Wing Chun is a type of hand combat that originated from Southern Chinese culture. It started to gain popularity when Ip Man who was a former police officer ended up teaching it after he moved to Hong Kong. The film that was released in 2008 called Ip Man ended up driving even more recognition to its popularity. When Wing Chun reached Hong Kong, commercial schools began to open up where children could learn the skills associated with this form of Cantonese hand combat.
- Ip Man and his most famous student, Bruce Lee, helped turn Wing Chun into a famous art widely associated with cinema.
- Distinctive elements of Wing Chun include stable footwork, fast and powerful boxing techniques, and low kicks.
- Wing Chun includes both unarmed combat and the use of weapons, such as knives and poles.
“In comparison to other traditional Chinese martial arts, Wing Chun had been exporting potential instructors for years.”