We teach the “Gary Lam Wing Chun” system here in Orange County, CA. Working on the complete curriculum in Wing Chun Kung-Fu. Our goal is to pass on the knowledge and teachings of the Wong Shun Leung and Sifu Gary Lam lineage. Our lead instructor is currently training under Sifu Gary Lam.
Contact us today: (949) 466-5995
Grandmaster Yip Man was responsible for advancing Wing Chun Kung-Fu to its eminence today. Yip Man was the first individual to open a Wing Chun school accessible to the general public. Though Yip Man himself never taught outside the Chinese sphere of influence, his disciples
carried his Wing Chun around the world.
Wing Chun is a style of Chinese martial art developed over hundreds of years, with its roots in the Shaolin Temple. Wing Chun is designed to be devastatingly effective as a complete self defense system, and yet it’s safe and healthy to practice.
Wing Chun is a style of Chinese martial art developed over hundreds of years, with its roots in the Shaolin Temple. Wing Chun is designed to be devastatingly effective as a complete self defense system, and yet it’s safe and healthy to practice. Wing Chun doesn’t pit strength against strength, but rather employs its unique understanding of body mechanics, angles and sensitivity to overcome aggression.
Wing Chun does not employ high kicks, acrobatic techniques or extensive movements, so body flexibility and stamina are not core requirements. 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’s possible for a complete novice to become competent within one year, although, as with any true art, practical ability is only the beginning: There’s always room for deeper exploration, further development and personal interpretation.
Wing Chun gained international publicity during the rise and fame of the late Bruce Lee in the early 1970s. Bruce Lee had studied Wing Chun from the late grandmaster, Yip Man while living in Hong Kong. More recently, internationally reknown action heroin Donnie Yen played the role of Ip Man in the Hong Kong movie “Ip Man”. Wing Chun is practiced around the world, and practiced widely in Hong Kong and Foshan, China.
Sifu Brian Hester started his martial arts training in 1981 at 16 years of age at a Shoalin Kempo Karate school in San Diego, CA. After training with this school for 4 years the desire to study more traditional arts weighed heavily on his mind.
After attaining a Black Belt level with this school Sifu Brian pursued the art of Wing Chun under a high level student of Augustine Fong in San Diego. Over the next four years after attaining many of the advanced techniques under this instructor Sifu Brian moved to New England where he started a family. Continuing to pursue his martial arts path, Sifu Brian started training with a variety of martial arts such as Philipino Modern Arnis, JKD, Uechi-Ryu Karate and Small Circle Jujitsu. It was a desire at this time to cross train with other Martial Arts in order to give Sifu Brian a diverse Martial Arts back ground.
After returning to the Orange County area in the late 1990′s Sifu Brian continued training with Philipino Modern Arnis for the next few years and then decided to again pursue Wing Chun. After searching for the right teacher and lineage, Sifu Brian made the decision to train under the direction of Sifu Gary Lam and is still currently a direct student.
Sil Lim Tao(Little Idea)
Wing Chun is comprised of three bare hand forms, Siu Lim Tao, Chum Kiu and Biu Gee. The Siu Lim Tao is the foundation upon which the entire learning process is then built. The SLT contains all the basic movements including Bong Sao, Tan Sao and Fook Sao. The form is comprised of three sections and is practiced in a stationary position. The form at first glance looks simplistic, however – is a continual progression of power, focus and the release of energy at different angles.
Chum Kiu (Seeking the bridge)
Chum Kiu is the second bare hand form whereby the practitioner will now develop a further understanding of the movements learnt in the first form SLT. This form is also split into three sections and the practitioner will now learn how to adapt these skills in motion. During this form the practitioner will lean Huen Ma (turning stance) and kicks are also introduced. A lot of emphasis is based on the Bong Sao (wing arm) movement and the student will now begin to understand how to move and bridge together the forms with realistic fighting applications and techniques bringing into effect the learning of the first form.
Biu Tze (Thrusting Fingers)
Biu Tze is the third and final bare hand form and is normally taught after the student has leant the Mok Yan Jong (wooden dummy). The form is know as the ‘First Aid hand’ and uses explosive power to regain the centre line of an opponent by attacking directly into it, this is considered as the most deadly form in Wing Chun. The use of elbows (cop jarn) and two way energy are maximized in this form. Again as with the two previous forms it is taught in three sections. Bui Tze has a saying that ‘it never goes out of the door’, meaning it is only taught to the most trusted and indoor students. With the Biu Tze, if you find yourself in centre and in a compromised position, the movement of this form are designed to recapture control with devastating power.
Mok Yan Jong (Wooden Dummy)
The Wooden dummy is comprised of ten sections and builds upon the skills of your footwork; this is where you will bridge the bare hand forms with actual fighting techniques. The dummy will teach you how to move round an opponent and apply the correct amount of energy and precision at close range. The difference between the bare hand form and the dummy is application, bare hand forms can not always be performed exactly as they appear due to situations etc whereby the dummy techniques will need to be applied direct. Learning the dummy will train the practitioner to understand the structure of the movements during physical contact/impact and represent an actual opponent/training partner.
Six and a Half Point Pole (Long Pole)
The six and a half point pole (eight feet in length) was once used to push small boats along shallow rivers. Fisherrmen developed a fighting system using this very long pole. The story has it that a fisherman saw a Wing Chun practitioner practicing the Bot Jaam Do form and agreed to teach the pole form in exchange for the the sword form. Baat Jam Do (Butterfly Knives) The Bot Jaam Do are two swords, each about the length of the lower arm (wrist to elbow), that are used as an extension of the arms. In other words, the motion applied to the swords is similar to the motion of the arms in the wing chun forms and hand techniques.
The curriculum at Gary Lam Wing Chun, Orange County is listed below. Our methods of training are the same as taught at Gary Lam Headquarters, Los Angeles.
Each drill builds on each other and once you finish a drill you will be moved on to the next. The design of this curriculum was put together by Sifu Gary Lam after studying under Grandmaster Wong Shun Leung for 15 years. All drills will be passed on to our students in the same fashion as passed on to our Lead Instructor.
1. CHI SAU (FREE STYLE, Level 1)
2. CHI GERK (FREE STYLE, Level 2)
3. OPEN SPARING (FREE STYLE, level 2)
3. WOODEN DUMMY (Level 1)
4. DRAGON POLE (Level 2)
5. BUTTERFLY KNIVES (Advanced)
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Learn the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu at our Wing Chun school in Costa Mesa, CA
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At Gary Lam Wing Chun learn the best self-defense techniques for use in close up situations. Learn the necessary skills to protect yourself and your family. If you want to improve your self confidence and improve your self esteem then you’ll want to come and attend our courses at our Wing Chun training in Costa Mesa, California.
If you have done your research to find a martial arts school in Orange County that offers Wing Chun training, then you will be very pleased taking classes at our martial arts school. Wing Chun is a form of Kung Fu that can only be taught at a Wing Chun school.
There is much to gain from Wing Chun in Costa Mesa. You will be more aware of your surroundings, because you’ll be better focused. We will teach you how to avoid certain situations and to defend yourself when necessary. Our Martial Arts school in Costa Mesa can give you the Wing Chun training you need.
Please stop by and enroll in our classes to get the training you want from a real Wing Chun school located in Costa Mesa. After attending a few classes, we are sure you will agree that our Wing Chun school is the best martial arts school in or near Costa Mesa to offer the value, location and price you’re looking for. We hope you will give us a call soon!
2146 Newport Blvd, Suite E
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Hours of Operation:
Monday 630pm – 930pm
Wednesday 630pm – 930pm
Saturday 9am – 130pm
***Private lessons on Closed days
We are only looking for serious individuals.
All students work together and have respect for one another.
All levels of experience welcome…come join us today!
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