The meaning 

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 we will discuss what Wing Tsun is, what has made Wing Tsun so popular, why you  should practice it and how it can benefit you!

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?

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.


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.


What has made wing tsun so popular part 2



1. Short steps and movements
Wing Tsun is a close distance martial art, aiming to use the shortest and quickest movements to the opponent’s vital points, as soon as the opponent enters the practitioners range. Wing Tsun does not rely upon feints or difficult strenuous movements. Rather, focusing on awareness of the opponent’s movements by sticking to him and attacking in the key moments to end the fight.

2. Attacking
Instead of relying upon a single “knockout punch” built on strength and muscle. Wing Tsun uses a continuous burst of attacks to overwhelm the aggressor.

3. Sensitivity
Ng Miu realized that to fight strength with strength against a stronger opponent would be futile. Instead she developed a system based on the sensitivity of touch (Chi Sao) to divert the energy of attacks away from the practitioner and use that same energy against them.

4. Economy of movement
In her older years. Ng Miu could not be as active and strenuous in her movements. So, to maximize the effectiveness of every motion in Wing Tsun. She made a close quarters system, designed on attack down the shortest routes to the opponents exposed areas, and borrowing the energy of the opponent to evade attacks rather than using your own.


This style of combat allows the practitioner to be able to use the abilities and skills one would learn all the way into old age. And lead to many notable stars in the limelight to be drawn to the style. From Bruce Lee, To Jackie Chan and even Robert Downey Jr. who has said when commenting on Wing Tsun and his battle against addiction; “grounded me, and its primary purpose is to promote a sense of spiritual warriordom and to respect your society and to be prepared to defend yourself and your society if necessary.”

What is Wing Tsun?


Wing Tsun retains the core values from its design hundreds of years ago. However, there has been many interpretations and disagreements made over how to teach the art. The fundamental principles of what Wing Tsun is has been streamlined to 4 main principles:

1. If the way is free, go forward
This principle may seem to be simple, but it is not easy. The idea of this principle is for the practitioner to keep in mind that when you are in danger you should not stop until you know you are safe. It is easy to freeze up or give into panic, but countering and seizing the opportunity your opponent gives you when attacking is a surefire way to win the fight.


2. If the way isn’t free, stick
Charging forward blindly however will not solve all your problems if your opponent offers no gaps and no opportunities. You must be aware and use the aggression your opponent gives you to your advantage. By using the technique of sticking (Chi Sao) you disperse the energy of the opponent away from yourself while keeping close for the right moment to strike.

3. If your opponent is stronger, yield
Sometimes your opponents aggression may be overpowering and uncontrolled. In many other forms of self defence that may be unnerving and intimidating. However in Wing Tsun that works to our advantage, By sticking to our opponent and guiding his energy to our advantage, we can unbalance an opponent leaving him vulnerable to a myriad of strikes

4. If your opponent moves back, follow
However you must remember, when you opponent is off balance, this is not the end of the fight. You must not give him a chance to recover or counter attack otherwise you put yourself back in danger. You must keep close, to end the fight and ensure your own safety.



Following these principles has been the base of Wing Tsun, not only a fighting style, but as a philosophy of life. To not hesitate when facing challenges, to keep close and stick to your goals, to not fight against what you cannot change but to find another way and keep following until you succeed.

Because of this, Wing Tsun has been seen to many as more of a lifestyle than just a martial art, and a path to success in whatever challenges a person may face.

Benefits of Wing Tsun

Benefits of Wing Tsun:


Focus: Through learning to use your body and mind in unison. You can learn to strengthen your focus in tasks that tax both physical and mental focus

Fitness: From stress training drills to burpees in class, a martial arts class is a great way to get fit without having to deal with the tediousness of a gym!

Confidence: Through personally making yourself and others around you safer, you build confidence in who you are as a person, and challenges in life become easier to manage week after week

Community: You are able to join a group of people looking to better themselves just like you. With similar goals and lifestyle, giving you the chance to build friendships and relationships that can last a lifetime.





How to get started:

Ready to jump into Wing Tsun? There are many ways to get started!

Books/DVDs – Many books are available on Wing Tsun from traditionalists like Sifu Leung Ting, to more of a modern take from Sifu Keith Kernspecht

Social Media/Apps – Wing Tsun has become more influential from year to year. Due to this there’s plenty of apps to be found on apple and android regarding Wing Tsun forms, techniques and more!

Take a class/ Join an organization –
Classes for Wing Tsun can now be found all over the world. However due to this many teachers can boast of training and titles they may not actually have. Make sure to check to school is associated with a trusted organsation such as EWTO to make sure what you are learning is the real deal.

Contact Alexander now, in Rutherglen, Glasgow, to find out more about EWTO, an English Wing Tsun organisation.

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