Wing Chun Kung Fu Camp comes to Falls Creek
By STRUAN JONES
HOWMAN’S Gap Alpine Centre at Falls Creek will host a five-day intensive Wing Chun Kung Fu and self-defence summer camp from January 4 – 8.
The training, held at the alpine centre near the Falls Creek village, will be led by master Andrew Cheung, son of grandmaster William Cheung, who grew up with Bruce Lee in Hong Kong in the 1950s and introduced the star actor to Wing Chun Kung Fu.
The annual training camp run by the Melbourne-based Cheung Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy established a connection with the Victorian alpine region after running eight consecutive camps at Falls Creek through the 1990s.
At Howman’s Gap, each day will begin with early morning conditioning. Wing Chun and self-defence training will begin after breakfast and continue until mid-afternoon, with free time for other activities afterwards, including archery, bushwalking and the on-site high-ropes course.
Camp organiser Trudi Cheung said the academy has run course in many locations over 35 years, but Howman’s Gap has always been her favourite, saying the high altitude and the fresh air is the perfect setting to train.
Mrs Cheung described Wing Chun as a scientific martial art that uses an opponent’s force against them.
“Wing Chun was developed by a woman in China about 300 years ago, and because it was developed by a woman it doesn’t rely on the use of brute force or strength,” she said.
“There are a whole range of strategies to enable a smaller person to overcome a larger opponent.”
The course is suitable for men and women, from beginner to advanced, and also offers a threeday option, as well as day courses for locals wishing to participate without requiring accommodation.
Places are still open, and all enquiries can be made by calling 03 9663 3588 or more information is at cheungswingchun. com.
THE BIG BOSS: Wing Chun Kung Fu master Andrew Cheung will lead a five-day intensive training camp at Falls Creek’s Howman’s Gap Alpine Centre from January 4 – 8.