What is Wing Chun?
Wing Chun is a system of Kung Fu combining internal health and effective self-defence with a focus on mindful and effortless power. Many schools of Wing Chun only focus on external movements and body mechanics, at Wales Wing Chun we place equal emphasis on the internal state of mind and the intention behind each movement.
Sifu Mike Arnold started his Wing Chun journey at Sifu Jim Fungs International Academy in Sydney, Australia, back in 1986, training under the lineage of Chu Shong Tin – a senior student of Grand Master Ip Man.
Since then, Mike has trained in a number of lineages through the years, eventually finding his way back to the Chu Shong Tin lineage. He is currently being guided through the CST system by Sifu Mark Allanson of “Corpus Wing Chun Club” in The Hague, Holland. Sifu Mark trained full time in Hong Kong under Chu Shong Tin for several years. His skill, knowledge and understanding of the system is excellent!
Mike is returning to his roots so to speak in teaching and training in the Chu Shong Tin lineage of Wing Chun. Classes are held in Cardiff and Aberystwyth.
The story of Wing Chun
Legend has it that the art of Wing Chun was invented in China over 300 years ago by a woman named Ng Mui who is said to have been one of the legendary Five Elders who survived the destruction of the Shaolin Temple by the Qing Dynasty. By refining her Kung Fu knowledge, she created a system of very practical and efficient self-defence which doesn’t rely on the strength or physical size of the practitioner and eliminates all unnecessary and energy-consuming movement.
Wing Chun Kung Fu was named after Ng Mui’s first student, a lady named Yim Wing Chun. The term “Wing Chun” is also often translated into English as “Everlasting Springtime”, which appropriately captures the infinate depth and potential of this martial art.
Grand Master Ip Man developed the modernised Wing Chun system. He died in 1972 after teaching several students including Bruce Lee. Ip Man’s legacy is the global practice of Wing Chun.
Our Wing Chun classes are friendly and supportive with an emphasis on the personal growth of the student. Wing Chun is a deeply personal journey of self-development, allowing each student to progress at a steady rate, building fitness, confidence and a sense of personal achievement. Unlike many other martial arts classes, we don’t charge additional fees for membership or gradings. Simply pay for the classes you can attend.
Practical & Effective
Regardless of age or physical ability, Wing Chun is a martial art that is direct, practical and effective both as a means of self defence and as a route to self improvement and inner health.
All Are Welcome
It is never too late to learn Wing Chun, if you have a problem then we can work around it, if you think you are too old or too small then think again. Wales Wing Chun is there for you, all we ask is that you come with an open mind and a desire to learn.
Our weekly Wing Chun classes in Cardiff are held on Mondays between 7.30pm-9.30pm
24 Norbury Rd, Cardiff CF5 3AU
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Our weekly Wing Chun classes in Aberystwyth are held on Thursdays between 7.00pm-9.00pm
St Padarn’s Church Hall, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, SY23 3RA
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