A good news came on June 10th as the list of the fifth batch of the State-Level Intangible Cultural Heritages was unveiled. Wing Chun (Foshan Wing Chun) is on the extended list as one of the representative projects!
Foshan, the only one city hailed as “City of Kungfu” nationwide with various martial arts, of which Wing Chun is an important one.
History of Wing Chun
Originated in Qing Dynasty, this kind of southern martial art is named after a Kung Fu master, Yim Wing Chun, who created this new style of martial art. Leung Jan (1826-1901) started to open schools to teach people after inheriting from Yim Wing Chun. From then on, Wing Chun became more well-known than ever.
Masters of Wing Chun
Yuen Kay Shan (1887-1956), Yao Choy (1890-1956) and Ip Man (1893-1972) were called the “Three Heroes of Wing Chun” in the past. Even Bruce Lee, the “King of Kung fu”, had studied from Ip Man.
Bruce Lee and Ip Man
Characteristics of Wing Chun
Every move of Wing Chun, involved with body and mind, should be a perfect combination of softness and strength.
The specialty of Wing Chun is turning an opponents force against them. It aims to defeat the opponent as soon as possible, which contains the philosophy of using martial art to obtain peace.
Development of Wing Chun
Every year, in pursuit of the essence of Wing Chun, thousands of people around the world come to Foshan.
Ip Chun, the son of Ip Man, taught Wing Chun in his hometown, Shishan Town, Foshan.
Besides, many Kungfu blockbusters, such as Ip Man, The Master and The Grandmaster, had a story background in Foshan.
World Wing Chun Open Competition
Martial art binds thousand of people together.
Foshan is always a city of Kung Fu.
Author | Ivy
Revisor | Jessica
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