The Midlands Wing Chun
The Midlands Wing Chun logo was designed and is copyrighted by
Sifu Rawcliffe after long and careful deliberation, in consultation with Master
Ip Chun. Each element was specifically chosen to embrace the ideals and
principles of Wing Chun , the Midlands Wing Chun Kuen's philosophy towards
teaching and training, as well as to represent the close bond between Sifu
Rawcliffe and Grandmaster Ip Chun.
The Plum Flower
The Mui Fa, or Plum flower, in ancient China
represents the first month of the year, wintertime, perseverance and punity. In
modern China, it symbolises elegance and intelligence. In Wing Chun, the Mui Fa
has special meaning, since it is said that the nun who started the development
of Wing Chun was called Ng Mui. She developed a style of self defence called
Mui Fa Kuen, later renamed Wing Chun after her first student, Yim Wing
In Wing Chun, the Mui Fa has special meaning,
since it is said that the nun who started the development of Wing Chun was
called Ng Mui. She developed a style of self defence called Mui Fa Kuen, later
renamed Wing Chun after her first student, Yim Wing Chun.
Each of the five petals represents one of the
ideals taught at the Midlands Wing Chun Kuen:
Respect, Discipline, Humility, Honesty and
The triangle in the centre represents one of
the most important concepts of the Wing Chun system ~ structural integrity.
Wing Chun's effectiveness as a self-defence system is due, in part, to the fact
that it does not attempt to fight force with force, relying upon muscular power
and strength, instead it redirects and borrows the opponent's force and
momentum and uses it against them. This is possible because every technique and
stance in the Wing Chun system is based on, and supported by, a series of
'triangles' that combine together to form a tetrahedron (a four triangular
sided structure). It is the utilisation of the natural triangulation of the
human musculo-skeletal structure, in conjunction with a correct body posture,
that gives the techniques, positions and stances their inherent inner strength
and hence their capability to withstand much great amounts force.
The importance of the triangle extends beyond
the physical into the learning process:
There are three points to learning: See it,
Practice it, feel it.
In addition there are three sources required in
order to learn: The Sifu, the student, their partner.
The 2 Chinese Characters
Many people debate over how Wing Chun should be
'spelt', in truth Wing Chun are simply two Chinese Characters. In Mandarin they
sound like: Yong Chong, in Cantonese it sounds like Wing Chun or Ving Tsun
depending upon the intonation of the person speaking. In English, the spelling
is irrelevant as long as it is phonetically correct.
The Double Knives
There are two weapons in the Wing Chun system,
the Butterfly knives and the pole. Since the knives are traditional Wing Chun
weapons and much more akin to the hand techniques and because a long line
representing the pole in the logo would look ridiculous, it was the knives that
were incorporated into the logo.
The Vertical Chinese Characters
These Chinese characters were specially hand
written by Master Ip Chun for Sifu Rawcliffe.
The characters in Cantonese say CHUNG BO WING
CHUN KUEN, meaning Central Area (Midlands) Wing Chun Fist.
Traditional Chinese martial arts were referred
to as Kuen, for example Hung Gar Kuen, Pak Mei Kuen or Wing Chun Kuen, as they
are fighting styles. The term Kung Fu, a slang term referring to hard work and
effort over a period of time to acheive a goal, is not a martial art term but a
generic term, that could equally apply to a painting or a
"Midlands Wing Chun
Kuen" is the trading name of Midlands Wing Chun Kuen Ltd, Reg No. 07162974
"Midlands Wing Chun
Kuen Ltd" Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48), All rights