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What is Wing Chun Kung Fu?

Wing Chun Class in Glen Iris 2024

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Can a smaller person defend themselves against someone bigger and stronger? Many people believe that it is impossible. However, in the martial art called Wing Chun Kung Fu, it has been proven time and time again that it can be done. Why is this?

One reason is that we learn how to use less energy to defend ourselves and then use an opponent’s energy against him. Another reason is because Wing Chun uses footwork to move when attacking and defending, creating more possibilities for attacking or defending without using energy.

Wing Chun is not difficult to learn and very quickly you can begin practising techniques and footwork to improve your level. [Grandmaster] Michael Tse says, “My Sifu, Grandmaster Ip Chun, is only a small man, weighing less than 100 lbs. However, I have seen him do Chi Sau (a way of practising the Wing Chun techniques in training with a partner) with Westerners much bigger and taller than him and every time he easily controls them.

“They always try to use strength against him, but being smaller, he knows that he does not have the same strength to fight back. So he uses his sensitivity to “listen” to his opponent’s hands and body movements. In small ways, they will give their intentions away before they have actually committed all of their energy. He can then move or change his position to defend and even change their energy to trap them and attack back. Anyone who sees Grandmaster Ip Chun is impressed by his skill, especially as he is now [one hundred] years old and still very fit and healthy.”

St Oswald's Anglican Church - 100 High St, Glen Iris VIC 3146

Glen Iris Road Uniting Church - 200 Glen Iris Rd, Glen Iris VIC 3146


Safe for all levels of fitness, classes will have an emphasis on skills.
If there is a prior injury or condition that might affect movement, please let me know ahead of time.

Classes are open to ages 15 and above. If there are under-15s who wish to join, please send me a message prior to turning up for class.

New students; please arrive 5-10 minutes earlier as there is a short form to fill out. Please note that change is not carried, so please bring the right amount or pay by card.

All class announcements will be made via the Facebook Page.
For all enquiries or questions, please direct them to or the messenger chat, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.


Mondays | 7:30pm until 9pm | Main Church Hall
Glen Iris Road Uniting Church, 200 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris 3146

Entrance is through the back adjoining car park, and up a short flight of steps. Car parking available inside church car park or on street, class is also approximately 10 minute walk from Glen Iris train station on the Glen Waverley line.

Wednesdays | 7pm until 8:30pm | Main Hall
St. Oswald's Church, 100 High St, Glen Iris 3146

Entrance is the left building when looking at the church from High St. Main Hall entrance is on the right when you enter. Limited car parking available on the side of the church, also street parking is available.