Being “traditional” in wing chun can be hard to define and is often subject to debate.
Must you allege a particular origin of wing chun?
Some invoke a 17th-century nun, Ng Mui, who developed a new style inspired by a crane and snake in battle. This art became a namesake of her first student, Yim Wing Chun.
Must you acknowledge a certain lineage of wing chun?
Many consider Yip Man (also spelled Ip Man) to be a traditional grandmaster of wing chun. Thus, wing chun taught by his disciples is more traditional than others less directly connected. Continue reading →