Frequently Asked Questions


1) How long does it take to learn the complete art?

Well, the art itself is a life long learning process, its constantly evolving. However, if the goal is to learn how to defend oneself, after a 6 month period, a student can learn effective techniques to do just that. On the other hand, if he truly wants to learn the art itself, he can learn the complete art within a 2 to 3 year period. Mastering the art, is a totally different story ;)

2) Are there any kicks in wing chun?

Actually, there's quite a bit of kicks in wing chun. However, our main focus is that of the hands. Kicks in wing chun are used to simply assist the hands, our bread and butter still remains to be the hands.

3) Is wing chun a good martial art for women?

In my opinion wing chun is perfect for women. Considering that the art itself was designed by a nun. What makes wing chun so effective, is that its not dependent on muscle and size. Its focus is understanding timing and structure.  Si-gung Ho Kam Ming is roughly 5'4" and probably less than 130lbs and is already 78 years old. However, with his knowledge of bone structure, he is capable of generating incredible amounts of power from a short distance with his punch.

4) What is chi sao?

Chi sao or otherwise referred to as sticky hands, is an exercise used to teach one about sensitivity, power, timing, and other concepts. Notice, I did not mention fighting.  One example of how chi sao helps the student develop his skill, is learning how to redirect force that comes at him at extremely close range. Chi sao can only be found in the art of wing chun, and is what makes our style so unique.

5) Does wing chun have any ground fighting?

Every move in wing chun can be used in 4 different ways.  For example, tan sau can be used as a block, attack, shi-na, and take down. As for specifically dealing with ground fighting, chi sao teaches the student how to stick, whether that's standing up or on the ground, it can be applied regardless of the situation.

6) Are wing chun attacks only straight in?

This is all dependent on the range. From a distance, our goal is to close the gap and the quickest route is a straight line, however, the closer you get to your opponent the more circular the attacks become. Thus, the 3 forms in wing chun are different ranges. Siu Lim Tao represents a normal range between 2 opponents. Chum Kiu on the other hand exposes the practitioner to turning, since the gap is even closer. Finally, Bue Gee is used for emergency purposes and literally are a state where the bodies are touching next to each other.

7) How many forms are there in wing chun?

As I stated earlier, there are 3 forms to learn in wing chun. In addition to that, there's the mokjong (wooden dummy), the pole and butterfly sword form.

8) Is there qi gong involved in wing chun?

Yes, there is qi gong.  The qi gong training itself can be found within the forms.

9) How much Wing Chun did Bruce Lee learn?

Well, this varies from story to story. However, from what was told to us by Se-gung Ho Kam Ming during a past seminar, Bruce Lee learned about only 2% of the art. For the most part, he spent less than 2 years learning the art, and trained mainly with William Chueng and Wong Shung Leung.

10) Is wing chun an internal art?

Wing chun is both internal and external. Developing internally can be achieved through Siu Lim Tao, heavy sticky hands, and through other means. For example, doing Siu Lim Tao for 15 minutes will help you to become good physically in the art. However, if mental and internal development are your goal you'll need to do it for 45 minutes.


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