In my previous post, “Hello World” I stated that I would be practicing the Siu Lim Tao routine from Wing Chun. Now I realize that many of you may not know what Wing Chun is.
Wing Chun is a form of martial arts originating in China, which is focused on fast strikes and grappling in close range combat. Now according to the late Sifu Yip Man, Wing Chun originated during the time of Emperor Kangxi who reigned between 1662 – 1722. According to this legend, during a Qing invasion, and Abbess Ng Mui fled from the Fujian Shaolin Monastery into the Daliang mountains. During her journey she encountered a battle between a crane and a snake. Having been a student of Shaolin Kung Fu she carefully observed the battle between the two animals, and combined knowledge she had gained from the battle with her knowledge in Kung Fu to create a new style of kung fu.
Ng Mui frequented a local tofu shop owned by Yim Yee who had a daughter named Yim Wing Chun. There was a warlord who was trying to force Wing Chun’s hand in marriage, although she loved another. According to the legend the warlord issued an ultimatum, he gave her a year to train and if she could beat him in hand to hand combat she would be free from marrying him. Ng Mui taught Wing Chun the new style that she had developed and she used it to fight off the warlord and attain her freedom to marry as she pleased. She later married the man she loved and together they passed the art down to the next generations.
Eventually the art was taught to a 13 year old boy named Yip Man, who eventually grew up to become the first Wing Chun master to teach openly in Hong Kong, and who taught the legendary Bruce Lee.
To learn more I’d suggest watching all the Ip Man movies, and a movie called Bruce Lee My Brother.