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Wing Chun Street Defence Overview

Welcome to Wing Chun Street Defence your local self-defence club and to this website – home of the only martial arts club in Chipping Norton specialising in Wing Chun Kung Fu.
Wing Chun Kung Fu was created by a women and therefore issues such as physical strength, body shape, fitness and size are less important in Wing Chun. We are a small and friendly club and welcome men, women and teenagers as new members.
Call us on 07527-283429
What differentiates us from other clubs is:

  • Every training session follows a structured lesson plan
  • Every lesson plan is based around the individual’s and not the group’s progress
  • Every few weeks we video the session
  • Through analysis of the video students gain insight into how they can improve
  • Students can purchase low cost DVD’s of their training
  • We operate both Pay as You Go and Pay monthly structures
  • Private tuition is also available

Wednesday Training

The Wednesday class takes place at Salford Village Hall, Salford, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5YW, (18:00-20:00) and costs just £8 per hour on a PAYG basis or £28 / £55 monthly depending uon whether you want to train for one hour or two each week. Venue details are here: Salford Village Hall Venue.

Private Tuition

I also offer a range of options for private tuition. Find out more here: Private Wing Chun Lessons

Our Students

Within our membership we have a range of students (male and female) spanning the entire spectrum; complete beginners, advanced black belt and Dan grades from other martial disciplines such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi and Jujitsu and everyone leaves their ego at the door and learns at their own pace.
Whether you are a novice or an experienced martial artist, why not join us and see whether Wing Chun can work for you.

Wing Chun & Hollywood

Wing Chun has become a very popular style of Kung Fu since the release of the motion picture Ip Man, starring Donnie Yen as the titular hero and the subsequent follow ups with Ip Man 2 and the Martin Scorcese creation, GrandMaster. Most recently we have seen Ip Man 3 where Donnie Yen revisits the iconic role of Ip Man and among others Mike Tyson puts in an appearance.
Wing Chun’s popularity has been helped along the way by proponents of the art such as Robert Downey Junior, who uses Wing Chun to great effect in the Sherlock Holmes films and of course by (arguably the world’s most famous martial artist) Bruce Lee, who originally trained in Wing Chun as a student of Ip Man, before developing his own “non-rigid style” Jeet Kune Do that borrowed from many martial art forms. It is also worth mentioning that just like every other martial art, there are many differing styles of Wing Chun depending upon lineage, school, teacher and ethos, all of which have their uses.

How Wing Chun Self Defence Works

Our particular brand of Wing Chun focuses on the traditional empty hand forms and the wooden dummy form that we then adapt for modern day applied self defence techniques, helping you stay out of danger and quickly, effectively and convincingly, discourage any further aggression.

Wing Chun & Touch

Unlike other martial arts that rely upon a learned pattern based of a visual cue and repeatedly practiced response (e.g. I see your right fist heading towards my face therefore I raise my arm in an upward arc in front of my face in order to block it), Wing Chun develops the practitioner’s sense of touch over time, allowing them to develop a set of stimulus responses based upon the context of the situation. This creates in the student an increased awareness and insight so that they are able to ascertain and respond to the level of threat, the size and power of the opponent, the level of aggression and the position of the attack. Over time Wing Chun students develop a wealth of automatic responses and shapes formed by the opponent. After 12 months of training it would be reasonable to expect one of our Wing Chun practitioners to subdue and suppress an attacker within a few seconds of the violence erupting.

Your Instructor

The club is owned and run by Barry Holland who first trained briefly under the Master Wong System and very briefly within WCI before training with Sifu Nikolaos Gourgounidis, who spent 14 years learning and teaching Wing Chun. Since then Barry has trained in Shandong Province China under Sifu Wang Meng. Barry originally trained self-defence with the British Army over a ten year period. In 2010 he attained a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and progressed to 2nd Dan winning several medals and trophies at various national competitions along the way, culminating in winning 1st place for Kata at the TISKA National Championships.

In 2012 he transferred his skill set over to Wing Chun. In reality this meant unlearning much of what had previously been taught in order to absorb the martial art effectively. Barry takes an holistic view of the mind and body and introduces elements of Yoga, psychology and well being into the well-structured, yet fun Wing Chun classes.

Why Wing Chun?

I decided to learn Wing Chun following an incident where I used all of my previously learned skills sparring with a Wing Chun practitioner, only to discover that the techniques my opponent used effectively negated any strike and counter strike I endeavoured to use. This impressive display was what led me to change styles to what I believe is the most effective defence form available.

Can Anyone Learn Wing Chun?

If you are considering starting a martial art or wish to convert from an existing style, it is worth knowing that Wing Chun’s strong focus on body mechanics means that gender, physical strength, age and fitness play little part in the ability to overcome any adversary, making this the perfect martial art for adult women and adult men of all ages.

We look forward to welcoming you along to one of our classes to see if Wing Chun Kung Fu works for you. Why not book a free lesson or just come along and watch by calling the contact number now? There is no obligation and your decision could prove life-changing.

The Wing Chun Street Defence Difference

At WCSD we use accelerated learning techniques to speed the learning process. This incorporates many of the senses, taking advantage of experiential learning techniques and embracing modern technology to assist in making your training experience the most rewarding ever.

Key Benefits of Wing Chun

  • Helps develop speed and awareness
  • Quickly teaches you how to defend yourself and loved ones
  • Develop fighting skills against real-world opponents
  • Increases fitness, stamina and strength
  • Reduces reaction times
  • Improves confidence
  • You don’t have to train for months to make it work
  • Effective from lesson 1!
  • Teaches traditional Wing Chun forms
  • Learn Empty Hand Form 1 – Siu Nim Tao (Sil Lim Tao or Little Idea)
  • Learn Empty Hand Form 2 – Chum Kiu (Seeking the Bridge)
  • Learn Empty Hand Form 3 – Biu Jee (Bil Ji or Thrusting Fingers)
  • Learn Wooden Dummy (Muk Yan Jong)
  • Learn street defence applications
  • Creates an arsenal of technical choices
  • Develop and adapt at your own speed


Call Barry now on 07527 283 429 or email for further details by clicking here