Complete Wing Chun: History & Tradition

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  • By Robert Chu, René Ritchie, and Y. Wu.
  • 160 pages.
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By Robert Chu, René Ritchie, and Y. Wu

With the fame of Bruce Lee, the conditions in Hong Kong, and the hard work and effort of many of his classmates, the Wing Chun of the late master Yip Man became one of the most well-known and popular Chinese martial arts in the world. Although this gave Wing Chun international recognition, it also led to a lot of misconceptions. Due to a lack of authentic information, many mistakenly came to assume that the renowned Yip Man was the sole inheritor of the style and that his Wing Chun was the lone version of the art.

In fact, there are several different and distinct systems of Wing Chun. Unfortunately, over the years most of these systems have remained unseen or unreported to all but a few - until now.

Profusely illustrated with over 300 historical photographs, Complete Wing Chun presents seldom seen information on a dozen branches of the Wing Chun art. It offers the reader a side-by-side comparison of these arts by outlining each system in terms of history, principles, basics, and training methods. This is a helpful resource for the interested newcomer and a valuable reference for the long-time practitioner.

Robert Chu has been involved in martial arts since 1972, and is a practitioner of the Yip Man, Gu Lao, and Yuen Kay-San Wing Chun styles. Mr Chu's articles have appeared in Martial Arts Legends, Inside Kung Fu, Wing Chun Viewpoint, and Wing Chun Today; his monthly column appears in Martial Arts Illustrated. Mr. Chu resides in California.

René Ritchie has been studing the Yuen Kay-San style of Wing Chun since 1990. His articles have appeared in Martial Arts Masters and Wing Chun Today. He created and maintains the site on the Internet. Mr. Ritchie resides in Eastern Canada.

Y. Wu has been involved in Wing Chun since 1984. He is a practitioner of the Nanyang and Yip Man Wing Chun styles. Mr. Wu is the author of The Nanyang Wing Chun Primer Vol. 1, and resides in Singapore.

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