Wing Chun Kuen Kuit are “Words of Wisdom” which capture in poetic terms the finer attributes of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Kuen Kuit is Cantonese for “martial sayings,” “fist poems” or “fighting songs.”
Chinese martial arts employ Kuen Kuit as concise, rhythmic verses which present a method or philosophy of a style. Even among competing Wing Chun traditions, many sayings are recognized and shared.
The original Wing Chun Kuen Kuit are believed to descended from an ancient, oral tradition and reportedly were connected to southern Chinese secret societies of the nineteenth century. Grandmaster Moy Yat wrote, “It was during the Qing dynasty that many of the proverbs were part of secret codes and rituals developed by the rebels dedicated to overthrowing the Manchus.” Over the years, unrelated or inapplicable sayings were eventually discarded, with the remaining few being described as being “truly intrinsic” to Wing Chun Kung Fu.