"Wing Chun Gung Fu" is a martial art founded primarily on strategic principles, which then govern the systems techniques which are a versatile blend of both soft and hard (internal & external) energies. A cornerstone of the Wing
Chun system is "Chi Sau" or clinging arm exercise, used to develop the principles (sensitivity, awareness, distance, timing, positioning, power, etc.) and techniques to a high degree of efficiency and effectiveness. By keeping in contact
with the opponents arms we can instantly read the force and direction of his motion and deflect his attacks. Honing the ability to deflect a stronger opponent, not by fighting against his superior strength, but by blending with his
movement, so as to alter the outcome of his intentions to suit your own purpose.
The objective is acquiring the skill to deliver the right technique at the right time negating the opponents attacks and using his incoming momentum against him. Then, following through with a blitz to keep him off balance. Another vital component in controlling an adversary is mastery of the "Wing Chun Centerline Theory". The centerline being the shortest route between the vertical core of my body (my motherline) and the opponent's motherline. This is the path of the quickest attacks so we seek to control this line.
We train to rely on softer attributes such as timing, angle structure, natural power and sensitivity to maintain advantageous positioning, or what we call control of the center line. We then counter-attack using strategies to trap our opponent, limiting his maneuverability and mitigating his power. Do not, however, mistake soft for weak. It is the softness of the whip that allows it to snap with such explosive power. A Wing Chun technique may appear simple on the surface but an awareness of the logic and application of the system's principles, often hidden within the technique, will reveal multi-layered components unified to produce the most effective mechanics.
Just in practicing the punch, for example, the aware practitioner is developing eight or ten different components concurrently. Once you discover that the punch is something which can be so highly refined and perfected and realize that this refinement process can be applied to each technique, then you are aware that the art can evolve to a level which the beginner or observer is not likely to be cognizant of. Awareness of this refinement process is also carried over into daily life, to develop efficiency and effectiveness spiritually as well. A softer more harmonious approach to life, less confrontational, yet more in control, is achieved.So, when prospective students come to view a Wing Chun class to ascertain whether or not they are interested in enrolling, much of the essence of the training will escape their observation. The student must begin with a degree of faith in the Wing Chun system as well the teacher. Only as they invest time and effort (the meaning of Kung Fu) will they begin to have the true depth of the art revealed to them.