Wing Chun is a martial art that has many branches. It’s well known for its emphasis on footwork and low stances, and it’s frequently used in movies and TV shows as an action-packed fighting style. But while some of Wing Chun’s most famous practitioners are Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, there are also other branches of Wing Chun that have their own traditions, styles, and histories.
The branches of Wing Chun are Law-family, Yuen Chai Wan, Yiu Choi, Fujian Wing Chun Kuen, Hung Suen, and Gu Lao.
Law-family is the oldest branch of Wing Chun. The name was derived from the fact that they practiced in the temple of law and family. This branch focuses on developing chi sau techniques and techniques for defending against weapons. This branch focuses on the use of empty hands and weapons to defend against attacks from multiple angles. It uses longer, slower punches and kicks than other Wing Chun styles, but it’s still considered a form of self-defense for women. Its focus is on using strength and momentum to throw opponents off balance and end fights quickly.
Yuen Chai Wan is another branch. The name Yuen Chau means “nine dragons.” The terms “dragon” and “nine” are often used together in Chinese culture because of the mythological snake called Huang Long which is said to be nine feet long. The legend says that if you kill this snake you will be rewarded with riches and good fortune. This branch focuses on developing chi sau techniques and techniques for defending against weapons.
Yiu Choi is another branch that focuses on the use of the hands in combat situations. This style was created by Lam Sai Wai’s mentor, Ng Cheuk Yan, while he was living in Malaysia during World War II. He learned from Lam Sai Wai’s father who had been teaching martial arts for decades prior to him.
Fujian is a branch that focuses on using your energy flow for power and speed in combat situations. It’s also known for being one of the most physical styles due to its focus on body movement rather than just strength or weight alone (like some other martial arts).
Gu Lao is a rare style. Gu Lao system focuses on close-range combat and weapons training, including long-range weapons like spears and daggers. Gu Lao techniques are based on long-range attacks against opponents who have already engaged them at close range
Hung Suen main focus is on fighting with hands, feet and elbows. When practicing this style, students will use their hands to strike opponents until they are knocked down or cannot continue fighting. They also use elbows to break through defenses and then kick at vital areas on their opponents’ bodies until they are defeated. The Hung Suen branch also promotes training with weapons such as short swords so that students can defend themselves as well as attack their opponents when necessary.
On the surface, Wing Chun is a system of self-defense that was passed down from generation to generation within the family of Yim Wing Chun and her sons.