Eight Pattern Wing Chun Kung Fu

The Style

Eight Pattern Wing Chun is based mainly on Yip Man's Wing Chun, with some supplements from the Yuen Kay Shan lineage and further lineages. The curriculum has been optimized taking into account current research in neurology, medicine, psychology, information theory (especially learning theory) and other disciplines. Furthermore, a few missing pieces were retrieved from other lineages. (Things which Yip Man didn't pass on to his students and things even Yip Man didn't learn.)

Like most Wing Chun styles, it is not based on "techniques" the way other martial arts are. We often hear: "Wing Chun is based on concepts", but few can actually name and explain these as we do in our book.

The School

The Eight Pattern Wing Chun School is not a regular Wing Chun school or club. We are a group of independent Wing Chun teachers, including highly specialized individuals, who teach Wing Chun to a small number of carefully selected private students and a couple of internationally renowned masters (whom we cannot name for obvious reasons). We are financially independent and therefore we can still afford to pick our students very carefully and show them everything without preconditions or constraints. Further advantages for the members are obvious: very small training groups and an individual curriculum (if you want to learn the knives first, why not?). The main disadvantage: It is not easy to be accepted as a regular student, currently we are "booked out"; However, there is a weekend-course about every other month for which we allow a small number of (invited!) visitors.

The Difference

On first glance (see book or learning cards) there seem to be some significant differences between Eight Pattern Wing Chun and it's main sources. The most obvious difference is the curriculum. We have compressed 20 Chi Sau sections (some of them very long) into eight relatively short sections. We have integrated ideas from ReakTsun into our Chi Sau. We have shortened the Cham Kiu, Biu Tze and Double Knives forms (back to 108 points as all our forms). We have re-integrated the nearly-lost fourth form (Jong Kyun). And we have switched our long pole set with an other lineage's version.

But these are all just superficialities. The only serious differences are our form of organization and our way of teaching. Despite all the differences, we are still compatible with most other Wing Chun lineages. After all, the concepts should be the same; so you don't have to start from the beginning if you join us and you can use what you learn in your regular Wing Chun school.