What is Wing Chun?

Wing Chun is a traditional Chinese martial art which combines the most important and effective principles and techniques of Shaolin Kung-Fu into a simple but complete system of self-defense.  Over 300 years ago a Buddhist Nun named Ng Mui mixed the Snake and Crane styles of combat into a combination hard/soft form, close-quarters, street-fighting style, brutally effective even when used against bigger, stronger, faster opponents.  Ng Mui's first student, the art's namesake, a young girl named Yim Wing Chun actually used her training during a challenge fight and won her freedom.  Since then the art of Wing Chun has been passed down through the generations in secret and in recent years has gained international recognition thanks to famous Wing Chun practicioners such as Ip Man, Bruce Lee, Donnie Yen, Robert Downey Jr. and many others.