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Friday, 1 October 2010
Wing Chun... the legendary Bruce Lee
Hope you are well.
As part of exploring new arts and adding variety to a work out, I have found Martials arts to be a great source of inspiration. For me personaly the art of “Wing Chun” as studied by the legendary Bruce Lee. From being a young boy I was always amazed when I saw the late Bruce lee in his movies and this really inspired me to want to learn the art of Wing chun. I have been studiing on and off for a few years now. I ahve incorportated quite a few elements into my general work out routine.
Here is a little historiocal information about Wing Chun.
Wing Chun was originally passed down from teacher to student orally rather than through written documentation, making it difficult to confirm or clarify the differing accounts of its creation. Mentions of the art start to appear in independent third-party documentation during the era of the Wing Chun master Leung Jan , making its subsequent history and divergence into various branches more amenable to documentary verification.
The common legend as told by Ip Man involves the young woman Yim Wing Chun (Wing Chun literally means beautiful springtime or praising spring) at the time after the destruction of the Southern Shaolin and its associated temples by the Qing government. After Wing Chun rebuffs the local warlord's marriage offer, he says he'll rescind his proposal if she can beat him in a martial art match. She asks a Buddhist nun- Ng Mui, who was one of the Shaolin Sect survivors, to teach her boxing; this still nameless style enables Yim Wing Chun to defeat the warlord. She thereafter marries Leung Bac-Chou and teaches him the style, which he names after her.
It should be noted that the system was developed during the Shaolin and Ming resistance movement against the Qing Dynasty, and thus many legends about the creator of Wing Chun were spread to confuse the enemy, including the story of Yim Wing Chun. This perhaps explains why no one has been able to accurately determine the creator or creators of Wing Chun.
Hope you found that interesting.
Why not check it out more with a local club in your area.
See you soon.