Thread: Wing Chun Origin Stories
8/20/2005 6:03pm, #1
Wing Chun Origin Stories
The standard story that seems to be passed down the Yip Man lines about Ng Mui developing a system for Wing Tsun to beat up an admirer seems to be about the only one around on the internet. Wikipedia offers a different and as far as I can determine unique origin story with Wing Chun having been developed by assassins to get past guards.
there doesn't seem to be much in the way of references for this account though.
Anyway, does anyone know whether there's any real basis for this alternative?
Also, how many other origin stories are there floating around?
8/20/2005 7:26pm, #2
8/20/2005 7:29pm, #3
However it originated, it still sucks."Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." – Voltaire.
8/20/2005 8:05pm, #4
Thought this was supposed to be a troll free bit of the forum?
8/22/2005 1:12am, #5
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There is an Origin story that Assasians on the Red Junk used it. When the boat was in town for an Opera, the assasians would sneak into town to kill evil political figures. This version has something like 24 forms, the same first 6, plus others that each specialize in a different attack or weapon. The Third form, Biu Tze, in WT has some "darting Finger" movements. This other version has a form for throwing Darts, specifically. It is all covered in "complete Wing Chun" by Chu, Richie, and Wu.
Another origin is that the Nun story was made up to hide the rebels. They would travel as Nuns to avoid searches and molestation from the Manchurians.
Another Story told by Yip Man was that the Nun witnessed a Fox and Crane fighting. Leung Ting Traced the Fox aspect of the story to southern China/ Northern Burma, where a Flying Fox or Monkey Style is the root of Muy Thai. This root style has a similar form to Siu Nim Tau and the Southern White Crane temple is very close to there. Leung Ting theorizes the Nun must have meet up with these other Flying monkey stylists and combined the two. He has found evidence of both the Nun Ng Mui and the girl Yim Wing Tsun in the Historical records, but WC people don't want to hear it. Since Snake and Crane is really a Tai Chi Chuan story, I always get a laugh when WC people use it.
My version is that the clans of China all banded together to fight the Manchurians. All Kung Fu was refined by the rebel leaders into a fast quick to learn simple style. After the Revolution slowed down, the Clans all returned to their homes, becoming Tiger and Mantis and Hung Gar or whatever again. Some people had nowhere to return to, and thus the style of the revolution was all they had. So they called it Wing Tsun and practiced it in secret or small groups. The Temple Monks must have had a High level style in secret, which helped them teach this new fast style to the revolutionary's. Maybe some of them created what we think of in this time.
Some people think it was just Hung Gar.
Dr. Leung Jan was a famous Pharmacist in more modern times. He perfected it and refined it into what we see today, in the Yip Man branches, and possible some others. If it was really just small style hung gar before, it was Dr. Jan that made it into it's own thing.
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8/22/2005 8:28am, #6Originally Posted by Dr._Tzun_Tzu
Thanks for the info.
What sources did you use?
8/22/2005 10:19am, #7
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"Roots of Wing Tsun" by Dr. Leung Ting
"Complete Wing Chun" by Chu, Richie, and Wu
8/23/2005 3:03am, #8
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What most people in North America do not realize is that Wing Chun is an offshoot of Crane Boxing. That fact seems well known in Fukien and here in Taiwan but fairly unknown in the west. Simply because the Wing Chun folks were trying to establish a brand name recognition for their version of Crane Boxing in their english language stuff they have made up the bullshido about being a separate art created out of thin air by the nun fighting the crane and/or the daughter trying to get out of a marriage.
My sources include:
1 .永春鄭禮叔教傳教本Yongchun Zheng Li-Shu’s Teaching Text
2 .白鶴仙師祖傳真法 “Authentic Teaching Passed Down from White Crane Immortal Teacher”
3 . 白鶴拳家正法Authentic Methods of White Crane Boxing
4 . 自述切要條文` Major Points in My Account
5 . 桃源拳術Taoyuan Boxing
6 . 方七娘拳祖 “White Crane Boxing’s Founder Fang Qi-Niang
7. 拳理妙法 Ingenious Methods of Boxing Systems
8. 白鶴門食鶴拳 White Crane Feeding Crane School Boxing by Liu Gu 劉故
9. 金台山勤習堂傳習錄Jintai Mountain Qinxu Hall Study Manual
The history of Crane Boxing and its offshoots (including Wing Chun) is interesting but I suspect will remain hard to pin down barring some remarkable new historical documents being discovered.
p.s. if you ever want to do an Official Bullshido investigation "Dr." Leung Ting would be a great starting point. Him and his books "red line" the b.s. meter.
8/23/2005 6:31am, #9Originally Posted by brianlkennedy
8/23/2005 11:24am, #10
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This makes more sense that anything else I'w sen written on WC history.
One thing I'm trying to understand: why would one pick a helpless and fragile creature like crane to be a mascot of his deadly fighting art? It must be something cultural.
Originally Posted by brianlkennedyCurrent stage of death: denial