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The Spread of Wing Chun

In this article, Grandmaster Ip Chun refers to certain controversial individuals in Wing Chun, ex-students of Grandmaster Ip Man, that after leaving Hing Kong, have said some things over the time that were not true regarding their learning experience under Grandmaster Ip Man in order to make a better living. (Path Seeker)

Ip Man starting teaching Wing Chun in the 1950s in Hong Hong and he died in 1972. In just over twenty years of teaching he made Wing Chun very popular and it spread throughout the world.

Whether they are just beginners or more experienced people, I would estimate that there are about 1 million people practising Wing Chun. In the 20 years that my father taught, he relied on his own resources and received no outside support. So the fact that Wing Chun became so popular is quite remarkable. In fact, there are actually some Wing Chun practitioners who are investigating why Wing Chun is so popular. In this article, I will express my ideas of why this is so and why it is still spreading.

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The Best Times by Grandmaster Ip Chun

During this trip to England, somebody in one of my seminars asked me when the best time in my life was. I said, “Now, this moment is the best time”. If he asks me the same question next year, I will answer the same.

By this I mean that every year I am happier and happier. I started giving seminars abroad in 1981 so I have been doing them for about seventeen years. Now I am seventy four. I am still happy and healthy and am still able to travel all over the world giving seminars about Wing Chun. I don’t think about retirement if I am still able to teach.

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Ip Chun

If you ever been lucky enough to meet Grandmaster Yip Chun you are sure to have noticed how happy and relaxed he is. It’s as though he does not have a care in the world. He is an example of how a martial art, when done correctly, improves and prolongs life

Most people when they are seventy years old have already retired. Most of the time they stay at home, get into a daily routine and are not very active. Perhaps this is because many of them are not in the best of health. They are not as energetic as younger people and so need to take it easy.

Grandmaster Yip Chun is seventy, and he is one of the exceptions. His attitude and movements are like a younger person’s, he has a healthy shiny face, walks very quickly, is quick minded and has very quick reactions. Each year he travels from one side of the world to the other giving seminars and teaching. All this is because of his Wing Chun Kuen training. He is the eldest son of Yip Man, who everybody knows taught Bruce Lee.

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Wing Chun Wisdom by Sigung Ip Chun (Part 2)

Like all martial arts Wing Chun requires a great deal of practise. However practise alone is not enough. You must spend time listening to your teacher and seniors who can pass on valuable knowledge. Knowledge which is not written in any texts, as it comes from a culmination of their own experiences, which are unique. So the wise man will recognise an opportunity to learn from the wiser and more knowledgeable, and in the Wing Chun world who could be wiser than Grandmaster Yip Chun.
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Wing Chun Wisdom by Sigung Ip Chun (Part 1)

Those of you who know Wing Chun will know of it effectiveness, even for those who do not posses the muscles of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the acrobatic ability of Jackie Chan. Such is the ingenuity of the Wing Chun principles, means that it is suitable for everyone, even the smallest can be deadly! Perhaps the best example of this today is Grandmaster Yip Chun. Barely more than five feet tall his size belies his skill. Playing Chi Sau (Sticking Hands) with him is an astounding experience!
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