Hard Or Soft?

 

   

 

 

Many years ago I  heard an interesting question put to Grandmaster Ip Chun,

“Is Wing Chun a hard or a soft style?”

 

Now you may have some thoughts on this yourself, thinking well this is obvious, or is it?

 

Obviously some styles are easy to characterise as Hard or Soft;

 

Hard styles;

Karate

Thai Boxing

Kick Boxing etc.

 

Soft styles;

Tai Chi Ch’uan

Qi Qong

and even Judo

 

But Wing Chun is not so easy to categorise, as Sifu described in his answer.

 

Q.

“Is Wing Chun a hard or a soft style?”

 

A.

“It’s both.  Soft in its deflection but Hard on its impact”.

 

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