It was only at the beginning of the twentieth century, that the martial art known as Wing Chun emerged from its long obscurity, and became one of the more respected and admired forms of the martial arts.
Until then, Wing Chun was not very well known in the Western world, and, it was practice by only a relative handful of martial artists. Over the following years since, however, Wing Chun has become a dominant practice in China, achieving status as one of the more respected, and practiced, of the martial arts in existence. Today, thousands of martial artists around the world devote themselves to the study of Wing Chun, including all the lessons, and mental and physical benefits it can provide.
In contrast to several other martial arts, the first thing that students are taught when learning Wing Chun is that they should use force to counter force. In this manner, weaker, and smaller, fighters can surprisingly easily and quickly take out bigger and stronger opponents. Whenever they find themselves in confrontation, Wing Chun stylists will use their brains...and, make use of an opponent's own strength and force against him.
Throughout training, a lot of emphasis is put into that very
concept. Students learn all about force and strength,
and how they can properly counter it. What many
do not realize at first, however, is the fact that countering
force requires very little strength from the stylist. Even the weakest, but
well-trained, Wing Chun stylist can take down an opponent 3 - 4 times his or her size if
he or she uses the proper technique and the opponent's own force against him.
Wing Chun teaches other techniques as well, such as punching, kicking,
and a few grappling holds. It does not teach much
grappling though, as most of the techniques use force against force
through throwing and striking. The strikes that are taught
with this martial art are very fast, and aimed at vital areas on the
body of the opponent. It can be an effective street fighting technique when
applied properly by a well-trained and experienced practitioner.
It is a truism in all martial arts that a majority of the most vital
areas on the human body are found along
the center line, the very area that Wing Chun teaches stylists to
protect as well as attack with their techniques. This line is
the most vital in battle, which is why martial artists should always
aim their attacks for any area that exists along this line.
Most of the vital points found in the center line could easily be the
end of the encounter if the stylist is able to land one powerful blow.
As Wing Chun emphasizes repeatedly, the shortest interval between the Wing Chun stylist, and the opponent, is the center line, which is where the most movement occurs. Due to this linear fact of Wing Chun, students will spend a lot of their training learning how to direct their attacks towards, as well as opposing force attacks from, the center line.
Wing Chun, while lesser known than others, is an exceptional martial art, teaching students how to use
force against force in any type of encounter. There
are not that many grappling holds or weapons used with Wing
Chun, although the techniques and moves that are taught are tried,
proven, and above all - very effective for self defense.