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.

"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."

- Grandmaster Yip Man

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.” Then I came across Sifu Alan Gibson's Wing Chun Federation. I totally fell in love with Ving Tsun (our preferred spelling) and trained twice a week, plus other seminars. 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.

My development in reality based martial arts contunued when I found out that Urban Combatives Founder Lee Morrison was teaching a 4 hour workshop once a month in Southampton. I went along and found everyone there, especially Lee, to be absolutely amazing and it was a baptism of fire.

In November 2015 I had the honour of organised my first Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Workshop with Sifu Cliff Au Yeung accompanied by Sifu Asiatic from UFA Ving Tsun in Canada, the workshop was a complete success. During that time I was fortunate enough to receive private tuition from my Sibak Gung Cliff which gave me a new and deeper understanding of the Wong Shun Leung method. 

In 2016 and 2017 it was time for my Sibak Gung Cliff and Sisook Asiatic to return for their second and third HVT Workshops. I received hours of private tuition from my Sibak Gung Cliff with him checking my forms and understanding of his system we really began to dig deep into the WSLCAYVT method with my Sibak Gung Cliff finely tuning my forms and reaching a depth of understanding that has transformed my way of thinking and practise.

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"On your first lesson I will discuss your goals with you and we will make a plan to allow you to achieve those goals.

Beginners are very welcome too!"

Private lessons are also available on request.

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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.

Sifu 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. The Wing Chun Federation is a non-political and independent organisation. 

Sifu Alan Gibson, has been training in the martial arts since 1980. He became a student of Wing Chun in 1984 after several years in GoJu Ryu Karate. He is a graduate of the King Alfred’s University College Winchester where he majored in Sports and Business. Alan learned his Wing Chun initially in his home town of Southampton before travelling to Hong Kong to further his studies with Ip Chun

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For more information on The Wing Chun Federation

Please visit www.wingchun.org.uk


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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  • Equivalent To 5 Classes
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