Wing Chun produces efficient and adaptable studentsÂ in a relatively short time by sticking to several core principles and constantly drilling on them. A very generic approach to applying techniques is also taken. Instead of training a response to a specific attack or technique, the student trains to guard various zones of the body and deal with whatever happens to be in that zone. This allows for a minimum of technique to cover a maximum of applications, and for the use of automatic or â€śsubconsciousâ€ť responses.
The important concept in Wing Chun is not to use force against force. Generally, a Wing Chun practitioner will seek to use an opponentâ€™s own force against him, which allows a weak fighter to overcome stronger opponents. A great deal of training is devoted to this concept with the goal of cultivating â€śContact Reflexesâ€ť.
The idea behind contact reflexes is that the moment you touch or make â€ścontactâ€ť with your opponent, your body automatically reads the direction, force, and often the intent of the opponentâ€™s body part you are in contact with. This reflex, when combined with the zoning concepts, allows the Wing Chun practitioner to automatically (subconsciously) deals with an opponentâ€™s attack using an appropriate defence.
There are many Wing Chun Theories a Practitioner my use to define what he/she does when in a threatening situation. Below is a short list of what we at Wing Chun international consider important in giving a student and the core principles for each phase of there journey.