The origin of Wing Chun can be traced back approximately 300 years ago in the turbulent, repressive Ching Dynasty. It was a time when 90%
of the Chinese race (The Hons) were ruled by the 10% minority (The Manchus).
The Manchus placed a great amount of unjust law on the Hons. The female Hon infants were made to bind their feet so that when they grew up
they would be dependent upon their parents or husband. The work opportunities for the Hons were also restricted. The were unable to hold office
in Government higher than a certain level. Heavy taxes were placed on the country so that the Manchus could have economic control of the Hon people.
Kung Fu training was also banned for the Hons, however the Manchu Government was adopting the Hon culture. They respected the Shil Lim Temple as a
When all weapons were outlawed by the Manchus, the Hons began training a revolutionary army in the secret art of Kung Fu. The Shil Lim Temple became
the secret sanctuary for preparatory trainings of a classic style which took 15 to 20 years for each person to master.
To develop a new form, one which would have shorter training time, five of China's grandmasters met to discuss the merits of each of the various
forms of Kung Fu. By choosing the most efficient techniques from each style, they developed training programs that would develop an efficient
martial artist in 5 to 7 years, one third the original time. However before this new form could be put into practice, the Shil Lim Temple was
raided and burned by the Manchus.
Ng Mui , a nun, was the only survivor of the original five grandmasters. She passed her knowledge onto a young orphan girl whom she named Wing
Chun. The name represented "hope for the future". In turn Wing Chun passed her knowledge on to her husband. Through the years the style became
known as Wing Chun. Its techniques and teachings were passed onto a few, always carefully selected students.
In 1950 Yip Man started to teach Wing Chun in Hong Kong. One of his first students was the
Grandmaster, William Cheung , head of the World Wing
Chun Kung Fu Association.