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Wing Chun

The origin of Wing Chun Kung Fu can be found in the turbulent, repressive Ching dynasty of over 250 years ago. It was a time when 90% of the Chinese race, the Hons, were ruled by the 10% minority, the Manchus. The Manchus placed a great amount of unjust law on the Hons. For instance, all the female Hon infants were made to bind their feet so that when they grew up they would be dependent upon their parents or husband. The work opportunity of the Hons was also restricted. They were unable to hold office in Government higher than a certain level. Heavy tax burdens were placed on the country so that the Manchus could have economic control of the Hon people. Kung Fu training was also banned for the Hons, however the Manchu Government was adopting the Hon culture. They respected the Shil Lim Temple as a Buddhist sanctuary.

When all weapons were outlawed by the Manchus, the Hons began training a revolutionary army in the secret art of Kung Fu. The Shil Lim Temple became the secret sanctuary for preparatory trainings of a classic style which took 15 to 20 years to master.

To develop a new form, one which would have shorter training time, five of China's grandmasters met to discuss the merits of each of the various forms of Kung Fu. By choosing the most efficient techniques from each style, they developed training programs that would develop an efficient martial artist in 5 to 7 years, one third the original time. However before this new form could be put into practice, the Shil Lim Temple was raided and burned by the Manchus.

Ng Mui, a nun, was the only survivor of the original five grandmasters. She passed her knowledge onto a young orphan girl whom she named Wing Chun. The name represented "hope for the future". In turn Wing Chun passed her knowledge on to her husband. Through the years the style became known as Wing Chun. Its techniques and teachings were passed onto a few, always carefully selected students.

In 1950 Yip Man started to teach Wing Chun in Hong Kong. One of his first students was the new Grandmaster, William Cheung, head of the World Wing Chun Kung Fu Association.

Butterfly Swords

Wing Chun eight slash butterfly swords are also called Wing Chun bart jarm dao. The name bart jarm dao was derived from the initial intention of the originator who designed the striking technique mainly aiming for the wrist, elbow, knee and ankle. The purpose was to main the opponent rather than to kill since the wing chun bart jarm dao was originated from the Shaolin temple and used by the monks and nuns of the temple in their travels. They frequently carried sums of money donated by their worshippers. Often they would be met by bandits who intended to rob them. The monks were prepared for this, and they were equipped with butterfly swords hidden in the side of their boots. When they were confronted by the bandits, they would pull out the swords to defend themselves. Since their religion did not allow them to slaughter anyone, their initial target was to maim their opponents on the wrists, knees and ankles.

Along with the development of the wing chun system, the butterfly sword (bart jarm dao), was chosen as the only weapon in the wing chun system because the length of the bart jarm dao made it easy to conceal. It could be used as a extension of the arms, and they were the most deadly and effective weapons of all. This was because the bart jarm dao system emphasized the training of coordinating the two swords, the training of the eyes, wrist and footwork. The principle was based on the fact that every defense was accompanied by a counter attack, and every attack was accompanied by a trapping, parrying or immobilizing move of the other sword. Plus, it was designed to use the ingenuity of the wing chun footwork to its fullest extent, making it the champion of all weapons.

Dragon Pole

The Dragon Pole has the advantage of its length and linear movements in attack with a minimal circular movement in defence. This technique combined with the most efficient footwork in both attack and defence allows the exponent to move in and out of range like lightning. In fact, it is said that once you hear the first impact of the Pole, the victor has already been decided.

Origins of the "Look Dim Boon Grun" - Dragon Pole:

As far back as 3000 B.C., the staff and the long pole were used in hunting as well as in battle. The staff is a stick between five and six feet in length, both ends of the same diameter. The long pole can be as long as 13 feet, with one end tapered. These weapons were easy to construct and were very popular in ancient days.

With the discovery of bronze and iron, the staff and long pole were modified into weapons such as spears, Kwan Dao (big choppers), and various versions of the long stick with metal casting at the end.

The use of the staff and long pole was also popular among the Shaolin monks during the early Sung Dynasty (A.D. 960-1279). During that time the monks were involved in helping the first emperor, Sung, establish his kingdom. The staff and long pole were used extensively by the monks, who, because of their religion, did not like sharp edged weapons that would inflict undue injury to their enemies.

Even after the Sung Dynasty, the Shaolin monks continued to favour the use of the staff and long pole. In the Manchu Dynasty (1644-1911), the monks used these weapons to defend themselves from the Manchu Government's siege on the Shaolin Temple.

There were many forms of staff and long pole in the Shaolin style, but the most effective was the "Look Dim Boon Grun" ie. Six-and-a-half-Strike Dragon Pole, originated by Grandmaster Gee Sin.

According to Chinese legend, Grandmaster Gee Sin was also one of the five Grandmasters who developed the Wing Chun style. But Yim Wing Chun, who became the only heir to the Wing Chun style, and after whom it was named, did not learn the dragon pole as part of her Wing Chun training. She completed her training with Grandmaster Ng Mui, having learned only the empty-hand techniques and the butterfly swords which she passed on to her husband Leung Bok Cho. The Dragon Pole descended from Grandmaster Gee Sin through three generations of his disciples to Wong Wah Bo, and was reunited with the Wing Chun style by another twist of fate.

Yim Wing Chun's husband, Leung Bok Cho, in searching for someone to whom he could pass on the Wing Chun system chose on of his nephews. Coincidentally, this also turned out to be Wong Wah Bo, the third generation heir to the dragon pole techniques of Grandmaster Gee Sin.

Wong Wah Bo was a very popular opera star on a floating opera barge called The Red Boat. One day, Leung Bok Cho went to the Red Boat to see the opera. Leung and Wong got together after the show, and came to the agreement that they would have a friendly martial arts contest. If Leung could defeat Wong easily, then Wong would undertake to learn the Wing Chun system.

The two confronted each other on the stage of The Red Boat. Wong was armed with a 12 foot dragon pole and Leung had a pair of butterfly swords each measuring 14 inches. Since Wong considered himself as having the advantage, he asked Leung to attack first. Leung brandished the pair of butterfly swords to begin his attack. Wong was very cautious in defending because the swords were sharp and Leung's technique was very tight and swift. Though he fought with all his might, Wong found it very difficult to fend off Leung's attack. He was forced to retreat to the edge of the stage. Now, Wong could not use the most deadly technique of the Six-and-a-Half-Strike Dragon Pole to deal with the situation. When Leung aimed a double slash with both swords at Wong's head, Wong raised his pole in a technique called Bon Grun - (Wing block) to neutralize the assault, and followed up with a lower jab to Leung's leg. This was one of the most efficient dragon pole techniques in the Six-and-a-Half-Strike Dragon Pole because block and counterattack were almost simultaneous. Wong used it quickly and thought this would surely bring a speedy victory. Nevertheless, quite unexpectedly, Wong felt something cold touch his hand. He looked down and found the sharp edge of a butterfly sword resting on his wrist. He had no alternative. He dropped the dragon pole and admitted defeat. Wong fell to his knees and begged to be Leung's student so that he could learn the Wing Chun system. From that brief encounter Leung realized that he had chosen well and that Wong had the potential of becoming the best. After Wong mastered Wing Chun, he improved the Six-and-a-Half-Strike Dragon Pole by combining it with Wing Chun and making its techniques much more effective.

Wooden Dummy

Legend has it that in the days of the Shaolin Temple, there was a tunnel filled with 108 wooden dummies, and the monks who completed their training were required to pass through this tunnel as one of their final exams. Each one of these dummies performed a certain technique, which the "graduate" monks had to neutralize on their way out of the temple.

When the Shaolin Temple was destroyed, Ng Mui, the Buddhist nun credited with founding Wing Chun Kung Fu, escaped. In deference to her training at the Shaolin Temple, she incorporated a training set using a single Wooden Dummy. This dummy set contains 108 combat techniques, each one supposedly to represent the 108 dummies that were in the Shaolin Temple.

Whether or not these legends are true, it is true that the Wooden Dummy set in traditional Wing Chun is an excellent way to develop the skills and co-ordination needed to become a proficient fighter.

The Wooden Dummy is used to develop timing, arm and leg co-ordination, proper use and application of force, distance, judgement, footwork and to teach practitioners how to flow smoothly from technique to technique. It is also used to toughen the limbs, although this is not the primary function of the dummy.

Wing Chun Kung Fu is a system that does not rely on strength and brute force; rather it stresses development of skill and co-ordination to have the practitioner deflect and redirect an opponent's attack, while simultaneously countering with his/her own attack. Deflection and redirection is achieved with correct positioning, requiring good footwork as well as co-ordination of the arms and legs, so that they work together to redirect an oncoming attack yet leave the practitioner in a position to counter at the same time.

All fighting techniques in Wing Chun come from the techniques in the Wooden Dummy. Dummy training allows the Wing Chun practitioner a way to correctly train the body in performing techniques. The amount of power one uses at certain times of a technique, as well as the timing of delivering such techniques can be drilled repeatedly on the dummy. Speed is improved because one can drill a series of movements over and over, creating the muscle memories needed to perform techniques automatically. Accuracy is refined because the practitioner learns how to correctly position his/her body in relation to the dummy (i.e. opponent) so that both arms can be used simultaneously. Footwork and mobility are enhanced, as the practitioner is forced to move from one side of the dummy to the other, moving in and out as well as laterally. Although working with a "static" partner, the Wing Chun practitioner learns how to combine footwork patterns smoothly with arm movements that deflect and attack, developing skills that are mandatory for successful free sparring.

Regardless of the style one practises, one always hears that to be a successful fighter there are certain qualities and attributes that one must acquire. Speed, power, timing and accuracy are always cited as requisites to reach your peak in martial arts. The Wooden Dummy of the Wing Chun system provides the practitioner a valuable tool to achieve those goals.

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Si fu Predrag Petreski was born on 29 May 1971 in Bitola. He completed his primary and secondary education in Skopje. In 1995 he obtained a degree from the Military Academy in Skopje and was appointed a Macedonian Army officer. As a young 19-year-old boy, while studying military science, he attempted to understand the system of true values in life, especially in the context of the turbulent social change in the Balkans during the 1990s. It is that context which triggered his motivation to achieve self-actualisation as a well-developed fighter, confident in his physical capacities. To attain that, he chose Kung Fu and joined si fu Gjore Kostovski’s school, where he stood out, dedicated and hard-working. He, therefore, quickly gained a Master degree and became a Kung Fu si fu (teacher). Si fu Predrag learnt to appreciate the real essence of Kung Fu, which contains a life philosophy as well as directions for spiritual development. Si fu Predrag actually managed to gain insight into the spiritual dimension of human existence. He came to know that martial arts are not purely for sport, but are also life philosophies, i.e. a style of life, encapsulating the highest of spiritual values.

Si fu Predrag went deeper into the secrets of Taoist philosophy, which helped him to learn about the nature of “Life Energy”, gaining thus a more subtle understanding of human existence. New horizons opened up for him, as a result of his unquenchable thirst for delving into what is unknown, “forbidden” and hidden in the human being. He searched within himself, within his personal depths in order to make sense of the Source.

Via his personal experiences and his everyday exercises of his body and mind, si fu Predrag managed to feel the unity of his body and his mind, inseparable from nature’s laws.

He was soon passed by the Grand Master William Cheung for the sixth (highest) level in Kung Fu, which made him a certified Kung Fu master by the International Wing Chun Kung Fu Association.

In 2011 he successfully defended his MA thesis in sports management: “Management and Innovation in the training of Macedonian Special Armed Forces”.

With his experience and with his formal education, si fu Predrag is one of the few Eastern martial arts masters who professionally and skilfully manage to form a new strand in modern sport. He blends together the principles of Eastern spirituality and those of modern Western society, which emphasises muscular build.

Si fu Predrag Petreski is the founder of Strela Wing Chun Kung Fu school which trains tens of students per year. The students are equipped with the Wing Chun Kung Fu skills, while being educated in the real spiritual values of man. Si fu Predrag is a successful educator with a style of his own. He effectively motivates his students to search for the values in life. Many of his students have overcome health problems, achieved spiritual peace and balance of body and mind, thus turning into healthy and happy young people, protected from the vices of modern times.

Si fu Predrag’s simple and clear instructions make the suggested practice of body and mind easily acceptable and even more easily applicable for all age groups and for both sexes alike. His spontaneity makes his training sessions enjoyable, relaxing and harmonious.

Si fu Predrag has authored many articles on martial arts, sports and traditional Eastern medicine. He has written a lot about traditional healing techniques, Chi Kung exercises, meditation exercises and séances. He also develops exercises of his own, especially Chi Kung exercises, which are based on his experience and analysis of his students’ individual and group capabilities.

Si fu Predrag developed the Eastern martial arts section of the training programme for the special armed forces and has been the editor of the sports column in sports magazine Odbrana.

Apart from printed materials, he has also released various video educational materials.


Strela Wing Chun Kung Fu Club practises Traditional Wing Chun in the style of the Grand Master William Cheung. The classes include exposure to self-defence, chi kung and meditation techniques, as well as healing methods using acupressure meridian massage. The knowledge gained from the course improves participants’ self-confidence, helps in the prevention and treatment of any health problems and increases participants’ spiritual levels. Essentially, applying the Wing Chun Kung Fu system is the right choice for those who strive for a true transformation, developing their complete personality.

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Acupressure Meridian Massage

Acupressure Meridian Massage is based on the chi theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its teaching about the circling of life energy along energy channels (meridians) and energy centres in the human body. Since ancient times, acupressure, acupuncture and herbalism have been an inseparable part of China’s Kung Fu. In the rural areas, it was the Kung Fu masters who helped people suffering from health problems. In mastering his martial art, a true Kung Fu master had to have a good understanding of traditional Chinese medicine. Hence, it is unsurprising that there is a TCM strand in traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu. The strand was developed by Grand Master doctor William Cheung and it is called Cheung’s Meridian Therapy (CMT). The therapy addresses the energy channels (meridians) and the specific energy spots located on the meridians. The main aim of the treatment is to allow for Life Energy to flow again through the body for full recovery. This therapy is supplemented by Chi Kung exercises, especially designed to open the energy channels. The Acupressure Meridian Massage helps to relieve pain in the back, shoulders, neck, hips, knees, elbows and joints. It can also help to cure swellings caused by physical injury, tennis elbow, rheumatism and arthritis. The massage can promote speedy recovery of disjointed bones and broken bones, too.

Technique Videos

Siu Nim Tau, Wooden Dummy Form, Butterfly Swords/Dragon Pole and Biu Gee



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