C O N T A C T
The History of Wing Chun Kung Fu
Before Kung Fu, 18 Hands of Lohan
On right: Bodhidharma's
After Sil Lum was burned down, the monks and disciples
scattered, forming a secret society of Wing Chun. The masters escaped and went their separate ways.
Mui took refuge in the White Crane Temple on Mt. Tai Leung. Ng Mui
met Yim Yee and his daughter Yim Wing Chun from whom she often bought
bean curd. Miss Yim Wing Chun was a native of Canton Province
in China. She was an intelligent and athletic young girl, upstanding
and forthright. At fifteen, Wing Chun's beauty attracted the
attention of a local warlord who tried to force Wing Chun to marry
him (on threat of killing her father). Ng Mui learned of this and agreed to teach Wing Chun fighting
techniques for self defense. Wing Chun trained night and day until
she mastered the techniques. Then she challenged the bully to a
fight and beat him soundly. Ng Mui charged Wing Chun to develop and honor
the kung fu after she later married.
It can thus be said that the Wing
Chun System was passed on to Yip Man in a direct line of succession
from its origin. Regardless of any debate about how it came to the Red Boat Opera troupe, the direct lineage is unquestionable.
William Cheung, Bruce Lee & Brian Lewadny
Yip Man taught current world Grand Master William Cheung in Hong Kong where William Cheung was senior student. After Yip Man passed away, William Cheung opened Traditional Wing Chun to the world, teaching the once-private style widely across the world. William Cheung's two most exceptional students were Bruce Lee and Brian Lewadny.
On left: William Cheung. On right: Bruce Lee.
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Sifu Bill is the senior instructor of Dynamic Defense Wing Chun Academy in Victoria BC, accredited by the Canadian Wing Chun Kung Fu Association and a member of the National Association of Professional Martial Artists. With 16 years of Wing Chun experience, he teaches and practices Wing Chun every day, combining life-affirming elements of martial arts, self defense, fitness and stretching. Confidence, inner balance and fun are the main ingredients to his instruction. Previous to Wing Chun, he trained in karate, jujitsu and kung fu but only began serious about training when he came to Wing Chun, learning under Canadian Grandmaster Brian Lewadny and serving as an apprentice instructor in Calgary before coming to Victoria.
How I Came to Wing Chun
People come to martial arts for different reasons. I was always intrigued by martial arts, particularly kung fu because practitioners always seemed so gracefully athletic, totally in control of themselves and peaceful in the face of adversity. Like most people, I had known moments of anxiety and stress, thinking "What if someone attacked me, my girlfriend, my kids? Would I know what to do?", so I definitely wanted something that really worked. Like a lot of people, I had the idea for a long time before actually committing myself to getting off the couch and doing it. I tried other martial arts but was not satisfied until I began Wing Chun Kung Fu when my first daughter was born.
I was surprised to find it was better than I expected. It wasn't merely learning to defend myself. It was a holistic experience, including breathing, stretching, conditioning and realistic defenses against any sort of attack that raised my energy level a lot. As an analytical person, I liked the logic and science behind Wing Chun. Practice and corrections made techniques easier, faster and stronger and we never had to go outside Wing Chun to defend special cases like close contact, ground fighting and weapons. It was a positive encouraging atmosphere. Even when I didn't feel good, if I dragged myself to class, I'd feel great coming out. While some are naturally talented, I could also see that the best students were not the most talented, they were the ones who stuck with it and committed to themselves. I progressed quickly because I practiced and paid attention to my instructors. Learning to handle things you couldn't do before is empowering for confidence.
Teaching Wing Chun
After years and a lot of work, I was honored when asked to teach classes at the Calgary Academy (Wing Chun Association HQ). I knew I wanted to share this powerfully effective martial art and positive experience with others. When I came to Victoria after many years in Calgary, I opened the Dynamic Defense Wing Chun Academy. It has been an excellent experience as student and instructor over the years. I do my best to impart not only the full range of Wing Chun techniques and defenses, but to keep everyone's focus on the mind and body experience, the joy and fun of perfecting the art of Wing Chun as handed down to me by Grandmaster Lewadny. I also get the joy of introducing my own kids and loved ones to kung fu and teaching them useful, empowering skills to have fun while learning to be safe.
Improve Yourself and You Improve Everything
There are many materialistic things people do to try to make their lives better, but the best thing you can possibly do is improve yourself. A better house or car won't make you a better person, but consistently committing some time to kung fu could do just that. It's the purest way to work on yourself, making yourself strong on the inside, not just the outside. Our classes teach empowering lessons and realistic kung fu, but beyond that, our classes raise students' energy and confidence, the two most important factors to success in life. I've had students who could barely do the warmup and were afraid of combat when they started and after a few months, they've lost weight, they sleep better, they enjoy self defense and have a lot of physical and mental energy they take into the rest of their life. When students commit to what they're doing, positive change is unmistakable.
Kung fu isn't your whole life, but it does offer a direct path to self-improvement. Anything you can do to improve yourself will enhance every element of your life, More energy and confidence improves everything (work, play, family, relationships).
Sometimes people think they don't have the time. It comes down to "what do you want?" Having more energy and confidence should not be put off until you aren't busy. You'll always be busy, that isn't the point. You must make time for what's important. The question to ask yourself is this: Is my well-being, my confidence, my personal safety important to me or not? If it is, then make the time to do empowering activities such as learning Wing Chun. If you have free time, that's great, but if you're stressed or don't feel so good, you *need* a class like this to boost you up, get rid of that stress and recharge for tackling life. The most important thing I impart to students is to commit to improving themselves, and do activities in line with that goal. When they do that, they attend as regularly as they can, learn quickly and find the power lurking within each of us.
Wing Chun - Effective Kung Fu|
Wing Chun is the world's most effective martial art because it does not require great strength, speed or a long period of practice to get results. It is a simple, direct and complete system of martial arts for men and women of varying fitness levels.
Wing Chun is sought out for its simplicity and effectiveness around the world for defense against any size of opponent.
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