"The purpose of Wing Chun Kung Fu is to lead you to be free and relaxed. This can never be achieved if you are tied physically and emotionally to techniques. You must free yourself from dependence on mechanical expression and trust your body, your kung fu to protect yourself..."
-- Grand Master Moy Yat
Wing Chun Kung Fu was developed in China 400 years ago by a female Shaolin nun named Ng Mui. Designed for the human body, it is considered to be one of the most efficient and effective forms of self defense that doesn’t rely on size, strength or physical conditioning. Wing Chun emphasizes protecting the center of your body (and attacking your opponent's), simultaneous blocking and striking, redirecting your opponent’s energy, economy of energy and motion, and relaxation.
Our classes follow the traditional teachings as were passed down from Grandmaster Moy Yat. Students will begin by learning Siu Nim Tao, Wing Chun’s first form which trains the basic stance and teaches about the centerline, basic hand movements, relaxation, and releasing energy. Students will then learn more advanced forms as well as Chi Sao, Wing Chun’s unique art of sticking hands.
Along with learning the forms comes a variety of partnership exercises that will help train your reflexes and sensitivity. A dedicated student will be able to complete the system in about 2-3 years.
Our Birmingham classes were taught by instructors within the Moy Yat lineage. Grandmaster Moy Yat was one of Grandmaster Ip Man’s closest students, and our curriculum follows the traditional training methods through the three hand forms, chi sao and wooden dummy form.
TAI CHI CHUAN
Tai Chi Ch'uan, also commonly known as Taijiquan, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. There are many styles of Tai Chi, and most trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu, and Sun.
In Birmingham, we currently have a Tai Chi practice group that meets on Saturday mornings about 9AM at the UAB mini-park, right off University Blvd. This group is currently practicing the Yang 24-movement Short Form, the Yang 32-movement Sword Form, and the Combined 42-movement competition form that features elements from Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu, and Sun styles.
The Tai Chi forms require no previous experience of any kind, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The Arthritis Foundation includes Tai Chi as part of their recommended therapies, and we have several certified instructors who have specialized in this theraputic style.
Practice sessions at the park is FREE and open to the public.
As of November 1, 2015, all regularly scheduled training classes in Birmingham, AL are suspended indefinitely. Thank you for your interest. We will post any changes here and send notices out to the email list if additional classes or workshops become available.