Kunst des Kriegers
Yip Man

Interested in a try-out training? We are training outside for now due to the still ongoing political imbalance. A training hall will be made available in the near future for bad days at FSV Duisburg Hamborn. Our times are slightly flexible and variable. Private and individual lessons can be arranged additionally. Just get in touch.

Core times:
 Tuesday:   5 PM (QG+WCL+P) 
 Thursday:   5 PM (QG+WCL?P) 
 Saturday:   5 PM (QG+WCL+P) 

QG = Qi Gong / Gymnastics
WCS = Wing Chun Lesson
P = Powertraining / Fitness

詠春祖訓

Wing Chun Rules of Conduct

 

一、守紀律崇尚武德

1. Remain disciplined and keep up the ethics in martial arts.

二、明禮義愛國尊親

2. Be polite and upright, love your country and honor your family.

三、愛同學團結樂群

3. Love your fellow students. Stay connected and have fun learning in a group.

四、節色慾保守精神

4. Control your desires, keep a clear spirit and stay healthy.

五、勤練習技不離身

5. Train hard and make it a habit to improve your skills.

六、學養氣戒濫鬥爭

6. Learn to be calm and abstain from arguments in fights.

七、常處世態度溫文

7. Cooperate with people. Be civilized and gentle in your manners.

八、扶弱小以武輔仁

8. Help the weak. Use your fighting ability to keep the justice.

九、繼先緒謹持祖訓

9. Pass on the tradition, preserve and uphold these Rules of Conduct.

 

The 4 Wing Chun principles

1. If the gap is open, push forward!

2. If the gap is not open, stay stuck!

3. If the opponent's strength is greater, give in!

4. If the opponent retreats, follow him!

 

Further rules, bids and wisdoms

1. Attack is our defense!

2. Have confidence, but never be arrogant!

3. Never be afraid of your opponent, but never underestimate him!

4. From peace and concentration you draw your strength!

5. Empty your mind and remember what you learned during a fight!

6. Be formless like the water, because in battle there are no forms and rules!

7. Never let your opponent out of your sight and use your instincts when you can't see any more!

8. No matter what martial art or sport you practice, it will not make you invincible, but it will always give you an advantage!

9. Defeats are only such if you look at them that way. In truth they are lessons to be mastered next time!

10. Be patient, practice diligently, trust in the words of your teacher, and one day you will see the little secret!

 

The little idea - Siu Nim Tau - (小念头)

What you see now is the Wing Chun (詠春) Spider-Style (蜘蛛風格) in advanced and modified form of the original.

 

Build a bridge - Cham Kiu - (寻桥)

What you see now is the Wing Chun (詠春) Spider-Style (蜘蛛風格) in advanced and modified form of the original.

 

Thrusting fingers - Biu Tze - (标指)

What you see now is the Wing Chun (詠春) Spider-Style (蜘蛛風格) in advanced and modified form of the original.

Kick of the dragon - Chi Long (踢龍) (No official Wing Chun Form)

What you see now is the Wing Chun (詠春) Spider-Style (蜘蛛風格). In this form balance, moves and kicks will be trained separated.

Woodendummy technique - Mok Jan Chong Fat - (木人桩法)

What you see now is the Wing Chun (詠春) Spider-Style (蜘蛛風格) in advanced and modified form of the original.

 

The history of Wing Chun

Until today there are many stories and traditions circulating how "Wing Chun" actually originated and where it has its origin. Therefore, neither Gabberspider, nor anyone else can make 100% accurate statements about the real story. But the probably most realistic traditions will have been told by the elders like "Leung Jan", "Chan Wah-Shun", "Yip Man", "Leung Ting", & "Yip Chun". These stories have something in common no matter who tells them. They are all about wars, defense of honor and the threat of life by aggressors. The story that has been handed down to Gabberspider is the following:

In the period from 1644 to 1911 during the Republican Revolution the "Manchus (communists)" ruled China. They oppressed the Chinese people and forced them to give up their entire cultural heritage. All rites, customs and traditions should no longer be followed. The men had to shave their head and wear a braid as a sign of submission, as it was already shown in Chinese martial arts movies in the 70's. Some of these films are supposed to show a part of historical traditions despite their often exaggerated presentation. Due to the radical intervention in the Chinese way of life, some rebels organized themselves into so-called secret societies, in which the cultural heritage and traditions were still maintained. It is estimated that there were about 3600 secret alliances, but the number cannot be determined exactly. One of the best known of this time were the "Tiandihui" (heaven and earth union) or also called the "Hongmen", which are still counted as "criminal organizations" today. Whoever was demonstrably a member of such an organization was punished with death. All organizations had their Kung-Fu masters, who were responsible for the combat training of the troops, in order to be able to defend themselves against the oppression.

As an ancestor of Wing Chun, the nun "Ng Mui", who was one of the 5 eldest surviving masters of "Shaolin Kung-Fu" in the "Qing Dynasty", is clearly mentioned again and again. Among these leaders of the 5 elders were: The Buddhist Master "Ng Mui", Master "Jee Sin", Master Bak Mei, Master Fung Dou Dak, Master Miu Hin and their students, especially Hung Hai-Gun, Fong Sai Yuk and Luk Ah Choi.

Crane and Snake

According to the legend the master "Ng Mui" allegedly settled down on the crane mountain, where she later taught her student Wing Chun. She wanted to be superior to the other kung-fu masters and warriors of the Manchu, and had to invent a technique that combined everything she had learned so far. It is said that in the mountains she saw a crane fighting a snake. So the idea was born to watch the animals more closely in their fights. She also watched a tiger that was attacking and killing a deer. From this the tiger claw's strong grip was born. She also watched attentively, the speed and the catching principle of a praying mantis. So the grip of the praying mantis was developed which was deeply rooted in Wing Chun.

Ng Mui named her method after her first and best student - "Yim Wing Chun" (Bright Spring). A ruffian called "Leung Bok Chau" who was constantly fighting in the village was traditionally promised to Yim Wing Chun. The ruffian threatened her with violence if she continued to refuse him. So it happened that Yim Wing Chun looked for help and got it from the master Ng Mui who trained her to become a master student herself. Unexpectedly she confronted the ruffian Wong during the fight and finally defeated him. Since then the martial art has been passed on from generation to generation within the family alliances.

Yip Man

The legendary "Yip Man" imported Wing Chun to Hong Kong in 1949. There are only a few authentic recordings of Yip Man. For example there is a photo series of the wooden dummy form, which is in the possession of Ip Chun and which he published together with Leung Ting in the book 116 WingTsun Wooden Dummy Techniques. Two weeks before Yip Man's death further photographs were taken showing him practicing the forms Siu Nim Tao and Cham Kiu and the wooden dummy form. These pictures show Yip Man in a bad state of health. Further photographs are in the possession of the family Lok. Lok Yiu was one of the first students of Yip Man and accompanied him until his death. During this time several pictures were taken. In the Leung-Ting-WingTsun-family it is reported that several film recordings of Yip Man are said to have been made by Tang Sang already in 1967. These recordings show Yip Man practicing the three weaponless forms as well as the wooden dummy and the long stick form. Hand forms and wooden dummy forms were published in instructional videos of Yip Chun in the 1980s and can even be found on Youtube today. Whether a recording of the twin knife form exists, is not proved.

One of his best known and most talented students was the legendary Bruce Lee, who combined Wing Chun with other martial arts and developed his own style "Jeet Kune Do". He made the martial art interesting for the whole world and became famous with his movies in America and China. After his death a monument was dedicated to Bruce Lee in the "Avenue of Stars" in Hong Kong.

Other Yip Mans students included Yip Chun and Yip Ching (Yip Man's sons), Lo Man Kam (Yip Man's nephew), Leung Ting, Lok Yiu, Moy Yat, Wang Kiu, William Cheung (Cheung Cheuk Hing), Wong Shun Leung, Hawkins Cheung, Duncan Leung, Viktor Khan, Tsu Sheung Tin (Tsui Shan Tin), Lo Bing, Leung Sheung, Yip Bo Ching, Markus Lam, Chan Wah, Lee Wing, Lee Man, Lee Han, Chiu Yau, Jiu Wan , Ho Kam Ming, Sam Lau (Lau Kung Shing), Chan Wei Hong, Chan Shing (Chris Chan), Lee Wei Chi.

The last known to him grandmasters of our time probably represent ""Ip Chun", "Leung Ting", "Samuel Kwok", "Keith R. Kernspecht" & "Martin Dragos"". 

One of the most authentic and important sources in English for further information on the history of Wing Chun IWTA has been compiled by "Wikipedia", to which I also like to refer:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Wing_Chun

Here's a very nice video with well-explained historical aspects:

Gabberspider and Wing Chun

Gabberspider personally does not show his skills to everyone, as it is almost everybody's business on YouTube or other platforms. The forms which can be seen are useless for anyone who is not acquainted with Wing Chun. It's not meant in a derogatory way, but not everyone deserves to learn such a great art, because it is often misused by the wrong people (in the worst case thugs, rapists, murderers). Just by the code of conduct, he can only teach this art to personally selected upright people. Personal idols and movie stars are Donnie Yen, Bruce Lee & Jet Li. The personal Wing Chun style Gabberspiders derives from both the EWTO and DragosWT and combines small influences from the Shaolin Kempo Karate, Judo, Jeet Kune Do & Teakwondo. His last teachers were Uwe Riese and Yasar Batar.

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