The origin of Wing Chun can be traced back to the repressive Ching Dynasty which flourished over 300 years ago. This was the time when 90% of the Chinese people, The Hons, were ruled by the 10% minority, The Manchu's. The Manchu's imposed a great many unjust laws on the Hons which eventually led to the Manchu's banning the use of weapons by the Hons. When this happened the Hons began a revolutionary army, which started training in secret. The Shaolin Temple became the sanctuary for preparatory training in a classic style of fighting.

Unfortunately these styles took a person 15 to 20 years to master so the masters of the temple decided to create a new style whereby the training period was a lot smaller. Five of China's Grandmasters met to discuss the merits of the different styles between the various forms of Kung Fu. By choosing the most efficient techniques from these styles, they developed a technique that would allow efficient martial artists to be trained in 5 to 7 years, one-third of the original time frame. Before this new style could be put into practice, the Shaolin Temple was raided and burned by the Manchus.

Ng Mui, a nun, was the only survivor of the original five Grandmasters. She passed her knowledge onto a young orphan girl whom she named Wing Chun, a name which represented "Hope for the Future". In turn Wing Chun passed this knowledge onto her husband. Through the years the style became known as Wing Chun. Its techniques and teachings were passed on to a few, always carefully selected students

 

 

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