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"Welcome to the UK Wing Chun Kung Fu Association web site. Your best port of call is probably the CONTENTS page where you will see the information of many pages displayed.
We are now have STREAMING VIDEO. If you have a broadband connection you will enjoy high quality FLASH video.
We are happy to receive feedback and inquiries to join from instructors of other organisations.
If you are a lone teacher who would like to have the support of a large and respected Assoc. we would be happy to listen and try to help.
We are not a politically based group and have have good contacts with Hong Kong and our students visit and train in Hong Kong on a regular basis. Come joint us and expand your potential.
We are also open to invitations to visit other schools and styles to teach or simply give a detailed overview of the style of Wing Chun Kung Fu. We are also opening some of our seminars and the Summer Camp to non members. If you would like to see a list of events click this link 'Seminars'. or 'Grading Dates'
Martial Arts Illustrated stated in Feb 2000: 'James' video/DVD is the business and will certainly prove beneficial to the viewer regardless of the style or system that they practice'. The DVD is available to buy now.
This DVD has become a classic and many of the worlds leading Wing Chun teachers acknowledge what a great teaching video it is. Not a showcase or show off video. Just a great teaching / learning source.
£20 GBP + p&p
Released in December 2001 the interactive CD-ROM has approx. 1 hour of Wing Chun video footage with all aspects of this incredible art exposed.
£10 GBP + p&p
Wallbag Training DVD
Released in December 2004 thisis a unique 2hr DVD takes you through using this essential piece of training equipment to build short distance power and conditioned hands. Recommended highly by many of the Worlds Top Wing Chun teachers.
NOTE: Although this is a PAL version, it is not region encoded and, therefore, if you have access to a PC or Mac with DVD drive you will be able to enjoy this video release wherever in the world you are!
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Welcome to the UKWCKFA
The UK Wing Chun Kung Fu Association was formed in 1985 by Master James Sinclair and has grown for over 25 years to become one of the most respected Wing Chun groups in the world. The UKWCKFA has consistently produced the country's leading Wing Chun practitioners by always being progressive in the coaching methods, but understanding the importance of Tradition. It is for this reason that the UKWCKFA has used the slogan:
'A Tradition of Progress'.
Whether you are looking toward Wing Chun Kung Fu as system for self defence, fitness or a complete martial art, the UKWCKFA can help you achieve your ambitions. We have a full understanding of the methodologies taught by various Hong Kong and Mainland lineages / Masters. We regularly travel to Hong Kong where our students enjoy training sessions with many Wing Chun Masters and where James Sinclair and Master Mark Phillips teach the Wing Chun students of Hong Kong. This reciprocal exchange of knowledge has created a great depth of knowledge of the various approaches taken by the major branches of the art, but most importantly developed an honesty and respect from all sides.
Regardless of lineage we are leading the way in keeping Wing Chun Kuen relevant in today's world. We are increasingly working with instructors from other schools and associations to help them on their path in teaching and training at the high levels here at the UKWCFA.
Enjoy your 'surf' through our site and we welcome your feedback.
Introducing Kung Fu
Kung Fu is a basic translation of a Chinese term that means 'hard work'. Kung Fu, therefore, is a pretty generic term that is commonly, but not exclusively, used to embrace all of the Chinese Martial Arts. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of styles of Kung Fu. Many have the suffix 'Kuen' or 'Gar' meaning fist and family. So in China you can simply have Mr X's fist fighting style.
The martial art television series 'Kung Fu', and the Shaolin monks who tour the world demonstrating their impressive skills, are showing many different arts. The arts can all be put together with the term Kung Fu as they clearly show the hard work that has gone into their mastery, and the reflection that they are demonstrating the Chinese approach to martial arts, but it is an amalgam of systems, styles and ideologies. So, Kung Fu is not the ONE style that most people believe, that does not, in fact, exist. The five animal styles -Hung Gar- will be as close to the impression of Kung Fu that most people have. Wu Shu is another term that generalises/encompasses Chinese martial arts.
It may also help those that are new to Martial Art if we point out that the term 'Martial Art' is again a generic term for military self defence arts. Therefore, it is easy to see why some approaches are not suited to Western competition or sport with rules. Martial Arts are in effect battlefield skills, and clearly for life and death situations. They are effective fighting systems and require considerable discipline in order to be able to perform when one is under immense pressure. Life and death is about as tough as it gets! Hence why army discipline is so strict and why many Martial Arts schools follow this model.
At this point it should be pointed out that 'Self Defence' and 'Martial Arts/ Kung Fu' can be two quite different things. Most people we meet at the UKWCKFA have an urgent need to learn how to keep themselves safe. At the UKWCKFA we teach common sense and good body language to avoid becoming a target in the first place. Physical confrontation should always be avoided, if at all possible.
Violence is dangerous and frightening and it takes 'Time and Effort' in the form of disciplined training to change your physical and emotional responses in a confrontation. You can now see that self defence against a potentially hidden threat is very difficult. Terrorism is the violence meted out on most women in attack situations. The assailant, terrorised the victim 'approached from nowhere' and ensures their own safety and anonimity. There remains no defence against an 'attack from nowhere'. When a victim fails to observe their environment and falls into the trap of an assailant the chances of escape are reduced. Being drunk, taking drugs and foolishly taking a shortcut across a high risk area all lead to increased danger and reduce the ability to deal with the potential consequences. Self defence also means developing self discipline.
Training in Wing Chun Kuen will have some profound affects. As you continue on your martial journey your intial reasons for starting will no longer hold fast. You will change perceptibly in your manner, confidence and physicality. Martial art training is hard work. We know you will lose up 50% of your class training skills under pressure. If you have little skill in the first place then all you have is fitness and conditioning. This is why UKWCKFA beginners are pushed. If you are a frail or overwieght individual your chances of survival in a physically violent confrontation are lessened considerably. You may even find it difficult to hold out fighting back long enough for the perpetrator to fear being seen or caught. If you honestly know you could not run from a situation, please do not be fooled into believing that a few martial art tricks and skills will save you.
There are many gimmicks claiming to train you in just four hours. Claims to be able to reprogramme your responses in a violent situation in just a few lessons. These are foolish claims from the unscrupulous. You need to learn the skills to stay safe first before dealing with a physical confrontation. Every person will fight to survive, that does not mean they will win. You will fight as hard as you feel loved or love yourself. Many victims of bullying etc. do not hold themselves well and portray a lack of energy or confidence. This image can often result in them being chosen to be violated by a depraved mind. They are seen as a safer target to attack.
So why learn Wing Chun when self defence is so difficult? Well, Wing Chun is a direct, simple and effective approach. It was designed from the outset by two women to deal with adversity. However, sometimes the criminal mind is like a Ninja's. They approach and pick a victim minimising the danger to themselves. They do not wish to be indentified, and certainly don't wish to be caught or punished for their actions. If you place yourself as a target to them, you will have little or no chance. Therefore, it is clear that for Wing Chun to work there has to be a chance. So you will also need to learn how to create a chance. In the UKWCKFA we specialise in teaching self defence and Wing Chun Kung Fu side by side to help all of our students have a better chance.
Introduction To Wing Chun Kung Fu
Wing Chun is simply the name of a woman, so adding Kuen (Fist) indicates that the style of Wing Chun Kuen is a 'fist' fighting style named in her honour. Wing Chun Kuen is just one of many styles of martial art whose origins are to be found in Southern China and, compared to other arts, is a relatively new style.
Wing Chun is known as a 'soft' style, but is in fact a blend of both hard and soft techniques. This blending of hard and soft is due to the fact that a sensible balance is necessary. One story is that Wing Chun Kung Fu was originally developed by a woman. It is also said that the originator (said to be a Buddhist nun named Ng Mui) observed a battle between a cobra snake and a crane bird. From her observations sprang ideas to develop this art. Mimicking animal movements is particularly common to Chinese martial arts and some systems even copy the amimal ideosyncrasies. However. Wing Chun Kuen is devised with the human structure in mimd and relies on the strategies of the encounter. We would not try to be a snake or crane!
'Wing Chun is based on three principles, namely:
The last point is viewed as being the most definitive part of the Wing Chun system as there are many strikes, which seek to dominate the aggressor's centre. This 'Centre Line' is also protected at all costs as many of the fatal striking points lie along its path. By protecting the centre line and attacking from it, the Wing Chun practitioner has a good advantage in self defence. Wing Chun students are not the instigators in a confrontational situation. Wing Chun is an art of self-defence where one is reacting to an initiated threat. This does not mean we do not strike first, if the threat is very high this is sometmes necessary, but it must be emphasised this is due to the actions of another creating the 'threat'. This realistic approach is not a softer option as Wing Chun is a very effective counter striking style. One UKWCKFA student coined the phrase 'Wing Chun Kuen: We Finish What You Start'.
However, if one is fighting multiple assailants the situation will dictate the need to attack aggressively. The need to strike and escape as soon as possible is the main objective in such a situation. The Wing Chun stylists' use of finger strikes, elbows and knee kicks is of great value. Even the most skilled Wing Chun practitioner can only fight one person at a time, it is the clever use of footwork skills which help when under great threat.
One of the techniques performed in Wing Chun is called BONG SAU. This technique is a major building block in the framework of the style. It is taught to beginners as a basic cover against an attack, and is the founding principle in Lok Sau, Single Chi Sau, Double Chi Sau and the Wooden Dummy (See photo). It is particularly useful to the students understanding of the style. The shape is more important than the strength, it is designed to cover a wide area, to fold under extreme pressure, whilst never allowing the arm to get trapped. It can change easily into taan sau (palm up block) allowing one to slip the hand free, and the rear guard hand (wu sau) can grab and deflect the incoming strike. The bong then becomes an effective throat cutting hand.
This one technique demonstrates how flexible the Wing Chun system is. It also shows that if one technique can be used in many situations why learn many different moves for many situations? This reinforces simplicity as a main tenant in the system.
For a woman in a street situation a male aggressor would already be considered emotionally unstable. Therefore, the female Wing Chun practitioner has to respond using the skills of Economy of Motion, using his weight, size, and strength and turning them to her advantage. Whilst we may refer to the aggressor being male, there are situations where females are also aggressive, however, the same principle applies whether the aggressor is male, female, smaller or larger.
Wing Chun is suitable for all ages and abilities with children as young as 5 years of age attending classes and developing well. People with various disabilities including the blind, paraplegic and persons with learning difficulties can all find Wing Chun adaptable and suitable. It is a clever, flexible system enabling most people to achieve a reasonable skill even in the face of adversity. Some students may find they have physical limits, but this does not limit their enthusiasm and enjoyment. The UK Wing Chun Assoc is one of the worlds most repected authorities on the art. Welcome to our web site. we are sure you will find much to enjoy.
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