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Wing Chun in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Wing Chun
  2. Wing Chun Fist Maxims
  3. Wing Chun Fist
  4. Wing Chun Fist Maxims
  5. Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu
  6. Wing Chun Fist Maxims
  7. Wing Chun Kung Fu


Wing Chun

China yǒng chūn
HK wing2 cheun1
Japan ei haru
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This martial arts technique has an oral history (versus a written one) so very little can be said for sure about its origins.
Wing Chun (or Wing Cheun) is a Chinese martial art that emphasizes short combat strokes.

The characters literally mean "Singing Spring" (as in springtime).

If you are wondering, the spelling and pronunciation of this martial arts style in English comes from the Cantonese pronunciation of these characters. The second character sounds similar in both Mandarin and Cantonese, but the first is quite different.

Note: This title can be pronounced in Japanese, but only a Japanese practitioner of Wing Chun would recognize or understand this title. It is not considered to be a Japanese word or martial art at all.

Wing Chun Fist Maxims

Wing Chun Kuen Kuit
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This is the chant or poem of Wing Chun. I call it a "chant" because it was meant to be a somewhat rhythmic poem to help practitioners memorize many aspects of Wing Chun.

You will see this referred to as, "Wing Chun Kuem Kuit". This Cantonese romanization is popular in the west (and there is no official way to romanize Cantonese, so many variations exist). In Mandarin it would be, "Yong Chun Quan Jue". The last character (kuit or kyut from Cantonese, jue or chüeh from Mandarin) kind of means "secrets of the art". It's a short way to write 口訣, meaning "mnemonic chant" or "rhyme for remembering".

In the west (especially in the military), we often use acronyms to remember things. There's no initials to make acronyms in Chinese, so in ancient times, chants like this are used to remember vast amounts of information.

This is the Chinese text:
1 有手黐手,無手問手
2 來留區送, 甩手直沖
3 怕打終歸打, 貪打終被打
4 粘連迫攻, 絕不放鬆
5 來力瀉力, 借力出擊
6 步步追形, 點點朝午
7 以形補手, 敗形不敗馬
8 腰馬一致, 心意合一
9 拳由心發, 動法無形
10 活人練活死功夫

I will presume you already know the meaning of the 10 maxims, so I will skip that to keep this calligraphy entry from getting too large.

Some think 练拳者必记 is the title, but that just says, "Training fist people should remember:". Therefore, I've not included that in the calligraphy. However, you can put a note in the special instructions if you want it added.

Note: On a traditional calligraphy wall scroll, the characters will be written in vertical columns, starting from the right, and proceeding left.


Note: This is an except and variation from a huge 口訣. These 10 maxims are used extensively in Wing Chun training, and you'll find them all over the internet. Just know there is a much longer version out there, along with several variations and excepts like this one. If you know of, or want a different version, just contact me, and I will add it for you.

Wing Chun Fist

China yǒng chūn quán
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This is the title for the "Wing Chun" school of martial arts, but with the addition of the character for "fist" on the end. So this is "Wing Chun Fist" or literally "Singing Spring Fist".

Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 1)

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A customer asked me to split these Wing Chun maxims into two parts, so he could order a couplet. It thought this was a good idea, so it's been added here.

Chinese text of part 1:
1 有手黐手,無手問手
2 來留區送, 甩手直沖
3 怕打終歸打, 貪打終被打
4 粘連迫攻, 絕不放鬆
5 來力瀉力, 借力出擊

A couplet is a set of two wall scrolls that start and finish one phrase or idea. Often, couplets are hung with the first wall scroll on the right side, and the second on the left side of a doorway or entrance. The order in Chinese is right-to-left, so that's why the first wall scroll goes on the right as you face the door.

Of course, couplets can also be hung together on a wall. Often they can be hung to flank an alter, or table with incense, or even flanking a larger central wall scroll. See an example here from the home of Confucius

Be sure to order both part 1 and 2 together. One without the other is like Eve without Adam.

Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu

China tài jí yǒng chūn gōng fu
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This is the title Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu. Please note that it can be romanized a variety of ways such as:
Tai Chi Ving Tsun Kung Fu
Tai Qi Yong Chun Gong Fu
Taai Gik Wing Ceon Gung Fu

Be sure this is the right title for what you are looking for before you order.

Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 2)

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A customer asked me to split these Wing Chun maxims into two parts, so he could order a couplet. It thought this was a good idea, so it's been added here.

Chinese text of Part 2:
6 步步追形, 點點朝午
7 以形補手, 敗形不敗馬
8 腰馬一致, 心意合一
9 拳由心發, 動法無形
10 活人練活死功夫

Be sure to order both part 1 and part 2 together. They need to be a matched set. It will be incomplete as a single wall scroll. Also, each wall scroll is handmade, so if you order them separately, weeks or months apart, they will vary a little by length, shade of paper, etc.

Wing Chun Kung Fu

China yǒng chūn gōng fu
HK wing cheun gung fu
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The first two characters literally mean "Singing Spring" (as in springtime).

The last two are "Kung Fu".


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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Animals
Antonio
Autumn
Bamboo
Be Happy
Beautiful
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Virtue
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Black
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Brandy
Buddha
Buddhism
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Compassion
Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu
David
Deep
Dragon
Dragon Horse
Dragon Tiger
Edward
Eternal Friendship
Faith
Faith in God
Fidelity
Fish
Flowers
Flying Tiger
Forest
Forever
Friend
Friendship
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold Fish
Goldfish
Good
Grace from Heaven
Great
Guan Gong
Guan Yin
Harmony
Hawk
Horse
I Love You
I Need You
Inner Strength
Journey
Karate
Knowledge
Koi Fish
Longevity
Lotus
Love
Love and Respect
Love of My Life
Luck
Martial Morality
Moon
One True Love
Pain
Patience
Paul
Peace
Peaceful Warrior
People
Respect
Serenity
Sisterly Love
Soldier
Strength and Courage
Strength Courage
The Saint
Tigers
Tree
Trust No One
Warrior
Warrior Spirit
Water
White
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Wing Chun咏春
詠春
ei haru
eiharu
yǒng chūn
yong chun
yung ch`un
yong3 chun1
yongchun
yungchun
yung chun
Wing Chun Fist Maxims有手黐手无手问手来留区送甩手直冲怕打终归打贪打终被打粘连迫攻绝不放松来力泻力借力出击步步追形点点朝午以形补手败形不败马腰马一致心意合一拳由心发动法无形活人练活死功夫
有手黐手無手問手來留區送甩手直沖怕打終歸打貪打終被打粘連迫攻絕不放鬆來力瀉力借力出擊步步追形點點朝午以形補手敗形不敗馬腰馬一致心意合一拳由心發動法無形活人練活死功夫
n/an/a
Wing Chun Fist咏春拳
詠春拳
n/ayǒng chūn quán
yong chun quan
yung ch`un ch`üan
yong3 chun1 quan2
yongchunquan
yungchunchüan
yung chun chüan
Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 1)有手黐手无手问手来留区送甩手直冲怕打终归打贪打终被打粘连迫攻绝不放松来力泻力借力出击
有手黐手無手問手來留區送甩手直沖怕打終歸打貪打終被打粘連迫攻絕不放鬆來力瀉力借力出擊
n/an/a
Tai Chi Wing Chun Kung Fu太极咏春功夫
太極詠春功夫
n/atài jí yǒng chūn gōng fu
tai ji yong chun gong fu
t`ai chi yung ch`un kung fu
tai4 ji2 yong3 chun1 gong1 fu
taijiyongchungongfu
taichiyungchunkungfu
tai chi yung chun kung fu
Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 2)步步追形点点朝午以形补手败形不败马腰马一致心意合一拳由心发动法无形活人练活死功夫
步步追形點點朝午以形補手敗形不敗馬腰馬一致心意合一拳由心發動法無形活人練活死功夫
n/an/a
Wing Chun Kung Fu咏春功夫
詠春功夫
n/ayǒng chūn gōng fu
yong chun gong fu
yung ch`un kung fu
yong3 chun1 gong1 fu
yongchungongfu
yungchunkungfu
yung chun kung fu

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "wing chun" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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