() is a Chinese legendary character, often cited in Wing Chun
legends as the first master of the martial art
bearing her name. Wing-chun, though a person's name in Chinese language
, literally means "spring chant" or "forever spring", or may be substituted with the character for "eternal springtime".Ritchie, R. (c.
2007): Retrieved on 9 May 2010.
Different accounts of Yim's story exist, but the central sequence of events remains largely the same, beginning with Yim's teacher. During the Qing Dynasty
, a Shaolin Buddhist
nun and abbess, Ng Mui
(五枚師太), reportedly fled the destruction of the Siu Lam Temple at the hands of the government; the temple was believed to be harbouring revolutionaries.Chu, R., Ritchie, R., & Wu, Y. (1998): Complete Wing Chun: The definitive guide to Wing Chun's history and traditions
. Boston, MA: Tuttle Publishing. (ISBN 978-0-8048-3141-3)
Ng later took on a disciple, Yim Wing-chun, and passed the art on to her. Yim was well known for her beauty, and sold tofu
for a living.Ing, K. (2008): Wing Chun......