chan’s second oldest disciple, Ng Chung.
In 1949, with the help of one of his relatives, he settled in Hong Kong, where he practiced teaching Wing Chung. Wong Shun Leung and Bruce Lee were among his disciples. Ip Man died on 2nd December, 1972.
Wing Chun Kung Fu
It is one of the most popular Kung Fu systems and one of the most efficient and completed traditional martial arts. This system is comprised of a set of direct, simple, short and effective moves that aim to the elimination of wasting power and, consequently, to the supremacy of technique over physical strength. Due to this obvious advantage, Wing Chun is believed to have been developed by a young nun, Ng Mui, around 1700 AD. Ng Mui had a disciple, called Yim Wing Chun. The name itself literally means “Hope for the future”. However, it is not conclusive whether this is a myth or a fact. It is also said that Wing Chun is a combination of techniques, which were developed by the monks of the Southern Shaolin Temple in Fujian Province, after observing a confrontation between a crane and a snake.
These characteristics make Wing Chun accessible to everybody, as it does NOT require extensive strength, or intense flexibility or acrobatic abilities. It does NOT require a very low body weight, or speed, or a fiery temperament (though all of these are acquired by the trainee without any vigorous effort). A prerequisite is a zest for personal evolution and for regular, but non-intense, training.
What it offers
The benefits from Wing Chun are countless. Besides the body functions that improve rapidly due to exercise, besides the vitality and vivacity that you gain and besides the combat ability, which are the most profound and prompt benefits, the trainee develops his mental abilities greatly. It has been found that the ability of the brain to combine and decide quickly improves tremendously, the reflexes increase and the memory enhances. Moreover, the ability to quickly deal with simultaneous and multiple information is developed and, generally, the brain abilities develop rapidly, since the practitioner is trained to use both his cerebral hemispheres.
As far as health is concerned, the posture and the moves of Wing Chun help in correcting various myosceletal problems.
Wing Chun teaches us how to align our skeleton, how to be “rooted”, so as to resemble a tree with deep roots. In this way, we will be able to deal with the difficulties of life, without resembling a weak tree uprooted by the strong wind.
Wing Chun helps us remain healthy through movement and practice.
Wing Chun gives us family and social support. Several studies have shown that people with family / social support are happier and healthier than those who do not practice!!!
Wing Chun helps us focus on all aspects of our life that make us more productive and efficient.
Wing Chun gives us the self-confidence we need to broaden out our abilities and try things that other people are too scared to dare.
Wing Chun uses both cerebral hemispheres. As a result, the brain is stimulated in such a way that it is highly beneficial for the person’s daily activities.
Wing Chun teaches us self-discipline, courtesy, respect: true values that will help children in every aspect of their lives.
And, of course, it teaches us how to best defend ourselves.