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Wing Chun at the Greek Taverna


Wing Chun is a practical and effective Chinese martial art that can be learnt by men and women of any size. Wing Chun was devised by a woman with the principals of economy of motion and conservation of energy in mind. It uses the simple idea that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Wing Chun was the martial art that Bruce Lee studied in Hong Kong before coming to America where he demonstrated the explosive power of Wing Chun's famous "one inch punch".

Wing Chun is taught in Bangor by Sifu George Politis, and is part of the Ching Mo school headed in the UK by Master Billy Davidson. The Ching Mo school is part of the Hong Kong Ving Tsun Athletic Association and a student of Grandmaster Ip Ching.

  •  Classes
    • Classes are held at The Greek Taverna Gym each Monday and Wednesday evening between 7 and 9pm, and are available for anyone aged 16 years and over.

      Beginners welcome! Just come along between 7 and 7.30. To get to the gym go through the bar and turn left at the kitchen.

  •  History of Wing Chun
    • Wing Chun is thought to date back over 300 years to the reign of the Chinese Emperor Kangxi. A Buddist nun, Ng Mui, escaped the destruction of a Shaolin Monastery by Qing forces and fled to the Daliang mountains between Yunnan and Sichuan. It is here that she witnessed and studied a fight between a snake and a crane. She combined these movements with her own knowledge of Shaolin Kung Fu to create a unique fighting style.
    • Ng Mui befriended a young woman named Yim Wing-Chun who was being forced into marriage by a bandit, and taught her, her new fighting style. Yim Wing-Chun then used her new found knowledge to fend off the bandit and get out of the marriage. Wing-Chun eventually married Leung Bok-Chao and taught him the fighting style that Ng Mui had taught her. He then named the style after her and Wing Chun Kung Fu was born.
  •  Wing Chun basic theory
    • The effectiveness of wing chun is due to it's simplicity and speed through economy of motion.
    • Central to this is the centre line theory which seeks to determine and use the shortest distance between you and your opponent.
    • There are several forms in wing chun. Forms are a pattern of movements which help develop self-awareness, balance, relaxation and sensitivity. There are 3 types of forms: "empty hand", "wooden dummy", and weapons.
    • The 3 main "empty hand forms are:
      1. 'Siu Lim Tao' or little idea form - this is the basic form and develops structure, energy and knowledge of basic techniques
      2. 'Chum Kiu' or bridging form
      3. 'Biu Tze' or thrusting fingers form
      These forms are demonstrated here by Grandmaster Ip Ching.

 Photo Galleries and clips

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Sifu George Politis training with Master Billy Davidson

Wing chun at the Greek Taverna Gym

Master Billy Davidson Clips

Billy Davidson demo

Billy Davidson demo 2

Grand Master Ip Ching Clips

Siu Lim Tao (little idea form)

Chum Kiu (bridging form)

Biu Tze (thrusting fingers form)