Understanding Wing Chun through its History
After the destruction of the Shaolin temple, Grand Master Pak Mei introduced a new and radical style of Kung Fu. His prowess was demonstrated in a legendary fight against Grand Master Jee Shan Shee, one of the Five Elders, who wound up perishing in this confrontation. Subsequently, Shaolin’s reputation was dealt a deep blow. Fortunately, Ng Mui possessed the skills and techniques necessary to formulate an appropriate response. She developed a new set of techniques with the goal of creating a style that was the antithesis to Pak Mei’s style. During her quest, she taught these methods to three young women: Yim Wing Chun, Fong Wing Chun, and Mai Wing Chun – adapting her teachings specifically for each.
Through the further efforts of two disciples of the late Grand Master Jee Shim Shee: Leung Bok Chau and Hung Hei Kwun, two large schools sprang up. Wing Chun School and Hung Gar School were established, following their union with two of Ng Mui’s disciples.