Wing Chun's origins were never recorded, but we do know that it was developed in Southern China and handed down in small groups, usually taught in secret or 'behind closed doors'. The system likely evolved during periods of rebellion and may well have been used by secret societies to combat government troupes and officials.
Durig this period it is likely that Wing Chun developed into the practical method of combat we know today. There are many legends surrounding the origin of Wing Chun, the most popular being that it was invented by a Buddist nun, who taught a woman named Yim Wing Chun her art. However, there is no historical evidence to support the legend.
Many decades later, a gentleman by the name of Ip Man came to Hong Kong in the late 1940’s, where he taught many students up until his death in the early seventies. Ip Man passed the art on to his two sons; Ip Chun and Ip Ching, and also taught Bruce Lee.
Wing Chun continues to evolve and has become a logical, scientific, and simple to execute. It utilises the body’s natural mechanics to form effective techniques. Efficiency and economy of movement is the aim, as opposed to relying on brute force or muscular strength. It is a simple and direct art, using short range simultaneous attack and defence hand techniques, practical low kicks and simple but evasive footwork. This methodology is ideal for modern minds in modern society, which is why Wing Chun is fast becoming one of the most popular Chinese martial arts around the world.