For the majority of women, the thought of attending a martial arts class to learn to effectively defend themselves is possibly the worst thought of the day, typically a male dominated environment can be a very intimidating one, women who are looking to defend themselves from being attacked by a male is therefore a scary prospect to train with them.
One of the great things about Wing Chun Kung Fu is that it is said to be the only martial art founded by a woman and takes its name from its legendary ‘founder’; Yim Wing Chun. In Chinese Wing Chun literally means ‘beautiful springtime’ or ‘everlasting spring’.
With this in mind the philosophy of the Wing Chun Class room is very different to others yet gives the female student the ability to learn in an environment that allows them to stay and feel safe yet be given the confidence to train in a way where the new found skills and ability can be developed against predominantly those that it will be needed against in real life situations.
The Wing Chun System is dedicated to work for everyone and certainly lends itself to those of us with a smaller stature and of a weaker position, this is because it relies on Theories and Concepts as opposed to brute strength, Wing Chun is about understanding body mechanics and the use of efficient movement rather than set techniques that may not work against different people, Its about how to avoid using strength and force and a successful student will learn to use their body structure correctly; this is a key element in Wing Chun practice.