Wing Chun Kung Fu is a concept-based Chinese Martial Art and form of self defence specialising in close-range combat and designed to enable smaller people to defend themselves against a larger, stronger agressor. Wing Chun is centred around the twin principles of fighting using centre line theory, and the use of an opponents force against themselves.
According to legend (as told by the famous Wing Chun Master Yip Man) the style was developed during the Qing dynasty for the young woman Yim Wing Chun. Aggressively pursued by a local warlord who wished to marry her, Yim Wing Chun turned to a the Shaolin Monk Ng Mui for help. Ng Mui developed a fighting style that enabled the young woman to beat her aggressor in a martial arts match and so win her freedom. This style became known as Wing Chun.
Wing Chun is famous as the largest influence on Bruce Lee’s fighting style; in the summer of 1954 the 13-year-old Lee began studying Wing Chun under Master Yip Man. He continued to use the core principles of this direct and efficient style throughout his career and in his development of his own styles, Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do.
At the Guildford Academy, Wing Chun is taught by Master Marc Golland, who holds a 5th Degree Black Sash in Wing Chun and has over 26 years’ experience in the style.
The academy is equipped with a Mak Jong (Wing Chun Dummy) for 1-on-1 training with Master Golland.
Classes take place between 8:00pm and 9:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays. There is also an open mat sparring class for advanced students on Saturdays between 1pm and 2pm.