An art which was developed by Shaolin nun Ng Miu, Wing Chun emphasizes structure and centerline over the use of power and size, making it ideal for women. Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee trained in Wing Chun with Grandmaster Yip Man in Hong Kong before returning to America in the late 60s and spreading "Gung Fu"" throughout the U.S. by way of his teaching, writing and films. Though Lee developed his own style of Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun remained the building block of all of his martial skill.
Master Lok Yiu was the second Hong Kong student of Wing Chun Grandmaster Yip Man (1893-1972). He trained and lived with Yip Man at the Restaurant Workers Association building, where he was a chef, for 7 years. He started teaching private students in 1959. He opened his first school on Kay Lung Street in Sham Shui Po in 1961. In 1966, the school was moved to 659 Shanghai Street. Si-Fu Lok Yiu also had two other branch schools, one located at 50 Nga Tsin Wai road and the other in Wanchai, Hong Kong. In his 30 years teaching career, he had over a thousand students. His To-Dai, Wilhelm Blech, continues to teach Master Lok Yiu's refined art to hundreds of students throughout Europe, through his ELYWCIMAA (EUROPEAN LOK YIU WING CHUN INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ART ASSOCIATION).
The Lok Yiu Wing Chun system is organized by a set of guiding principles that must be constantly obeyed during training for the system to function properly. If they are ignored, one feels the result immediately. Whenever the positions of the body are not correct and one loses equilibrium, even if only for a short moment, the Structure can be compromised and balance will be lost to the opponent.
Lat Sao Jik Chung
Clear path. Strike forward.
To constantly maintain the center line (the vertical line on the center of the body front) in relation to your opponent. Both arms and legs are available weapons that can be employed in the shortest, straightest way forward possible at all times.
Bo bo cheu ying
Step after step, clear and precise
Always work from the centerline towards the centerline of my opponent.
Dim dim chao wu
Point to point, a straight line, clear and precise
All movements are concentrated to one point. Arms and legs move, coordinated in one motion, not block strike, block strike.
Chum sang sau chung
Always protect the centerline, use your hand and elbow in unison.
The arms remain in front of the body. Never draw back. Always move your hands from where they are.
Lui lao hui sung
As my opponent attacks I receive him, as he retreats I follow him.
Avoid direct force; return it to your opponent. Link simultaneous attack and defense.