Directly translated into English, Wing Tsun means “an ode to spring”. However, despite its pleasing title and deflective approach to force, Wing Tsun is a direct, destructive and fearsome martial art when dealing with an attacker.

As a martial art that uses touch, relaxation and body control to deflect energy and balance, Wing Tsun is a martial art that prides itself on allowing a practitioner of any  height, weight or body type to be able to defend themselves against any attacker, no matter how imposing.
In this article wewill discuss what Wing Tsun is, what has made Wing Tsun so popular, why you should practice it and how it can benefit you!

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Wing Tsun, also known as Wing Chun can have many different Variations to how it is pronounced.
From the Mandarin translation of “Wing Tsun” to the Cantonese pronunciation of “Wing Chun”, even variations such as Ving Tsun or Ving Chun have been said. 
Since it’s initial spike in interest in recent history came from the Cantonese Bruce Lee’s “Wing Chun”, many different variations of the martial art try to separate themselves from other systems in their approach by using a different dialect of the chinese language. This can be to show that they are different from the mainstream, or more traditional or progressive depending on the school’s stance or principle.

In this article I will use the pronunciation of “Wing Tsun” as it the term and variation most familiar to me.

What has made Wing Tsun so Popular?

Although it’s exact history is unknown, it is said the creation of Wing Tsun started with the Buddhist nun Ng Mui. According to legend, Ng Mui was a great Kung Fu master in her advanced years in the Shaolin South Temple at Fukien – when the Manchurians, helped by traitor monks, destroyed the temple and Ng Mui had to escape.

Ng Mui designed a new combat system aimed to defeat the traitor monks who were experts in Shaolin Kung Fu. She then taught this system to Yin Wing Tsun, so the style was named after her “an ode to spring”.

Whether or not
this legend is true, the style of Wing Tsun has gained popularity through its
reliance on technique over strength – allowing anyone regardless of sex or age
to overcome an aggressor.

This has been shown in the 4 main features of
the Wing Tsun