• Quick to learn - you should leave your first lesson with a simple move which you can use in a real fight.
  • Requires no great strength or suppleness - good for all builds of person.
  • Very fast - perhaps the fastest system in existence. With practice, a user can rain blows on an opponent.
  • Practical - there are no moves which one would never use in a real fight, like huge leaping kicks.
  • Flexible - instead of learning complicated sequences of moves, many of which are only of any use in very specific circumstances (such as five moves with daft names, which, when performed in order will defend you against another obscure sequence of moves known by three living people in the world), Wing Chun has a small vocabulary of simple moves, each of which works in isolation, and can be used in hundreds of situations. This means that a student can spend time perfecting them, and then be able to use them without hesitation, and with precision. This is better than knowing a thousand moves less well, most of which will never be used. Also, complicated moves, and sequences of moves, are prone to going wrong in the real world. If a simple move is used, it is less likely to go wrong, and even if it does go wrong, it can quickly be replaced by a different move.
  • Bullshit free - as kung fu systems go, this one is refreshingly free of the daft mysticism, showmanship and inner-brotherhood bollocks which plague other systems.
  • Not the best for fitness - if your motivation for learning a martial art is to become strong and supple, then try another style which goes in for leaps and stretches. Try Shaolin if you are particularly masochistic when it comes to stretching.
  • No competitions - although there are some "sticking hands" competitions, there are no sparring competitions in Wing Chun. The main reason for this is that there is no safe way of holding them. Wing Chun relies on precise hand positions, and so is disabled by boxing gloves, and it is very close-in and fast. In a fight, you step next to your opponent quickly, and then beat the living daylights out of him with a thousand lightning punches. There's no way to do this safely. Try Tai Kwondo if sparring in padded armour is what appeals to you.
  • No safe holds or locks - if you want a martial art for use as a bouncer at a night-club, where your priority is dealing with opponents without hurting them, then Wing Chun is not the best, though it will help. For that sort of use, you want a style with wrist locks and the like, so try something like Ju Jitsu.
  • No ground fighting techniques - a Wing Chun student is taught little about what to do when he falls over. Wing Chun knowledge will help him there, but this art does not specialise in this sort of thing. If you like rolling around on the floor, try Monkey Style Shaolin. Ju Jitsu and Ninjitsu have quite a lot of ground wrestling techniques in them.
  • Not the best for relaxation - Wing Chun is not a "hard" or "external" system, like karate, which uses hard stiff movements, nor is it a "soft" "internal" system, like Tai Chi, which uses a relaxed body and circular movements. Instead it is mid-way between the two.


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