Direct::Impact Wing Chun

1322 Broad St (Mondays & Thursdays) 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Victoria BC  V8V 1E5

Phone: 778 433 2176

Direct::Impact Wing Chun

DIRECT IMPACT :: Wing Chun:

Direct::Impact focuses on the beauty & simplicity of Wing Chun, the economy of movement & quick learning approach of its original intention.

Wing Chun shares many if not all of the benefits of various eastern systems such as Tai Chi and Yoga.

DI::Wing Chun teaches both internal and external styles of the art as well as focusing on classes specifically designer for health emphasizing a solid and refreshing low impact work out of both the body and mind.

Our lineage::
Yip Man-> Patrick Chow -> Ray Van Raamsdonk
Yip Man-> Wang Kiu -> Dr. G.K. Khoe -> (DI::WC instructor {Sifu}) Ray Van Raamsdonk

Wing Chun is a 300 year old Southern Chinese Self Defence art named after the Woman Yim Wing Chun, from whom the art descended. Today Wing Chun is practised by more than a million people all around the world for reasons of health, fitness and personal self defence. Wing Chun focuses on economy of movement through the use of correct body positioning, heightened mental sensitivity and relaxation. The result is a toned healthy body and a calm relaxed and focused mind. The complete art is contained in a relaxed 108 movement form which can be taught in one month.
(See full available course outlines for differing courses and curriculum.)

DI::Wing Chun initially teaches these forms at a slowed meditative pace in order to develop proper movement and positioning; this focuses awareness of the muscle groups being used, proper hand, arm and leg movement as well as the cultivation of Chi. At this stage the meditative in-motion aspects of each form help to increase circulation, muscle development and muscle memory as well as instilling calmness. Once each form (three in total) has come to individual fruition, the proper momentum is applied.

The unique approach of Direct Impact::Wing Chun is on the emphasis of combining seemingly opposite concepts such as total relaxation with muscle toning. The soft and hard aspects of the art form are designed to improve blood circulation, reduce stress and enhance balance. A specialized training system called sticking hands further enhances calmness of the mind, balance, reflexes, leg strength, upper body muscle toning and clarity of the mind.

For those interested in only fitness, relaxation or meditation, the practice of the daily 108 movement form would suffice to provide all these desired benefits. For those wanting to explore the martial aspects of this art, the additional practice of relaxed yet focused (Chi Sau) sticking hands is key.

The name Direct Impact relates to the effectiveness, practical application and efficiency of this art form focusing on self defence, health, physical awareness and personal cultivation through its training. Working as a split concept in this way.

DI::Wing Chun’s specific format of training connects the direct impact of a no-nonsense style of self-defense in combination with the health benefits of Wing Chun which rounds out in ways very much similar to the health benefits of Yoga and Tai Chi (balance, stamina, calmness, muscle development, confidence, posture, flexibility etc) with the added benefit of a very effective system for self defence!

Wing Chun is a simple, no nonsense approach to the martial arts which is easy and quick to learn and is suitable for people of all ages, genders and social status. Those interested in the meditative aspects can find it in the system. Those interested in the health and fitness aspects can find it in the system. Those interested in an efficient self defense system can find that aspect. Those who like the mental chess-like aspect of weekly chi sau can find that. Those schools that drag the whole system out to 10 years with thousands of techniques and drills are on a different tangent from the design of the system for purposes of commercial gain.

A more in depth article on Wing Chun by Direct Impact’s Sifu or “Teacher” is available through this link::
http://mookjong.20m.com/About-Wing-Chun.html

Origins of Wing Chun::

Over 300 years old, the origins of Wing Chun are heavily clouded in legend; they have been attributed to Yim Wing Chun, Ng Mui and even to a committee of Shaolin monks looking for a quicker way to develop advanced Kung Fu skills in order to overthrow the Ch'ing government.
The most detailed of these legend is as follows:

The Beginning: Wu Mei (Ng Mui)

The Shaolin Buddhist nun Wu Mei (Ng Mui in the Cantonese dialect) was one of the five Shaolin martial arts heroes who survived the Manchu persecution in the 17th century.

The daughter of a general in the Imperial Army, she was raised in the palace of the Forbidden City and received the benefit of a full scholarly education in medicine, art, military training, literature, and music. When Wu Mei developed her method, she removed the emphasis on the performance skills of strength, acrobatics, and the "flowery hands and embroidered feet" that characterized many of the martial arts styles of her time. She replaced these with innovative training.

Being a woman, Wu Mei could not match the external strength of her male contemporaries with their greater muscle and bone mass. Therefore she developed ways to apply Chi Kung to fighting movements and innovated many internal sources of strength and power. Using multiple internal energy sources, Wu Mei enhanced internal power so that she not only equalled but even exceeded the strength of many of the most powerful martial arts masters. Her development of an internal martial art paralleled the creation of Chen family Tai Chi Chuan.

Wu Mei also developed unique fighting strategies: the "form from no form", and the "strategy of no strategy". Because she didn't train in prearranged fight sequences, her actions were unpredictable. "Form from no form" would appear as needed. With no strategy, her mind could be clear and still as a lake, Wu Mei believed in instantaneous counters, free to spontaneously respond to her opponents' actions.

The Next step : Wing Chun is Born

The Wing Chun system of martial arts was developed in southern China approx. 250-300 years ago. During the reign of Emperor K'anghsi of the Ching Dynasty (1662-1722), the Shaolin monastery called Siu Lam of Mt. Sung, in the Honan province, had become very powerful through Kung Fu training which is where Wu Mei developed and honed the Wing Chun style.

Her ideas of a close quarter combat were totally different from the Sui Lam systems of that time. She discarded many of the old traditions, which often required years of dedicated practice at each stage, and started to develop this new system based on the principles of winning at all costs, using speed and subtlety to overcome an opponents' natural advantages. Her system, as yet unnamed had less stress on muscular strength (lik), bone conditioning, or muscular flexibility. The emphasis lay in sudden contraction and relaxation (ging) causing one to explode into action with natural weapons such as finger jabs to the eyes, elbow strikes to face and the powerful use of the knees and feet to the opponents lower body.

Ng Mui later met and befriended a young woman named Yim Wing Chun, who was just fifteen years of age.
Yim was a beautiful and intelligent young woman but soon attracted the attentions of the local bully, who wanted to marry her and tried to rape her. Ng Mui took Yim Wing Chun into the mountains and taught her the techniques of the new system she had devised in a bid to protect the young woman. Under Ng Mui's direction, Wing Chun, studied Kung Fu religiously and mastered the style.
She then returned to the village and defeated the local bully. After this event Ng Mui named the new style, Wing Chun Kuen after her protégé.
Roughly translated Wing Chun means 'Perpetual/Beautiful Springtime and Kuen is fist or fist fighting style.

Wing Chun passed on her skills to her husband and he in turn taught his brother. The system was passed on to many others to become the popular martial art it is today.

In the modern day Wing Chun has become widely recognized in all its forms due to Bruce Lee training in Wing Chun, before going on to develop his JKD philosophies and fighting methods, which mirror a lot of the principles of Wu Mei from all those years ago.

Wing Chun : The System

Wing Chun practitioners believe that the person with better body structure will win. A correct Wing Chun stance is like a piece of bamboo, firm but flexible, rooted but yielding. This structure is used to either deflect external forces or redirect them.

Structure is viewed as important, not only for reasons of defence, but also for attack. When the practitioner is effectively "rooted", or aligned so as to be braced against the ground, the force of the hit is believed to be far more devastating.

Wing Chun techniques are generally "closed", with the limbs drawn in to protect the central area and also to maintain balance. To reach outside this area, footwork is used. A large emphasis and time investment in training Chi Sao exercise emphasizes positioning to dominate this center line.


Wing Chun is a simple, no nonsense approach to health & the martial arts. It is fun, easy and quick to learn and is suitable for people all ages & genders!

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General Manager: (Sifu) Ray Van Ramsondonk Everett Nolan
Parking: Street
Payment Options: Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Restaurant Services: Takes Reservations, Walk-ins, Group-Friendly, Kids-Friendly

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