Guangzhou Sum Jee Wing Chun Academy
The Guangzhou Sum Jee Wing Chun Academy was established in 2002. Committed to promoting the authentic Guangzhou Wing Chun, with the mission of inheriting the martial arts culture of Master Sum Jee. In addition to Guangzhou and Hong Kong, it also has branches as far as Vancouver in Canada, New York in the US, and Sydney, Australia.
History of Guangzhou Wing Chun
Wing Chun was created by the famous Bhuddist Nun Ng Mui of the Fujian Putian Shaolin Temple. She later passed to Miu Shun, and from Miu Shun passed to Yim Yi. Yim then taught his daughter Yim Wing-Chun, who later taught her husband Leung Bok-To. Leung enjoyed Chinese opera, and met Wong Wa-Bo, Leung Yi-Tai, Luk Gum (commonly known as “Dai Fa Min Gum”, translated as "the Painted Face"), and Go Lo-Jung at the Red Boat Opera Group. Therefore, as a friendly gesture Leung passed the Wing Chun skills to these four, as well as another friend Fok Bo-Chuen. While Luk Gum taught the famous county constable Fung Siu-Ching; Fok passed his knowledge to Yuen Kay-San (in his later years, Fung also taught Yuen Kay-San as well). Sum Nung was originally under the tutelage of another master Cheung Bo. He was later recommended by Cheung to further his training under Yuen Kay-San. In 1948, Sum Nung left Foshan and was able to open a medical hall and a martial arts hall in Guangzhou. In 1989 he founded the “Guangzhou Wing Chun Association”, and was dubbed “the Father of Guangzhou Wing Chun”. His students are now located all over the world.
About Sum Jee
Sum Jee was Sum Nung's uncle, and the Sum Jee lineage is a major sublineage of the Sum Nung’s. In addition to teaching Wing Chun, Sum Jee also integrated his many years of Hung Kuen skills into a set of exercises in which it interacts with Wing Chun , so that the apprentices can experience how Wing Chun would interact with foreign boxing techniques.
Guangzhou Sum Jee Wing Chun Academy upholds tradition, and everything starts with basic skills. After firmly establishing the roots, one then learns empty hand forms and progress to Chi Sao, gradually learning more advanced techniques. When the trainees reach a certain level, they can be formally inducted as disciples (after performing the apprenticeship ceremony) through the master’s review (personality/ discplinary review) to establish a formal teacher-apprentice relationship.
Characteristics of Guangzhou Wing Chun
Yuen Kay-San Wing Chun also has empty hand forms such as Siu Lien Tau, Chum Kiu, Biu Jee, Wooden Dummy training, Six and a half pole and the Double Blades, but its technique and energy deployment are very unique. For example, in the form of boxing, Yuen Kay-San Wing Chun has the Single Dragon Punch, the Body Rotational Punch, and the Arrow Punch, which are clearly different from other lineages. The most unique aspect lies in the use of “Fa Jing”. Yuen Kay-San Wing Chun emphasizes that one should gradually loosen the punches, so that the six major joints of the body (ankle, knee, waist, shoulder, elbow, and wrist) can be opened and closed at any time, and the muscles and tendons are relaxed. The fist is not clenched until the last moment, so that the punch can be fast and strong, i.e. "relaxed". In terms of technique, Guangzhou Wing Chun also has a "twelve scattered drills" specially designed for fighting, extracting the essence from the hand forms and the Wooden dummy training. In its theories, Guangzhou Wing Chun stresses the first thing is to be relaxed and not clash with the opponent. When the whole body is relaxed, the footwork can be more flexible and ingenious, and the angles and landing points of the counterattack can be more precise. The unique perception (“Jee Gok”) training, training practitioners to respond to changes in the energy flow of the opponent's bridge. With the ability to attack and defend in close proximity using Chi Sao, learners will advance to practice off-bridge combat. In addition, there are unique methods for penetrating penetrability, concentration, grasping the opponent's finger strength and wrist strength, and the training of bridge hand dimensions and resilience. This curriculum aims to cultivate skills from various foundations.
Forms: Siu Lien Tao / Chum Kiu / Biu Jee Chi Sao
Weapons: 6 and Half Point Pole / Double Blades
Qigong: San Hey Gwai Yuen (Kidney-Chi Unification Set)