Wing Chun Family Tree – part 1
Whatever we are learning, we should ask ourselves, “What is it good for?” Those of us who are studying Wing Chun must have been inspired by someone else. Most people who take up Wing Chun today have seen Ip Man 葉問 1, 2, 3 and 4. They are good movies. Whether the stories told in them are true or made up is not important, the important thing is that they give a good image and show the positive morals of a good martial artist. Ip Man was a good person with a high level of Kung Fu skill, and so many people want to be like him – a good, family man. He only used his Kung Fu to defend the weak and help victims of injustice.
The more we come to know about Wing Chun, we learn that the skill was created by a lady not by a man like most styles of Kung Fu. This another interesting thing which makes Wing Chun stand out, but it also makes you ask, “How does a lady’s Kung Fu work?” and why is it so popular? The main reason is that it is a good style of Kung Fu, one that you can use until you are old, just like my Sīfú 師父, Ip Chun 葉準, who is 95 years old! There are not many martial arts can last that long. Also training makes you healthy. We need to know the history of this skill, what makes it work and how it has been passed down. It all began with the Shaolin Nun Ng Mui Sitai 五杖師太.