The Particularities of Siu Lam Wing Chun
While Jip Man (葉問) was practicing the Wing Chun of the Loeng Zaan Family, which goes back, as it's told, to a nun called Ng Mui as founder of the style, the Siu Lam Wing Chun has its roots in the Buddhist Shaolin temple in Henan. When it was destroyed in 1732 some of the monks could flee. They were looking for refuge in southern China. One of them called Zi Sin found refuge on a boat of an opera group in Guangdong. Zi Sin is considered to be the founder of the Siu Lam Wing Chun style. While the Wing Chun of Jip Man is widely spread, the Siu Lam Wing Chun is practiced by few.
The global transmission of Wing Chun
Jip Man systematized the Wing Chun of the Leong Zaan family to teach it rapidly to a big mass. The Siu Lam Wing Chun was never widely spread. The base of the instruction was always a personal teacher-student relationship.
According to statements of Sam Lau, the chairman of the Ip Man Wing Chun Association in Hong Kong, mistakes were committed in the past. Westerners were taught fragmentary. Western teachers had learned only a part and students had split apart from them as they noticed. They filled the gaps with their own ideas. This situation is according to Sam Lau the reason why there are thousands of Wing Chun teachers with completely different interpretations of the martial art. A few years ago Jip Chun, the son of Jip Man, decided together with Sam Lau to teach Wing Chun in future free of secrets and complete because otherwise, their Wing Chun would be lost when they die.
The Siu Lam Wing Chun was traditionally taught only to few, chosen and native Chinese students that had to explain and prove their good intentions before. Only in the 1990s parts of Siu Lam Wing Chun were for the first time taught to western students. The martial art was newly systematized and the differences to the Jip Man Wing Chun were carved out, to arise on the western "martial arts market" antagonistically to the widely spread Jip Man Wing Chun. This development was disfavored by the traditionally enrooted Siu Lam Wing Chun families from Guangdong and Hong Kong. Possibly because they were disappointed by more and more appearing western students. Wing Chun is no pyramidal system with a strong hierarchy but the martial art of the students. Not the one of masters and grandmasters.
The successful transfer of Wing Chun in a global world
We work for eight years intensively to execute the successful transfer of a complete Wing Chun system from Hong Kong to Berlin, since 2010 in our own rooms in the Conrad-Blenkle-Street. But how can Wing Chun as part of a foreign culture be integrated without changes into our own? It's impossible. Because of that we follow the approach to perform the transfer not inter-culturally but inter-personally. The wish to improve yourself, to live in peace together, the delight of living, love, respect and appreciation towards yourself and your fellow human beings: everybody knows that. To practice and pass on Wing Chun is our way. Old hierarchies and patriarchal structures are today overcome and not supportable. What everybody understands is not magic and deception but the real here and now.
We foster friendly relations to Wing Chun and Siu Lam Wing Chun students and teachers worldwide.
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