Ip Man Wing Chun is not a new style of Wing Chun. In fact, it is the preserved system passed down directly from the Shaolin Temple by its founder, Ng Mui during the 17th century. Ip Man is the famous Grandmaster responsible for spreading this beautiful art at the beginning of the 20th century. Most people throughout the world are familiar with the more common spelling of this Grandmaster’s name as Yip Man. The difference in the spelling simply comes from the way a Chinese word is pronounced by an English speaker. This situation is very common, for example, the very words of our subject matter is Wing Chun. And quite often it is spelled as Ving Tsun or Ving Chun. Simply stated Ip Man or Yip Man is the same person. This remarkable man was the disciple of both Grandmasters Chan Wah Soon and Leung Bak making him the 5th Generation Grandmaster of Wing Chun. Interestingly, Grandmaster Ip Man was Bruce Lee’s teacher in Hong Kong. In fact, Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do was highly influenced by education received by Grandmaster Ip Man in Wing Chun Kung Fu.
So what is Wing Chun? Wing Chun is a martial art designed for close quarter combat. It is extremely aggressive while adhering to economical movements both offensively and defensively. Students learn how to redirect the opponent’s energy to allow an explosive attack at the open lines. Traditionally, Wing Chun teaches 3 empty handed forms known as Sil Lim Tao (little idea), Chum Kiu (bridge seeking arm), and Biu Gee (thrusting fingers). Additionally, it teaches 116 Wooden Dummy Techniques and two specialized weapons. The six and a half pole known as Luk Dim Boan Gaun and the eight cutting double knives known as Bart Cham Dao. These traditions are essential in the understanding and application for modern combat. Wing Chun is well known for its Chi Sao (sticky hands) training. It is from this type of sensitivity training that students develop the reflex response to counter an opponent during a spontaneous attack, making Wing Chun one of the best Close Quarter Martial Arts in the World.