Is a very unique and effective martial art. It is the only martial art created and made famous by a woman. Ng Mui, the Shaolin nun who developed the system, realized that most of the techniques in Shaolin kung fu were useless for a small woman to use against a larger, stronger man. She also realized that a woman could not match a man's stamina in a long fight. With this in mind, she developed a system of fighting that enabled a smaller, weaker person such as herself to destroy a bigger, stronger person within a few seconds. She then passed it onto a young lady by the name of Yim Wing Chun who later went on to refine the art.
Wing Chun immediately became famous in Southern China, and its name quickly spread throughout Asia. Almost three hundred years later, as Asian martial arts began to spread to the West, Wing Chun became famous in America (by Bruce Lee). Its popularity continues to grow as increasing numbers of students are drawn by its simplicity and effectiveness.
Wing Chun is different from many of today's popular styles, such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Shaolin Kung Fu. While these styles block first and then attack, a Wing Chun student will defend and attack simultaneously. Wing Chun students also do not draw back before striking; instead, they strike from any position. This method both increases the speed and eliminates the telegraphing of a strike. This way, in the time it takes a karate student to throw one or two punches, a Wing Chun student will throw at least nine.
While most other styles rely on windup to generate striking force, Wing Chun uses the structure of the entire body to create power in a small space. Wing Chun's famous "one-inch punch" is a testament to its striking power. Because proper positioning will overcome shear strength, much of a Wing Chun student's time is spent training his or her body to move precisely and efficiently. Wing Chun uses chi sao (sticking hands) training to develop this precision and economy of motion.
Classes are taught by Joel Rivera, who has been training in the martial arts for the past 28+ years. Beginning his training in the Filipino arts at 10 years of age, from family. The years following lead him to many arts such as Western boxing, Tae Kwon Do, and Shaolin Kung Fu.
In April 1992 he began Wing Chun Kung Fu (Duncan Leung lineage). His 19+ years of Wing Chun has lead him down many paths such as Chinese medicine, and other healing arts.
Through the years Joel continued to train with SiFu Leung as well as train here in Colorado. Joel remains active in the Wing Chun community, donating his time, knowledge and effort to the International Applied Wing Chun Federation, as an active board member. Joel also holds associates instructor in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do and FMA.
His Philosophy has always been “No matter your social, community, or martial arts status, we must remember to put ourselves as students and remember that rank or status is not a right to become lazy, we must constantly learn, re-learn and apply or be embarrassed by our ego and ignorance.
Born in Hong Kong on June 18, 1942. His Chinese name is Leung Shiu Hung. In 1955 he was introduced by Bruce Lee to Wing Chun, and became the formal disciple of Grandmaster Yip Man, SiFu Leung spent many hours training with Yip Man over several years learning the Applied Wing Chun system, between 1955 and 1959. Including participating in many Gong Sao (challenge matches) between different schools in Hong Kong, testing and refining what was taught and learned.
In 1974, he moved to New York. and established his first Wing Chun School. In 1975, Duncan Leung's school was invited to participate in the Full Contact Free Fight Championships at the Madison Square Garden in New York. His students won every single category they participated in.
In 1976, SiFu Duncan Leung and his family moved to Virginia after an invitation by the United States authorities to teach at the Navy base in Norfolk where he instructed the Seal Teams Two and Four. He has also Instructed the FBI, Swat Teams, and other law enforcement.