Wing Chun is a self-defence type of Kung Fu, originally created for women. It is very effective and is suitable for people of all ages and physical condition (men and women). You do not have to be strong, fit, or flexible to learn this practical form of self-defence. Children over the age of twelve can also attend the classes provided they are accompanied by a parent. The instructor is experienced in a variety of martial arts and has been teaching Wing Chun to adults and children for the past twenty years.
We have classes every Thursday night in the High Halden War Memorial Hall. The training begins at 7:30 pm and lasts for 1 ½ hours.
The lessons are structured and progressive (and we do not hit one another). You learn at your own pace and the training is good fun. This type of training is for everyone and it is not a high-jumping, complex kicking type of Kung Fu. We practice with our feet firmly on the ground.
Between us, we only pay for the hire of the hall, so it is not expensive. You are welcome to join us for a trial class.
If you have any questions, please call Chris Emmerson on
0736 8477 382
or e-mail at [email protected]
What is Practical Wing Chun
There are several styles of Wing Chun and we follow the Practical Wing Chun training syllabus of Grand Master Wan Kam Leung. This is a Hong Kong based club in the direct lineage of Ip Man. We also have clubs in Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA. Here in the UK there are three other clubs, in London, Winchester and Cambridge.
At the outset, we teach people how to avoid confrontation and prevent a conflict situation from escalating. Naturally, it is better to walk or run away from a dispute if that is possible. We do of course practice self-defence techniques. This starts with learning how to hold and control someone while trying to calm them down. Eventually, the level of skill required increases, so much so that what we do can look like fighting when it is only a carefully orchestrated practice drill. In training, we do not exchange blows. The strategy of what we do is to minimise the possibility of someone hitting you and, ideally, they only get one chance to do that (at the start of an unmanageable confrontation). Then, we control the person(s) by unbalancing or restraining them, making it is difficult for then to continue. If necessary, we do strike an attacker, but only to deter them and only to cause minimal damage.
Wing Chun training is not just beneficial for self-defence. It is also social and good fun. As you take control of your body by learning well-coordinated responses, you improve your balance, reflexes, and self-confidence.
During this Phase 2 of the Government Guidelines for sports we will wear face masks and sanitise arms and hands before and after training. There will be a register of attendees and, when it is possible, we will train in family groups. For the moment, there will be no close contact drills such as escapes from grappling.