Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art made famous around the world by the late Bruce Lee. Ask any practitioner about what motivated them to study the art, and the martial arts movie star will inevitably be mentioned, often sooner rather than later. Bruce Lee did a great service to the world martial arts community by bringing Wing Chun into the spotlight, as its philosophy and techniques are worth knowing for any fighter. In this article, we’ll take a look at the often murky history behind the style, as well as the techniques and forms unique to it. Let’s get started!
Not much is known concerning the history of the art, except for the myth told by one of its most famous practitioners, and Bruce Lee’s teacher, Yip Man. According to the venerated grandmaster, the story began with the young woman Yim Wing Chun, who lived in Southern China during the period when the Qing Dynasty destroyed the temples of the Southern Shaolin. A local w