Wing Chun Kung Fu Camp comes to Falls Creek

Alpine Observer - - Alpine Alive -

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.

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