Welcome to Ipman Wing Chun Kung Fu Chiang Mai
This website is dedicated to the Wing Chun training group in Chiang Mai and to the late Grandmaster Yip Man. We invite you to visit us in our school for discover our Wing Chun training class. The Wing Chun Rooftop @ Buddha Café is a non-intimidate place where you will discover easily all the secret of the amazing art of Wing Chun.
Our sifu took his first steps in martial arts while learning the art of fencing at the age of 10 years old. At the age of 13, he began learning Kendo, Judo and Jiu-jitsu. Then discovered the Wing Chun style in 1989 at the age of 16 years old, with a direct disciple of Grandmaster William Cheung, name Sifu Didier Beddar.
Our sifu holds an experience of 25 years in the Wing Chun style and a teacher's diploma master degree recognized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in his country.
His Teachings Include:
- Traditional forms (Shil Lim Tao, Chum Kil and Bil Jee) and all their applications in combat
- Self defense, arm lock, controls and dislocations
- Contact reflexes
- Chi Sao and all their applications
- Form of 108 movements wooden dummy and all applications
- Traditional Weapons style: Dragon Pole (long pole), and Butterfly Swords (forms and applications)
- Philosophy of martial arts.
and also as a complementary practice :
- Ground fighting and grappling techniques of Brazilian Jiu jitsu
What Is Wing Chun
Wing Chun is an art halfway between a pure martial art of self defense and a comprehensive method of introspection and self-knowledge.Native to southern China, Wing Chun was born at the dawn of aturbulent period in Chinese history, when 90% of the nativepopulation (Han) was controlled by 10% of the Manchu (Qing). During this reign of tyranny, a new art named Wing Chun, was born. This unique style, developed and known as the "style of the young woman," was developed in the XVII th century by two women and never stopped since then be emulated. The story goes that the nun Ng Mui, a native of the Shaolin Temple, made for a young student disciple named Yimwingchun (Radiant Spring). She taught her the beginnings of a method of defense that would become the twentieth century one of the world's most popular styles of Kung Fu.
Popularized by the legendary Grandmaster Ip Man, Wing Chun martial arts spirit rather inspired by the non-force. Using the principles of taking the central line, Wing Chun allows the weakest people to find an advantageous position geometrically relative to the attack. To develop their sensitive reflexes, the practitioners trains an exercise named Chi sao (sticky hands), who can be compare to the Tui shou (pushing hands) of Taijiquan.
Chi saois a unique wing chun training method for developing and training contact reflexes. Many chi sao techniques do not apply to actual combat situations, but, through these techniques, the practitioner develops the more fundamental skill of contact reflexes which is the key to victory in combat. In addition, there are some side benefits to the chi sao drills, the development of certain abilities: close distance coordination, focusing with the eyes, obility, balance, timing, accuracy, a special strength called chi power, and controlling the opponent's balance. Because Wing Chun uses feminine principles, it is not necessary in this style to have recourse to force.
Principles Of Wing Chun
Since Wing Chun was develop by a woman, it operates on some unique principles :
- Avoiding fighting force with force.
- Operating on the central line.
- Using two arms at the same time.
- Focusing on the elbow and knee before contact.
- Using contact and sensitive reflexes during the contact and exchange stages
STANCES AND FOOTWORK
They are three key factors that determine the effectiveness of a particular style's footwork :
- Mobility. The practitioner must be able to move quickly and safely from one stance to another in defense; and, in case of attack, the practitioner must be able to bridge the gap with adequate protection to his body.
- Stability and balance. The practitioner must be able to generate power in his strikes trough strong stances
- Interruptability. The practitioner must be able to interrupt his movement at any point. To the wing chun practitioner,the ability to interrupt his movement is absolutely essential. He would prefer to sacrifice speed and power while executing a movement so that he will be able to interrupt it.
Philosophy Of Wing Chun
Wing Chun teaches more than just an effective auto-defense method. It teaches you to become a better person trough physical, mental, and spiritual awareness.
Wing Chun gives you confidence in your own ability to protect yourself against physical attack. When fear is removed, the arrogance of uncertainty is dispelled, and it is no longer necessary to prove yourself in any form of physical combat. By learning how to fight, you learn how to not fight.
In other words, the physical and mental training in wing chun makes you stronger physically, spiritually, and mentally. The lessons learned from studying the art become applicable to all phases of life. You learn respect for yourself and for other people and at the same time, learn how to handle stressfull situations better because trough your training, you will have learned how to better control your body and your emotions.
Wing Chun Rooftop @ Buddha Café
Monday: 18:00 pm to 19:30 pm
Tuesday: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Wednesday: 18:00 pm to 19:30 pm
Thursday: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Friday: 18:00 pm to 19:30 pm
Saturday : 11 am to 12:15 pm (Kids class 6 to 12 years old)