Wing Chun Kung Fu
Gung Fu Institute | Grandmaster Gallaher
Wing Chun Kung Fu is one of the most sophisticated martial arts. Wing Chun addresses both the soft and hard principles of combat. This allows a smaller framed person to defend themselves against a larger, stronger opponent. Most of the time in Wing Chun we are actually using the opponent’s force against them by understanding body mechanics.
The folk history of Wing Chun reads like a fantasy book. The Shaolin monasteries were the only beacon of light in an otherwise dark dynasty. The government was corrupt and began taking over by force. No one would be able to stop them except the Shaolin monasteries and its monks. The government officials bribed certain monks who helped the government by burning down the monasteries. Only a handful of people and five elders escaped through secret escape passages in the temples. These elders became known as the invincible five. The best of the five was a female nun whose name was Ng Mui, the founder of the Wing Chun system. She adopted the best martial art skills that Shaolin had to offer, then simplified it and made it more efficient and effective. Two of the arts that she derived from, the Crane and Snake, are still visible in the movements in the Wing Chun forms. She began to teach this simplified, more efficient art form. One of her prize pupils further refined the arts. This pupil was Wing Chun, which translates to “beautiful springtime.” It was Wing Chun's husband who added the weapons to the system.
The modern grandmaster was Yip Man who taught Bruce Lee. Although we are unsure of the accuracy of the folk lore associated with Wing Chun, we do know that it was methodically crafted as one of the greatest martial art methods of all time.
I am personally trained by Yip Man's son Yip Ching in Hong Kong. It is in Hong Kong where I was also introduced to my Grandmaster Chan Chee Man, who is an elder under Yip Man. I've had the fortune to train under several Wing Chun teachers throughout my life. In the last 20 years my Wing Chun has truly been enriched, and I enjoy communicating the finer details of the Wing Chun system to my students.
Wing Chun is based on solid theory that can be quickly utilized in the real world. It is a fascinating method of fighting. I have continually discovered the depth and the breadth of the Wing Chun system. Every time I repeat the positions, I achieve a better understanding of my body in relationship to my mind. Wing Chun will not make you superman, but it will leave no stone unturned in personal refinement. With training you will tune into your body, your senses will be heightened and you'll be enlightened to self-awareness that makes Wing Chun a unique art. The first form will teach you about the mind and its relationship to the body. The first form is translated from Chinese as “little idea.” It is the birthing of a new idea that eventually carries to the other forms and grows. The second form takes these ideas and begins to apply them against another person's body mass. This allows you to find out if you're positions are solid or weak. While the first form teaches stability, the second form begins to explore mobility and torque. The third form teaches you how to use circle energy. It also takes the ideas from the first two forms and explores these ideas at a much faster speed. You use the techniques of the third form in an emergency where your life depends upon each movement. The next form introduces you to the wooden dummy. This form allows you to practice combinations, teaches you how to move around an opponent, and allows you to strike into the dummy arms with your own arms and legs without the worry of injury to your training partner. The next two forms are based on the weapons of Wing Chun. We have a long pole, which will help strengthen your positions and teach you to understand extension from your body. The pole helps you comprehend distance and range of combat. It teaches you combinations of blocks and strikes based on the weapon. All of the above mentioned forms comprise the Wing Chun system. I personally teach the entire system and can reveal the techniques as deeply as you are able to explore them.
If you're looking for a system that has few weaknesses then Wing Chun is for you. If you like moving meditation, Wing Chun is also for you. If you want self-defense and personal development, I believe the Wing Chun system is for you. There are no wasted moves or flowery kicks. You learn how to engage an opponent and stop him in his tracks. If you want to know yourself more through self actualization and be enlightened to who you are and the potential that you have, Wing Chun will help you achieve greatness. If you want a method of self preservation that is sophisticated in its philosophies and you are a thinker, come by our school and watch or participate in one of our classes and see for yourself that Wing Chun is one of the most sophisticated martial arts available.
God Bless You.