Self protection isn’t just about the enemies you can see

Whilst Wing Chun is undoubtedly a highly practical form of self defence against violent attack we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that some attacks don’t come in the form of a physical assault.

As a traditional Chinese martial art Wing Chun kung fu includes a focus on chi gung, or internal health as a core part of training.

The benefits of chi Kung can be explained through the language of traditional Chinese medicine in terms of boosting and balancing chi flow along the meridians of the body, or through a lense of Western mental health, whereby the benefits of meditation to avoid or alleviate stress and improve the immune response are well documented. Whichever framework fits your personal views and beliefs, it is clear that this element of Wing Chun training can help to defend against enemies within. From minor infections caused by bugs and viruses (the most used word of the past two years!!), to strain on our mental health that can lead to issues such as stress and anxiety we are under constant attack every day.

Unlike other martial arts that focus solely on physical confrontation or sport, or even those that focus solely on health, Wing Chun kung fu strikes a balance not often found making this truly unique martial art even more impressive.

Wing Chun

Wooden Dummy Training

Students training on the dummy

The wing chun wooden dummy is probably one of the most misunderstood pieces of training equipment in the martial arts world or possibly even the whole sporting world.

A unique training tool the wing chun wooden dummy is designed to allow a wing chun student to practice position, structure and energy. The wing chun wooden dummy can be used to train long before the wing chun student learns the dummy form even by those still learning Siu Nim Tao. The wing chun dummy form itself incorporates concepts and structures not introduced until the Chum Kiu form, and is a perfect way for wing chun students to bring to life their Chum Kiu training. For this reason the dummy form is not normally taught until a wing chun student has at least begun to learn Chum Kiu and many students view the dummy with awe as an advanced subject and with almost mystical reverence. At Worcestershire Wing Chun we like to introduce the dummy as early as possible in a students learning journey to maximise the many benefits associated with this unique piece of equipment


First wing chun class of 2019

First wing chun class of 2019. Back with a bang training basics and knocking the rust off. Cold evening, so well done to everyone who turned up.

Bong Sao, pak sao and wu Sao are absolutely fundamental to being able to use wing chun (more to come on each of them in future posts) and everyone who trained tonight improved visibly from the start of the class. Great start to the new year and hopefully a sign of things to come.

Self Defence

Self defence courses

Self defence courses do not work – period!
I often see adverts for self defence and women’s self defence courses and it makes me cringe every time. If you want to learn a bunch of party tricks to show off to your friends at parties then self defence courses are the way to go. If however you want to learn to defend your self in self defence situations the only way to do it is to train repetitively over a prolonged period of time. Constant repetition over time creates muscle memory and reflex actions. During stressful situations like real life self defence anything that isn’t an automatic reaction goes out of the window. Wing Chun kung fu is effective not because the techniques are superior to other martial arts techniques but because of its simplicity and the way in which it is trained. Training a small number of techniques repetitively and practicing drills designed to produce automatic reactions means that Wing Chun is available to the practitioner when it’s needed in real self defence situations. It’s not much good for showing off to friends at parties though…………