Wing Chun is a simple but effective method of self-defense based in the traditional Chinese martial arts of Kung Fu. It is a relatively young system, but in the last few hundred years it has spread to every corner of the Earth because it is practical, can be learned in a short period of time, and can be practiced by people of all sizes and ranges of physical ability.
Wing Chun has no delusions of being the "ultimate martial art." There is no sport or competitive aspect, the forms are not aesthetically pretty like traditional animal-style Kung Fu, and no one takes home shiny trophies. Wing Chun was primarily designed for one thing, and one thing only: allow you to defend yourself against a violent assault. With that purpose in mind, Wing Chun evolved to work best in a very specific set of circumstances:
Although rooted in the arts and traditions of the Shaolin Temple, Wing Chun was not meant to be practice by monks. Rather, the grandmasters of Wing Chun were everyday people with jobs and families. Therefore, Wing Chun was designed to be practical, but also be learned and maintained even by people with busy lives.
The best way to learn more about Wing Chun Kung Fu, the unique Hardcore Wing Chun training methodology, and the complete Wing Chun curriculum is to sign up for ongoing Wing Chun Classes. Registration is now available!
HARDCORE JEET KUNE DO IS A SCHOOL DEDICATED TO THE TEACHING AND INSTRUCTION IN THE ART OF JEET KUNE DO AND WING CHUN LOCATED IN CHELSEA, ALABAMA.
48 Chesser-Crane Rd, Chelsea, Alabama 35043, United States
Sifu Francis Fong
Ongoing classes, workshops and seminars are held at Hardcore Jeet Kune Do Chelsea, a premium martial arts school located in Chelsea, AL just south of Birmingham. The school is dedicated to instruction in the art of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, authentic Wing Chun Kung Fu, and complementary arts such as Kali.
Classes are available for kids, youth and adults, with daytime, evening and weekend classes available. Learn more at https://hardcorejeetkunedochelsea.com .
Wing Chun classes are led by Steve Creel who has taught Wing Chun at Kung Fu Birmingham since 2012. The curriculum is a practical blend from the classical Ip Man lineage, primarily influenced by the late Robert Brimley (Moy Yat), Francis Fong (Jiu Wan) and Augustine Fong (Ho Kam Ming).
HARDCORE WING CHUN is designed to be street-applicable, so wear what you are comfortable moving in. Most people train in Gung Fu pants and a class T-shirt, but you're welcome to practice in jeans, shorts or sweats and a tee. We don't recommend a gi-style uniform or shiny silk pajamas, but you can wear those if that's your thing.
We recommend closed-toed athletic shoes for training. You may prefer cowboy boots, high heels or flip-flops in daily life, but stick to light-weight sneakers for classes.
You won't need to bring any gear to begin with. We'll provide everything you need for your initial training. As you graduate to live sparring you'll invest in MMA gloves, a mouthguard, and possibly other protective gear.
Yes, we spar, but only after you have developed sufficient control and mastery of the techniques that you can minimize risk of injury to yourself and your training partner. You'll follow a linear progression of training from drills to Chi Sau (sticking hands) to Gor Sau and Lut Sau (sparring). You'll follow a program of adaptive resistance that advances from cooperative drills to fully-resisting sparring. We call this process "Pressure Testing," and it is the ONLY way that you can be confident that the techniques you are learning will actually work in a fight.
Most people seek to learn martial arts as a method of self-defense. But it's not really "self-defense" if you end up getting injured, is it? Therefore, at every stage -- from learning the mechanics through sparring -- our emphasis is on safety first.
Training should not be dangerous, even if the skills you are developing are. As Paul Sharp so succinctly expressed it, our goal is to "help good people become dangerous to bad people."
The Kung Fu Life is about having the fitness to do whatever you want to do. It is being aware, alert and focused. And it is living fearlessly, confident that you have the ability to defend yourself.
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