SiuLam Weng Chun 永春拳
Tang Yik Weng Chun (aka SiuLam Weng Chun) is a superior close-range martial art designed for street-level self-defense. It is a traditional art with lots of history and deep theory. Weng Chun with an "e" is not the same as Wing Chun with an "i." Weng Chun with an "e" is much different in style and theoretical principles. To some, the techniques may look similar to Wing Chun, but when details are revealed, it is very different.
Weng and Wing pronounced sounds very similar, but the character is totally different. Weng Chun 永春 and Wing Chun 詠春 also have very different forms. Weng Chun 永春 is the character for Eternal Spring, whereas Wing Chun is based on Chinese folklore of a woman believed to have passed the traditional Wing Chun to others.
Eternal Spring or Everlasting Spring Fist 永春拳 (aka Weng Chun Kuen), has its origins in Fei Lo Temple, a temple located just north of Tang village 橫溪村 of Foshan/Nan Hai 佛山/南海.
The style was previously a closed-door system not available to outsiders and still almost unknown to the Wing Chun world.
Weng Chun is not the same as the popular Yip Man Wing Chun we commonly see, and in many ways, it is superior. It also answers many of the common dilemmas regarding Bong Sau and other common structural problems that are talked about sometimes within the Wing Chun community. The forms are totally different in design and application to other styles focusing more on the Kiu Sau or Bridge of the arm.
Many of our members joining us are seasoned martial artists from many different backgrounds. We welcome all, including those with no experience.
Weng Chun 永春 is not the same as the commonly known Wing Chun. The "e" in Weng Chun stands for Eternal Spring. This is not the same as the commonly known Yip Man Ving Tsun or Wing Chun taught in most schools. The difference between these two is derived from the source of the techniques.
According to the Tang family oral teachings, Tang Bun 鄧本 was the original inheritor of the art having trained under the well know Monk Chi Sim 至善禪師. It is said from different oral teachings that Chi Sim 至善禪師 was known to have had two types of training, one for close-range and also a set of longer-range techniques.
Weng Chun Kuen was passed down through the Tang family and Tang Village until around the 1980's.
The Eternal Spring Weng Chun system is composed of the Tang Family Weng Chun Kuen form, Tang family Dummy form and Shung Kuen, a form for developing axle turning, Luk Dim Bun Gwan (6 ½ Longpole) and Gwan Jong (Longpole Dummy).
Other sets included in the Tang Family Linkage also included Fung Siu Ching's Dummy form (aka Red Boat Dummy) and Fung Siu Ching's Jong Kuen, a set developed from the Red Boat dummy which includes various techniques unique to Fung Siu Ching.
Fung Siu Ching was a student of the Red Junk Opera performer Dai Fa Min Kam and traded techniques with Tang Yik's father Tang Suen. In today's Tang Yik curriculum, Fung Siu Ching's sets have been included as part of a standard curriculum.
Eternal Spring Weng Chun does not have the classical sticky hand drills seen in the traditional Yip Man lineage. Instead, it uses a more rounded approach to developing the ability to develop sensing hands. We instead call our drills Chai Sau meaning To Practice the Skill.
The system's basic form is called Weng Chun Kuen and was named after the Eternal Spring Hall of Fei Loi Temple 飛來寺. The Chinese word Weng Chun is literally translated to mean Forever Spring or Eternal Spring.