picture depicts Yim Wing Chun
Wing Chun was developed
by a female Buddhist nun at the Shaolin Temple named Ng Mui. Ng Mui
was one of the few survivors to escape the sacking of the Shaolin Temple
by the Ching troops. Mui fled to a temple in Tai Leung Shan, where
she continued to train in her style of kung fu called mui fa chaun
(plum flower fist). She met a girl named Yim Wing Chun, who was
crying one time because one of the local gangsters wanted her for a
concubine. Feeling sorry for the girl, Mui told Chun to tell the
local gangster that in six months she would give herself freely to the
gangster. For six months, Mui taught Chun mui fa chaun. When
the six months came and the gangster returned to get his concubine, Chun
told the gangster that he would have to prove himself to her in a fight if
he really wanted her. If he won, he could have her. Feeling
this would be an easy victory, he agreed. Within seconds
of the fight, he was on the ground with a broken nose and arm, plus three
broken ribs. Chun continued to train and refine her skills.
She felt that mui fa chaun was a little too complex and placed too
much reliance on power techniques and strong horse stances, more
benefiting a man than a woman. She eventually evolved a system of
fighting that she named after herself, Wing Chun, which means beautiful
Wing Chun is
known for its training device called the mook jong (wooden dummy).
Wooden dummy training constitutes the final stage of instructions.
Some 108 traditional hand techniques can be practiced on the seven
sections of the wooden dummy. The wooden dummy training plays an
important part in the development of wing chun hand techniques and also
helps to toughen up and harden the limbs.
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