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WingChun is a Chinese martial art and form of self-defense, originally developed in southern China approximately 300 years ago during the period of civil war that marked the transition between Ming and Qing Dynasties.

It was synthesized as a compact form of Kung Fu to exploit weaknesses inherent in the other combat styles of their time and give an advantage to smaller fighters, who did not have the benefit of size and strength. This system was well-guarded and quietly passed on to only a few, very dedicated students, then evolving as it was adopted into various groups. Nowadays, it gained popularity all around the world through the Bruce Lee or through the Ip Man series of movies.

The techniques of WingChun are very straight-forward, practical, and based on principles rather than displays of athleticism or power. It can be practiced by people of all sizes, ages, and degrees of athletic ability. Training quality, consistency, determination, and experience are more relevant to your advancement in WingChun.

The majority of martial arts, in the modern world, have been converted to sports. In combat sports, techniques have been intentionally re-designed to fit the context of competitions. The training methodologies are to win competitions within the given rules, not to cause the injury to the opponents. Our training is highly tuned into the context of self protection; we practice to end the conflicts as quick as possible.

WingChun refines your mind and body (https://iawberkeley.com/2018/07/29/wingchun-movements-and-mindsets/). Life requires fast decision-making everywhere under the uncertainty and pressure. WingChun teaches careful observation and precise perception of reality as well as trust in our intuition and guts to act based on our experience. Also in practice to work relentlessly towards goals. In effect, we can become more real, brave, passionate and ambitious. It leads us to live strong and free, full of energy and joy. The true fun of life is this continuous progress to realize how far out we can reach our potential.

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Upcoming events (5+)

WingChun Class

Academy of WingChun Berkeley

$20.00

Join us for an evening class of training and getting to know our art and community. All level welcome and no experience necessary!

WingChun Class

Academy of WingChun Berkeley

$20.00

Join us for an evening class of training and getting to know our art and community. All level welcome and no experience necessary!

WingChun Seminar

Academy of WingChun Berkeley

$60.00

We present an exciting WingChun Seminar at our Academy of WingChun Berkeley, California. During this special event — open to any interested parties of the general public — you will learn: • Forms: Improve your alignment, balance, coordination, energy and intention in specific technical sequences • Exercises: Train your mental force, focus and flow through rhythmic cycles of limb combinations • Applications: Use your WingChun concepts and movements as Self-Defense via dynamic partner interactions

WingChun Class

Academy of WingChun Berkeley

$20.00

Join us for an evening class of training and getting to know our art and community. All level welcome and no experience necessary!

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WingChun Class

Academy of WingChun Berkeley

$20.00

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