what is wing chun?

Wing Chun, (also known as Ving Tsun or Wing Tsun) Kung Fu is a traditional style of southern Chinese martial art. It is widely known as the style Bruce Lee studied before shooting to Hollywood fame.


Wing Chun does not pit strength against strength but rather employs its unique understanding of angles and sensitivity to force in order to overcome aggression. The theory behind Ving Tsun is that a smaller or physically weaker person, can overcome an attack from a much bigger and stronger assailant.


Many of the exercises are scientific in approach and training is carried out in a friendly atmosphere of co-operation as opposed to one of aggressive competition. This allows students to develop freely and at their own pace.


It is possible for a complete novice to become competent within one year, although, as with any true art, practical ability is only the beginning, there is always room for deeper exploration, further development and personal interpretation. In Wing Chun you are always a student.


Aside from the obvious fighting applications, Wing Chun also helps to maintain a healthy body and mind. Regular practice will help loosen the joints, tone the musculature and improve posture. By the very nature of the practice a relaxed and focused mind is also achieved. This combination reduces stress and allows the body's natural protection mechanisms to strengthen.


Wing Chun is a subtle and complete system of Chinese Kung Fu, developed over hundreds of years, with its roots in the Shaolin Temple tradition. Originally a very secret system, the sophisticated art of Wing Chun was only passed on to family members and close, trusted friends. It was only when the legendary Grandmaster Ip Man arrived in Hong Kong that the style was taught more openly.


Wing Chun employs its unique understanding of angles and sensitivity to force to overcome aggression (fitness, age and sex are of no consequence). Wing Chun's effectiveness as a practical self-defence or street fighting method is well documented, refined over the years for economy and direct application.

Chi Sau

Typical techniques include; trapping hands, swift low kicks, close body control and short, but devastatingly powerful strikes from the hands (such as the inch punch). Wing Chun practitioners also employ a unique sensitivity training exercise known as Chi sau, or sticking hands.


The style does not easily lend its self to display or sport as some more flamboyant styles do. This is because the apparent simplicity of the system disguises the devastating power and speed behind its subtle technique.

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We believe we have the best Kung Fu in the Portsmouth and Havant area, so why don't you come down and give it try. The first lesson is free so you have nothing to lose and plenty to gain. And if after your free lesson you feel that Wing Chun isn't for you, then no hard feelings.

"Boxing moves the head to dodge punches, but in Wing Chun we don't, because the head can't be faster than the hand."

- Wong Shun Leung

meet the coach

Hi my name is Sifu Jim Woodcock and I have been training in the martial arts for over 15 years.

My martial journey, like many others, started with Taekwondo, but about 3 years into my training I became interested in the current trend of making martial arts work “on the street,” spearheaded by Geoff Thompson and many others. Inevitably I became disillusioned with Taekwondo mainly due to it's sports based applications. This is not to take anything away from TKD as it is a fantastic Martial Art and one that will keep you very fit.

So I had a look around to see what other martial arts were available locally and came across Alan Gibson's Wing Chun Federation. I immediately went for my first private lesson with Alan and we hit it off straight away. I continued to receive private training for about 6 months and then joined Alan's class in Southampton. And it was here that I met Mark Page. I totally fell in love with Ving Tsun (our preferred spelling) and trained twice a week, plus other seminars for the next 7 years. It was then that Mark Page (my senior) had the idea of opening a school nearer the Portsmouth area, and it was soon that Havant Wing Chun was born.

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"We all have inner demons to fight, we call these demons, fear and hatred and anger. If you do not conquer them then a life of one hundred years is a tragedy. If you do, then a life of a single day can be a triumph."

- Yip Man

The Wing Chun Federation

The Wing Chun Federation is a collective of like minded groups and teachers primarily concerned with the teaching of quality Wing Chun Kung Fu.

Alan Gibson formed The Wing Chun Federation in 1990. The federation’s objective is to teach skill-based Wing Chun Kung Fu in a relaxed and accessible manner, where emphasis is placed on good technique and personal development. Wing Chun can be simply learnt by commitment and patience and a high level of proficiency can be obtained quickly and with ease.

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At Havant Wing Chun we stick to a simple pricing plan.
  • First Lesson Is Free
  • 20:00 - 21:30
  • Monday And Wednesday
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  • First Lesson Is Free
  • 20:00 - 21:30
  • Monday And Wednesday
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  • One On One
  • Equivalent To 5 Classes
  • Limited Spaces Available
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