JP Staff (The Jakarta Post)
Tue, September 20, 2022
The film series Ip-Man helped popularize Wing Chun, a southern Chinese martial art said to be inspired by the movements of the crane and the snake. Now Indonesians have the chance to learn it.
During the reign of the Jiaqing Emperor in the late 1700s and early 1800s, master martial artists who opposed the rule of the Manchu Qing Dynasty were hunted down. A Shaolin nun called Ng Mui fled her temple to southern China shortly before Qing authorities burned it down.
Being a master of the many fists of Shaolin, she summed up the arts and passed on the condensed form to Yim Wing Chun, the daughter of a tofu merchant who was forced to marry a local general. With the newly mastered combat system, Wing Chun defeated the general and avoided forced marriage. Since then, the art has come to be known as Wing Chun Kuen (the fist of Wing Chun or the fist of the singing spring).
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