Made famous by Bruce Lee, Wing Chun kung fu was invented by Ng Mui for fast adoption and optimal efficiency.
It passed down through the generations to the modern grandmaster, Ip Man (1893-1972). He had several notable students in Hong Kong, including some that developed their reputations in full contact challenge matches, in particular Wong Shun Leung, William Cheung and Bruce Lee. It is Wong Shun Leung’s teaching that Barry has brought to BPKF, since his Hong Kong training in the 1970’s.
Greet what arrives,
escort what leaves and
rush upon loss of contact
- Ip Man
Wing Chun in popular culture
Wing Chun was made famous in the West by Bruce Lee films in the 1970’s. What followed was the opening up of schools outside Hong Kong for the first time and eventually the broad branching of the style across the world, in line with each teacher’s translation of the techniques. In more recent times the Ip Man films, starring Donnie Yen, have renewed awareness.
The style is noted for its speed and economy of movement, and also for not relying on brute physical strength to develop power. In a short space of time, students can obtain practical self-defence skills through the fundamentals of this style. Development of good basics, however, takes time to do well. For example, Ip Man is known to have spent years just working on the pivot action, from the second form.
Wing Chun community
We are grateful for the opportunities we have had over the years to engage with and learn from Wing Chun masters around the world. Their perspectives on the art have been invaluable.
Top row: Anne Pang & Ip Chun; Wu Hua Tai & Tsui Sheung Tin, Hong Kong 1994.
Bottom row: Leung Ting; Lo Man Kam, Taiwan 1997; William Cheung & Temple Abbot, Shaolin Temple 2013.