What we’re all about
Here at LUU Wing Chun, we welcome everyone to our society, both students of the university and everyone outside of the university. Classes are tailored to be safe and fun, so that everyone can learn effective self defence without injury, we welcome everyone of any ability to join our family of practitioners.
Tuesdays: 5-7 pm - Union building, Sky Studio (Semester 1 and 2: Siu Lim Tao)
Fridays: 5-7 pm - Union building, Sky Studio (Semester 1: Siu Lim Tao, Semester 2: Chum Kiu)
Sundays: 2-4 pm - Union building, Jade Studio (Semester 1: Chum Kiu and pad work, Semester 2: Biu Jee)
(Please note that the Sky Studio is labelled as Scarlet Studio and is opposite the Co-op)
We welcome anyone at any time of the year, regardless of experience, physical fitness or ability.
(Do not fret if you miss any sessions; each session is designed to meet a different aspect of the Wing Chun system. The program itself is forgiving to absences due to the cyclic structure of the syllabus.)
Session fees: Students: £2.50 / Non Students: £3.50
Please wear loose casual clothing or sport orientated clothing.
Watch the Wing Chun Performance for the Chinese New Year Gala 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji6JpHL1LpE
Basic membership: £20
Once you have made up your mind to become a member the cost of membership includes:
Free 30-minute one-to-one sessions with the Instructor
- Access to 2-hour private sessions with the Instructor for £10 per session
Free Wing Chun poster
Access to buying clothing with the society’s logo
Access to regular social events, trips and seminars
Collaborations with other societies
Support and advice provided with cross training other styles, purchase of equipment, weapons, etc.
What is Wing Chun?
Wing Chun is an efficient Chinese martial art which specialises in practical self defence against bigger and stronger opponents. This means that it is suitable for men and women, as well as beginners of all ages and abilities. The fighting system prioritises economy, simplicity and direct application , you'll be learning useful techniques from your very first lesson as well as developing discipline, determination and self-control.
- Wing Chun is a unique martial art originating from southern China which emphasizes balance and body structure in close range fighting scenarios ideal for the street. Its hybridised heritage of soft and hard styles makes it adaptable for anybody in many situations. This includes attacks by much larger opponents, multiple attackers and in ambush scenarios - making Wing Chun one of the most practical and popular self-defence systems in the world.
“The Theory of Wing Chun has no limit in its applications”
Wing Chun is suitable for both men and women of all ages and body types, this fighting system gives everyone the ability to protect themselves. It is easy to learn and can be used to optimize your own fighting style as well as developing any skills you may already have.
“Wing Chun, easy to learn, difficult to master”
Its main focus is on economy of motion and simplicity. It is direct, powerful and explosive on the outside but inside you are taught to remain calm, balanced and in harmony with everything around you. This gives you the ability to stay calm under pressure but also allowing mental flexibility whilst under fire. Our philosophy is not to use brute force to deal with force, but to use the assailants force to our advantage.
“Do not oppose with brute force, go with the opponent's force to turn around the situation”
With the understanding of biomechanics, biophysics and bioenergetics, Wing Chun employs the use of angles of attack, leverage, sensitivity to pressure and pulsed power. Through these principles, the system aids in the development of coordination, balance and reflexes for fighting scenarios, as well as improving health and well-being.
“Know yourself and your opponent, and you will always win”
Our curriculum is divided into 3 programs for each semester, as well as adhering to the traditional Chinese teaching styles the syllabus consists of: Forms, Drills, Chi Sao, Application and Weapons.
The forms we practice are the Three Forms known as Siu Lim Tao, Chum Kiu and Biu Jee. Although our instructor has also studied the Yik Kam Siu Lin Tao long form, this is only taught at advanced stages. The forms are external movements combined with internal-based exercises designed to develop our internal Energy known as Qi and external sensitivity and self-awareness. They are a fundamental part of the Wing Chun system and so sets the foundation of development in optimum health and effective fighting skill.
Siu Lim Tao (The Way of the Small Thought): the basic and fundamental form that must be learnt. Within it holds the keys to our Principles and Concepts as well as offensive and defensive techniques. It teaches us how to cultivate Qi awareness and also punch with the fists, strike with the palms, defend our centreline and the upper, middle and lower gates to our bodies.
Chum Kiu (Seeking the Bridge/Bridging the gap): the second form builds upon Siu Lim Tao form by introducing multi directional movement, body and foot positioning in order to strike and defend ourselves from multiple attacks. It also introduces a variety of kicks, the unity of the hips and leg to derive power and Jing (force flow) and how to enter the opponent’s gates before bridging contact and closing the distance to the opponent.
Biu Jee (Thrusting Fingers): The last of the trilogy of forms of a Wing Chun practitioner’s solitary development also expands upon the first two. Its main focus is on the micro movement of the joints and emergency techniques. The basic escape methods for worst case scenarios lie in reclaiming your centreline and body structure when positioning has been compromised. It also introduces elbow strikes, pressure point striking manipulation and further focuses on footwork.
The application of the forms are developed in passive and active drills which gradually bridge closer to reality based fighting. While the application does have form to it, it is the responses developed whilst in the forms that allows formless technique. This is distinct from forms in that it requires either special equipment e.g focus pads or a partner e.g chi sao.
Muk Yan Jong (The Wooden Dummy): A form that is performed on a wooden dummy, specifically designed to imitate an attacking opponent. It is much more of an instrument aimed to refine your power and understanding of the angles of attack and defence. The Jong develops your ability to counter attack and defend and counter defend simultaneously, thus increasing positioning skill and footwork. The concepts of the three forms are thus used and applied to the Jong.
Chi Sao (Sticking Hands): A tactile sensitivity drill that is active but has no true form as it is in constant motion. It is used in conjunction with the three solitary forms above to improve the spatial awareness and precision of our attacks and defences. It is considered the heart of Wing Chun. It develops acute sensitivity and hones reflexes to such a degree that one can fight with eyes closed with sustained contact through the hands. The improvements in all areas of fighting include power, positioning and technique, judgement, speed, timing balance and structure which are all honed through Chi Sao practice. Its practice helps us to deploy any attack instantaneously and counter simultaneously which gives us a sixth sense and a definite edge over the opponent. Chi Sao represents the intelligence of the system.
Whilst Wing Chun is notorious for its lightning fast hand to hand combat skill, Wing Chun also has 2 infamous types of weapons to train with that makes the art complete.
Baat Jam Dao (Butterfly Knives/Eight Cutting Knives): A form developed specifically for these bladed weapons to illustrate the different angles a blade can strike and defend with. It hones our footwork and the strength in our wrists to wield weapons correctly.
Luk Dim Boon Kwan (The Six and a Half Point Pole): This form uses an 8ft pole in order to improve accuracy, precision, balance and strength. Wing Chun is unique as it contains forms that focus on long and short distance of the martial arts thus meeting the criteria of a complete art.
Clothing and Prices
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£ 13.50 T-Shirt
£ 14.50 Polo Shirt
£ 25.00 Hoody
Our Instructor Sifu Rajesh Singh has studied under some of the most renowned practitioners of Wing Chun and has practiced many other martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Eagle Claw Kung Fu, Gatka and Kickboxing. As well as achieving teacher status in Wing Chun, he has researched Yik Kam Ancient Wing Chun Kuen under Sifu Hendrik Santo the 6th Lineage holder of Yik Kam Siu Lim Tau. Raj has practiced Eagle Claw under Sifu Hari Singh and Lily Lau and has also undertaken a number of combative courses including Defensive Tactics, Edged Weapons Defence, Security training and Basic Close Protection training, he is a qualified instructor in Wing Chun, Self-Defence and Gatka.