What is Practical Wing Chun?
Wing Chun Kung Fu is a unique and effective martial art from Southern China developed to utilize efficiency, relaxation, and application of body mechanics to defeat larger and stronger opponents. Ng Mui, the Shaolin nun who developed the system around 300 years ago, found that the techniques in the Shaolin Kung Fu she practiced were ineffective for a small woman to defend herself against a larger or stronger adversary. With this in mind, she developed a system of self defense which would enable smaller fighters to defend themselves by using angles and body mechanics to redirect their opponent's force and end a confrontation as quickly as possible, regardless of the fighter's shape, size, age, or gender.
Practical Wing Chun (實用詠春拳) is a system developed by Grandmaster WAN Kam Leung based on his many years of Wing Chun study and many experiences in personal combat. Because Wing Chun teachings are based on a long oral tradition, Grandmaster Wan believed that some of the original techniques and applications had been lost or misinterpreted, or have since become obsolete. Applying modern human physiology to the original principles of Wing Chun Kung Fu, Grandmaster WAN continues to adapt and modify Practical Wing Chun to ensure that it maintains the purpose of Wing Chun as an efficient, practical, and modern combat system.
Sifu Eric Chirlin and Sifu Yvonne Kwok offer Practical Wing Chun classes in Jersey City, New Jersey.